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  • “Peace Flotilla” Activists Assault Israeli Personnel, Reap Propaganda Victory

    A motley crew of Turkish Islamists, European leftists and Israeli Arab leaders yesterday succeeded in provoking a bloody clash with Israeli forces that were enforcing an arms embargo against Hamas terrorists in Gaza.  Six ships with more than 600 “peace activists” left Cyprus bound for Gaza but were intercepted by the Israeli Navy and special forces commandos before they could land in Gaza.  The first five ships complied with Israeli forces, but the passengers aboard the sixth vessel, the Mavi Marmara, attacked Israeli commandos with steel poles, knives and pepper spray, provoking a battle that claimed at least nine lives.

    According to an eyewitness account by a reporter:

    Navy commandoes slid down to the vessel one by one, yet then the unexpected occurred: The passengers that awaited them on the deck pulled out bats, clubs, and slingshots with glass marbles, assaulting each soldier as he disembarked. The fighters were nabbed one by one and were beaten up badly, yet they attempted to fight back.

    However, to their misfortune, they were only equipped with paintball rifles used to disperse minor protests, such as the ones held in Bilin. The paintballs obviously made no impression on the activists, who kept on beating the troops up and even attempted to wrest away their weapons.

    One soldier who came to the aid of a comrade was captured by the rioters and sustained severe blows. The commandoes were equipped with handguns but were told they should only use them in the face of life-threatening situations. When they came down from the chopper, they kept on shouting to each other “don’t shoot, don’t shoot,” even though they sustained numerous blows.

    Caught off-guard by the violent attacks of the “peace activists,” the Israeli commandos were compelled to use firearms in self-defense.  Many of the passengers on board the Mavi Marmara were believed to be members of a Turkish Islamist charity organization, the Humanitarian Relief Fund, that has a long history of support for radical Islamist causes and deploying jihadists to Afghanistan, Bosnia and Chechnya.  The Humanitarian Relief Fund is part of an umbrella group, the Union for Good, that was created by Hamas leaders in 2000 to aid fundraising for Hamas’s radical Islamist agenda.  The U.S. government has designated the Union for Good as a terrorist organization.

    The U.N. Security Council called for an investigation of the incident.  The United States must take steps to insure that such an investigation does not devolve into a one-sided propaganda exercise like the U.N.’s Goldstone Commission, which investigated Israel’s 2008 war against Hamas in Gaza. At a minimum, the investigation must take into account the provocative actions, Islamist agenda and ideological ties between the violent “peace activists” and the Hamas terrorists who benefited from their activities.  After all, the reason Israel maintains the blockade on Gaza is to prevent arms from being smuggled in to Hamas and other terrorist groups which have a long history of hiding among Palestinian civilians to launch rocket attacks against Israeli civilians

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    25 Responses to “Peace Flotilla” Activists Assault Israeli Personnel, Reap Propaganda Victory

    1. T.P. Brady says:

      Looks like Turkey wants their very own "Axis of Evil" team jersey…

    2. Dmitry, Bethesda, Md says:

      There is a large Jewish population in the DC sub-urbs and I often drive by synagogues that have a large banner that reads 'We Support Israel'. Well do ya really? Because the very person that so many liberal Jews in America helped elect, has turned a cold shoulder to Israel, refuses to acknowledge that we are at war with radical Islam, and overall panders to Muslim nations abroad. American liberal Jews should be ashamed of themselves for allowing the 1930's to be replayed today. Obama is Neville Chamberlain, radical Islamists are the Nazis that wish to exterminate Jews like rodents, and liberal American Jews are the sheep getting ready to walk to the slaughter. Forgive Israelis if they do all that they can to avoid another Holocaust. Liberal American Jews cant have it both ways. You cant fervently support the left, those who side with Islamists, and still claim to support Israel. If you support Israel, vote for those who will fight the very enemy who is dedicated to your destruction.

    3. Kenneth HIggs, Lindi says:

      Protestors attacked Israelis.

      Here is a revealing video of how palestinian protestors show their peaceful intentions and love:

      http://player.video.news.com.au/heraldsun/#AFc6Tb

      The video evidence clearly shows that pro-palestinian protestors wielding butchers knives, steel bars and clubs violently attacked Israeli soldiers. This crazy mob violence was a senseless provocation and clearly refutes any claim that these protest ships were on a "peaceful" aid mission. The western media and liberal politicians have been duped yet again by Islamist fanatics, who went there hoping for jihad and martyrdom.

      To these foolish protestors I say: Send aid through the correct channels. Stop the militant provocations and stop being a front for Hamas and Al Qaeda.

      I fully support Israel and its defenders in this situation!

    4. Jacob Feldman says:

      If America had a state which had been seized by a radical organization, the US would be selective about resources allowed into that State (and even more likely invade it). Let us not forget, however, that many Palestinians are victims of a radical Islamic organization. Israel's offer to allow in the goods aboard the flotilla once inspected would have been rightfully appreciated by activists who were seeking to provide humanitarian relief, rather than supporting a terrorist organization. http://israelandeconomics.blogspot.com/2010/06/ha

    5. Billie says:

      This is deeply saddening.

      God Bless and protect His own. May God send just punishment to those who aren't.

    6. MJF, CT says:

      Peace Activists attacking soldiers? Sounds like shades of the 1960's campus "Peace" demonstrations here in the USA.

    7. Sharon, Mobridge, SD says:

      Read the OT prophets. The writing is on the wall……

    8. West Texan says:

      Very insightful and well stated comments here. Especially those of Dmitry, Kenneth and Jacob. The video clearly showed a waiting mob of crudely armed determined attackers. Notice the protesters' life vest and gas masks. They were well prepared. Then some American ambassador was interviewed by Fox's Greta Van Susteren. Having been aboard one of the vessels when the Israelis boarded, he feigned ignorance and surprise that running a security blockade merited such attention. I don't know anything about this Jimmy Carter like cutout, but he's definitely Obama's voice in the region.

    9. Mike Sutton says:

      The only thing more useless than the U.S. government is the U.N. I've ceased to be surprised but I continue to be appalled at the fact that the U.S. continues to fund an organization of thugs and wanna-bees!

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    11. Wildcat from Dallast says:

      I find it difficult to comprehend why Israeli special ops forces would board a vessel running a blockade armed with only side arms and paintball Uzi’s? The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) must have had adequate intelligence to analyze that eventually had them come to the conclusion of both who and what they were planning on transporting (contraband, i.e. weapons) that brought the IDF to plan some action to actually enforce their blockade militarily. Just because they called themselves “Peace Activists” doesn’t mean they plan to act peaceably.

      The IDF correctly evaluated the flotilla for what they were attempting to do and took action to stop them from getting arms into Gaza. Perhaps they calibrated their tactics and weapons loads downward as a way to learn just how the aggressors were armed and planned to act upon being boarded. The scoreboard of 9 activists (probably terrorists) dead versus four or five IDF soldiers wounded was probably worth the risk. I suspect the next time such a situation arises the IDF will proceed much more aggressively in terms of weapons loads and tactics used.

      Israel was in the right as they usually are when it comes to defending themselves. Their options were limited to board and turn back after removing any contraband, capture the vessels, seize the cargo and take prisoners, or simply sink them as the aggressively approached the blockade. It will be more than interesting to see what happens the next time a terrorist backed so-called peace flotilla approaches the blockade.

    12. peggy minnesota says:

      this is a holy war obama and you are helping the enemies not the americans whom voted you in office this man needs to be impeaqched or fired he is not helping america and he says all the time how he hates america well there ya go in a nutshell get him out of office now!!!!!!!!!!! and take back america and for those whom hate it here LEAVE BY ALL MEANS LEAVE AMERICA NO LOSS ON OUR PART

    13. Dennis Social Circle says:

      The US has made a sad mistake under obama and clan. Israel must have our support, those that bran the blockade got what they deserved. urkey needs to stay out of the way and keep their mouth shut, as well as much of the liberal media and do gooders here.

    14. Al Wunsch, Fl says:

      The Obama foreign policy has energized the miscreants in the region and we are in for a war somewhere. Israel moved out of Gaza in good faith and has had nothing but misery since they did that and no help from the UN or the international community. Now the UN is going to investigate? Last time they helped, it was to ensure that Hezbolla would not reaarm in Lebanon. Don't know if Israel will wait too long before hitting Iran or if that is even a good idea. Do wonder though, why any aid is allowed into Gaza. Sad to say, it only contributes to the Hamas effort.

    15. saitji, india says:

      Israel’s act of piracy

      ECONOMIC TIMES

      2 Jun 2010, 0632 hrs IST,ET Bureau

      By any yardstick, using force against peace activists or those engaged in a

      primarily humanitarian mission is a shameful and criminal act. And

      considering that Israel attacked the flotilla of ships carrying aid and

      supplies to Gaza, killing at least 10 civilian activists and injuring many

      more, in international waters, is nothing short of an act of piracy, of

      state terrorism.

      The international reaction against Israel, for once, has been prompt and

      sharp, with condemnation pouring in from quarters normally tolerant of the

      Jewish state’s actions. With the UN Security Council now calling for an

      investigation into the attack on the flotilla, the international community,

      particularly the US, should apply requisite pressure on Israel to allow and

      aid such a probe.

      In addition, there must be renewed focus on working towards lifting the

      wholly unjust and crippling blockade of Gaza, which Israel imposed,

      according to its policy of collective punishment shortly after Hamas took

      control. India should play its role in that, even trying to use what

      influence it has with Tel Aviv. The blockade of Gaza is at the heart of

      this affair. Israel has severely restricted the number and quantity of

      supplies — everything from fuel to cement to food and medicines — it allows

      through into Gaza.

      That has left the population of Gaza, crammed into a tiny strip of land,

      desperately lacking essential items for survival, not to mention the

      crippling of basic services like electricity or sewage treatment or

      hospitals. That dire situation is what the aid flotilla was trying to draw

      attention to, with Israel contriving to call these aid-laden ships a threat

      to its security.

      Israel’s latest unilateral action only confirms that it often behaves like

      a law unto itself, outside the ambit of any international rules or

      treaties. The repercussions of these unilateral actions affect other

      countries, including India. Tel Aviv must realise that acts such as these

      would make it difficult for countries like India to sustain, let alone

      enhance, bilateral cooperation. A resolution to the larger Palestinian

      issue seems distant, not least given Israel’s obduracy, but the latter is

      fast losing any remaining moral ground as well as friends. Wiser counsel

      must prevail.

    16. saitji, india says:

      http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/west-foll

      There is no doubt about the fact that European and American governments practise the best kind of democracy within their borders. And most of us have heard about the great efforts exerted by western regimes to rescue a kidnapped western national here and there. No sooner does a western embassy hear that one of its nationals is in danger somewhere than it mobilises all its capabilities to help him or her, whereas hundreds of Arab nationals might perish anywhere in the world without even being mentioned on the news.

      The US government, for instance, never hesitates to send military personnel and even aircraft to rescue an American national who has got lost in a jungle or a desert. It sometimes goes even further by intervening militarily. We all remember how the Carter administration sacrificed its political future to rescue the US nationals who were taken hostage by Iranian students in Tehran in 1979. The operation was very risky indeed, but still the US president had no problem trying to save his citizens' lives, no matter what the outcome might be. The operation failed, but it was worth trying according to the US government.

      We all also saw how the Americans dealt with the US citizen who was a member of Al Qaida in Afghanistan. While his fellow Arab and Muslim colleagues were shipped roughly to Guantanamo Bay as if they were a bunch of beasts, John Walker Lindh, known as the American Taliban, was taken aside to be sent first to Germany in a very respectable manner to be treated there, and then he was transferred to his homeland to be tried before a civil court. Meanwhile, the Arab Al Qaida members were tried before a martial court.

      Contrast

      There is a world of difference between the way the Americans deal with a US national and the way they manhandle foreigners. This is by no means a criticism, as the US administration is solely responsible to the people who elected it. And I very much wish Arab governments would deal with their people in the same way America deals with its nationals, irrespective of treating foreigners badly.

      It is also true that British colonialists were extremely brutal with the people they colonised in Asia and Africa, to the extent that the English racist poet Rudyard Kipling used to say that his dog was better than all the African servants working on his farm. Whereas western colonialists treated Third World people very badly, they used to do their best to care for their people back home. And of course all the wealth that the colonialists reaped from Asia and Africa was used for the good of the western people.

      When we look now at the nature of international relations, we see a similar picture. The great western democracies still behave in much the same way towards Third World countries, if not worse, which contrasts flagrantly with the type of democracy they practise at home. Former US president George W. Bush had no problem at all turning into a horrible dictator when dealing with Arabs and Muslims. We all remember his famous saying "you are either with us or against us", which contrasts miserably with the basic doctrines of democracy. US strategist Zbigniew Brzezinski was even more fascist, regarding other races as inferior and barbaric.

      Israel, in its turn, brags about being the only democracy in the Middle East, while at the same time treating non-Jews living in the Jewish state as third-, if not fourth-class citizens. In a word, western democracies are only democratic within their borders, and they have no qualms about practising the worst type of despotism abroad.

      I am sure many of us have wondered about this. Why does a western democracy deal with its people in the nicest manner, while at the same time mistreating other people? Why does a western leader respect human rights to a remarkable degree inside his country, but have no problem behaving like a beast with other people? The answer is very simple. It is jungle democracy. A western leader deals with his people in the same way a predator deals with his cubs. We have all seen how a lioness, a hyena, a leopard, a wolf or other predators deal with the rest of the animals. They have no problem killing rabbits, deer, zebras and others. It is certainly strange to see a lioness tearing a gazelle into pieces, and then a minute later gently caressing its young in a very kind, motherly manner.

      In other words, predators are very tender with their kind and very fierce and aggressive with others. And so are western democracies. There is no democracy in international relations. Thomas Hobbes' theory, in which he argues that "man is a wolf to other men", applies only to the West's dealing with other nations.

      I wish we Arabs could follow this example. But alas, we seem to do exactly the opposite — we behave as hyenas with each other and as rabbits with others.

      Dr Faisal Al Qasim is a Syrian journalist based in Doha.

    17. Spiritof76, NH says:

      Looks like SEIU thugs beating up a guy selling flags at a tea party rally at St. Louis, except for a much bigger mob of hoodlums with pipes. The pathetic president Obama and his crony, Eric Holder are not bringing any charges against the SEIU thugs for civil rights violation. The same is true of the Black Panther thugs intimidating the voters in PA. They are also going free courtesey of Obama. What we have is lawlessness in our government.

    18. Abraham, Jakarta says:

      I understood that group for helper in gaza is part of provocator. So this situation is dangerous. They are not hope peace in central east, also peace in the world. I agree if we wants to help and do right with our aid, please use formally channels, ex International Red Cross. I big support to them who positive thinking.

    19. Sue - Chicago, IL says:

      To Israel & our Jewish friends: Please don't believe America's main stream media or protests that those views represent all Americans. You have many supporters, especially Christians, who support your right to defend yourself. Why so many American Jews vote for Democrats, especially the Democrats with hardcore Marxist beliefs like Obama, et al, is beyond me. Many times it seems like American Christians are more supportive of Israel than American Jews. I don't get it. I hope our Jews start to wake up & vote Republican this coming November. I have no idea what is to become of Israel with Iran. We pray for your country & your countrymen.

    20. Donna-GA. says:

      We continue to pray for you Israel! YHWH is your protector……

    21. sabra-shatila says:

      No matter the amount of falsified information the israeli media projects about the peace flotilla, the facts remain that israeli commandoes killed in cold blood 19 peace activists. This is another israeli crime against humanity. The whole world cannot be blind folded for long.

    22. rossabh Long Beach says:

      Accountability and consequences are what keep the dangerous people in check. The world is a much more dangerous place as we ignore the basic wisdom of Peace throught Strength. Roger Dawson, an Englishman living in America and teaching negotiating techniques told us in the 1970s that the most effective gambit against an American is, "What do you think is fair?" Propaganda is packaged to give the Willfully Ignorant Americans a reason to feel like they are a part of a Righteous Crusade for Good as they are being used to destroy America's exceptionalism. In a 1985 interview at http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x32cxf_yuri-bezm… Yuri Bezmenov, a KGB defector talks about the Demoralization of America Program and it sounds like what I observe. They are creating the condition for the destruction of America as a free nation with a unique culture as they dwell in a fantasy.

    23. norris hall says:

      The Israeli attack of boats in international waters brings back images of the Israeli attack on The USS Liberty , a United States Navy technical research ship by Israeli Air Force jet fighter planes and motor torpedo boats, on June 8, 1967, during the Six-Day War.

      The combined air and sea attack killed 34 U.S. crew members (naval officers, seamen, two Marines, and a civilian), wounded 171 crew members, and severely damaged the ship.

      At the time, the ship was in international waters, too.

      The ship was intelligence gathering

      Israel declared it would defend its coast with every means at its disposal, including sinking unidentified ships.

      Captain William L. McGonagle of the Liberty asked Vice Admiral William I. Martin at the U.S. 6th Fleet headquarters to send a destroyer to accompany the Liberty and serve as its armed escort

      But The following day, June 6, Admiral Martin replied: “Liberty is a clearly marked United States ship in international waters, not a participant in the conflict and not a reasonable subject for attack by any nation. Request denied.”

      Nevertheless, Israelis attacked the ship with great loss of American lives.

    24. Matt, Oregon says:

      The Israeli military acted with legal authority and were violently attacked by criminals, I applaud their professionalism and discipline. The defeated criminals deserve nothing more than a funeral and an appropriate burial.

    25. Chuck Anderson, Univ says:

      I've noticed a lot of information on the internet about President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela stating the he's prepared to deploy Venezuelan Marines on the ships of the Gaza flotillas, to provide security and to repulse any boarding attempts by IDF Navy commandos. (What bothers me is that these Venezuelan Marines might even be given that status of "peacekeepers", and that would really be a sham!) He's also offered to deploy Venezuelan military forces to the border areas of Arab nations bordering Israel.

      One thing that concerns me is that Cuba did a similar thing by sending troops to fight in Angola many years ago.

      As Chavez has firmly allied himself with Syria, Iran, Hamas, et al, it seems that he may be attempting to enhance his stature in the cause of "socialist solidarity", and he'll do so with the lives of his troops.

      Even if he mobilizes his country's entire population for war, will Venezuela have much of an impact in the MIddle East? This isn't even really his fight, but he's making it so.

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