GAZA BLOCKADE THWARTS JIHADISTS PLOT
May 31, 2010
On the 31 May, 2010, Turkish sponsored pro-Hamas jihadist terrorists, disguised as 'peace activists,' attempted to beat Israel's sea blockade of Gaza and clearly set out at least the partial goal of generating anti-Semitic propaganda by inciting violence. Rather than obeying the directions of Israel's security forces the Islamic terrorists chose to violently attack the perfectly legal boarding party and the ensuing act of self-defence by Israel resulted in the deaths of ten or so of the jihadists. Bloggers flooded the internet with the usual varied, and often wildly non-factual, illogical, emotional, and anti-Semitic, opinions - as well as a considerable degree of understanding and support for Israel - as the following typical cross-section reveals (we include some interjections made by members of TCE):
... how can the western world possibly overlook Israel's latest atrocity
... Israel is always being given special treatment for it's attacks on Palestine
... it's disregard of UN regulations
... the twisted versions of the truth that it's spokesmen feed the media
... attacking a convoy in international waters cannot and must not be ignored
... Israel and it's people must realize they can't manipulate the rest of the world because of their tragic past
... the people of Palestine are being starved out or all die from lack of medical supplies
... we have to remember that long before Israel was a country on the world map Palestine existed
... the blame for this lies at the doors of the allies who handed these lands over in 1945 ... without due thought about the indigenous people already there
... it's unacceptable to attack and kill people in International waters
... I watched the footage on tv ... of course the aid workers would fight back
... Israeli commandos started firing before they even landed their feet on the boat
... there is no excuse for this massacre being allowed to take place
... this is state funded terrorism
... why didn't they intercept with a warship
... a shot across the bows would have done the trick
... I don't much about it but it seems to me that the Palastinians have the right to defend themselves as their neighbours are always attacking them
... we are at fault for giving them other peoples land without their agreement
... the Jews are just too greedy, they want it all
... it is a pity that they cannot just sit round a peace table and thrash out a peace deal
... the UN should send in its peace keeping force to help monitor the situation
... Israel has been able to avoid facing the international courts for decades over behaviour that would have been castigated if by anyone else
... the death of six million Jews in World War II cannot be used as an excuse for state terrorism
... the Palestinians are capable of - and have committed atrocities - but they also believe the land to be theirs
... the constant revenge attacks must stop - the blockade should be removed and the UN should get these people round a table to talk
... if the Israeli state wants to have the respect of western nations they must stop the terrorisation of the Palestinian people
... a nation that constantly refers to the holocaust as an excuse for bad behaviour ... is showing itself capable of the persecution of others
... I expect Israel will get away with it once again
... I have no issue with the Israeli state being given their land after WWII - I do have a problem with the fact they appear to have no sympathy for the people who lived there before them
... they are trying to get rid of those occupants by foul means
... they appear to have learned NOTHING from their history
... they are happy to visit injustice, misery and pain on civilians while still playing the 'we've been hard done by for centuries card'
... the Palestinian people are being destroyed, their homes obliterated, their land commandeered for building so it's only to be expected they will fight back
... move the boundaries of the Israeli state back to those they were given originally
... aid is allowed through - but only about a quarter of what is really needed
... the aid on these ships was mainly building supplies (not food or medical) this is something that has not been allowed to pass through to the Palestinians
... their neighbours have a right to a peaceful life without fear of their borders being constantly pushed back
Notice how many of these bloggers rely on 'a fatman in the pub said it so it must be true' type arguments - and reasoning? How would they react to a brief interjection of facts?
TCE: How tiring it is to read the usual plethora of misinformation from individuals and biased agencies. First point - there are no 'occupied territories' in Israel! Why? Because the Jews were robbed of 80% of the land that should have been theirs by the disgraceful reneging on the 'Balfour Declaration' - which the corrupt 'League of Nations' (that spawned the equally corrupt UN) also chickened out of - so that this land was used to 'pay off' off Abdullah while enabling an oil pipeline to be constructed (for British benefit!) through 'trans-Jordan.' Result? Britain rapidly lost its 'Empire' - and the Muslim world immediately began its (illegal!) anti-Semitic attacks on this puny little piece of seemingly indefensible land that they foisted on this small group of escapees from the pogroms and Holocaust. Result? The Jews repeatedly smashed the 'mighty' armies of Allah and correctly (as defined by International Law!) took land in their counter offensives that made their tiny piece of misshapen territory more defensible. They are therefore (for these two reasons) under no legal requisite to give 'back' any land whatsoever! Thirdly, the Islamic nations cannot deny that the creeds of Allah demand that they retake what they once 'owned' (never mind that the God of the Bible that Muhammad once claimed to believe in had already given it to the Jews for eternity!) and annihilate the Jews in the process. Fourthly, Hudna (deceptive Islamic 'peace' process taught by their prophet) teaches that you can make a treaty while waiting and working to gain an advantage, short-term or long-term (theoretically up to ten years), while their co-doctrines of kithman and taqiya teach that lying/hiding the truth are perfectly acceptable (particularly when dealing with non-Muslims) so that no 'peace deal' with Muslims ever means what the dummies of the West think it means. The Jews should know this by now - because every single deal/agreement they have made with Muslims has been utterly reneged on and has proven these doctrines to be true. Therefore any logical person can come to only one conclusion - the world should arm Israel to the teeth, build a colossal wall (of the kind that Egypt has now constructed without so much as a whimper of disapproval from the whiners who objected to Israel's 'apartheid' wall!) around their present territory and strike back hard at any nation that can be linked to attacks on Israel. But none of this will happen - we all know that. And no Islamic nation would dare take in the 'Palestinian refugees' they use as pawns to continue their sick and evil game - although they all have masses of land and millions of dollars appropriated from Jews (those they illegally expelled from their territories) and US aid. Israel tried to handle the present situation proportionately to begin with and it appears to be (Islamic?) Turks who escalated it - but came off worst as usual - just as the terrorists have always done within Israel too! Let us try and forget, for a moment: the 'illegal' wars started by the West in Afghanistan and Iraq - and the thousands killed in those conflicts; the illegal killings in Burma, Thailand, etc. by those governments; the fact that Israel has killed a fraction of this number of 'innocent Palestinians' (also ignore the number of faked funerals and deaths that have been recorded amongst the Palestinians!) in defending themselves. Compare these and any number of other conflicts around the world and the propensity of the UK media to repeat lies from the last 'conflicts' forgetting that, while Islamists fired rockets indiscriminately into the Israeli population (and continue to do so to this day!) the Israeli forces even leaflet warnings to areas they will retaliate against before taking relatively mild action! Note that these same Islamists chose to fire their missiles from civilian homes and schools so that they use their families and children as shields! This conflict will certainly not end through 'peace processes' organised by men. But the final outcome? How about this: the attacks on Israel usher in the Muslim Mahdi/anti-Christ who begins the End-times conflagration that finally settles who is Almighty God - and who is just the man-in-the-Moon god!
Back to the blogging:
... how many Israel's going around blowing themselves up in the market place?
... how many Israeli's living in cramped conditions deprived of the basic necessities of life?
... these blockades must be ended
... these people are being punished just because of who they are - ordinary families
... are our supporters of yesterday's attacks about to tell me that every man, woman and child in Palestine is a terrorist
TCE: Some more facts:
1. Israel withdrew unilaterally from Gaza in a misplaced quest for peace only to see the Gaza strip (within 24 hours) used to attack Israel with rockets supplied by Iran, forcing Israel to enact a naval blockade in self-defence (these terrorists have not fulfilled even a fraction of the UN 'resolutions' or 'peace treaty promises' from recent or distant past!);
2. the so-called suffering of the people of Gaza is exaggerated in contrast to Islamic treatment of non-Muslims anywhere in the world (what will you say if Islam takes over your part of the world and, when you refuse to convert, they demand you pay the dhimmi - for dummies - tax to remain a non-Muslim!?);
3. the hardship in Gaza is a direct result of the Fatah regime of Mahmoud Abbas and his predecessor Yasser Arafat thieving, embezzling, misappropriating, and mis-allocating the colossal amount of international financial aid foolishly squandered in Gaza and just as foolishly provided to these thieves by the US and EU governments - and by the great money shredding machine known as the UN;
4. let us not forget that it was the their own Muslim ummah (brotherhood!) in Jordan who drove out Arafat's PLO in 'Black' September 1970 (killing up to 20,000 of its own!) because they tried to take over that country - so why should Israel take these murderous scum in anyway!;
5. yet it is another fact that Muslims living in Israel enjoy the freedom of living in the only system of democracy in the Middle East and also enjoy a standard of living and health-care many times higher than that existing amongst the masses in the surrounding Muslim nations (as testified officially by the World Health Organisation!);
6. commercial commodities and construction materials shipped into Gaza are routinely commandeered for terror-related construction for rocket launching bunker positions to attack Israeli civilians and everything from toys to medical supplies are routinely hijacked (tunnel and sea routes giving access to Gaza have furnished Iran with the means to smuggle weapons of Islamic terror to the same jihadist ideology responsible for the multiple Islamic global attacks on the West);
7. the Israeli authorities were quite prepared to allow the self-defined humanitarian aid flotilla to dock and unload its wares in the nearby port of Ashdod and, providing no weapons were discovered, to transport the materials to Gaza uninterrupted; this was refused as some weapons were aboard these crafts and fired at Israeli military personnel intercepting attempts to run the self-defence blockade necessitated by the actions of Iran and Hamas;
8. this demonstrates that the flotilla was not primarily a humanitarian venture - if it had been it would contain absolutely zero fire arms and have guaranteed safe passage of the materials to Gaza via Ashdod;
9. this should therefore be recognised as another political propaganda effort partly facilitated by Islamist interests as Turkey pushes itself away from its secularist constitution and back into an outright Islamist direction;
10. given the human rights abuses rife in Turkey, including the de facto persecution of Christians, the suffering of the Kurds at the hands of the Turks (which Kurds claim is well beyond any self-defensive action taken by Israelis against Gaza Arabs), and given the Turkish holocaust perpetrated against the 2 million Christian Armenians Turkey (murdered without repentance to this day!), it is utterly hypocritical for an Islamic government of a nation with an ugly history of genocide to condemn Israel for protecting itself;
11. should we mention that Turkey itself occupies Kurdistan and the European side of the Bosporus which, like Izmir and the northwest Turkish Coast, was stolen from Greece;
12. While regretting the tragic loss of all human life it is a fact that their blood is on their own hands - not on Israel's - they had every chance to get the material into Gaza safely and every warning not to run the defensive blockade which Iran and Hamas compels Israel to enforce.
.... since Hamas has no trouble bringing in arms and materials for war, how come they cannot bring in food and other comforts?
... Hamas uses ordinary Palestinians for propaganda so that the ignorant and gullible of this world swallow their nonsense
... the films of the Israeli soldiers boarding the vessel shows that they were attacked with iron bars etc. and beaten to the ground - and THAT is when they opened fire
... I'm fed up with people moaning that the Israelis slaughter civilians
... maybe if the Palestinians didn't keep sending over rockets into Israel to indiscriminately slaughter innocents, the Israelis would not retaliate
... too many of these so-called humanitarian organisations have been infiltrated by militant anti-Semites ... Jew[ish] ... cemeteries are constantly vandalised but ... vandals never seem to attack any of the mosques in this country
... cemeteries of ALL denominations are vandalised ...This paranoia that everyone is against jews is ridiculous ... We live in the 21st century the vast majority of people have no interest in religions of any kind ... Even less the motivation to specifically go out and target one particular group ... cemeteries where I live are vandalised on a regular basis by ... teens....of all persuasions ... I assume the same is true of any other graveyard in the country ... you think to have humanitarian tendencies you must first be "anti "someone ... I think you'll find that most of the people on those ships went with good hearts and intentions. They intended to help families in difficulty ... I am flogging a dead horse ...You all appear to be narrow minded ... backward thinking individuals who have no intention of hearing anyone elses [sic] views
... I formed an opinion about the Palestinians when Yasser Arafat was putting children into the front line so that he could scream at TV cameras that "The Jews are killing our children"
... It ... surprises me that [these anti-Israeli protesters] don't seem to give a **** about Mugabe's treatment of the white ... farmers which has resulted in the starvation of all - black and remaining white
... Here we go with the twisting words. Did I say or even imply that I think to have any humanitarian tendencies you have to be anti someone or something? I said that militant anti-Semites had infiltrated these humanitarian organisations and I stand by that
... So........Holocaust. 1972 Olympics. Vandalised Graves. Seems a good enough reason to attack a ship in INTERNATIONAL WATERS and kill Peace Activists. Stop trying to justify the indefensible
... As a country we need to rid ourselves of the Israel lobby that dominates Westminster and those connected to it
TCE: ... Everyone is entitled to their opinion/view - but whether they deserve to be taken seriously depends entirely on THE FACTS they bring forward to support their opinion/view.' QED
... Let's just talk facts, shall we? The Israelis DID NOT attack a ship in international waters. They BOARDED a ship and were ATTACKED by those aboard it so they defended themselves
... Israel is a rogue nation completely out of control. Get rid of the Zionist scum bags dominating Westminster
TCE: ... [these bloggers will now] enlighten us with facts about the 'Zionist scum bags/Israel lobby' they are so well informed about ...
... you want to believe that Jewish cemeteries are targeted by anti-Semitist groups ... read the newspapers - this attack on a ship in INTERNATIONAL waters has been condemned worldwide ... I've marched against the Mugabe regime and for human rights in all corners of the world ... Unlike you, human life is sacred to me, any human life ... Regardless of race creed or colour.
TCE: ... we can recognise another old saying being demonstrated here: 'Don't bother me with the facts - my mind is made up!'
... So many conflicts, where one side has Jet Fighters, Army's, open ended defence budgets, nuclear arsenal's, and the other has zilch?
... if the other side has zilch it is because they have fired all their rockets into Israel
... I have all the information I need to make up my mind ... I am in no doubt that Hamas is an evil organisation and I have no sympathy for those who inflict terror, but there are one and a half million people living in hellish conditions and they have to be someone's priority ... Israel is not free from blame
... Israel attacked the convoy and the people on board retaliated - are they supposed to sit down and be killed?
... supplies going to a nation that has been pushed off their land by greedy warmongering zionists should have been allowed through
... Israel is determined that the Palestinians suffer and if it means kids die and go hungry and don't get medical help, they don't care. This is genocide and stupid people still think Israel is ok. Let them go and live in Gaza and then tell us Israel is ok
... On June 8, 1967, the unarmed spy ship USS Liberty was on duty in international waters off the Sinai Peninsula when it was bombarded by Israeli fighter jets and torpedo boats. The two-hour-long attacks killed at least 34 sailors, wounded 173 others and nearly sunk the ship. The attack on the Liberty came at a time when Israel had engaged in a brief but intense war with Egypt and its Arab allies, which coincided with the US war on Vietnam. Although the ship was clearly marked as an American vessel, Israelis declared the attack on Liberty as a simple case of "friendly fire" and "mistaken identity". Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, former US president Lyndon Johnson accepted the Israeli claim and cancelled all investigations into the incident. "It was a case of mistaken identity …I do not care if every man drowned and the ship sank, we will not embarrass an ally," Johnson had told his opponents who demanded an open congressional hearing to address the Israeli claim. USS Liberty survivor Rick Almett, however, begged to differ. "There was a conspiracy between our government and Israel. So that's the reason why they didn't pursue it and why the investigations were covered up because of the alliance of Israel and the United States"
... I listened to a representative from OXFAM on the news and the conditions for the Palestinians are even worse than I had thought. This woman, who has No political or religious affiliations told of the distress and deprivation caused by the blockade ... I have read all the comments ... everyone is entitled to their views but you haven't changed mine. For me the question of rights over land are totally unimportant when people are starving and have few if any of the basic necessities of life. The flotilla and its cargo should not have been intercepted in the manner in which it was - the "weapons" shown on the news were makeshift to say the least and ANYONE who was threatened had every right to fight back. For [those] who think I'm stupid, stubborn and the other implied insults, my opinion is as valuable as yours ...
TCE: No one could logically give carte blanch to Israel, or any other government, and allow them to do as they wish in violation of the protocols of human civility and 'international' laws (International Law is clear: Article 54 of Additional Protocol I plainly states that Israel is entitled by military necessity to blockade Gaza); but the facts we do know about cannot possibly lead to the conclusions that many have arrived at through emotion and bias resulting in worthless, idiotic, opinions. It is easily shown that such blogging is based on false information and illogical bias from its very inception:
'Can the western world possibly overlook Israels [sic] latest atrocity' = Israel always commits atrocities and no one else in the Middle East, or worldwide, does;
'We're used to Israel being given special treatment for it's attacks on Palestine ...' = Israel gets special treatment and the Palestinians never attack anyone (this is assuming you accept the fallacy that 'Palestine' exists in the twisted way its spokesmen would like us to believe!);
'it's disregard of UN regulations' = Israel has always ignored UN regulations while every other nation acquiesces to every instruction of this corrupt organisation - and never mind that the UN have rarely enforced any of their 'regulations' on the terrorists who continue to commit atrocities on Israelis and that they have been proven to assist Islamic nations in their attacks - e.g. 1967, when the UN withdrew from their 'peace-keeping' positions when Nasser told them to leave - so that Egypt was free to move on Israel!);
'the twisted versions of the truth that it's spokesmen feed the media ... ' = the Israelis always lie but 'Palestinians' always tell you the truth (we have already referred to the many staged 'deaths' and 'funerals' that have duped the West, but when you cannot see that your statements make you an anti-Semite then you are too blind to see anything);
'surely attacking a convoy in international waters cannot and must not be ignored' = we have never ignored such attempted blockades before and should be outraged (but never mind the fact that, when confronted by the Israelis, five of the six ships' captains diverted to Ashdod while the sixth decided to defy the challenge and instigated the violence by attacking the IDF with clubs, knives, scissors, pepper spray, etc. and then used side-arms apparently obtained from their acts of violence on the Israelis who had boarded utilizing nothing more threatening than non-lethal paint-ball guns - video shows the assault and that an IDF soldier was thrown over a railing to a deck 30 feet below)
What major comparison can we make with this blockading action? How about the 'illegal' US blockade of Cuba when Russia 'merely' threatened with missiles on her doorstep - did the rest of the world ignore that? Yes - and they still do to this day - apart from the actions of deceived pro-Cuba groups equivalent to 'FreeGaza'!
Regarding the USS Liberty 'disaster' - even reading Wikipedia will reveal a somewhat different version of accounts: Israel was at full scale war with Egypt and her Islamic allies ('Six Day War' - 5-10th June, 1967) and they had warned all nations including the US that they would take action against any unidentified vessel approaching their territory; 'all investigations into the incident' were not cancelled but completed and the governments came to an agreement - and Israel paid considerable compensation. We can only speculate about the reasons for the Liberty gradually edging nearer to an area fraught with tension (as the record shows) - but it was a 'spyship' and therefore almost certainly gathering information which the Israelis (with their massive high-tech backgrounds) almost certainly honed in on and considered to be hostile. That is as good a 'guess' about the truth as anyone is going to be able to make from the evidence in the public domain. But to present this incident from the 8th June ('The attack on the Liberty came at a time when Israel had engaged in a brief but intense war with Egypt and its Arab allies ...') as if in the past - 'had' - when it was actually at the height of the tension reveals another disingenuous contribution!
Israel has maintained the present 4-year blockade to halt the flow of weapons from Iran to Hamas in Gaza for many reasons, e.g. in November 2009, the Israeli navy intercepted a huge cache of weapons headed from Iran to Hezbollah and Hamas onboard 'Francop', a German container ship. The markings on the weapons discovered were clearly Iranian, apart from the cache of about 3,000 missiles which included Katyusha rockets.
Israel ceded Gaza in hopes of achieving peace in the region, but Hamas continued to indiscriminately project missiles (~1,200 and counting) across the border at innocent Jewish civilians. Despite the ongoing provocation, Israel has allowed food and humanitarian supplies into Gaza through the Red Cross and UN. Ironically, BBC Newsnight reported on this incident (2nd June, 2010) and, despite the clear anti-Israel stance they so often take at times, managed to prove that smuggling goods into Gaza/Israel is a thriving business while, 'Yes', life is harder for the 'Palestinians' since Israel began the blockade. They utterly failed to prove that anyone was 'starving' (the emotive angle put across in this blog by those with an agenda) although some obviously have less than they had before the blockade. The double irony? The same programme then reported on 13 shot dead in Cumbria, UK, by one deranged man (which puts the controlled and limited Israeli retaliation against armed terrorists in some perspective) and then followed with a report on the truly hideous maniacal regime in North Korea where millions definitely are starving (many have been reduced to adding tree-bark to bulk up their pathetic rations), those who retaliate against that regime are killed and their innocent families shipped off to Stalinistic-type gulags, and finally showed young men who have escaped that regime playing football against their South Korean counterparts - who are, on average, three inches taller because of the difference in their childhood nutrition. Now there is a regime worth marching against - but not in their backyard or you'll simply disappear or suffer an unfortunate 'accident'! 'Newsnight' effectively showed that there never was a humanitarian crisis in Gaza (despite the claims of the last, emotional and illogical, offering!), merely a shortage of certain goods that would end - if the rocket attacks end.
A 'humanitarian mission' becomes something else when it is populated with those who readily turn to violence and thus prove that worldwide publicity was a major - and perhaps minimal - goal on their agenda. Those who fall for deception always allow their emotions to run away with them, as they quickly reveal with uncalled for and unfounded judgementalism ('Unlike you, human life is sacred to me, any human life. Regardless ... '). But let the record show that we had no need to call anyone 'stupid,' while the failure to bring forward facts to prove the accusations against Israel demonstrates the claims of supposed 'humanitarians' to be illogical and often blatantly anti-Semitic.
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