Let Us Sail to Gaza - by Stephen Lendman
Freedom Flotilla II participants demand their lawful right to deliver vital humanitarian aid to Gaza. However, an Israeli/Washington/Greek conspiracy block them. Nonetheless, they persist, trying to overcome imperial ruthlessness and succeed.
A June 27 Jerusalem Post (JP) editorial called their mission "Ships of fools," saying:
Organizers "seem to be foolishly throwing caution to the wind, and appear bent on pushing ahead with plans for a confrontation on the open seas with the Israeli Navy."
Of course, they want nothing of the sort. Israel's Navy plans confrontation with them if they sail, perhaps intending another high-seas massacre like in May 2010, and regularly through air and ground attacks against occupied Palestinian civilians.
Instead of blaming the villain, JP blames victims, including saying Israel now lets "most everything into Gaza," when, in fact, critical needs go unfulfilled. Virtually all exports are prohibited, and Israel's siege is ruthlessly lawless.
Operating as a pro-Israeli front group, the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor (NGOM) is equally biased, disseminating propaganda and hate. Moreover, it debases legitimate human rights groups, independent journalists, and other advocates for truth, equity and justice.
Its director, Gerald Steinberg, is a Bar Ilan University political science professor, a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a steering committee member of the Forum on Antisemitism at the Office of the (Israeli) Prime Minister, and various other organizations promoting a one-sided pro-Israeli agenda.
On June 29, NGOM's Jason Edelstein headlined a Ynet.news article, "Gaza flotillas fill no great humanitarian void, clearly designed to provoke Israel," saying:
The "latest crop of flotilla participants - a fringe group of extremists working alongside terrorists - is more concerned with their own PR and promoting hate, violence, and chaos, rather than with working with Israelis and Palestinians to find peaceful solutions to the conflict."
What shocks is that Ynet News or any other publication would publish this rot instead of trashing it where it belongs, and barring further NGO Monitor submissions. They're long on hate and disinformation, while scorning truths, rule of law standards and justice.
In contrast, an April 7 Haaretz editorial headlined, "The blockade is the problem," saying:
The siege and plans to interdict flotilla aid "underscore the folly that serves as the foundation of" Netanyahu's policy. Moreover, Israel is "addicted to occupation and is unable to liberate itself...."
In addition, the blockade "only perpetuates the conflict and the hatred, and casts light on Israel as a cruel, occupying power....Halting the second flotilla does not compensate for the total failure of Israel's policy toward Gaza."
Haaretz writer Yitzhak Laor agrees, calling Gaza's siege "a moral blockade of Israel" in his July 5 article. Moreover, on June 3, Haaretz's Gideon Levy said today's Israel is "a society of force and violence," masquerading as a free and open democracy for all its people equitably. In fact, it never was and isn't now, nor is America, governed by powerful monied interests, operating with a license to steal.
So far, Greece prevents Flotilla II vessels from sailing, except the French boat, "Dignite al Karama," at sea en route to Gaza. Expecting to arrive in a day or two, its July 5 statement said: