Washington and Israel v. Iran and Flotilla Activists - by Stephen Lendman
Washington and Israel: symbols of how rogue states operate.
While high stakes nuclear roulette continues, the fate of Freedom Waves to Gaza activists hangs in the balance.
On November 2, Canada's Tahrir and Ireland's Soairse (Freedom) sailed from Fethiye, Turkey. Israel warplanes and naval vessels shadowed them in international waters.
Israeli warships interdicted them violently. Their boats were nearly sunk. Some on board were injured. Twenty-seven participants were arrested, roughed up, detained and imprisoned. All their possessions were stolen.
Some were released and deported. On November 9, a Tahrir press release headlined, "Canadians face two months of incarceration in Israel without trial," saying:
In court, activists tasted Israeli-style justice. They were told: sign voluntary deportation waivers admitting entering Israel lawlessly and agree not to try breaching Gaza's siege again, or face two months in prison uncharged without trial.
Participants, in fact, were kidnapped in international waters, then forcibly taken to Israel and imprisoned for trying to deliver vitally needed medicines to Gaza.