Israel’s Premeditated Murder of Peace Activists Was No Mistake

If you think about it, Israel’s calculated murder of peace activists on a mission to break the siege of Gaza makes perfect sense. A lot of observers were baffled that Netanyahu’s government inflated the importance of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla which was delivering vital humanitarian aid to the largest concentration camp in the world but had the secondary mission of publicizing the brutal and illegal siege of Gaza. To casual observers, it seemed like Israel’s belligerent posture was amplifying the international media attention given to the flotilla. It seemed so counter-productive for the Israelis to hand the peace activists what amounted to a nuclear powered bull horn.

The only excuse that Netanyahu and Lieberman could make for their seemingly irrational obsession with the supply ships was that the peace activists on board where delegitimizing Israel. The Israelis couldn’t make the usual ‘security’ arguments about terrorist threats — not with so many unarmed European Parliamentarians and peace activists on board. So they dreamed up a new category of criminals nobody has ever heard of before — de-legitimizers. There are millions of decent people who abhor Zionism and view Israel as a racist Jewish supremacist state. Israel and her supporters can argue with that, but since when has delegitimizing Israel been a capital crime that justified piracy on the high seas?

The flotilla was in international waters when it was assaulted — seventy miles from its destination. It was a pre-dawn raid and, in an operation of this sort, the darkness elevated the risk of inflicting unnecessary casualties. Quite a few journalists were on board and the dark offered the Israelis a veil to ward off any cameras that could clearly document that the violence was premeditated.

The overwhelming evidence suggests that this Israeli raid was planned, perfectly timed and achieved its desired objective: to scuttle a scheduled meeting with Obama. What else would explain the hurry? Was there a clock ticking away? The answer to that question is yes. Only a few precious hours remained for Netanyahu to weasel his way out of an appointment at the White House. That might help explain the smug self-satisfied look on Netanyahu’s face when he announced the cancellation of the visit.

The scheduled meeting at the White House was no ordinary tete-a-tete. It was a carefully orchestrated event. A week earlier, Obama had dispatched Rahm Emanuel to Jerusalem to butter up Netanyahu. According to news reports, Israel’s prime minister was given “unequivocal assurances” from the US President that an accord agreeing to talks on a nuclear weapons-free Mideast would not endanger the Jewish state. The assurances included a significant upgrade of Israel’s strategic and deterrent capabilities and a promise that no UN resolutions would be adopted that would hurt Israel’s ‘vital interests.’ One has to presume that Obama’s promises included blanket amnesty for last year’s war crimes in Gaza. As a bonus, Netanyahu stopped in Europe to pick up membership in the OECD — making Israel the only wealthy country in the world to get lavish American aid.

Of course, Obama and the Europeans expected a little reciprocity and a more flexible Israeli posture in the proximity talks with the Palestinians. It was Netanyahu’s turn to give a little. There was talk in the press of a love fest where a ‘new and improved’ Netanyahu would make an appearance and be willing to make a few hard choices to end the interminable conflict. The Lithuanian-Israeli prime minister who opposed Camp David, the Oslo agreement and the withdrawal from Gaza was under pressure to deliver the goods.

Sabotaging peace initiatives is something the Israelis excel at and Netanyahu is a skilled practitioner of obstructionism. Lest we forget, he secured the position of prime minister by putting together the most right wing coalition in Israeli history. He leads a government that is made up of pro-settler parties and outright expulsionists. Freezing settlements or withdrawing from the West Bank or making any kinds of concessions on East Jerusalem would unravel his government.

Netanyahu didn’t have much of a choice in the matter. There was a strategic imperative to create a crisis to justify canceling the meeting with Obama. Murdering the peace activists on the high seas was a high risk maneuver and it came at a well calibrated cost. Let’s first dispel the rumor that Israel is or has ever been concerned with its international reputation. Notice that it was Netanyahu who canceled the White House appointment. Why the rush to get back to Israel? Was there any better way to do a little damage control than by making a few concessions in Washington in front of the fawning lenses of pro-Israeli CNN cameras? But the White House was the last place the Israeli prime minister wanted to be. And if all it took was piracy and murder on the high seas, it was a price Netanyahu was willing to pay.

Israel’s has a well established record of planning and executing premeditated atrocities. They’ve shot Libyan passenger planes out of the sky and carpet bombed Gaza, South Lebanon and Beirut. One can go down the list of infamous massacres from Sabra and Shatilla to Jenin to Deir El Yassin, Qibya and a hundred other places where they’ve slaughtered innocents. Aside from the attack on the Liberty, the only thing that distinguishes this latest war crime is that the victims were not Palestinians or Arabs. With the assistance of the Jewish Lobby and their well-placed partisans at FOX noise and CNnothing, Israel always manages to wipe the incriminatory blood stains off its garments and make a miraculous recovery as the perpetual victim.

Anybody with half a brain should be able to figure out that this most recent Israeli atrocity was premeditated. Netanyahu will pay a price and there will be a price to pay but it will be paid in short term currency. Obama might or might not figure out that he gave away the store and walked away empty handed but with mid-term elections on the horizon, he’ll still shield Israeli leaders from accountability for their war crimes. The relationship with Turkey will be strained and a few European foreign ministers will fume. The United States had no problem figuring out how to react to piracy with the Achille Lauro, but all they can muster up in response to this latest act of Israeli state terrorism is a benign statement of ‘concern.’ Washington might even work up the courage to ask the Israelis to conduct an inquiry. Israel will be ostracized for a few weeks but Netanyahu will have accomplished his goal by derailing yet another peace initiative and winning additional time to continue building settlements and dispossess the Palestinians of their native soil.

Ahmed Amr is the editor of NileMedia.com and the author of The Sheep and the Guardians: Diary of a SEC sanctioned swindle. He can be reached at: Montraj@aol.com. Read other articles by Ahmed.

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  1. MichaelKenny said on June 1st, 2010 at 11:23am #

    Ah yes, I wondered how long it would take the “Israel always wins” crowd to recover from their surprise! Obviously, it was an enormous surprise because this is the most flimsy piece of false flag propaganda I have ever seen in my life! Of course, this MUST be premeditated! Otherwise it would be a victory for the Palestinians that isn’t allowed under the rules! Read the desperation between the lines: “the overwhelming evidence suggests that this Israeli raid was planned, perfectly timed and achieved its desired objective”! And what “evidence” might that be? As for “anybody with half a brain should be able to figure out that this most recent Israeli atrocity was premeditated”, that may well be true, but there can’t be many people who suffer from that condition. For the rest of us, with a whole brain, common sense suggests that the Israelis panicked. They were caught in a bind. Either they let the ships in and tacitly lifted the blockade or the stopped the ships, at whatever cost. Probably one soldier panicked and fired and the others just followed suit, thinking someone had fired at him. That’s the way these things usually happen. In fact, this is (yet another!) monumental Israeli screw-up and, thereby, a huge victory for the Palestinians. Indeed, this blunder may well turn out to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. That the false flaggers are panicking doesn’t surprise me!

  2. hayate said on June 1st, 2010 at 11:35am #

    MichaelKenny said on June 1st, 2010 at 11:23am

    The more desperate israel’s position becomes, the more absurd the spam of their hasbarats and sayanim.

  3. hayate said on June 1st, 2010 at 12:00pm #

    Flotilla Massacre is a Reply to the Turkish-Iranian Relations

    Kawther Salam

    The leaders of the Israeli gang of War criminals, the so-called “Israeli government” is currently engaged in inciting and planning to launch a nuclear war against Iran, was not able to do anything in response to the Turkish- Iranian-Brazilian agreement of last May 17 2010 to transfer 1.200 Kg of low-enriched uranium to Turkey in return for nuclear fuel. In retaliation, they perpetrated the massacre on the Freedom Flotilla of humanitarian aid-carrying ships aiming to break the Israel genocide of siege on Gaza imposed since 2006. The Turkish-Iranian-Brazilian agreement stood as an obstacle against the Israeli ambitions to force the world to enter into a spiral of bloody nuclear war. It is wrong to believe that the Turkish government was not expecting the massacre against the Freedom Flotilla which carried 10.000 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

    (snip)

    Turkish sources and media revealed a document which shows that a death list had been prepared in advance by the Israelis, showing names and pictures of people on board of the ships to be murdered, who, according to Israel, were “involved in the International humanitarian aid for Gaza”. According to the Turkish sources, hundreds of Israeli soldiers stormed the blue Turkish ship “Marmara” flotilla and they had copies of the death list. The list included the names of civilians on the fleet who should be killed”. The document was apparently recovered after one of the Israeli soldiers lost it during the piracy act.

  4. hayate said on June 1st, 2010 at 12:01pm #

    Cont.

    Regarding the complicity of other foreign states in this crime, it has transcended that the Germans Parliamentarians who were on-board, Annette Groth, Inge Höger and Norman Paech, had repeatedly asked the German Foreign Ministry for support and protection, but were rebuffed and instead they were warned to get off the flotilla because of unspecified “dangers”. The strange attitude of Cyprus, which neither allowed the ships to enter port, nor allowed a delegation of Parliamentarians to board the ships, can in retrospect only be explained with the prior knowledge and complicity in the crime if the Cypriot regime.

    In the end, Israel has carried out a horrific bloody massacre, and the victims were all civilians.The questions remain: Did Israel achieve its goals with the massacre on the Freedom Flotilla ship? Did Turkey and the other countries on Israel secret hate list (who are listed in secret as “hostile enemies”) receive the Israeli message? Which was the Israeli message? The answer to the first question is a clear now, and the coming days will reveal the answer to the second question and whether Israel really considers Turkey an enemy in secret. Whatever the answers to these questions, Israel should admit that the political equation has changed in the region and Israel and its allies can no longer change the politics.

    In the best interest of everybody, Israel should understand that everything they do is against them and that it would be better to desist from further criminal actions. Also in the best interest of everybody, all other nations must understand that Israel no longer has any legitimacy whatsoever as a state, and that its continued existence as a state is undesirable in the extreme to everybody outside of the tiny corrupt elites which are its support base overseas.

    http://www.kawther.info/wpr/2010/05/31/flotilla-massacre-is-a-reply-to-the-turkish-iranian-relations

  5. hayate said on June 1st, 2010 at 12:33pm #

    Video: Israelis Fired on Activists Before Boarding Ship

    by Stephen C. Webster

    In what could be a serious blow to Israel’s narrative on the killing of at least nine humanitarian activists making their way to Gaza through international waters, raw video by an Al Jazeera producer, who was filming during the raid, appears to provide evidence that the IDF opened fire on the flotilla even before boarding it.

    Israeli forces assert they came under attack by the pro-Palestine civilian group, and video released by the IDF appears to show one soldier being tossed overboard amid a scuffle with unidentified individuals wielding melee weapons, like clubs and chairs.

    However, in raw video captured by an Al Jazeera producer and published to YouTube late Monday, two journalists provide a play-by-play of the harrowing event as pops and cracks echo in the background. Even before the Israeli forces were aboard, one says, they were pelting the boat with tear gas and stun grenades, injuring numerous people.

    Then he confirms the first death, saying the individual was killed by “munitions,” but not specifying whether it was a bullet or something else. Then he confirms that Israeli forces were boarding the ship.

    Another of the reporters featured in the video works for the Iranian network Press TV. “We are being hit by tear gas, stun grenades, we have navy ships on either side, helicopters overhead,” he said. “We are being attacked from every single side. This is in international waters, not Israeli waters, not in the 68-mile exclusion zone. We are being attacked in international waters completely illegally.”

    “The organizers are telling me now, they are raising a white flag — they are raising a white flag to the Israeli army,” the Al Jazeera reporter said. “This is after one person has been killed; a civilian has been killed by munition. That number could be more … Despite the white flag being raised, despite the white flag being raised, the Israeli army is still shooting, still firing live munitions.”…..

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19469

  6. hayate said on June 1st, 2010 at 1:59pm #

    The Russians are still using 19 as the number of people murdered by the israelis:

    Israeli authorities expel 45 Flotilla activists

    Jun 1, 2010 23:57 Moscow Time

    The Israeli authorities have expelled 45 human rights activists of the Freedom Flotilla from the country, local media reported Tuesday citing the country’s Migration Service. The message says 682 people from 42 countries were aboard 6 vessels sailing to the Gaza Strip. The 45 activists agreed to voluntarily leave Israel, while others were taken to prison in Be’er Sheva in southern Israel. 19 people have been reported dead in the Israeli attack on the flotilla on Monday.

    http://english.ruvr.ru/2010/06/01/8903936.html

    The israelis have also been attacking Gaza again, murdering several people.

  7. mary said on June 1st, 2010 at 3:26pm #

    From Greta Berlin, Free Gaza.com

    The Israeli military has been busy spinning the story of their attack on a civilian convoy trying to deliver aid to the imprisoned people of Gaza. They’ve had a head start, sending out edited videos, posting ‘supposed’ military footage of the passengers attacking them, saying that they confiscated weapons which turned out to be marbles, sling shots, kitchen knives and aluminum chairs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLrX7fznVgI

    But they can’t spin for much longer. Video footage from dozens of people is beginning to surface about what really happened. Al Jazeera has posted their coverage as gun shots sound in the background, speakers beg the passengers to go below and a white flag is set out for the paramilitary groups. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn-l_JltCB4

    More will come out as passengers are released. We already know that Israel shot the captain of the Marmara and the European Campaign boat, maybe hoping that we would no longer be able to hire captains. Several activists have spoken to their Consulates and told of being kicked, beaten, dragged along the ground, tear gassed and bags thrown over their heads.

    Knowing that video of this vicious attack in international waters was going to surface, Captain Aria Shaliker of the Israel Defense Forces, who was part of the operation on Monday, said the commandos began the raids armed with paint ball guns. “I was, myself, on one of the boats, the Israeli boats, approaching the flotilla,” he told the BBC’s World Today programme. “It is true that the Israeli commander unit… came on board with paint ball weapons… in order to disperse people. …

    The world is watching a county imploding, having a massive nervous breakdown in full view. It’s tragic that thousands of Palestinians have died and 9 human rights workers lost their lives yesterday.

  8. dan e said on June 1st, 2010 at 4:03pm #

    Michael Kenny’s powers of extrasensory perception at a distance continue to amaze;)

    Uh, hey Mike, suggest you give your truly impressive imagination a rest, while you set about locating some verifiable facts?

  9. David Silver said on June 1st, 2010 at 6:15pm #

    Thanks for this Ahmed

    Dave Silver

  10. Hue Longer said on June 1st, 2010 at 6:37pm #

    If this is successfully made into a debate about whom fired first, the Israelis/media will have won…even if it it’s clear that the IDF fired first

  11. Hue Longer said on June 1st, 2010 at 6:37pm #

    or were the only to fire I should have added

  12. hayate said on June 1st, 2010 at 8:50pm #

    “If this is successfully made into a debate about whom fired first, the Israelis/media will have won”

    That’s true and that non-issue argument about the pirates defending themselves also has been the main sayanim/hasbarat misdirection tactic (strawman) I’ve seen around the web.

  13. mary said on June 1st, 2010 at 11:56pm #

    ‘If this is successfully made into a debate about whom fired first, the Israelis/media will have won…even if it it’s clear that the IDF fired first’

    Especially as Israel is carrying out the ‘investigation’. It’s like a rapist who first of all says ‘She was asking for it’ and then decides ‘No, she wasn’t raped’.

    What a travesty. Where is the justice for the nine dead Turkish people being flown back to Istanbul today (their bodies intact I trust!) with some of the hundreds who were on the Mavi Marmara?

    I see that Israel is trying to hush the outcry by ‘releasing’ all their ‘prisoners’ by midday tomorrow. What was their crime? None. The criminals are back in their homes in the Occupied land.

  14. mary said on June 2nd, 2010 at 12:34am #

    Even before the assault took place, they were doing their dirty work.

    More than just coincidence.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/01/israel-gaza-flotilla-sabotage-suspected

    Gaza aid flotilla: Israeli sabotage suspected

    Israel’s military may have sabotaged two boats carrying Free Gaza activists after both malfunctioned at the same time in the same way prior to the raid

  15. Ahmed Amr said on June 2nd, 2010 at 2:21am #

    Let me begin by thanking you all for your comments. I would like to add a few remarks supporting my that Netanyahu and his extremist cabinet attacked the flotilla and murdered the activists to derail Obama’s peace initiative.

    1. Be aware that Turkey was trying to mediate between Syria and Israel. So there again, this attack derailed Turkey’s peace initiative.

    2. Critics in Israel have pointed out that instead of murdering the activists, the Israelis could have sabotaged the engines and towed the boats to Israel.

    3. The urgency factor – why at night – why only a few miles from the 68 miles exclusing zone – why risk doing it in international waters. Because the foltilla leaders knew enough wanted to approach Gaza by day so any Israeli attack could be documented. Netanyahu couldn’t wait. The assault and the carnage had to happen when it did to give Netanyahu an excuse to cancel the Obama meeting.

    4. The Israeli Media campaign to justify the assault was very well organized and one of the things they did was to prevent the Gaza Freedom Flotillas activists from having access to the press. This gave Israel a critical post-assault 48 hour window to spin the story without any feedback from the survivors of the support.

    5. As I predicted, the United States used its veto to prevent an international investigation. The United States now proposes that an “impartial investigation” can be conducted by Israel. Obama’s administration seems to ignore that this was a crime in international waters – not in Israel.

    6. Netanyahu scurried home – for what purpose. We haven’t heard a peep from him. As far as he’s concerned – it’s mission accomplished.

    I think the above five elements buttress the my argument that Netanyahu knew exactly what he was doing and that the blood shed was premeditated.

  16. Don Hawkins said on June 2nd, 2010 at 2:34am #

    In an interview with Fox News, he described the operation, in which nine people died, as “perfectly legal, perfectly humane – and very responsible”.

    He defending the attack in open waters, saying: “Israel acted in accord with international law. Any state has the right to protect itself, certainly from a terrorist threat such as Hamas, including on the open seas.

    “The US acted under similar international law when it fought the Germans and the Japanese in World War Two.” Telegraph

    “Perfectly legal, perfectly humane – and very responsible”. An interview with Fox News and such carefully chosen words.

    The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Sagan

  17. bozh said on June 2nd, 2010 at 5:33am #

    Mary,
    But even if civilians fired first at the raiders, that wld have been a must thing to do. Once the unknown, but armed aggressors, started rappeling from helis dwn on deck of ships, resisting intrusion was a necessary-just action to take.

    And never mind that the peaceful and happy passengers only suspected that the raiders were israeli commandos.

    I expected that the ‘jews’ wld nitpick ab their crimes and, of course, lie as usual.
    I also expected that most christian gov’ts wld defend israeli latest crime and wld try to inter the whole story and make sure that israel wld not suffer in any way because of this crime.
    Greatests criminal minds never take a rest from perping crimes! tnx

  18. Ahmed Amr said on June 2nd, 2010 at 7:22am #

    Reuters Israel expects U.S. to deflect outcry over flotilla

    “The attack on the aid convoy has scuppered any immediate prospects for indirect Israeli-Palestinian talks, but Netanyahu may not lose much sleep over a setback to negotiations that he only agreed to under considerable U.S. pressure.”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65056S20100601

    I just wanted readers to note Reuters analysis

    There is an attempt by a few of commentators to diminish the gist of my argument. Well, here you have it from the mainstream press, which has never been sympathetic to the Palestinians. So Netanyahu won’t be losing any sleep over the “setback in negotiations that he only agreed to under considerable US pressure.” I thought as much and said as much and those attempting to challenge my thesis should explain why Netanyahu seemed so smug when he announced he was cancelling the White House visit. Enough said.

  19. mary said on June 2nd, 2010 at 10:23am #

    It is outrageous that the ‘detainees’, aka prisoners, are being bussed out of Beersheba prison to Tel Aviv airport MINUS their personal belongings such as money, phones, cameras and laptops.

    It is essential that the terror state compensates them for their losses and gets the cargoes to Gaza forthwith.

    That hideous Mark Regev (their spokesman) has just been on BBC TV saying that all the humanitarian aid is going in to Gaza as usual. As he speaks his lies, he has a strange rictus smile on his face. Do you get him on your TV in the US and Canada?

  20. bozh said on June 2nd, 2010 at 10:34am #

    Merry,
    I don`t watch nat`l news nor read private press; so, i don`t know if he appears on TV. Did u say that he looks like some kind of IT or ET? Either way, i am avoiding that nightmare! tnx
    Btw! I told my wife what `jews` have done to civilians and she, for the first time, said nothing. I am educating her!

  21. mary said on June 2nd, 2010 at 11:25am #

    Bozh – he always looks this worried. Has a difficult job saying that black is white and vice versa. He was born Mark Freiberg and left Australia to go to Israel.

    He is now 50 but won’t last very long under the strain of doing his job. He always loses. You get the strange smile at the end here.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdpcbgwjfEI&feature=related

    There is another interview with Paxman BBC on the page and he uses this same ploy there to imply that the reporter in Gaza has not been told the truth about Hamas’s popularity. – If you walked down a street in Syria, what would someone say if you asked them if they liked President Assad. (You can swop Syria for North Korea and Assad for Kim Il-sung). His modus operandi is to imply that Hamas are dictators.

  22. dan e said on June 2nd, 2010 at 11:29am #

    “Why”? That is the question. The one I’m puzzling over.

    But as soon as I try to see the situation as it appears to Nutanyahu & fellow members of the ZPC High Command, it’s not as irrational as it first appears to many “progressives” incl. myself.

    “Confidence”: obviously the Zionists are extremely confident. It may or may not turn out that in this instance they have been overconfident, but so far they are getting away with it. Yes there has been a lot of protest, but protest normally flares up, then dies down.

    My take is that Bibi & Co are so confident that they have the international arena so dominated, so politically under their control, that they aren’t concerned a whit about the reaction of other governments, even less about public opinion in countries other than the US & Izzy domestically, that the various players in the top echelons of the zionist state are more concerned about their own positions, their own power INSIDE the zionist state apparatus than they are about the international stage.
    In the game of cooperation/competition for status & power between ambitious Isreali politicians & generals, the one thing that all must avoid is giving the appearance of “weakness”, of being perceived as “soft on Hamas” or anything close to that.

    So the minute one politician offers the analysis “We need to stop these goddam terroriss supporters from coming in here & making us look like chumps”, a rival pipes up Yeah, let’s kick some ass, followed by another “yes, board their boats, by all means, and give our Commandos plenty of live ammunition!”. Shouts of “hear hear!”

    This scenario is largely speculation, but it follows in pattern familiar to students of history and hubris. Thucydides’ account of the Athenian decision to genocide the inhabitants of Miletus and the later decision to attack Syracuse; Napoleon’s decision to invade Russia, and his conduct of the battle of Waterloo;the political dynamic that led the South Carolinian slaveholders to fire on Old Glory flying above Ft Sumter, and start the war that brought the end of Slavery As We Knew It; Lee’s decison to order Pickett’s Charge;the process that resulted in the Pearl Harbor attack, which was demanded by the Japanese military but which the business class could see was the road to disaster; Hitler’s decision to try to conquer both the British Empire and the USSR at the same time.
    However, a lot of people thought Hitler had gone too far when he violated Czech sovereignty & took the Sudeten. But he got away with it. If he’d stopped there he’d have gone down as the greatest German leader in history.

    So we’ll see: will Netanyahu & Obammy get away with this one? BTW, I don’t buy for a second the thesis that Bibi ordered this because of some concern about what Obummer might be thinking or planning. My read of OHB is he is a nobody plucked out of obscurity to do what he is told, with Rahm assigned to make sure he doesn’t get any funny ideas, ever.
    I think the most that will come out of this is a quantitave expansion of the “Critical of Israel Policies” trend in US politics; certainly the ISM/Friends of Gaza movement will attract many new supporters; prominent “progressives” like Media Benjamin & K. Van Den Heuvel will for a while use stronger language critical of Isrealy policies.
    But will we see “progressive communities” in local areas, even in major centers, begin putting pressure on local “Jewish Communities”? Start protesting in front of ADL or JCRC or Fed offices? in front of the most blatantly pro-Isreal synagogues?

    No, it will take something more outrageous and closer to home than this before “progressive activists” will stop telling people “write your congresscritter, & remember to vote Democratic”.

  23. Deadbeat said on June 2nd, 2010 at 12:44pm #

    Dan the whole progressive “Left” is a RACKET. I just found out from a researcher that Amy Goodman makes $5,000,000.00/year. Chomsky is richer than sh!t! The whole “Left” has been PLAYED. What an F’n joke. When Pacifica Radio was going to canceled DN! Goodman spun it like it was a censorship issue when in fact it was over MONEY! What a F’n JOKE!

    These limousine “progressives” — Naomi Klein, Chomsky, Goodman, etc are a bunch of hypocrites when they tell us they they are “free of corporate money”. They have their own slush funds; their own financial networks and shift focus of their own “non-corporate” money while they get everyone enraged over “corporate” money.

    This has been a really great psychological game played on well-meaning folks. The Left is thoroughly and totally CORRUPTED. I can see why many folks have bolted to the RIGHT. The so-called “cult-of-personality” Left has made it a “non-corporate” BUSINESS. The “Left” is is f’n RACKET.

  24. dan e said on June 2nd, 2010 at 12:49pm #

    After visiting the European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza website & reading about the progress already made finding funding for & organizing the Freedom 2 followup flotilla, it’s clear that the next chapter will be even more dramatic & loaded with consequence than the one we’re now witnessing. So it could be that we’re headed into some really “interesting times”, that things could get a lot more “out of hand” next time?

    Studying history in light of Dialectic teaches us that sometimes things do change. Things go along seeming more or less the same on the surface but contradictions/tensions are building below, building building until one day WHAM, a tectonic shift occurs & millions of people are swept away in a tsunami.

    Or the Samson Option. ??

  25. dan e said on June 2nd, 2010 at 12:53pm #

    this article from Counterpunch bears directly on my post above speculating on Bibi & Co’s motives for trying to deal with the aid flotilla in such a crude way:

    June 2, 2010
    Mad-Dog of the Planet
    Notch Up Another Disaster for Israel’s Well-Oiled Propaganda Machine
    By PATRICK COCKBURN
    An old Israeli saying describing various less-than-esteemed military leaders says: “He was so stupid that even the other generals noticed.” The same derisive remark could be applied almost without exception to the present generation of Israeli politicians.
    Such healthy skepticism among Israelis about the abilities of their military and political leaders has unfortunately ebbed in recent decades. As a result, Israelis are left perplexed as to why their wars, military interventions and armed actions have so often ended in failure since the 1973 war, despite the superiority of their armed forces.
    The latest example of this is the assault on the Gaza aid convoy by naval commandos, a confrontation initiated by Israel which thereby ensured that the convoy’s organizers achieved their objectives to a degree beyond their wildest dreams. By using assault troops in a police action against civilians with predictably bloody results Israel managed to focus international attention on its blockade of Gaza, which the world had hitherto largely ignored. The Israeli action infuriated Turkey, once its strongest ally in the region, and strengthened the claim of Hamas to Palestinian leadership.
    The capacity of Israel to shoot itself in the foot needs explanation. From the beginning the operation was idiotic, since Israel was always likely to look bad after any confrontation between élite troops and civilian protesters. Even more ludicrous is the Israeli explanation that their élite and heavily armed soldiers were at risk of their lives because they had to use thick gloves to protect their hands when sliding down cables from a helicopter and therefore could not use their weapons.
    The nature of the fiasco should cause little surprise because such botched Israeli military actions have been the norm for years. The 1982 invasion of Lebanon was discredited by the massacre of Palestinians in Sabra and Shatila refugee camps by Christian militias loosed on them by Israeli army commanders. Syria, not Israel, became the predominant power in Lebanon. In south Lebanon, the Israeli army fought a long and unsuccessful guerrilla war against Hizbollah. The bombardments of Lebanon in 1996 and 2006 left Hizbollah stronger, and a similar attack on Gaza in 2008 failed to weaken Hamas.
    The problem is that nobody believes Israeli propaganda as much as Israelis. Pro-Palestinian activists often lament the fluency and mendacity of Israeli spokesmen on the airwaves and the pervasive influence of Israel’s supporters abroad. But, in reality, these PR campaigns are Israel’s greatest weakness, because they distort Israelis’ sense of reality. Defeats and failures are portrayed as victories and successes.
    The slaughter of civilians is justified as a military necessity or somehow the fault of the other side. Opponents are demonized as bloodthirsty terrorists. Comforted by such benign accounts of their activities, Israeli leaders are consumed by arrogance because they come to believe they have never made a mistake. Denial that errors have occurred makes it extremely difficult to sack generals or ministers, however gross their incompetence or record of failure.
    Many Israelis privately take their own propaganda with a pinch of salt, though the number is diminishing. But abroad, the most third-rate Israeli politicians strut before fawning audiences as heroic defenders of the state. Not surprisingly they return home with a dangerously inflated idea of their own abilities and in a perilously self-important mood.
    The Israeli propaganda machine, official and private, has been running full throttle in the last few days justifying the assault on the aid convoy to Gaza. Probably spokesmen feel they are performing well given the weakness of their case. In fact, they do nothing but harm to Israel. The greater their success in denying gross and culpable mistakes, the more likely it is that the perpetrators will hold their jobs – and the more likely it is that the mistakes will be endlessly repeated.
    Patrick Cockburn is the author of “Muqtada: Muqtada Al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq.”

  26. dan e said on June 2nd, 2010 at 1:09pm #

    Yes, those who serve in the ZioImperialist ideological hegemony apparatus are well paid for their time, and those who provide the higher quality services are rewarded handsomely.

    However, all fields of human endeavor except for labor which directly produces means of subsistence require economic support. All political activity is a business, except for that which is supported by the private resources of the activist him or herself.

    I myself can’t afford economically to engage in any form of political activity nowadays. But I still have this antiquated broken-down excuse for a computer, and I keep devoting money I need for other things to pay the ISP bill every month. I guess I’m compulsive or something.

    I don’t know where the DV editors get whatever it takes to keep the site up & running, but I’m certainly glad they get it from somewhere.

    As Fats Waller said, “Romance w/o Finance is a Nuisance”:)

  27. Deadbeat said on June 2nd, 2010 at 3:26pm #

    As Fats Waller said, “Romance w/o Finance is a Nuisance”:)

    Clearly money is needed to fund causes but Goodman’s salary is hypocrisy when she turns the spotlight on corporate behavior. Here “non-corporate” behavior should also be placed under similar scrutiny.

  28. dan e said on June 2nd, 2010 at 3:54pm #

    yes, people need to know about the economics of anybody whose word or judgment of what’s important they are going to rely on. So many buy Goodman’s pose without looking into how she got where she is. Why is SHE the one running the “radical” TV show, instead of say Larry Bernstein?

    And why is her ugly puss the one we have to look at in that same straight ahead shot, if we want to see some video of an event, or check out an interviewee?

    BTW, IMHO DN is shooting itself in the foot to keep Goodman as the “face of the show”; the same content would reach a lot more audience if the DN anchor was an average looking person of less than geriatric vintage.

    Yes I’m old too, doesn’t mean I find other old fogies/hags fun to look at. I don’t even like to look in the mirror. But looking at The Wicked Witch of the Left I can do without. I probably miss a lot of relevant news DN does carry because it bums my day everytime I see that face:(

  29. mary said on June 3rd, 2010 at 12:27am #

    Israel, apart from their excellence in running concentation camps (Gaza)and slaying women and children (Cast Lead), are now proving that they can rival Hollywood.

    Spread this link far and wide everybody. It confirms what some of us thought but wouldn’t have been able to prove without the knowledge of this author who details the fakery.

    Written on June 2, 2010 at 12:45 pm by Sol Stance
    IDF Video Footage of Flotilla Attack is Fake!
    Filed under Expose! 8 comments
    Worth Deeper Analysis arguing IDF Video Footage of Flotilla Attack is Fake

    The Israelis took the Freedom flotilla into port and kept the peace advocates from any contact with reporters.

    Meanwhile the Israeli spin machine went into action to fabricate a justification for their having murdered 2O innocent people.

    The result is worthy of Dubya Bush and his various Bin Ladin not-so-lookalike videos.

    12 hours after the assault Israel released a video that they claim shows the IDF being violently attacked by the peace advocates. (unlikely as that sounds, it’s the IDF’s story)

    Why the video is a fake.

    1. There is no genuine violence shown in the video just a lot of motion. It doesn’t show a single case of anyone actually being hit by anything at all. We’re supposed to assume that it’s happening outside of our vision (like in stage magic). And they even tell us what we are supposed to imagine seeing with notes on the screen.

    2. It’s not even the right ship.
    The peace ship has a metal framework support for a shade awning that covers nearly the entire outside deck.
    There is no sign of that awning in the IDF video.

    The framework can be seen in this video from 1:08 to 1:15.
    (www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yzx5pha6Sg&feature=PlayList&p=D744768FB63B3D94)

    3. Fake wave motion.
    Although they tried to fake wave motion by moving the camera around and rolling it from side to side, there is zero variation of relative vertical position between the ship being filmed and the ship from which the film was supposedly made. When the photographer stops moving the camera the two boats don’t have any relative motion to each other.
    That’s impossible at sea.

    4. Fake infrared
    The hijacking occurred at night but the video was clearly made in broad daylight.
    They have photoshopped in a lot of brightness and contrast trying to fake Infrared night photography. But the result isn’t even close. Genuine infrared photography has almost zero halftones. Every pixel is either black or white. The IDF video is full of halftones.

    5. The passengers fully knew they would be arrested and that was their stated intention.
    Why in the world would they attack armed assault troops when they wanted to be arrested as a means of protesting Israel’s inhumanity. Why would they court death and destroy the very reason for their coming in the first place?

    Compare for yourself

    analysis continues/..

    http://solstudio.web.id/blog/2010/06/idf-video-footage-of-flotilla-attack-is-fake/

  30. mary said on June 3rd, 2010 at 12:55am #

    The story of the flotilla comes third in the UK news headlines now after the rampage of a gunman who killed 12 people in Cumbria, followed by the oil spill. Israel must be so pleased to have these other bad news stories to divert attention.

    A little more on their PR management and control of the media. A soldier at each bed. How ridiculous. The truth will emerge either today or in many days’ time whether they like it or not.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/mark-steel/mark-steel-of-course-they-were-asking-for-it-1988684.html

    ‘Haneen Zuabi, an Israeli-Arab legislator who was on board the Marmara, said Israeli forces ignored her when she said that they should treat two gravely injured people, who later bled to death. The army denied the allegation.

    Meanwhile, the Israeli commander of the forces that rappelled on to the Mavi Marmara from helicopters said at his bed in Rambam Hospital in Haifa that troops were scared for their lives. “Tens of people waited on the roof for each one of the soldiers,” said the officer, identified only as Captain R. “They held sticks, axes and knives. I was the second person to come down on the rope. We thought there would be passive, even verbal resistance, [but nothing] of this magnitude. Every person that reached us wanted to kill us.”

    At Barzilai Hospital in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, reporters were barred from accessing the wounded. “We have received instruction from the army not to allow journalists to speak to the injured. Every patient has a soldier next to his bed,” said a spokeswoman for the hospital, Leah Malul. ‘

  31. hayate said on June 3rd, 2010 at 1:19am #

    Great stuff, Mary.

  32. hayate said on June 3rd, 2010 at 2:33am #

    Apparently the israelis didn’t realise people could check the dates on the photographs they posted on the flickr site which they claimed were of weapons used by the (cough) turrurests:

    Gaza flotilla: How Israel’s ministry of foreign affairs fakes photos of seized weapons
    Publié le juin 2, 2010 par ibnkafka

    On the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs’ Flickr page, the pictures of the so-called weapons seized on the ships taking part in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla provide ample evidence of the deviousness of those darned anti-semitic terrorists. Be forewarned: the following pictures are not for the faint-hearted. The flickr page link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/israel-mfa/

    http://ibnkafkasobiterdicta.wordpress.com/2010/06/02/gaza-flotilla-how-israels-ministry-of-foreign-affairs-fakes-photos-of-seized-weapons/

    The dry humour of the writer as he describes each fake, excellent. :D