Freedom Flotilla

The European Union called the event a tragedy. Somehow that doesn’t sound quite right to me.

A heavily armed military force attacks ships in international waters and butchers peace activists? There must be a better word.

Like piracy.

Or murder.

Or war crime.

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  1. Fascism does spring to mind. Also state terrorism.

  2. What’s odd is that it was Israel who did it.

  3. Odd? As in completely in line with all their other policies?

    Depressing, yes. Ironic, definitely. But sadly not very surprising.

  4. My geometry teacher said that there was video of the IDF boarding one of the ships and getting beaten with pipes, and some getting thrown overboard. Is this true?

  5. The video exists, but it’s edited down to about one minute of footage and we have only the military’s word for it that it shows the beginning of the fighting. According to activists who have given accounts:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/01/gaza-flotilla-eyewitness-accounts-gunfire

    the IDF fired warning shots and attacked with plastic bullets. When the activists attempted to defend themselves this apparently gave the soldiers justification for firing live ammunition. So the video proves nothing, because depending on what happened before (of which no video has been released, and the IDF has confiscated all activist cameras) it shows completely different things. Of course, the footage reinforces the impression that activists are to blame, which Israeli officials have been trying to create by flooding the media with all manner of other lies and false allegations, like the false claim that there were firearms and explosives aboard, or that violent resistance had been planned from the get-go.

  6. Even if the activists had attacked first, they legally had the right to do so. They were not even in Israeli territory. Under international law, Israel was committing an act of piracy.