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A damp squib and more Guardian nonsense


A guest post by AKUS

So, the latest “flotilla” episode has ended peacefully. The tiny yacht manned by a diverse collection of Jews has arrived peacefully in Ashdod, with its load of unneeded “symbolic” supplies for Gaza.

According to the Guardian, in another effort by the tireless Harriet Sherwood, Israeli navy diverts Gaza-bound yacht, this Reuters picture is of the “Jewish flotilla”, as it has been referred to by those imagining yet another cause célèbre on the high seas. This pleasure yacht bringing “symbolic aid to Gaza” was the best these yachties could do to after all the publicity?

(By the way, if anyone doubts that the Guardian reads CiF Watch, note the careful use of the word “yacht” rather than “flotilla” for a single ship, as we pointed out in articles about the mythical Lebanese Women’s “flotilla”).

But trust Harriet Sherwood not to note the irony at the end of her report, which ends mournfully with a sad commentary on the lack of purpose among blockade runners, who seem better at publicity than deeds:

“The Irene is the first boat to get close to Gaza since the May flotilla despite a number of pledges to send aid by sea to the besieged territory. The Free Gaza Movement, which helped organise the flotilla, is planning a further attempt this autumn.”

Come on Harriet – get with the script – a “flotilla” is comprised of more than one boat …

Harriet ended, of course, with the obligatory attempt to overlook Gaza’s fancy hotels, water parks (when Hamas is not burning them to the ground), malls, restaurants, luxury homes, etc. All apparently built out of sticks, chewing gum and rubber bands … and, worst of all, a mention of the incomprehensible Israeli policy of preventing free travel by Gazans into Israel …

“Since the assault on the flotilla, Israel has agreed under international pressure to ease the blockade of Gaza, allowing in a wide range of food and goods. However, badly needed construction materials are still limited, exports are still banned and there is no free movement of people from Gaza into Israel.”

Indeed, Israel keeps a group of people busy firing rockets daily into its territory bottled up in Gaza instead of letting them roam freely around Israel shooting pregnant women. It’s just not fair….!!

26 replies »

  1. Lots and lots of room for humanitarian aid on that yacht. It probably carries enough building material to replace the destroyed water park.

  2. What exactly do you have against these people?

    By the way, if anyone doubts that the Guardian reads CiF Watch, note the careful use of the word “yacht” rather than “flotilla” for a single ship, as we pointed out in articles about the mythical Lebanese Women’s “flotilla”

    You must be joking. Talk about delusions of grandeur!

  3. Ed Milibands mom Marion Kozak was on that boat,This woman from the comfort and safety of her home in England is telling Israel how to defend itself.People like this woman that are so full of themselves,they are so arrogant that they actually think that they can dictate to Israel how to run it’s affairs.

    Start putting the screws on these idiots,and stop treating them like they were some kind of VIP guests.

  4. pretzelberg,what exactly have you got against these people.

    NOTHING.

    It’s what these people have against us that worries us,the last thing that we need now is deluded do gooders,and shit stirrers,who are trying to fill in the empty voids in their lives,by playing provocative games,against the security of Israel.

  5. Brave Jewish mariners like this Marion Kozak out to break the blockade of Gaza,this woman must have taken time off from knitting cardigans,to go and face-off these mean Israeli’s that are starving the people of Gaza,by a blockade that Israel slapped on them.

    The people of Gaza,Overweight and starving,what a healthy combination.

  6. Interesting article today reported by Reuters. (don’t know how to do links sorry) But the title of the article is “Gaza’s troubled tunnel trade swings into reverse” There appears to be a glut of goods and now Gaza is exporting out the aid it is receiving for a profit.

    These brave blockade runners need to find another hobby, preferably one closer to home that can impact change on their own communities…..I’m sure there are needy individuals living amongst them, but then they wouldn’t make the nightly news.

  7. Pretzelberg
    1.Do you believe that ‘those people’ are acting in good faith?
    2.Do you believe that the blockade should be broken by stray yachts demonstrating all over the Med instead of legally and politically by Hamas changing its behaviour?
    3.Do you believe that the negligible amount of cargo that that little yacht could have carried would have contributed anything substantial to those in Gaza who are really hungry
    and
    4.Can you point me to any do-gooders who have demanded that it should have reached the hungry specifically?

  8. Remember Alan Johnson the BBC correspondent being kidnapped in March 2007?

    By preventing their entry into Gaza these useless infedelic Jews owe the Israeli Navy their lives

    One of the 10 passengers was a psychotherapist. Just the professional help needed for such lunatics

  9. I just listened to the news from israel -since the “cease-fire” after Cast lead, the peaceful citizens of Gaza have fired 440 rockets (!!) into Israel.

    They need aid like a hole in the head.

  10. Hamas sells the goods that are donated to the citizens of Gaza,it confiscates
    whatever it needs for itself and it’s goons,the rest it sells to the starving and deprived Gazans.

    Hamas doesn’t have to answer to anyone,not when they have useful Israeli idiots,and Marion Kozaks on their side,blindly supporting them.

  11. Pretzelberg

    What exactly do you have against these people?

    1. They participate in the delegitimsiation of Israel
    2. They are helping Hamas to import weapons used against Israeli civilians and the IDF.
    3. They are political activists masquerading as fighters for human rights trying to fool decent people and to be frank – they are pretty succesful.
    4. They are exploiting their democratic rights and endangering Israeli and Palestinian lives supporting a fascist regime – and they know this very well.
    5. And last but not least because the idiocy of some of them simply unbelievable.
    A perfect demonstration of this point:

    The catamaran set sail from Cyprus on Sunday with Jewish activists from Europe and the US on board. Rami Elhanan, who lost his daughter in a Jerusalem terror attack in 1997, said it had been a pleasant sail.

    “We slept like babies, because we have a clear conscience,” he said. “We are singing, dancing, and telling old Jewish jokes.”

    Mr. Elhanan successfully added a brand new dimension to the word “moron”
    Telling old Jewish jokes!? Fantastic…

  12. pretzelberg

    What exactly do you have against these people?

    They are radical lefties attempting to embarrass Israel on the world stage. They are not helping the Palestinians. If you talk to them, 9 to 1 they are against the peace process. (Unless it ends in Israel disappearing from the map).

    They hate the USA. The hate capitalism. They are misfits. They use an old fart posing as a concentration camp survivor.

    I could go on and on. But would it change your contrarian self Pretz?

  13. Peter the Hungarian: the reason the “activists” could “sleep like babies” is because they know, despite all the propaganda they propagate, that the Israeli Navy will NOT shoot them out of the water on the sly. If they were trying to breach a Hamas blockade, you can be sure they would not be sleeping like babies, but would be keeping a very sharp lookout for trouble.

    It’s the same non-self-aware irony that the “activists” on the Mavi Marmara flotilla used when one of the participants brought her baby on board because she knew that those “evil” Israeli soldiers would not shoot a baby.

    If that is so, how come they are so evil? We’ve never had a coherent answer from those morons.

  14. I have found no credible report that Marion Kozak was on board this ship. According to the Guardian:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/28/israeli-navy-diverts-gaza-ship
    “The boat’s sponsors include the UK organisation Jews for Justice for Palestinians, which is supported by Marion Kozak, the mother of the Labour leader, Ed Miliband.”

    This is a case of one false report online being taken up by other bloggers. It may seem trivial, but if we want to be rigorous about accuracy (e.g rumours proliferating about Israelis harvesting organs in Haiti) we need to be rigorous about checking sources for everything before we use the material for an attack. At the moment, “supported by” in Marion’s case, seems to be one of those bien pensants like Stephen Fry who just signed a petition which pops into their inbox.

  15. “Come on Harriet – get with the script – a “flotilla” is comprised of more than one boat …”

    Both of her uses of the word “flotilla” in that paragraph were referring to the May one, where there was more than one boat.

  16. What exactly do you have against these people?

    They’re self-righteous fashionistas who, as benorr pointed out, pronounce from the safety of their rocket-free shores.

    But more than this, I believe that their actions are a) detrimental to peace and b) helping to create a situation whereby the spotlight hangs permanently over Gaza to the detriment of some very needy causes around the world who, if they only had a chance, would benefit from just a fraction of the attention given to Palestinians. Gazan children aren’t begging on the streets or foraging on filthy rubbish dumps to feed themselves. They aren’t stricken with AIDS or feeling machete-wielding rapists.

    There are thousands of genuine aid workers who go about their tasks in often harrowing – sometimes dangerous – conditions, but who don’t ask to make the headlines every third Wednesday in the month. These are the real unsung heroes, not the Viva Palestinas of the world who, in truth, aren’t really doing much except travelling to the Middle East in relative safety, handing Hamas a propaganda opportunity and then basking in their own sense of the heroic

    These flottila and convoy types wouldn’t understand ‘humanitarian crisis’ if it burst into their kitchen and tap-danced on their worktops.

  17. amie and Oy Va Goy, thanks for your fact-checking. amie, I agree with you 100% when you say, “if we want to be rigorous about accuracy (e.g [correcting] rumours proliferating about Israelis harvesting organs in Haiti) we need to be rigorous about checking sources for everything before we use the material for an attack.”

  18. @ Gerald Kreeve

    1. Certainly not all of them.
    2. The onus should surely be on Hamas to change its behaviour.
    3. The flotillas are primarily of political character.
    4. Certainly some of the flotilla participants genuinely want the aid to reach the needy.

    But I still don’t understand the hatred expressed here (see the rather bizarre post by Millfield at 7:22 pm) towards them.

    @ peter
    1. Some most definitely – but all?
    2. Where is the evidence for this? I don’t believe any arms were found on board.
    3. See my answer to 1.
    4. Ditto.
    5. Ditto.

  19. Pretzel

    1. They participate in the delegitimsiation of Israel

    1. Some most definitely – but all?

    Their action – trying to paint Israel as a state who causes (non-existent) humanitarian crisis in Gaza, starving the population in the need of (out of date) basic drugs and doing this without any reason – serves the delegitimisation of Israel. I don’t understand your question – all of these persons participate in this, naturally all of them are part of the delegitimisation campaign.

    2. They are helping Hamas to import weapons used against Israeli civilians and the IDF.

    2. Where is the evidence for this? I don’t believe any arms were found on board.
    I never told that they themselves try to smuggle weapons into Gaza – they would be severely punished in their own countries doing this. They want to break the blockade whose purpose is to prevent arms smuggling to Hamas. What evidence do you need to accept this?

    3. They are political activists masquerading as fighters for human rights trying to fool decent people and to be frank – they are pretty succesful.

    3. The flotillas are primarily of political character.
    They are (and not only primarily) political activists in the service of a fascist ideology, but they want to show themselves as humanitarians whose only worry is the wellbeing of the Gazans.

    And you ask what I have against these collaborators with murderous Jihadists?

  20. Pretzel thank you for answering my questions honestly. I think that the ”hatred expressed here” as you call it is frustration that so many don’t bother to find out the true circumstances in Gaza but just believe that they are the victims while they ignore the missiles on Israeli civilians and the open expression of murderous intent towards Israel.

  21. Some Greeks have helpfully left comments at the HaArets site on an article about this boat. The Greeks point out that the boat set sail from northern Cyprus, that is, from the area under Turkish occupation since 1974 and whence about 200,000 Greek Cypriots were ethnically cleansed at that time. So occupation is OK if not done by Israelis. It just depends on who is doing the occupying.

    Actually, Judea-Samaria and Gaza were recognized as parts of the Jewish National Home by San Remo and the League of Nations [1920, 1922]. They belong to the Jewish National Home. Further, they were parts of the ancient Jewish kingdom of the Hasmonean dynasty, which was called “Judea” [IVDAEA] by Greek and Latin writers and by the Roman Empire. By the way, Judea in the broad Roman sense [land of the Jews] from the Aramaic Yehudaya [יהודאיא= the Jews] included Samaria, the Galilee and the Golan. This Provincia Iudaea had its name changed to Provincia Syria Palaestina by Emperor Hadrian after he had defeated the Jewish Bar Kokhba revolt.

  22. Rami Elhanan’s father-in-law was Matityahu Peled, one of Israel’s first “peace propagandists” after the 6 Day War. He liked to ask the trick question: Israel can have territory or peace. It cannot have both.
    That question is simplistic and embodies a psychological warfare trick, the false dilemma.