#PropagandaWaves: The Guardian’s Roy Greenslade or the ‘Free Gaza’ Movement?

Here’s a headline, from Roy Greenslade blog in the Guardian, Nov. 5, about the latest flotilla propaganda stunt which could have been written by spokesmen for the Free Gaza Movement:    

A “peace flotilla”.

I guess that’s the term for anti-Zionist activists intent on violating the legal blockade of a sovereign country established to prevent the flow of weapons into a terrorist controlled territory. 

A few highlights from Greenslade’s propaganda communique.

A Scottish TV reporter was among a group of journalists arrested earlier today when Israeli soldiers boarded two ships sailing toward Gaza.  Hassan Ghani who works for Iran’s Press TV, was detained

Sure, Ghani may be an apparatchik for the state controlled propaganda tool of the Islamic Republic of Iran, but who is Greenslade to judge?  

Then this:

The ships were forced to sail into the Israeli port of Ashdod, where all 27 passengers were handed over to the authorities.

They were aboard the Canadian vessel Tahrir (Arabic for liberation) and the Irish boat Saoirse (Irish for freedom), which were reputedly carrying medical equipment from Turkey to Gaza.

I don’t know how you say Guardian Left Dupe in Arabic or Irish, but, as we posted on Friday shortly after the flotilla was intercepted, and as the media has subsequently reported, the vessels were not carrying medical supplies or cargo of any sort. 

Finally, this:

“The flotilla, meant to be a symbolic and non-violent peace gesture,

Truly remarkable. Thousands of tons of supplies flow freely into Gaza daily by land – the IDF even has a page on its website with instructions on how people can donate additional goods to the Hamas controlled territory – and a ship carrying absolutely no cargo is a “peace gesture”. 

On a daily basis, Israel transfers approx. 6,000 tons of goods and materials into Gaza via the Kerem Shalom Crossing

Moreover, in 2009 alone more than 10,000 patients and their companions left Gaza for medical treatment in Israeli hospitals.  

That is, Israel treats thousands of Palestinians – citizens of a country with whom they are at war – free of charge each year.

But, who can be concerned with such quotidian concerns as food, medicine, and humanitarian aid when you can manufacture a publicity stunt and be assured of favorable coverage by the world’s leading liberal voice?

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  1. “I don’t know how you say Guardian Left Dupe in Arabic or Irish”

    My erudite Irish next-door neighbour tends to favour the following phrase in such situations:

    “Ach! Ya’re so full o’shite yar eyes are brown”

  2. An appropriate word to describe Greenslade, much used by the Irish is ‘Gobshite!’ as in they are talking shit!
    A reaction to his appearance on TV would be,

  3. So what would happen, do you think, if the Iranians arrested an Israeli reporter for trying to illegally enter the country? Think that reporter would be sent home after being treated humanely? No? Any reason why you think that?

    Gads, these people make me sick.

    • My, my, someone got out of the wrong side of his little bed this morning didn’t he?

      Apart from the ignorant and flamboyant overgeneralisation, how many Brits have you actually met in the British Isles? All of them? No?

      Then save your breath to cool your porage.

  4. Hamas executes palestinians convicted of collaboration……

    These executions are regularly carried out by Hamas in Gaza,Where is Harriet Dumbwood,how come she finds no interest in these summary executions.

    Could you imagine what would happen if Israel did the same…..The Guardian would go into apoplectic fits…….