Raid on the Gaza Flotilla

Israel’s Attack on Us All

By JONATHAN COOK

Nazareth.

It is quite astounding that Israel has been able to create over the past 12 hours a news blackout, just as it did with its attack on Gaza 18 months ago, into which our main media organizations have willingly allowed Israeli spokespeople to step in unchallenged.

Israeli Terrorists Attacking Flotilla

“If you take guns, ships, missiles and helicopters to attack and kidnap free civilians in International Waters,
you had best be prepared to be thrown overboard.”

How many civilians were killed in Israel’s dawn attack on the Gaza-bound flotilla of aid? We still don’t know. How many wounded? Your guess is as good as mine. Were the aid activists armed with guns? Yes, says Israel. Were they in cahoots with al-Qaeda and Hamas? Certainly, says Israel. Did the soldiers act reasonably? Of course, they faced a lynch, says Israel.

If we needed any evidence of the degree to which Western TV journalists are simply stenographers to power, the BBC, CNN and others are amply proving it. Mark Regev, Israel’s propagandist-in-chief, has the airwaves largely to himself.

The passengers on the ships, meanwhile, have been kidnapped by Israel and are unable to provide an alternative version of events. We can guess they will remain in enforced silence until Israel is sure it has set the news agenda.

So before we get swamped by Israeli hasbara let’s reiterate a few simple facts:

  • Israeli soldiers terrorists invaded these ships in international waters, breaking international law, and, in killing civilians, committed a war crime. The counter-claim by Israeli commanders that their soldiers responded to an imminent “lynch” by civilians should be dismissed with the loud contempt it deserves.
  • The Israeli government approved the boarding of these aid ships by an “elite unit of commandoes.”  [a joke] They were armed with automatic weapons to pacify the civilians onboard, but not with crowd dispersal equipment in case of resistance. Whatever the circumstances of the confrontation, Israel must be held responsible for sending in soldiers and recklessly endangering the lives of all the civilians onboard, including a baby and a Holocaust survivor.
  • Israel has no right to control Gaza’s sea as its own territorial waters and to stop aid convoys arriving that way.  In doing so, it proves that it is still in belligerent occupation of the enclave and its 1.5 million inhabitants. And if it is occupying Gaza, then under international law Israel is responsible for the welfare of the Strip’s inhabitants. Given that the blockade has put Palestinians there on a starvation diet for the past four years, Israel should long ago have been in the dock for committing a crime against humanity.

Today Israel chose to direct its deadly assault not only at Palestinians under occupation but at the international community itself.

Will our leaders finally be moved to act?

Jonathan Cook is a writer and journalist based in Nazareth, Israel. His latest books are “Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East” (Pluto Press) and “Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair” (Zed Books). His website is www.jkcook.net.

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Comments
  1. John says:

    And after the IDF notified the flotilla of the above and the Flotilla stated that they would go straight to Gaza, this is what happened:

    If you are a PEACE Activist, you do not attack ANYONE with Iron Pipes!

    This was nothing more than a set up by the Turkish NGO to use the international media to set a false perception of Israel!

    GET REAL!

    • John,

      Get Real yourself. Open your eyes. You’re simply singing the Israeli Terrorists song! Peace activists being attacked by guns, boats, missiles and helicopters, don’t just sit and wait for your thugs to descend on them and kill them. Ever heard of self-defense? Isn’t that the same argument you thugs use?

      The Israeli Thugs had NO RIGHT to warn the Flotilla – in International Waters – of anything! What right do Israeli Pirates have in attacking ships in International Waters? Why do we attack Somali Pirates and Israeli terrorists expect to roam the seas as they please terrorizing, kidnapping and committing massacres? Your little terrorist country has no right whatsoever to kill 1.5 million people in Gaza regardless of your demented reasons. You turned out to be Nazis!

      And when Nazis were suffocating Jews, the world reacted and broke the siege or any inhumane laws the Nazis established! They were Null and Void! Just like your barbaric laws! Israel and its terrorist regime cannot decide how people should live. If Israel is an occupying “power” then it should adhere to UN charter about occupation. Starving 1.5 Million Palestinians is a NaZionist Auschwitz camp-in-the-making. We eradicated Nazism and we shall eradicate Zionism. If you want to argue that Israel is NOT an occupying power and that there is no occupation (or siege) if Gaza, then your twice as guilty of War Crimes!

      The idiotic argument you present about Turkey is moronic and ignorant! Turkey and Israel are/ were Allies conducting military exercises together. The minute they stood up in your ugly face of Nazism, you accuse them of setting up Israel? Israel has done so on its own – and without help for 62 years: committing massacres, ethnic cleansing and home demolitions all in the name of so-called security! And who is dying in larger number (10 and 100 fold) more than Israelis? Hint: Palestinians!

      So take your ignorance elsewhere. Israel is a nation of terrorists – as proven by you – since your views are that Israel can do no wrong!

  2. John says:

    They did not “attack” the Flotilla!

    They gave prior warning to the Flotilla that there was a blockade of port deliveries directly to Gaza:

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