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Monday, May 31, 2010

The Gaza Flotilla: Obama Wants the Facts

Following the struggle on the Turkish passenger ship Mavi Marmara, Obama spoke over the phone with Netanyahu, and according to a statement issued by the White House, “The president . . . expressed the importance of learning all the facts and circumstances around this morning's tragic events as soon as possible.” Actually, I think matters are fairly clear:

The Gaza flotilla, consisting of six ships and an alliance of some 700 Leftist and Islamic "peace activists", sought to break Israel's sea blockade of Gaza in order to allow the free transportation of persons and material to Hamas, an organization whose charter calls for the murder of all Jews and rejects negotiations of any kind with Israel.

The organizers of the flotilla were requested to convey a letter to Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier kidnapped into Gaza, who is being held, against international law, without access to Red Cross or any other visits. These "peace activists" refused this request.

Before embarking, these "peace activists" were heard singing songs glorifying the murder of Jews.

The "peace activists" were told they could unload the goods they wished to donate to Gaza at Ashdod and could oversee the transport of the said goods, after inspection for contraband, into Gaza. The "peace activists" refused the offer.

The Gaza flotilla was boarded by Israeli soldiers armed with paint ball rifles and pistols. The "peace activists" attempted to strip the soldiers of their weapons and kill them.

Is the loss of lives tragic? Always. But these are not "peace activists". This is a miscreant collection of Jew-haters, who couldn't give a damn if 5 million people die in the Congo, and who would have us believe that Gazans are "starving", notwithstanding the fact that Gaza markets are swollen with consumer goods and that there is no hunger in the Gaza Strip. These are persons whose hatred of Jews allows them to ignore "honor killings" in Gaza, the execution of prisoners by Hamas without due process, the murder of political dissidents by Hamas, and rampant discrimination against women, homosexuals and Christians.

These "peace activists" sought a violent confrontation, and they got what they wanted.

Turkey wants a UN Security Council investigation of the incident? By all means. And I would also suggest that the UN concurrently investigate the rabid oppression of Turkey's significant Kurdish minority, which has long been deprived of their rights and which should immediately be granted independence.


  1. Maybe I am an optimist, but I actually think Obama wants clarity/evidence on the role of Turkish IHH (Insani Yardim Vakfi, IHH, “humanitarian relief fund”) and Hamas with the Marmara.

    Maybe the memo on Turkey's state sponsored murder of 19 Turkish Kurds INSIDE Iraq last week can be attached :)

    Has it not occurred to you that Turkey's embrace of Syria and Iran may be about their Kurds, who live on all that water?

  2. My guess is that Obama knows nothing about the plight of the Kurds, and his only current concerns are the Gulf spill and the midterm elections, which are shaping up to be a disastrous referendum on his presidency.

    Interesting thought re the Middle East water crisis. Few people are aware of the seriousness of the drought in Syria.