June 7, 2010
Another ship taken in International waters
The MV Rachel Corrie is yet the latest ship forcibly taken in International Waters by the masked goons of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). This masked group tries to play at being commandos--they shot ten people--mostly from behind, in the Freedom flotiilla taking, and have now swept down on the Rachek Corrie to do the same thing--still masked of course. Some many remember that Rachel Corrie was the woman crushed to death by an IDF bulldozer as she protesting Israeli construction on arab land several years ago.
The moves have incensed much of the Middle Eastern landscape, extending into Europe and Asia as more countries are demandi ng that the UN take action. of course, Israel, protected by its mentor, the US, will veto any real effort to condemn Israel. For now, they get to continue to act as lawlessly as they choose.
Egypt will keep the Rafah Gate Open.
Egypt, which had been supporting israel on the blockage has now decided that the blockage is useless and serving no good purpose--rapidly becoming unenforcible. So, it has decided to keep open idefinately the Rafah Gate through which Palestinians from Gaza can travel to and from Egypt. It is still unclear how much in the way of humanitarian supplies will move through the gate as well, although for now Egypt says it will not allow bulk supplies to enter. Another of israel's 'friends' join Turkey in moving a distance away from Israel.
Egypt better be careful here--the same Israeli goons that descended on the ships can easily descend on the gate area and try to close it. Wonder if they will be masked as well. more important, will the Egyptians fire back?
Israel has been falsifying footage and press information from the Freedom Flotilla. News reports from Israel indicate that the IDF doctored footage taken from the Freedom Flotilla to show that the civilians on the Mara were actually preparing for the arrival of the Israeli goons. They also issued press releases indicating they had information that many of the 'civilians' were actually al Quaeda operatives. After Max Blumenthal, a noted reporter and commentator called the IDFs hand, the videos were withdrawn and the press releases changed to eliminate the al Queda references. That, of course, now leads to the inevitable question of what to believe when it comes from the IDF or the ISraeli Government.
Israel names Reserve general to probe the actions of the Freedom Flotilla Massacre.
Israel still conti nues to refuse to allow a complete international investigation of the massacre of the Freedom Flotilla passengers, but it has announced that a reserve general wiull lead a probe--limited in nature--to see what lessons can be learned from the action. So much for Israel's boast that it would conduct a credible probe and did not need international supervision or direction.
Still more Israeli goons attack Helen Thomas
For those of you who don't know Ms. Thomas, she is, at 89 years old, the dean of the Washington DC Press Corps, and has been a WHite House Press Correspondent for over 60 years. Yet, because someone put a microphone before her and she made offhand comments on Israel, the goons, in the form of Ari Fleischer and Lanni Davis, both directors of AIPAC (Israel-America Public Affairs Committee) and forced her retirement.
Ms. Thomas's sentiments, that many of those who called themselves Israeli, but were actually from Europe until WWII, should stop occuping arab land and move back where they came from to let the Palestinians live in peace. If this were a comment about almost any other country, it would be laughed off. No so among the Israeli-loving communities. Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W Bush was the first, demanding that Hearst Newspapers fire her immediately. Then came Lanni Davis, who worked for Bill Clinton, demanded that the White House remove her credentials. Both were ready to respond before she announced her retirement.
At least this incident is different --these goons had the guts to not wear masks.