FLOTILLAMANIA ~~ FROM A BAD SITUATION TO A RIDICULOUS ONE

Organizers of the 2011 Gaza flotilla have a provocation-seeking agenda: Deliberately provoke and humiliate Israeli soldiers. For example, organizers trained boat passengers on how to defiantly rebuff Israel Navy attempts to peacefully board the boats.
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Israel army releases photographic proof of Flotilla “Threat to Israel”

 by Ali Abunimah

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In a move intended to convince skeptics to finally accept Israel’s claims that the Gaza Freedom Flotilla 2 poses a real danger, the Israeli military spokesperson’s office has issued photographic evidence in a blog post titled “Flotilla II Seeks Provocation, Poses Threat to Israel.”

Well, it turns out that the “threat” is none other than Pulitzer Prize-winning American author and poet Alice Walker whose fearsome and terrifying smile can be seen in the Israeli-issued image. But the danger to Israel does not end there. As the “IDF” Spokesperson explains:

Organizers of the 2011 Gaza flotilla have a provocation-seeking agenda: Deliberately provoke and humiliate Israeli soldiers. For example, organizers trained boat passengers on how to defiantly rebuff Israel Navy attempts to peacefully board the boats.

The “IDF” must be referring to the nonviolence training all passengers received, as well as the nonviolence pledge they all signed. Indeed, Israel does show every day that it finds nonviolence very humiliating.

Still, the military spokesperson’s blog made me finally see the light: those poor Israeli soldiers at risk of “humiliation” from Alice Walker and 87 year-old Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein among others. Of course no one can forget how Israel “peacefully” boarded the Mavi Marmara, part of last year’s flotilla, in international waters with a force that involved large warships, a swarm of armed speed boats carrying dozens of heavily-armed commandos, and airborne troops dropped from helicopters.

Israel insists that it was the passengers who were “violent” because they failed to receive the Israeli hijackers with tea and traditional Turkish börek pastries. Now in case you doubt Israel’s version of what happened, you can just watch all the footage taken by the hundreds of passengers and journalists on board. Oh wait, no, you can’t do that because Israel, the “only democracy in the Middle East,” confiscated all the evidence and is still refusing to return it.

Other than selectively edited and doctored images released by Israel, the only independent footage which escaped Israeli censorship and manipulation was Iara Lee’s, and analysis of that showed anything but a “peaceful” boarding. It was a full-scale military assault that took nine innocent lives. And yet it is Israel’s military that has the chutzpah to whine about “provocations” to its soldiers.

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One of our regular contributors, Skulz Fontaine, sees the situation as a ‘Three Ring Circus’… it could be funny if it wasn’t such a serious matter.

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The US Boat To Gaza issued the following Press Release last night….

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Update… (check the above link for future updates)

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Update – 8:00 pm NYC,
The 8 people listed below were detained. They were released  a few minutes ago. They were not arrested.

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Just got word from Athens: the 8 people who were fasting in front of the U.S. Embassy have been arrested. They are Ken Mayers, Carol Murry, Medea Benjamin, Paki Wieland, Ray McGovern, Brad Taylor, Kit Kitteridge and Kathy Kelly. We will not have any more news until the morning. 
In the meantime, let’s keep the pressure on Washington. They need to pressure the Greek government to release our captain, our boat and now these 8 people as well! Let them sail to Gaza!!!

Throughout this country people have responded to our call to contact the U.S. State Department to demand that they take the steps necessary to ensure that the Greek authorities immediately release the captain and let our boat sail to Gaza. In fact, there has been such a strong response that we are hearing their voice mailboxes are full! That’s great, but of course frustrating for those of you trying to make those calls.

Here are some other phone numbers and email addresses to try:

  • State Department general number: 202-647-4000 – ask for the Overseas U.S. Citizen Services Duty Officer and you’ll get a live State Dept. official who has to hear you out.
  • The voicemail for Kim Richter – also at the State Dept. – says she’s out of the office for several days, and that callers with urgent issues should contact a colleague at 202-647-4578.
  • If you can place an international phone call, the number for the U.S. Embassy in Athens is 011-30-210-721-2951.

Please also try to call, fax or email your members of Congress as well.

Help us keep the pressure up!!

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Here’s what you can do NOW….

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BOYCOTT GREECE! NO PRODUCTS, NO TOURISM. SELL ALL INVESTMENTS IN GREECE.

GREECE HOVERS AT THE EDGE OF ECONOMIC COLLAPSE. A BOYCOTT WILL PUSH IT OVER THE EDGE AND BRING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT THAT CHOSE TO ACT AS ISRAEL’S PRIVATEERS AGAINST A US-FLAGGED SHIP! PAPANDREOU RISKS DESTROYING NOT ONLY HIS OWN ECONOMY BUT THAT OF ALL EUROPE MERELY TO PLEASE TEL AVIV.

POST THE CALL FOR A GLOBAL BOYCOTT EVERYWHERE THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF GREECE CAN SEE IT. LET THEM KNOW THAT THE THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER THEY GOT TO SELL OUT A US-FLAGGED SHIP TO ISRAEL WILL NOT COVER THEIR LOSSES WHEN THE REST OF THE WORLD STOPS BUYING THEIR PRODUCTS & STOCKS, OR TRAVELING TO SEE THEIR NATION.

BOYCOTT GREECE!

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Add 520 To Your Boycott List!!*

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10 Comments

  1. skulz fontaine said,

    July 4, 2011 at 14:46

    DISCLAIMER-
    I find the persecution of Freedom Flotilla II’s activists and mariners COMPREHENSIVELY intolerable. That political farce leaves me seething. Greece’s government turns lickspittle and servile for Israel? Intolerable and reprehensible!
    However, were I to paint one titanic F-BOMB to Greece and Israel all over the web, well, that doesn’t accomplish much.
    I’m trying to deal with the intolerable as best I can. So a little twisted humor seems a modestly polite accommodation.
    There is NOTHING funny about the current situation in AthensPort, Greece. It’s damn immoral AND illegal. So –
    My Grecian governmental poltroonish bass-turds:
    LET THE FREEDOM FLOTILLA II GO FREE! LET THEM SAIL TO GAZA!

  2. July 4, 2011 at 18:18

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  3. mikael said,

    July 4, 2011 at 21:39

    Jepp, Israeli goverment has becomed a freekshow. And the wourst is that they are in charge. And even then they are capable of delivering hilarous and utterly idiotic statments and ridicule them selfs for all of us.
    Tela Viv is becomed the new Comedy sentral.

    And as mentioned if it where for the gravnes in this sitation, they would be a match to good old episodes of Black Adder.
    Anyway, I belive even the Palestinians see the humor in it.
    Despite their situation.

    “Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.

    From the genius: Donaldus Rumsfeldis.

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  6. thecook said,

    July 5, 2011 at 03:45

    ah,rumsfeld,such a way with words.he’s the only one that KNOWS wtf he is talking about.(ahem).israel,greece and the un have become a laughing stock,they don’t seem to understand the will of man/woman.the flotillas won’t stop coming not now not ever until gaza is free,the same goes for the west bank.all these idiots can think about is there money box,if you put money before freedom,you will never be free.if someone like me can understand that then what the hell are these people doing in power.let the flotilla sail,it’s long overdue time for a big bucket of humanity.

  7. Rick Bayer said,

    July 6, 2011 at 16:51

    Should I boycott Greek products or Israeli products? Well that sounds weird doesn’t it? With all your talk about collective punishment being wrong, how can you advocate collective punishment of the Greek people or the Israeli people, for the actions of their democratically elected governments? Are you talking of double standards, the Palestinian people should not receive collective punishments for the actions of their government but the Greeks and Israelis should.

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  9. July 7, 2011 at 14:31

    To Rick Bayer –the individual decisions of individual human beings to vote with their pocket books is not “collective punishment.” Do you really believe that those who decide not to purchase from a particular vendor are “punishing” that vendor? Is such “punishment” equal the actions of a military junta which locks up an entire population and shoots at them in their cage?

    Don’t Tread on Palestine.

  10. wergood said,

    July 9, 2011 at 05:17

    To Nerd Darren:
    Of course deciding to not buy a Greek vendors goods punishes them It isn’t collective punishment.


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