Gaza's Freedom Flotilla, just before the massacre
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Tomorrow, May 29, 2010, the Freedom Flotilla is scheduled to reach Gaza. Nine ships from Turkey, Ireland, England, Greece, Italy, and Cyprus are planning to deliver a lifeline to Gaza’s denizens, who live under maritime siege since June 2007. The IDF – under the command of General Ashkenazi - will attempt to block the flotilla.
The facts are worrying. Gaza’s 1.5 million people need 1300 containers of merchandise and foods passing from Israel across the Karni Crossing every day. Less than 20% of that is allowed by the Israeli Administration. Israel had illegally created a country-sized concentration camp, where hungry people die from treatable illnesses. It is a planned annihilation of the Palestinian population, in other words a genocide perpetrated by Israel.
In the following days we’ll find out if this courageous flotilla will defeat Goliath. Meanwhile, I want to ask something. Is this siege an isolated crime or part of a systematic approach by the Israeli Administration?
This action – Israel blocking or confiscating the Freedom Flotilla – is a clear act of piracy. I can imagine His Honorable Excellency Meir Dagan banging at my door after dark, claiming that piracy is defined as: “a war-like act committed by private parties (not affiliated with any government) that engage in acts of robbery and/or criminal violence at sea,” and thus by definition Israel cannot be a pirate. My answer is clear: Israel is not sovereign, and thus rates as a Jolly Roger’s gang.
The following list is very partial and can be easily expanded, yet it manages to prove the point:
This behavior is systematic and criminal. We don’t need to invent a name for it: Piracy. Justice Goldstone – and subsequently the United Natons Human Rights Council – defined Israel as a Terrorist Entity, but the Freedom Flotilla event proves that it is also a Pirate Nation.
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