Israel is bringing pressure to bear from several angles to either stop this aid flotilla — or make it officially invisible to the rest of the world:

The Foreign Press Association has accused the Israeli government of using “threats and intimidation” to stop media coverage of a 10-ship flotilla due to sail to the Gaza Strip this week.

The ships are sailing to protest against Israeli restrictions on Gaza and to commemorate last year’s flotilla, which was intercepted by the Israeli navy, who killed nine of the Turkish participants.

Israel has restricted the supply of goods and the movement of individuals in Gaza since Hamas took control in 2007.

Two of the ships, the Tahrir and the Audacity of Hope, are docked in Athens, where the harbourmaster has banned the latter from leaving port until its seaworthiness is established.

Some of the other ships, including the Irish ship Saoirse, have already set sail from European ports. The ships are expected to meet in the Mediterranean before approaching Gaza later this week. The flotilla is expected to carry up to 500 passengers.

A Dutch-Italian boat will carry three members of the European parliament and one member of the Israeli parliament. Passengers on the Audacity of Hope include the author Alice Walker and Hedy Epstein, an 87-year-old Holocaust survivor. Passengers have been undergoing training in non-violent resistance techniques and instruction in what to expect if Israeli soldiers board their ship. They have also been provided with T-shirts with the message “Unarmed Civilian”.

3 thoughts on “Predictable

  1. On Dem Now! this morning, they played an extended audio of a State Department spokeswoman telling Americans they should not take part in this action as there are so many good and legal ways to “aid” Gaza. And Isreal is so good about allowing humanitarian aid into Gaza.

    The spokeswoman refused to answer any questions about Israel’s rights to board ships on the high seas, other than to say that Israel, like any nation, has the right to protect its borders. Apparently, Gaza is still a part of Israel?

    And the West is using its financial leverage over Greece to bring pressure on it to hinder boats harbored in Greek ports. Won’t it be fun when private entities or other nations own those Greek ports?

  2. Israel’s threats against foreign reporters is to 1) forbid them entry into Isreal for up to 10 years and 2) confiscation of their equipment.

    The US does sometimes adopt Israeli methods — this sounds like something useful for a Unitary Executive in keeping control of information. Along with those infrared sensors to turn off video equipment….

  3. Israel is a Terrorist State. The Mother of all Terrorist States. An utterly foreign occupier perpetrating an American Taxpayer financed and morally sanctioned genocide upon the indigenous descendants of the “biblical” Hebrew. This world will never know Peace until Israel is wiped, utterly, from her face.

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