Flotilla Follies

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 1, 2011

A flotilla of merchandise for the Gaza Strip is in Athens, Greece. (It may have left already, it is tough to tell exactly what is going on.) Israel is cranking up it’s formidable PR machine.The pro flotilla side has a site, with videos from the participants.
One of these passengers is Hedy Epstein, an 86 year old holocaust survivor. She is going to ride on an American flagged vessel, The Audacity of Hope. Hedy Epstein told Democracy Now, 
“Why would I not want to go to Gaza? If I can go anywhere in the world, I go to Gaza because the Israelis don’t want me to go there. That’s not a good reason for me not to go. I’m determined to go. This is my try to go to Gaza and if I don’t make it this time [inaudible], until we can go to Gaza at any time we want to.”
Another report from Democracy Now reports acts of sabotage against boats that are going to participate in the flotilla.
What we know already happened to other boats, it was all published in the last 24 hours, is that the boat of the Swedish-Norwegian-Greek group was sabotaged by divers and I guess everyone can guess who did it. It’s my brothers from Israel. What they did is they cut, small cuts in both of the shuts that goes to the propellers and as soon as the captain of their boat, just for checking the engine, turned it on it completely “bended” it. The boat is now dry docked and they hope to be ready in maybe a couple of days or so.”
Democracy Now has a third report about the flotilla. Here, top Israeli officials are heard from: “Israeli defense Minister Ehud Barak says that if activists are sensitive to human suffering they should turn their efforts to free Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier captured by Hamas in Gaza. IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said that people in Gaza are now living a “comfortable lifestyle.”
The story of the flotilla has a modern angle, as told by Haaretz . A video (embedded below) told the story of a gay activist, who was told his help with the flotilla was not welcome. The video is a hoax. This represents progress of a sort. In the past, one way to taint a movement is to say that the members of it are gay. Now, the way to create bad press is to say that gays are not welcome.
The embedded videos feature Hedy Epstein, Alice Walker, and “Marc”. Pictures are from The Library of Congress. HT to Palestinian Pundit.

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  1. Michael said, on July 1, 2011 at 7:12 am

    The problem is, the last time a “peaceful flotilla” tried going to Gaza, it turned out that there were rockets and stuff on there and when the Israelis landed on the boat, they were attacked by the “peaceful” people on board with billy clubs and knives.

    The situation in Gaza is a whole lot better than the MSM wants to let us know: for instance, there are brand new malls in Gaza which are fully stocked with all the Palestinians’ needs and wants, yet no one makes mention of it.

    • chamblee54 said, on July 1, 2011 at 9:10 am

      Thank you for stopping by.
      The matter is out of our hands. The only thing for us to do is sit back and see how it plays out.
      Do you have a link for this story about the “brand new malls in Gaza”?

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