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Monday , May 31, 2010
Today Israel breaking international law boarded ships in the Humanatarian aid convoy and started killing innocent civlians on their way to help a starving people. Masked commondos rappeled down ropes form military helicopters with guns blazing causing panic and confusion on the ship.
Israel has already tried to diffuse this tragedy by infering that the organization that arranged the flotilla were linked to " terrorists" and stating that their forces were acting in self defense. What makes this trgedy so heartbreaking is that Israel believes that it can get way with murder because of the protection of the United States.
They are 7 ships and 3 are being escorted to Israel while the other ships are trying to avoid the same fate and are hurriedly saling towards Gaza.
The facts are these:
Israel keeps Gazans in a continuous state of Malnutrition through their blockade
Israel controls the water, the Medicine, and the construction materials going into Gaza. They deliberately keep the Gazan's hungry. Just review the United Nations Report.
Israel does not allow any more than it needed to keep Gazans in a state of malnutrition. So, people from around the world rightfully believe that it is inhumane.
So, for nine years people have tried to bring food to Gaza by breaking the blockade. It has been done nine times and each time there has been no death and food has not reached Gaza.
But this time, Israel sent in Commandos with guns and in international waters boarded a ship carrying humanitarian supplies and murdered people. It was murder because the ship was in international waters and Israel has no jurisdiction in international waters. Had the Flotilla been boarded in Israeli waters, it would have been morally murder but Israel could have raised the self defense issue.
It does not matter who has ties to whom. What matters is the fact that people killed by armed Israeli commandos in international water were only trying to help people. The sad part of this is that the world and in particular the Muslim world believes that the United States is afraid of Israel. And our fear is what makes the US veto all statements that condemn Israel for their continuous acts of murder, deprivations, usurpation and more.
I am not sure that statement is true but the question raises an important point. Israel is and is more now acting against our national security interests. Every action that Israel does reflects on the United States. We are trying to win the hearts and minds of 100 million people. And every time we get close Israel does something like this and again inflames the very people that we are trying to win over.
Israel is showing that they do not care about their relationship with the United States unless it benefits them, they want the cake and they want to eat to.
I think the time is now to put Israel on notice that their actions do not reflect our values and as such it is reexamine this relationship.