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Sunday, June 06, 2010

The flotilla, the blockade, the hasbara, the coffee beans

On last week's Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla, Mark Steel in the Independent has a good piece on all those weapons the activists had.

And Mark Elf at Jews Sans Frontieres quotes an editorial from the Financial Times which accords 100% with my own views on the matter (I haven't linked to it directly as you need to register).

Antony Lerman in The Guardian discusses the fact that even with almost total control over what was reported by the mainstream media concerning the attack, Israel appears for once to have lost the PR battle.

They try hard though.

Uncle Jimmy continues to drain his cesspit of victim-blaming (for example here), spiced with dozens of IDF press releases and videos including the fake one listed above (which he proves isn't a fake, because the IDF changed their story about what it showed. So there.) Nothing at all like the Exodus, bla bla bla, the IHH are a terrorist organisation, yada yada yada, Israel has no control over Gaza, israel has control over Gaza, Israel hasn't banned the import of children's toys from the flotilla but has passed them on into Gaza, Israel only stops the import of "prohibited items", bla bla di fucking bla.

On that last lie, where Jimmy rubbishes the idea that the toys on the flotilla ships have been confiscated, he insists that all the goods were sent by the Israelis into Gaza except "prohibited items". That would be items on this list. And there, nine lines up from the bottom, we see "toys". Pausing only to laugh at Jimmy's naive repetition of every lie the Israelis feed him, let us examine that list in a little more detail. The Israelis, who we have to remember have relinquished all control over Gaza so everything that goes wrong there is the fault of Hamas and the wicked Ay-rabs who elected them, keep out such dangerous terrorist raw materials as:

musical instruments
fabric for clothing
fishing rods
newspapers
size A4 paper
writing implements
potato chips
chocolate

I was especially struck by "It is not possible to verify this list with the Israeli authorities because they refuse to disclose information regarding the restrictions on transferring goods into Gaza."

Basically the Israeli authorities act in a completely arbitrary way, because they have the guns and so they can. Here is a good article about that arbitrariness.

"Two weeks ago they stopped coffee beans," says Raed Fatouh, who co-ordinates with the Israelis on the crossing points. "I called them, and they said they couldn't allow in beans, only ground coffee."

The reason, he said, was that beans require grinding and that could be categorised as an industrial process.

"It's the same with butter. If it comes in a 20kg slab they won't allow it because it needs to be cut up. But they will allow in small packets of butter. They won't let anything in that could provide work for a small business."


So the Israeli blockade is deliberately aimed at damaging the Gazan economy rather than having anything to do with terrorism or "defence". Gosh. If only someone would speak up for the Gazans and demand an immediate end to the blockade. If only Western governments had someone on their payroll whose job it was to promote the development of the Palestinian economy. If only.

Oh, I know he talks the talk:

Blair, who has publicly stated that he opposes the economic blockade of Gaza, said that one of the main issues facing the Palestinian territory was a lack of proper access.

“I’ve been saying that for the best part of two years that this (the blockade) is a policy that doesn’t work,” Blair said.

“At the present time it’s very hard to get materials into Gaza. We need to get not just humanitarian materials but materials that can rebuild the infrastructure.”


But what has his (well-paid) opposition actually accomplished? Not only has the blockade not been lifted, or even eased, it seems that it has now been broadened to include attacks on vessels in international waters. To think that the man who according to Uncle Jimmy was responsible for bringing peace to Northern Ireland has been unable, in two years, with all his diplomatic expertise and with almost bottomless funding from the UN, EU, USA and Russia, to persuade Israel to allow newspapers, toys, pencils or writing paper into Gaza. Meanwhile, the personal effects of unwanted visitors are simply stolen.

On board the plane, the air hostess gives me a pair of socks. Because mine were stolen by one of the commandos who attacked the boat I was on.

The myth of the brave and utterly infallible Israeli soldier is shattered. Now we can add: they are common thieves. For I was not the only one to be robbed of my money, credit card, clothes, MP3 player, laptop; the same happened to many others on the same ship as me, which was attacked early one morning by masked Israeli soldiers, who were thus in fact nothing other than lying pirates.


One final point. I do find it amusing when the Zionist crazies at CifWatch moan that the Guardian's Comment Is Free allows any kind of antisemitic and anti-Isral comments, while censoring out their (perfectly reasonable) pro-Israeli ones. Meanwhile, at Jews Sans Frontieres, they complain that Cif allows only pro-Zionist propaganda and censors out any critical comments. Methinks they both protest too much: if Cif is managing to offend extremists on both sides it's probably getting it about right.

4 Comments:

At 07 June, 2010 21:46, Anonymous Unlce Jimmy's nephew said...

Ref:

"One final point. I do find it amusing when the Zionist crazies at CifWatch moan that the Guardian's Comment Is Free allows any kind of antisemitic and anti-Isral comments, while censoring out their (perfectly reasonable) pro-Israeli ones. Meanwhile, at Jews Sans Frontieres, they complain that Cif allows only pro-Zionist propaganda and censors out any critical comments. Methinks they both protest too much: if Cifwatch, is managing to offend extremists on both sides it's probably getting it about right. "

With yout usyyl care with the facts, Rob, you've boobed here.

I presume you meant to write:

"Methinks they both protest too much: if Cif (NOT 'Cifwatch'), is managing to offend extremists on both sides it's probably getting it about right."

Methinks you wouldn't know the truth from a Cif comment if it was deleted daily by their monitors, which it is. The evidence is printscreen saved at Cif Watch if you care to give it five minutes at one of their "Why was this deleted" posts, of which there are numerous.

 
At 07 June, 2010 21:49, Anonymous Uncle Jimmy's nephew said...

Sorry for the typos.

With yout usyyl care with the facts, Rob, you've boobed here.

Should have read -

With your usual ...

Love,

Uncle Jimmy's nephew

 
At 08 June, 2010 08:42, Blogger Rob said...

Thank you for pointing out my mistake, er, UJN. I've corrected it. And I have read not only the dodgy Zionist rubbish which CIF delete and Cifwatch repost, but also some of the equally dodgy anti-Zionist stuff which they delete and which its surprised originators repost and complain about. I don't think Cif do too bad a job.

 
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