- Daily, Israel keeps proving its lawless rogue credentials,
notably by blocking humanitarian aid to Gaza. As a result, it finds new
ways to show contempt for human rights, rule of law standards, civility,
fundamental Judaic tenets, and its very legitimacy as a nation state, established
by mass slaughter and displacement of indigenous Palestinians from their
- Today, its war against humanity dirty tricks/state terrorism
arsenal includes propaganda, intimidating lawsuits, pressure on other governments,
sabotage, subversion, cold-blodded murder, and whatever else it takes to
ruthlessly commit slow-motion genocide against nearly 1.7 million Gazans,
besides daily crimes against others in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
- No wonder growing numbers of fed up Jews are leaving,
voting with their feet, including studies showing half or more there actively
consider it, and why not.
- Israel is an armed camp, a warrior state, a modern-day
Sparta, institutionalizing militarism as a way of life. Young children
are taught this ideology in school, including to hate, not respect non-Jews,
especially Muslims as violent enemies and human rights activists supporting
- Freedom Flotilla II participants are among them - vilified,
sabotaged, delayed, and now blocked from departing by Greece's complicit
rogue government, after agreeing to surrender its sovereignty to Western
bankers despite mass street protests against it.
- In fact, Greece's Washington embassy published an "Announcement
on the Flotilla," accessed through the following link:
- In part it says:
- "Prohibition of the departure of ships with Greek
and foreign flags from Greek ports to the maritime area of Gaza today."
- In other words, Gaza-bound ships in Greek ports are prohibited
from sailing because Israel and Washington demand it - a clear international
- Moreover, "all appropriate measures are taken for
the implementation of the said decision....Furthermore, the broader maritime
area of eastern Mediterranean will be continuously monitored by electronic
means for tracking, where applicable, the movements of the ships allegedly
participating in such campaign."
- On July 1, the International Middle East Media Center
(IMEMC) headlined, "Greek cabinet votes to stop Flotilla as US Boat
to Gaza forced back to port," saying:
- Its planned departure already delayed over a week, "the
US Boat to Gaza decided Friday to challenge" Greece's government by
leaving Athens without permission. However, before reaching international
waters, Greek Coast Guard vessels forced it back to port and arrested its
captain for leaving port without permission, disturbing sea traffic, and
endangering the lives of his passengers. In other words, when no legitimate
charges exist, rogue authorities invent them.
- Moreover, Greek officials told Canadian boat participants
that "the Office of the President has demanded the seizure of their
boat." At the same time, Greece's cabinet voted to keep participating
boats from leaving, succumbing to Washington and Israeli pressure to block
- Free Gaza Movement (FGM) founder Greta Berlin issued
a statement, saying: "Israel is doing its very, very best to make
sure we don't get out of port," stooping to any depth to do it with
help from its Washington paymaster partner, equally contemptuous of human
rights and rule of law standards.
- In fact, Obama provides daily proof of his out-of-control
lawlessness, showing perhaps he's America's worst ever president, a hard-earned
distinction given challenging competition for top honors.
- Regularly, however, he's outdistancing the pack, including
his rogue predecessor, multiplying his wars by three, continuing his criminal
policies, and adding new ones of his own.
- Possible US/Israeli Sabotage
- Suspicions are that US Navy Seals and/or Israeli Syayetet
13 commandos sabotaged one boat for Greek, Norwegian and Swedish passengers
by cutting off its propeller shaft, and disabled an Irish one altogether
in Gocek, Turkey (MV Saoirse), forcing it to abandon its mission but not
its determination to try again.
- Why not despite Senator Mark Kirk's (R. IL) early June
statement saying America should:
- "should make available all necessary special operation
and naval support to the Israeli Navy to effectively disable flotilla vessels
before they can pose a threat to Israeli coastal security or put Israeli
lives at risk."
- In a free democratic country, those remarks would minimally
get him censured, vilified and disgraced. in fact, he should be banned
from government service and prosecuted for supporting sabotage and harm
to humanitarian passengers, punishing him for supporting crimes against
humanity and perhaps war.
- However, he's not alone. Besides Obama, Clinton and other
administration rogues, as well as legions of them in Congress, Texas Gov.
Rick Perry asked Attorney General Eric Holder to take legal steps to stop
US participants and prosecute them if they refuse. Perry, in fact, is a
right-wing extremist with presidential ambitions, hoping to do to America
what he's done to Texas, governing it like George Bush.
- IMEMC also headlined another July 1 article, "Free
Flotilla activists: 'Gaza blockade has been extended to Greece,' "
- Two boats were sabotaged, one disabled, another forced
back to port after sailing, and Greek police boarded the Canadian vessel
(the Tahrir), blocking its departure, making Greece complicit in Israeli/Washington
crimes against humanity, what their street brutality does daily against
angry citizen activism.
- At first, "port authorities (tried) to take the
Tahrir's official transit logs (required for sailing)." However, passengers
balked, demanding an explanation why. "When authorities (got) photocopies,"
they lost interest in the originals. According to organizing committee
member Irene McInnes:
- "The government of Israel, shamefully with the tacit
support of (Canada's) Harper government (a willing co-conspirator), is
doing everything in its power to maintain the blockade. Yet we will persevere
in our attempts," no matter what rogue governments do.
- "We have a legal and moral obligation to challenge
the blockade, given the failure of the international community to act,"
said committee member Dylan Penner. "This is why we must continue
our attempts to sail to Gaza: to challenge the illegal and immoral blockade,"
and Canada's criminal support along with America's and Israel's.
- They may win the battle. They've already lost the war,
creating a worldwide cause celebre, shaming them for denying humanitarian
justice. If Flotilla II vessels reach Gaza, it'll be a bonus, what criminal
governments are too blind to see.
- According to Reuters on July 1, Flotilla vessels will
sail next week, "a spokeswoman said on Friday," adding:
- "We want to move the boats by July 5 to get to our
rendezvous point no later than July 6 or 7....We will go with what we have,"
hoping to defeat dirty tricks trying to stop them, including by suing to
be allowed to sail.
- Netanyahu and other Israeli officials call the mission
- "provocative." They lied, an Israeli specialty,
disgracefully replicated by Washington, Canada, Greece, and other complicit
governments, shooting themselves in the foot in the process.
- In spite of determined efforts to stop them, activists
hope to sail anyway. Perhaps Greece's Coast Guard will use "gunboat
diplomacy" or worse to stop them, violating international law brazenly
like rogue pirates, complicit with Israel and Washington ready to deploy
commando killers against unarmed humanitarian activists.
- US Boat/Audacity of Hope lead organizer Col. Ann Wright
(a former State Department official who protested the Iraq war by resigning)
- "We could see the handwriting on the wall, that
they were going to try to shut down all the ports across the Mediterranean."
As for Greece, she added: "It's not surprising (they) succumbed to
the pressure," but lost what's left from its soul in the process,
destroying its remaining credentials as democracy's birthplace.
- After more a week blocked in Greek ports, every ship
still can't sail, showing how far its government will violate international
law for Israeli and Washington criminals.
- On June 30, Netanyahu thanked Prime Minister Papandreou
and other world leaders for acting "against the provocation flotilla."
- On July 1, IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich claimed
Tarek Hamud, son-in-law of Khaled Mashal (Hamas' Damascus-based head) was
a leading Flotilla organizer when, in fact, participants say they never
heard of him.
- Nonetheless, an agitprop Israeli press release said:
- "According to Israeli military intelligence, the
terrorist organization Hamas and several organizations behind the 2011
Gaza flotilla have similar funding sources. Three Islamic charity funds
from the Hamas-affiliated Charity Coalition directly fund Hamas and some
of the organizations connected to the 2011 Gaza flotilla."
- With no corroborating evidence whatever, the statement
is a bald faced lie, common Israeli/Washington fabrications to support
their terror tactics.
- In fact, Hamas spokesman Izzat al-Risheq emphatically
said Hamud "has nothing to do with the flotilla in any way. He is
in his house right now in Damascus. This is a lie by the Israeli Army aimed
at getting people to oppose this humane mission."
- The Flotilla, of course, has nothing to do with Hamas.
Like earlier missions and others to come, it's about breaching Gaza's siege
as a first step to ending it and liberating Palestine altogether. Because
of growing support worldwide, sooner or later it's coming.
- A Final Comment
- At the same time Israel suffocates Gazans and blocks
vital humanitarian aid, Obama's war on terror lawlessness persecutes innocent
Muslims at home, prosecuting them for crimes they never conceived or committed.
- An earlier article discussed entrapping innocent Muslims,
accessed through the following link:
- Another discussed the Newburgh 4, accessed through the
- Every case involves manufacturing homegrown threats to
incite fear as justification to wage global wars against nonbelligerent
countries, posing no threat to America or their neighbors.
- On May 20, 2009, four New York men were bogusly charged
with planning to bomb a Bronx synagogue and community center, as well as
implausibly shoot down Air National Guard jets with stinger missiles. Prosecutions
and convictions followed.
- Then on June 29, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern
District of New York said three of the four got 25 year sentences even
though there was no plot or crime. The fourth defendant will be sentenced
- At issue was lawless entrapment, involving an FBI sting
against unwitting victims - in this case, four poor black Newburgh, New
York men who converted to Islam, two while in prison for unrelated minor
- A Pakistani man named Shahed Hussain (aka Malik) was
a paid FBI informant, facing prison and/or deportation on dozens of fraud
counts. In return for leniency, he was enlisted to cooperate and well paid
for his efforts.
- He's the same man used earlier for four separate stings,
Yassin Aref among them, another innocent man, entrapped and victimized,
now serving a 15 year prison term unjustly.
- In post-9/11 America, they're among many Muslim victims
of police state justice. They've been targeted, persecuted, arrested, imprisoned,
kept in isolation, denied bail, tried on secret evidence on trumped-up
charges, convicted by juries too intimidated to acquit, and sentenced to
long prison terms for being Muslims in America at the wrong time.
- Others were targeted for their environmental and/or animal
rights activism. Washington calls them "ecoterrorists." It went
on under Bush and now Obama. He's also waging six global wars simultaneously,
as well as funding, arming and supporting Israeli terror against nonviolent
Palestinian civilians for being Muslims, not Jews.
- A web of lies and international complicity sustain this,
harming millions of victims globally, including in America and Israel,
paying for their governments' crimes.
- Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at
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