Gaza flotilla drives Israel into a sea of stupidity

Gideon Levy once again proves that not all Israel’s have lost their minds.

The Israeli propaganda machine has reached new highs its hopeless frenzy. It has distributed menus from Gaza restaurants, along with false information. It embarrassed itself by entering a futile public relations battle, which it might have been better off never starting. They want to maintain the ineffective, illegal and unethical siege on Gaza and not let the “peace flotilla” dock off the Gaza coast? There is nothing to explain, certainly not to a world that will never buy the web of explanations, lies and tactics.

Only in Israel do people still accept these tainted goods. Reminiscent of a pre-battle ritual from ancient times, the chorus cheered without asking questions. White uniformed soldiers got ready in our name. Spokesmen delivered their deceptive explanations in our name. The grotesque scene is at our expense. And virtually none of us have disturbed the performance.

The chorus has been singing songs of falsehood and lies. We are all in the chorus saying there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. We are all part of the chorus claiming the occupation of Gaza has ended, and that the flotilla is a violent attack on Israeli sovereignty – the cement is for building bunkers and the convoy is being funded by the Turkish Muslim Brotherhood. The Israeli siege of Gaza will topple Hamas and free Gilad Shalit. Foreign Ministry spokesman Yossi Levy, one of the most ridiculous of the propagandists, outdid himself when he unblinkingly proclaimed that the aid convoy headed toward Gaza was a violation of international law. Right. Exactly.

It’s not the siege that is illegal, but rather the flotilla. It wasn’t enough to distribute menus from Gaza restaurants through the Prime Minister’s Office, (including the highly recommended beef Stroganoff and cream of spinach soup ) and flaunt the quantities of fuel that the Israeli army spokesman says Israel is shipping in. The propaganda operation has tried to sell us and the world the idea that the occupation of Gaza is over, but in any case, Israel has legal authority to bar humanitarian aid. All one pack of lies.

Only one voice spoiled the illusory celebration a little: an Amnesty International report on the situation in Gaza [PDF]. Four out of five Gaza residents need humanitarian assistance. Hundreds are waiting to the point of embarrassment to be allowed out for medical treatment, and 28 already have died. This is despite all the Israeli army spokesman’s briefings on the absence of a siege and the presence of assistance, but who cares?

And the preparations for the operation are also reminiscent of a particularly amusing farce: the feverish debate among the septet of ministers; the deployment of the Masada unit, the prison service’s commando unit that specializes in penetrating prison cells; naval commando fighters with backup from the special police anti-terror unit and the army’s Oketz canine unit; a special detention facility set up at the Ashdod port; and the electronic shield that was supposed to block broadcast of the ship’s capture and the detention of those on board.

And all of this in the face of what? A few hundred international activists, mostly people of conscience whose reputation Israeli propaganda has sought to besmirch. They are really mostly people who care, which is their right and obligation, even if the siege doesn’t concern us at all. Yes, this flotilla is indeed a political provocation, and what is protest action if not political provocation?

And facing them on the seas has been the Israeli ship of fools, floating but not knowing where or why. Why detain people? That’s how it is. Why a siege? That’s how it is. It’s like the Noam Chomsky affair all over again, but big time this time. Of course the peace flotilla will not bring peace, and it won’t even manage to reach the Gaza shore. The action plan has included dragging the ships to Ashdod port, but it has again dragged us to the shores of stupidity and wrongdoing. Again we will be portrayed not only as the ones that have blocked assistance, but also as fools who do everything to even further undermine our own standing. If that was one of the goals of the peace flotilla’s organizers, they won big yesterday.

Five years ago, the noted Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, who is a Jerusalem Prize laureate, after concluding his visit to Israel, said the Israeli occupation was approaching its grotesque phase. Over the weekend Vargas Llosa, who considers himself a friend of Israel, was present to see that that phase has since reached new heights of absurdity.

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  1. There are a few good ones in the basket of rotten apples that is Israel. The world owes much to Jewish intellectuals and scientists, but none of them live in today’s Israel. The Balfour Declaration counts as the worst mistake among the British Empire’s litany of mistakes.
    Let the Jews come home to the countries they left — everyone will be better off.

  2. DICKERSON3870 says:

    RE: “Gaza flotilla drives Israel into a sea of stupidity” – Gideon Levy

    FROM IRA CHERNUS, 05/28/10: …Nonviolent resistance always raises tensions. It’s supposed to. But as Martin Luther King, Jr., explained, the resistors do not create the tension. They merely shine a light on the tensions that are already there. They “seek so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. … A community that has consistently refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue.” In another sense, though, nonviolence is a calming act. King called it “an object lesson in power under discipline.” This is the genius of nonviolence, as described by the great feminist writer Barbara Deming. Nonviolence resistors “have as it were two hands upon [the oppressor]-the one calming him, making him ask questions, as the other makes him move.”…
    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/28-0

  3. DICKERSON3870 says:

    RE: “Gaza flotilla drives Israel into a sea of stupidity” – Gideon Levy

    Travellin’ somewhere, could be anywhere
    Theres a coldness in the air, but I don’t care
    We drift deeper, life goes on
    We drift deeper, into the sound…

    …So bring it on, so bring it on
    We drift depeer into the sound, life goes on
    We drift deeper into the sound, feeling strong
    So bring it on, so bring it on

    Brace me, surround me, as the rush comes (repeat x7)
    As the rush comes (repeat x5)

    We drift deeper life goes on
    We drift deeper, drift deeper

    Motorcycle – As The Rush Comes (Official Music Video) [03:34] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oBRgXtyKeE

  4. I wonder why is there no mention that Israel has repeatedly asked the so called “peace flotilla” orgenizers to duck at the ashdod port and allow israeli othorities to examine the load before transfering it into gaza? it is plain common sense not to blindly allow smugling of weapons and other things allong with the “humanitarian aid”. Israel is not tring to stop the load from reaching gaza! just make sure it is what they say it is. I belive the REAL porpose of this flotilla as appears from their conduct is provocation in order to lure israeli navy into a conflict. one which will be well photographed and edited to “expose” the so called “Israeli brutality”. I have other questions about the siege, why are Hammas kiling their own people? why are terorist wariors and their famelies well fed while other famelies starve? why is there money to buy arms and build bunkers but no money for well equipted hospitals? The palestinian propaganda machine is a good one indeed.