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U.N. Security Council Condemns ‘Acts’ in Israeli Raid

Israel faces int’l fury over flotilla

I know, I know: the phrases “U.N. Security Council condemns” and “Israel” go together like ham and eggs, tea and crumpets, Arab politics and mendacity.

But, really, why should Israel face “international fury” for . . .  for what? For acting in self-defense.  For that is what happened with that risibly described “aid flotilla,” you know. (“Aid? What aid?” you ask, and it is a good question.)

Those six ships set sail from Turkey to breach the Gaza blockade for one reason and one reason only: to provoke violence.

Nine “civilians” (in Palestinian: “activists,” to the rest of the world, that’s “terrorists”) are dead, shot or otherwise dispatched by Israeli forces. Why? This clip shows why:

One news account of the incident noted that “Israeli ambassadors around the world were called by their host governments to explain the incident.” This being a full-service column, I can save those ambassadors the labor. Here’s the explanation, in brief:

  1. Israel (and Egypt) decided some time ago to blockade the Gaza Strip because the Palestinians could not break their unfortunate habit of launching rocket attacks against Israel.
  2. On May 31, the six-ship “freedom flotilla” approaches the Gaza blockade. The Israeli Navy repeatedly warns the ships to turn back or divert to the port of Ashod where their cargo can be inspected.
  3. Those commanding the ships ignore the order.
  4. After further warnings, Israeli commandos board the ships from helicopters. The commandos are instantly set upon by Palestinian “peace activists” who beat them with metal clubs and other objects.
  5. The Israelis, in self-defense, shoot several of those threatening them.
  6. The firefight being over, the Israelis arrest nearly 600 “peace activists” who refuse to identify themselves.

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