Of course Flotilla is Political Provocation

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    As the launch of the Freedom Flotilla – Stay Human approaches, increasing numbers of Zionist officials and commentators illuminate the depths of their moral and intellectual bankruptcy by arguing that it is a political – not humanitarian – project.

    Ran Curiel, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, offers an example as good as any other. On May 10, he actually went to the trouble of calling a press conference in Strasbourg to offer this conclusion. “In our view, the flotilla is clearly a political provocation ... since there's no need for a flotilla to aid Gaza,” he said. “You can pass whatever you want to Gaza through normal channels.”

    Curiel’s reasoning leaves much to be desired. Nobody seems entirely clear on what can enter Gaza through his “normal channels,” namely the Erez Crossing, and a large majority of its necessities continue to arrive at a high premium via tunnels from Egypt. And humanitarian opposition to the siege has always had more to do with its crippling effect on Gaza’s economy than its obstruction of aid. Due to the impossibility of legally importing most goods, or exporting nearly anything, unemployment now reaches 45%, and 300,000 people survive on a dollar a day.

    Nevertheless, his conclusion is sound, if self-evident. The Freedom Flotilla is indeed “a political provocation.” Why shouldn’t it be? And when has it pretended to be anything else

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    There is no question that the motivation of 'Free Gaza' is to keep the situation of Gaza in the world's attention. I read last year that the situation of the Palestinians had now reached that point in world awareness like South Africa once did where the world, people first, their governments following, will work to create change. Free Gaza has definitely had a part in this.

    So no problem letting them in .....until after Cast Lead

    read the rest here http://www.thisweekinpalestine.com/details.php?id=3382&ed=193&edid=193

    Since then Free Gaza suffered unnecessary violence from Israel. Anyway I am in a rush now to get out but that is the drift. Israel started getting violent. For that reason and the safety of passengers they decided to go with a bigger flotilla last year. We all know what happened. 9 people were killed. Now pro Israelis are trying to make out that it is all a PR stunt. They always brought journalists, they have always been checked to confirm there are no weapons on board ...it has been high profile violence from Israel which has been the biggest source of media attention.

    Their are even Israelis and pro Israelis who are trying to portray these people as 'terrorists'. That tells the mind set, peaceful protesters, never mind the people of Gaza are up agains6t. This is not new to the world. Similar conditions have been met before as Alice Walker said, she is walking in the steps of those who went before and bringing some hope to those still oppressed.

    and yes publicity is good, better without the violence and they do bring changes too. Some, though I think not all it was made up to be, changes in the 'rations' allowed into Gaza last year and

    Israel proves that Flotillas work

    Good work by committed and courageous people from 20 countries of the world.
     
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    Well, and distract the international community from the real crises, of course, and, naturally, syphon money that may be needed elsewhere.
     

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