The Flotilla of Fools off to Gaza


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The flotilla is coming, the flotilla is coming.

European and North American activists, journalists, and mercenaries have set sail—or are about to do so—on fifteen boats with passengers from twenty-two mainly Western countries to “break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.” Spurred on by the anti-Potemkin Village images of Palestinian Arabs living in wretched refugee hovels, fenced in by an allegedly “apartheid” Israeli wall, oppressed by “Nazi” Israeli soldiers for “racist” reasons (and not because the Palestinian leadership practices both Islamic gender and religious apartheid as well as terrorism)–the Good People are sailing to the rescue.

Bad enough that Israel is surrounded by twenty-two hostile Arab countries plus a genocidally anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli Iran, a country which has positioned soldiers in Lebanon, Gaza, and Syria.

Bad enough that the United Nations and the Palestinian leadership are planning to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state on sovereign Israeli land.

Bad enough that the Western mainstream media and university campuses have rendered the most virulent anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism respectable and have intimidated students with endless replays of Gaza on the Hudson, Gaza on the Atlantic and Gaza on the Pacific—now, the flotilla is also coming. They say they plan to “non-violently” “provoke” Israel into a forbidden display of self-defense.

Boats are leaving or have already left carrying passengers from Ireland, the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Greece, Turkey, Canada, as well as the United States. Clearly, these Europeans do not believe that enough Jews died in the European Holocaust and/or do not want to see the descendents of Holocaust survivors continue to flourish in Israel. Perhaps some Europeans believe that their left anti-Israel politics will put them in good stead vis-à-vis the Islamists who are rapidly overwhelming Europe in a way that only Jean Raspail, the author of The Camp of the Saints foresaw and would appreciate.

The boat from the United States has been dubbed “The Audacity of Hope.” (Now where have we heard that title before?) On it are 36 passengers and four crew members, including some members of the Soros-funded Code Pink. Journalists from The Nation, CNN, NPR, CBS, The New York Times, Democracy Now, and the Palestinian News Agency Ma’an are “embedded” within the flotilla. “Embedded”? Isn’t that the word used to describe journalists who accompany troops in active battle?

Forgive me: I take words very seriously.

These self-styled activists and presumed anti-racists are slumming, partying, cruising for cheap thrills and even cheaper publicity. They yearn for cut-rate, no “burn” glory. They are ultimate conformists, careerists, “making their bones,” adding to their activist resumes by sticking it to the Jews. This is meant to prove that they are brave and principled.

In essence, they are engaged in a highly self-destructive form of political theatre: they are concretely manipulating symbols in the same way that Osama bin Laden did on 9/11. In the name of “caring,” these activists are surrendering to the most dangerous totalitarian and misogynist Islamist regime—but in the name of “freedom” and “justice.”

It is something that Orwell would appreciate.

The flotilla activists do not care about the facts on the ground, they refuse to understand that Gaza is filled with luxury hotels, office buildings, palatial villas, nightclubs, beach clubs, and well-stocked markets. They focus only on the artificially maintained poverty-stricken areas, and not on the true reasons for it: namely, that the Arab and the Palestinian leadership have spent more than 60 years milking the West of both its guilt and its money on behalf of this single falsely created refugee population.

Novelist and poet Alice Walker is also on board the “The Audacity of Hope.” She has been giving interviews and publishing op-ed pieces about her upcoming flotilla folly.

Ah, Alice. She and I go way back, and we have watched each other’s backs in significant ways over the years. Her current stance is painful, puzzling, unbalanced, and treacherous.

Walker has been in the forefront of the American civil rights, feminist, “womanist,” and ecological and animal rights movements; for many years, Walker was an activist against female genital mutilation—an African and African Muslim practice. She is best known and loved for her novel The Color Purple, which was made into a popular movie and Broadway play.

Tragically, but typically, Walker believes that Israelis are a more diabolical version of the white southern American racists who enslaved black Americans and then lynched, impoverished, exploited and segregated them. She imagines that the Palestinians are an even purer version of oppressed African-Americans. Most of all, she sees the Palestinians and herself as “non-violent” actors in this great drama.

Walker does not view Jews as the indigenous peoples of the Middle East or as equivalent to the “blacks” of Europe or as the most currently endangered infidel race in the Muslim Middle East. Walker refuses to acknowledge that Arabs and Muslims still practice (mainly African and skin color-based) slavery and real gender and religious apartheid. Instead, Walker scapegoats the Jews, specifically Israeli Jews, for the grave sins and crimes of blatant racism that are being committed by ethnic Arab Muslims in Muslim-majority countries such as Sudan, the Egyptian Sinai, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere.

Walker seems to have no idea that Muslims have a long, long history of slave-trading, sex slavery, imperialism, colonialism, conversion by the sword, and barbaric misogyny. Indeed, she seems to understand nothing about the reign of terror that Hamas has brought to the women, gays, artists, and vulnerable living beings in Gaza.

Walker does not command the facts; she has been fatefully tainted by crude propaganda, which she believes with her whole heart.

For example, Walker claims that 1,400 Gazans died during Operation Cast Lead, yet she fails to point out that, by Hamas’ own admission, between 600 and 700 of these were armed Hamas militants.

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  • bnbs

    There are over 2million Palestinians living in Israel in peace & freedom free to leave whenever they want. They choose to stay. Kinda says something about all the antiIsraeli rhetoric, doesn't it?

  • http://www.leighharrison.com Leigh Harrison

    Anyone who's seen the videos of the new, plush shopping mall in Gaza knows that the people of Gaza aren't "wretched" or "suffering." Anyone who's seen the photographs of their beautiful, bountiful, produce-filled outdoor markets knows they aren't "starving" or "living in poverty." The illusion of their "suffering is a long-documented game by the PLO and Hamas to garner as much charitable donations from the confused around the world who think they're helping the Gazans, but the money is always used for weapons to use against the Israelis. The misguided souls who think they're "doing good" to help the "poor people of Gaza" by joining the flotilla are being used as pawns, and have allowed the taqiyya of the Islamic jihadists to sway them, in the malicious — and continual — war of genocide against the Israelis.

  • johnnywoods

    Hey muchiboy, Why don`t you spend an afternoon or two studying the history of Israel and the Palestinians? It would shed a little light on your ignorance. You can do this at one of those places they call libraries.

  • MixMChess

    Anyone who supports the flotilla is a filthy LIAR and an antisemite.

    Israel guarantees that Palestinians are never denied any basic life support needs at any time. Despite CONSTANT attacks by Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist organizations, Israel maintains an "ongoing humanitarian corridor for the transfer of perishable and staple food items to Gaza." Approximately 1 million tons of humanitarian supplies enter Gaza from Israel on an annual basis. For example, from June 2009 – June 2010, "1,025,686 tons of aid, 49,610 tons of cooking gas and 136,097,330 liters of fuel have been delivered to the Gaza Strip." That is the equivalent of one ton of food and aid per Gaza resident.

    Food and other humanitarian supplies are shipped from Israel to Gaza six days a week, 52 weeks a year. In a typical week the IDF coordinates the transfer of hundreds of trucks containing about 15,000 tons of supplies. For example, "during the week of May 18, 2010 there were more than 100 truckloads of animal food, 65 trucks of fruit and vegetables; 22 truckloads of sugar, some 27 truckloads of meat, poultry and fish; and 40 trucks of dairy products." At holiday times, Israel increases transfers – during Ramadhan and Eid al-Adha, Israel shipped "11,000 heads of cattle into Gaza."

    As for medical care, Palestinians can receive free medical care in Israel. Palestinians are only denied medical care if Hamas or the P.A. does not grant a permit to release the patient.

    Israel maintains an open medical corridor for patients coming out of Gaza. Did you know that about 200 medical staff members go to Gaza every month? In 2009 alone, "10,544 patients and their companions left the Gaza Strip for medical treatment in Israel. Moreover, there were 382 emergency evacuations from Gaza for medical purposes."

    If that wasn't enough, the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem donates "$3 million in aid annually to treat Palestinians in Israel." Israel also transfer tons of medical supplies to Gaza. In 2009, 4,883 tons of medical equipment and medicine were shipped into Gaza. In the first quarter of 2010, Israel shipped 152 trucks of medical supplies and equipment into Gaza. In a typical week approximately 37 truckloads of hygiene products are shipped to Gaza. And in 2009, Israel coordinated the transfer of medical supplies for the disabled including "wheelchairs, crutches and first aid kits. Other equipment shipped to Gaza include heart-monitors, baby feeding tubes, dental equipment, medical books, ambulance emergency equipment, artificial limbs and infant sleeping bags."

  • Grasswill

    Phyllis gives way too much credit to Walker: she is not misinformed, or misled this is the only “cause” that could override questions about her real character which her daughter exposed in her honest memoirs. No other cause could “erase” the exposure inthe public’s mind. If she were to take on the cause of hunger, for nstance, or a feminist cause, she’ still be besmirched, people would still be half wondering about her. This way, she is a hero without taking on any political risk, can look like she is taking on controversy and powerful Israel when she is dimly tapping into the anti-Semetic, vampiristic fervor of the left. No ones mind will be on Rebecca Walkers memoirs in this fervor. Alice could have made a more brilliant career move.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Theatre of the absurd could not come up with this insanity, I would consider
    that they are all doing meth and cocaine while escaped from a mental asylum.
    Ever what happens to the floating clowns is brought on themselves by their
    death wish for Jews and flagitious devotion to evil, eschewing good and
    destined for It's absence in their lives now and forever………………William

  • mlcblog

    I love that there is so much more light being shone on this venture than the last one. We pray in church Lord, expose the work of the devil!! God is faithful!! Thank you, new news media!! and your faithful members.

  • sydell

    john w
    You appear to be ignorant of the Arab history and their neglect of gaza.Your comment is anti semitic and you appear to know little of Jewish culture and values.
    Since 1948 Israel was the only stable Democracy and the only economy available to the Palestinians,
    After the Arabs agressive war of 1967,Jordan did not want Gaza or the Palestinians back
    The Arab world sent no aid to gaza since 1948
    Since gaza was given was given to the Palestinians ,there has been constant attacks on israel.Would you allow this near your home
    The Palestinians refuse to accept the presence of Israel and that is the problemEverything else is negotiable

  • Max Friedman

    Alice Walker is an old communist sympathizer, avowed Castro-lover, and a fool. Other than that, she might be a nice person.

    So were the Germans who assured the Jews in the concentration camps that they were only going into the buildings for a cleansing shower.

    Stupidity and evil never change.

  • Earl.

    Sink all of the boats. Let the fascists drown in the sea like the Egyptian army at the time of the Exodus.

  • curmudgeon

    what a boon it would be to our nation in particular, and the civilized world, if the "audacity of hope" sank with all hands.

  • Terry

    My suggestion to Israel. You won't be thanked whatever you do so you may as well do what you have to do.

    Warn the boats once to turn around. If they don't, sink them.

    There!! End of flotilla problem. And a few less wannabe Jew murderers in the world. Sort of win win for everyone, no? I suggest any survivors are taken to Syria.

  • mlcblog

    Most of all, she sees the Palestinians and herself as “non-violent” actors in this great drama.

    Alice may as well be saying 2 + 2 = 9 for all the truth this belief holds.

  • Richard N

    Ms Walker may wish to travel on to southern sudan, where real atrocities are occurring against the nuba.

    • Morrissey

      Real atrocities are occurring against the people of Gaza. Unlike the perpetrators of the crimes against Gaza, the Sudanese government doesn't enjoy the tacit support of the United States government, nor does it have an indefatigable corps of bloodthirsty commentators like Alan Dershowitz and Phyllis Chesler, or of people like yourself, always attempting to divert attention from its atrocities.

      One of these days the United States will cease to tolerate the outrages committed by its most aggressive vassal state in the middle east—just like it eventually withdrew its support for apartheid South Africa, Saddam Hussein's Iraq and Suharto's Indonesia.

      What will happen to Israel when that happens?

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Muchiboy has admitted that his grandfather is a so-called Palestinian. Hence, even while he readily acknowledges that Christians and all other non-Muslims living in every Muslim majority country in the world are violently oppressed and systematically persecuted when not outright slaughtered altogether without exception, and that Muslims are waging jihad around the world not only against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel but also against Hindu unbelievers in Kashmir and Jammu, Buddhist unbelievers in Thailand, Christian unbelievers in the Philippines, atheist and Orthodox Christian unbelievers in Chechnya and Russia, animist and Christian unbelievers in the Ivory Coast, Christian Serb unbelievers in Bosnia and Serbia, and on and on ad nauseum, like the unhinged anti-Semitic bigot he is, he nonetheless still obsessively incites hatred and violence against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel every chance he gets. Thus, of course, he supports the useful idiots’ participation in their insane flotilla, because he is obviously more than a little mentally deficient and very conflicted.

  • The_Lord_Regent

    Shouldn't you just go back to sodomizing the inmates, while fantasizing that you're doing a six-year-old jewish boy?

  • muchiboy

    " "Well,they do say if it quacks like a duck,"

    Glad you admit you're a filthy antisemite." "

    By your flawed reasoning I am anti-Semitic.You wrongly and consistently insist on equating Antisemitism with Anti-Zionism.And I admit to my Anti-Zionism.I don't think we will get pass this,except maybe over a few cold beers.Maybe someday.As I stated in an earlier post,hopefully this will not be a barrier preventing further resolutions to the many differences over the conflict.

    "Naziboy, how do you feel about the liberation of Auschwitz. Is it still a bee in your bonnet that rankles after all these years? It looks like it."

    Spiritof….Every once and a while I read your posts in the so far vein hope that you have matured somewhat.You still disappoint me.You throw around "Nazi" as if it were just another four letter word.It isn't,my boy.If anything,it is at the opposite end of the continuum of human behavior that begins with RIGHTEOUS……….and ends in………. EVIL.
    Call me stupid,a bigot or a racist,but not a Nazi.Reserve that for the darkest evil that man is capable of doing to another human or race.Me thinks you are too young and/or immature to be allowed on this forum.It should be reserved for grown ups.muchiboy.

    • MixMChess

      "You wrongly and consistently insist on equating Antisemitism with Anti-Zionism."

      I'm not wrong, and I have Elie Wiesel and Martin Luther King Jr. to back me up. Who do you have to back you up besides noted neo-Nazis, bigots and hate-mongers (David Duke, Jeff Rense, Louis Farakkhan, Norman Finkelstein…)?

      "You throw around "Nazi" as if it were just another four letter word.It isn't,my boy.If anything,it is at the opposite end of the continuum of human behavior that begins with RIGHTEOUS……….and ends in………. EVIL."

      This coming from an anti-intellectual douche who routinely (and incorrectly) compares Israelis to Nazis? Just like everything else in muchiboys world, double-standards area always applied. What sound logic. And you wonder why everyone has dismissed you as border-line mentally handicapped?

      "Call me stupid,a bigot or a racist,but not a Nazi.Reserve that for the darkest evil that man is capable of doing to another human or race."

      Ok, you are stupid, a bigot, a racist and whether you like to admit it or not, you are a neo-Nazi who hates Jews. Perhaps you aren't as direct in your "final solution" (gas chambers), but you sure are trying damn hard to get their in a round-about way (terrorism directed at Jews in Israel and worldwide). Maybe you should follow the ingrate DeShawn back over to VNNforums where you belong?

    • Morrissey

      Carry on stating the truth like you do, muchiboy, in a calm and reasoned manner. Nothing goads a bigot like "Salubrious" into a foaming fury like being confronted with irrefutable evidence that he is in the wrong.

      In a way it's funny (in a black comedy sort of way) to read these people denying there's an occupation, and asserting that Gaza is "filled with luxury hotels, office buildings, palatial villas, nightclubs, beach clubs, and well-stocked markets."

      People like Phyllis Chesler are just too brutal, insensitive and stupid to realize they are mimicking the stories that appeared in the western press seventy years ago—full of "good news" about Theresienstadt and showing how easy life was in the Warsaw Ghetto.

  • aspacia

    Hpw about misjueopist?

  • Seastink

    This is the perfect opportunity for the IDF to get some practice with the deck gun.

    • Morrissey

      Funny joke, Nazi.

      Not.

  • Eve

    I live in Israel, I am a leftist and opposed to the occupation. Unfortunately every word Mcrobbins says about Hamas is true. I recently met a young American nurse who works in Gaza. She was no fan of Israel but her comments on Hamas were scathing. She said that they are corrupt and the Gazans she knows hete them.

    And, as a feminist, for the life of me I cant understand how anyone who claims to
    be for womens rights can not be opposed to Hamas if only on the basis of their
    attitudes and policies towards women!

    • mcrobbins

      It is to the credit of the Israeli people to want a peaceful solution, whether they reside on the left, right, or middle. There has been so much hope that a solution would be realized. However, the other side has acted with duplicity and subterfuge. Israel's gestures have been met with bombs, rockets, and murders. It is not surprising that the Israeli public is cynical about the peace process. It is not hard to gather that the Palestinian leadership is not interested in peace.

      The Palestinians have too many infantile entitlement issues. Unfortunately, the world has indulged them. Alan Dershowitz has said many times that the world has let the Palestinians get away with bad behavior. Behind all the noise in the PA is an envy of Israel and an inferiority complex. They see that Israel is a sophisticated, highly educated, and technologically advanced society. Israel has done amazing things in over 60 years. Looking through the lens of a Koranic theology of glory that sees the ummah as the favored people of the earth, they must feel the disconnect with the realities of the modernized world.

  • Ronald W. Carnine

    I have had opportunity lately to study the creation of the state of Israel. Using books and documents from both sides of this issue I tried to educate myself to the truth. I found that by and large land was purchased from Arabs. I does appear that some Arabs were removed but this was due to attacks carried out against the new state of Israel. Even land that was basically useless, swamps and desert and rocks, was purchased. The Israelis turned this land into beautiful productive farmland. I also found that that an area was set aside to be settled by those who sold their land in Transjordan. Unfortunately, they were discouraged by nations around them who had declared a war of extermination against the Jews and had lost. Israel had a right to the land that was lost during that war by the Muslim countries. It should also be remembered that these countries had supported Nazis Germany during WWII. Israel captured more land through the years in wars initiated by their neighbors, but in the attempts at peace and interference of the League of Nations (later the UN) much land was given back to the aggressor. I won't take time to share all that I learned, but this should give a quick overview. I will continue to study but this certainly should quiet the idea that the Jews were cruel aggressors who had no right to be in the Middle East. (to say nothing about the oldest title deed called the Bible)

    • Morrissey

      Could you give us a list of the books you read during your "study" of the creation of Israel?

      From your post, it seems you haven't read ANYTHING—but I could be wrong!

  • tomas alla

    Please force these know nothings to be forced to live in saudi Arabia or Iran or Afghanistan or Pakistan or Somolia or Yemen or …………. They all have something in common. They are prime examples of what happens when the religion of a Pedophile takes over the government, religion, commerce, law, food, travel, domestic relations, and all other aspects of life for an enslaved people who really have no idea how they lost their democratic and constitutional rights. They are like camels in the desert, no clues, no solutions, etc. as long as they think they can force others ot be in their herd of misery.

  • BS77

    no doubt a small fraction of the population, like Walker, are basically irrational , without any sense or intellectual integrity. Many of the leftist or liberal activists are fools following other fools. History, even empirical evidence means nothing to the indoctrinated . Remember, those who are truly brainwashed never know it.

  • soloman4israel

    iv'e just been re-reading this report and have just noticed (gorgonzola-page 2, 3 days ago)
    -11 how i missed it before i dont know,but it does go to show that we are permitted our opinion here even if what we have to say is not to every-ones likeing,unlike some sites where i have posted polite/friendly/comments,correcting their lies/bad one sided reporting and have never seen my opinion posted infact one site posted my comment relating to the fact that they would not post my comments,what are those type of sites scared of ?most of their readers already seem brainwashed,so surely the truith isn't going to make an difference.

  • elitist

    Phyliss, you are doing heroic work against this mass psychosis of western self-loathing and Islamization (anti-semitism being a prominent symptom).

    we really need a Soros type to fund a massive public information compaign on Israel and the Islamic cancer.

    Islam = Nazism is the message, and it must be repeated until it is heard.

  • A Jew

    You really are being too generous. These people are not doing this out of some misguided 'goodness' concerning the land thieves who steal Jewish land. They are doing it because they are Jew-hating Nazis. Israel's response should be as follows: when the flotilla arrives, transmit 'turn back'. Transmit it once and once only. Should any of the ships make any further attempt to approach the Israeli shoreline – sink it. The remaining ships then get a further sixty seconds to turn back. If they do not move, they are sunk.
    Wake up, Israel! The only good Nazi is one whose body is rotting at the bottom of the Med. I am sick, tired and fed up to my freakin' back teeth with Jews being the scapegoat for every single woe that has befallen the world for the past 2,000 years. It is tme to fight back. Israel is ours, and anyone who wants to take it from us is going to be annihilated. Amen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Prevent-the-IHH-Flotilla-Towards-Gaza/117646254988615 Jill

    I think it's very clear that after the horrific events that occurred on the 1st flotilla they seem to think they should send a 2nd flotilla, they are obviously doing this for publicity. I would like to invite you to check out Prevent the IHH Flotilla Towards Gaza http://www.facebook.com/pages/Prevent-the-IHH-Flo

    Thanks for your support.

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  • Morrissey

    Norman Finkelstein summed up this mad fantasy perfectly: "If Yentas took crack".

    It's hard to decide which of these Chesler zingers is funnier:

    1.) "Gaza is filled with luxury hotels, office buildings, palatial villas, nightclubs, beach clubs, and well-stocked markets."

    2.) "I take words very seriously."

    Whichever one you choose, you have to admit that the comedy is enhanced by the way Chesler maintains that deadly serious tone throughout.

    Hilarious black comedy.

  • Poyani

    Heil Chester! Let's make the Middle East Arabfrei as per the instructions of furer Chester!

    Salute!

  • John

    How can anyone in his or her right mind possibly take this woman seriously?

  • John

    “Clearly, these Europeans do not believe that enough Jews died in the European Holocaust and/or do not want to see the descendents [sic] of Holocaust survivors continue to flourish in Israel.”
    It’s amazing to me that she can write this stuff without being overcome with self-loathing and punching herself in the face repeatedly

  • mcrobbins

    Oh Jean Jaques Rousseau, the patron saint of the hard left (and the French Revolution.) However, the savages are not too noble! Like the French Revolution, the "revolutionaries" of the PA are cannibalizing their own.

    Hamas has nixed the deal to keep Salam Fayyad as PM. I guess for Hamas, creating economic opportunities and nation building are distractions from jihad. The danger is that Hamas will take over the entire PA.

  • mcrobbins

    Hasn't the concept of good and evil been destroyed by post-modernists? Everything now is a Nietzschean and neo-Marxist narrative. It is amazing that the cultural elites excuse the most barbarous behavior out of their noble savages. What is troubling is that they aid and abet in the promulgation of "narratives" that are nothing more than dark nihilistic moral inversions.

    When a mother and four girls were murdered in Gush Katif, the Gazan press made the terrorists the heroes, and the victims, including the small children, the terrorists. That shouldn't surprise us about insane radicals, but the world press did nothing to challenge this outrageous lie. In fact, some besmirched the family by accusing them of being "radicals". You see the same thing in the murder of the Fogel family. How is it that the supposed guardians of truthful discourse can be so callous?