‘Everything went smoothly’ proud thumps the Israeli chest. Refusing the Zionist naval authorities to desist from trying to run the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza, they climbed aboard the ‘Dignite/Karama’ with we are a well mannered band of pirate’ seizing a ship on the high seas not within its territorial waters.
What a difference a year makes, bad publicity and global condemnation by the killing of eight Turks and one American of Turkish origin on the ‘Mavi Mamara’, a Turkish ship part of Peace Flotilla 1, challenging the illegal blockade of Gaza by the Zionist state.
This year, Israel has used a number of tactics to stop a second flotilla by any means necessary short of murder: suborning foreign states, sabotage, calling on its pro consul and protector the US to apply pressure on a failing Greek state, as well as strong arming the Turkish state. And let’s not forget, ramrodding through the Kenesset a law banning any protest against and boycott of Israel by its own citizens and foreigners.
And despite all this ‘clever’ pressure, a ship did break out of an Israeli designed blockade. And that ship was ‘Dignite/Karama’. The ten people aboard and a Haaretz reporter and al Jazeera team did not expect to get to Gaza; what they did foresee was a thumbing their nose at an rogue state’s violating international law. More than that, it is an example of how helpless and wounded is the ‘lion of Judea’.