Monday, 31 May 2010

ASKING FOR IT, AND GETTING IT (ANOTHER RACHEL CORRIE MOMENT)

Ken Berwitz

The hamas supporters who organized and pushed forward with a convoy of ships containing "humanitarian aid", knowing full well that Israel would not allow them through, wanted a confrontation.  They were desperate for one.

And they got it too.

Excerpted from the highly palestinian-Arab-sympathetic report issued by "msnbc.com and news services" (the bold print is mine):

10 die in Israeli raid on aid flotilla

Commandos storm Gaza-bound ships in international waters

JERUSALEM - Israeli commandos on Monday stormed six ships carrying hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists on an aid mission to the blockaded Gaza Strip, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens.

The operation in international waters off the Gaza coast was a nightmare scenario for Israel that looked certain to further damage its international standing, strain already tense relations with Turkey and draw unwanted attention to Gaza's plight.

The two sides offered conflicting accounts of what happened.

A reporter on one of the boats said the Israelis fired at the vessel before boarding it. Israeli officials said the soldiers were attacked with knives, clubs and iron bars as they boarded the six vessels. The Israeli military said the violence turned deadly after one of the activists grabbed a weapon from one of the commandos. The weapon discharged, though it wasn't clear whether the activist fired it or if it went off accidentally.

"Our initial findings show that at least 10 convoy participants were killed," an Israeli military spokesman said, adding that at least four soldiers were wounded.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed regret for the deaths. However, he called the aid flotilla a "political provocation" by anti-Israel forces. Barak said the sponsors of the flotilla are violent.

However, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed shock over the incident and called on Israel to "urgently provide a full explanation."

Nobel laureate
Some 700 pro-Palestinian activists were on the boats, including 1976 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire of Northern Ireland, European legislators and an elderly Holocaust survivor.

NBC News reported that 11 Americans were among the civilians aboard the ships. They include a former ambassador and a former State Department official.

Al-Jazeera TV reported by telephone from the Turkish ship leading the flotilla that Israeli forces fired at the ship and boarded it, wounding the captain. The broadcast ended with a voice shouting in Hebrew, "Everybody shut up!"

Turkey's NTV network reported that dozens of activists were wounded. France24 television aired video of a woman in a Muslim headdress holding a stretcher with a large bloodstain on it. Below her lay a man, apparently injured, in a blanket.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas described the incident as a "massacre," the official Wafa news agency reported.

Abbas, whose Fatah faction lost control of the Gaza Strip in fighting with Hamas in 2007, declared three days of mourning in the Palestinian territories.

Israeli security forces were on alert across the country.

The tough Israeli response drew condemnations from Turkey, France and the U.N.'s Mideast envoy, while Greece suspended a military exercise with Israel and postponed a visit by Israel's air force chief. The European Union called for an investigation into the incident and urged Israel to allow the free flow of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

About 10,000 Turks also marched from Israel's Consulate in Istanbul toward the city's main square, shouting slogans denouncing Israel. The protesters earlier Monday tried storm the Consulate building but were blocked by police.

 In response, Israel advised its citizens Monday to avoid travel to Turkey and instructed those already there to keep a low profile.

In neighboring Jordan, hundreds demonstrated in the capital Amman to protest the Israeli action and demand that their government breaks diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.

Danny Ayalon, Israel's deputy foreign minister, told a news conference that weapons had been found aboard the vessels and described the flotilla as an "armada of hate and violence."

The activists were headed to Gaza on a mission meant to draw attention to a three-year-old Israeli blockade of the coastal territory. Israel imposed the blockade after Hamas militants took power there.

Pandemonium

Israel had declared it would not allow the ships to reach Gaza and had offered to transfer the aid to Gaza from an Israeli port. Israeli naval commandos raided the ships while they were in international waters after ordering them to stop about 80 miles from Gaza's coast, according to a pro-Palestinian activist in Greece involved in the aid mission.

A Turkish website showed video of pandemonium on board one of the ships, with people in orange life jackets running around as some tried to help an activist apparently unconscious on the deck. The site also showed video of an Israeli helicopter flying overhead and Israeli warships nearby.

Turkey's NTV showed activists beating one Israeli soldier with sticks as he rappelled from a helicopter onto one of the boats.

Israel had expected the operation to end without bloodshed and had prepared tents in an Israeli port for detainees.

The incident created a diplomatic storm with long-time Muslim ally Turkey, under whose flag some of the six ships were flying.

The six-ship flotilla began the journey from international waters off the coast of Cyprus on Sunday afternoon after two days of delays. It had expected to reach Gaza, about 250 miles away, on Monday afternoon.

After nightfall Sunday, three Israeli navy missile boats left their base in Haifa, steaming out to sea to confront the activists' ships.

Two hours later, Israel Radio broadcast a recording of one of the missile boats warning the flotilla not to approach Gaza.

"If you ignore this order and enter the blockaded area, the Israeli navy will be forced to take all the necessary measures in order to enforce this blockade," the radio message continued.

Al-Jazeera earlier reported that the ships initially changed course to try to avoid a nighttime confrontation, preferring a daylight showdown for better publicity.

 First, let me address the "humanitarian aid" part of this BS, by reposting what I said about it just days ago:

...hamas, which took control of Gaza by force (not that it matters, since a majority of its people supported hamas anyway), is a terrorist organization which does not recognize Israel, specifically states it will never do so, and is committed, in writing, to the destruction of Israel through jihad. 

So even though these particular ships may be filled with nothing but benign quality-of-life supplies, if Israel curtails its blockade the subsequent ships will carry the weaponry hamas needs to carry out its commitment.

That is the reason Israel will not allow ships through.  It would have been nice if the news report I excerpted made prominent mention of it, instead of burying a reference or two toward the end of the story.

Please note, also, that Israel offered to transfer the aid items to Israeli ships, from which they ultimately would wind up in Gaza. 

Was Israel's offer credible?  Well, given the fact that Israel already supplies Gaza with enormous amounts of humanitarian aid and supplies - a little something most news venues determinedly avoid reporting about -  of course it is.  That is what Israel does.

And let's not forget that the ships literally changed course so that they would be in harm's way during the daytime "for better publicity".

They wanted this.  They asked for it.  And they got it.

The Israel haters will blame Israel, as they blame Israel for everything else.  The hamas supporters will call for revenge, which is irrelevant because when they aren't calling for revenge they are calling for the end of Israel through jihad, so what's the difference?

What was accomplished, therefore?  Nothing. 

Another rachel corrie moment, brought to you by the haters of Israel.  And you can bet it won't be the last.

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UPDATE:  As the world - predictably - condemns Israel for its actions, it turns out that the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) video-taped what actually happened on the ship where the people died.  And the video clearly shows that lunatics on the ship were engaged in overt violence against Israelis, apparently before any shooting broke out.  A lot of it.  Click here and see for yourself. 

Don't count on the international community to take this into account, though, any more than they would take into account the reasons Israel blockades Gaza. 


"CLOSELY DIVIDED", LA TIMES-STYLE

Ken Berwitz

Here are the first two paragraphs of Seema Mehta's article in the LA Times, which talks about the Times' just released poll on illegal immigration:

California voters are closely divided over the crackdown on illegal immigration in Arizona, with sharp splits along lines of ethnicity and age, according to a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll.

Overall, 50% of registered voters surveyed said they support the law, which compels police to check the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally, while 43% oppose it. That level of support is lower than polls have indicated nationwide.

Got that?  California voters approve of Arizona's new immigration laws by 50% to 43% and that is "closely divided".  

FYI, the polling was done among 1,506 registered voters and the margin of sampling error is 2.6%.  In other words, California's support of the Arizona laws is well beyond the statistical margin of error.

But voters are "closely divided".  Seema Mehta says so, and her editors have seconded the motion by not changing this ridiculous, self-contradictory claim.

Do you think the article would have called Californians "closely divided" if they opposed the laws by well beyond the statistical margin of error?

Then they wonder why people call them biased.....


BILL MAHER'S ACCEPTABLE RACISM

Ken Berwitz

If there is one thing you learn when you cover politics in this country, it is that racism is acceptable - if the "good guys" are the ones displaying it.

Case in point:  Bill Maher, a hard left comedian who is idolized by the PC crowd.  This makes him a protected species in most media.  Thus, he is allowed to spew overtly racist garbage without paying the price. 

Suppose Rush Limbaugh, or Sean Hannity, or Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin or Mike Gallagher or Dennis Miller or anyone named Bush, etc. etc. etc. said this:

I thought when we elected a black president, we were going to get a black president.  You know, this [BP oil spill] is where I want a real black president.  I want him in a meeting with the BP CEOs, you know, where he lifts up his shirt where you can see the gun in his pants.  Thats (using a stereotypical black accent) weve got a motherfucking problem here?  Shoot somebody in the foot.

Do you think any of those folks would have a problem?  Like  maybe a nuclear problem?

Well, the person who made that statement, exactly as you just read it, is Bill Maher.  And guess what:  he doesn't have a problem at all. 

You see, Bill is one of the good guys.  So it doesn't mean anything when he says things like that. 

We all know that Rush Limbaugh is a racist, so if he made that comment we'd demand that he be taken off the air.  We'd boycott his sponsors.  We'd mount protests at his syndicator's offices. 

But since we know Bill Maher is not a racist, it doesn't count. Next subject.

And if you think I'm wrong about this, explain how come Maher's comment was made days ago and you haven't seen an outcry, not even a little one, in most mainstream media. 

Then think about what happened years ago when Limbaugh, during an NFL pre-game show, said:

"I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well,'' Limbaugh said. "There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."

Look at the two comments.  You tell me which is more racist:  Maher's disgusting characterization of a Black man as violent, armed, profane and with a stereotypical dialect, or Limbaugh's assertion that McNabb was overrated because the NFL wanted a Black quarterback to do well.

Limbaugh was immediately forced off the show and has subsequently been barred from even a small ownership interest in an NFL team.  Maher, at least so far, gets a free pass.

I rest my case.


BARACK OBAMA'S CONNECTION TO THE GAZA INCIDENT

Ken Berwitz

Barack Obama is directly connected to the people who mounted the Gaza incident, which has resulted in at least 10 fatalities and put the world in an uproar.

Excerpted from the chilling piece written by Brenda J. Elliott for worldnetdaily.com:

Klein: Ayers, Dohrn top activists in Gaza flotilla group

May 31, 2010 by Brenda J. Elliott

World Net Daily, reports from New York:

 

Aaron Klein, Jerusalem bureau chief for World Net Daily, reports from New York:

The group behind the Gaza flotilla that engaged in deadly clashes with Israeli commandoes today counts among its top activists Weather Underground terrorist founders William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn as well as Jodie Evans, the leader of the radical activist organization Code Pink.

Ayers and Dohrn were close associates for years with President Obama, while Evans was a fundraiser and financial bundler for Obamas presidential campaign.

The flotilla was organized by the Free Gaza Movement, a coalition of leftist human rights activists and pro-Palestinian groups engaged in attempts to break a blockade imposed by Israel on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Ayers, Dohrn and Evans Code Pink have led several recent Free Gaza Movement initiatives, including attempted marches into the Gaza Strip. Dorhn was in the Middle East just last month on behalf of the movement.

 

In January, WND reported Ayers, Dohrn and Evans were involved in provoking chaos on the streets of Egypt in an attempt to enter Gaza with the Free Gaza Movement to join in solidarity with the territorys population and leadership.

 

The three helped to stir riots after the Egyptian government refused to allow a large number of protesters to enter neighboring Gaza. Eventually, the protesters accepted an Egyptian offer of allowing about 100 marchers into Gaza. Once in the territory, those marchers were reportedly met on the Gaza side by Hamas former Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

 

An Israel Defense Forces spokesperson told WND commandoes boarded the ships after numerous warnings from Israel requested the ships redirect toward the Israeli port of Ashdod where they would be able to unload their aid supplies, which could then be transferred to the Gaza Strip after undergoing security inspections.

 

During the boarding of one of the ships, the Marmara, activists onboard attacked IDF Naval personnel with live fire and light weaponry including knives and clubs, the IDF spokesperson said.

 

The demonstrators had clearly prepared their weapons in advance for this specific purpose, said the spokesperson.

 

As a result of this life-threatening and violent activity, naval forces first employed riot dispersal means, followed by live fire, the spokesperson said.

 

IDF naval personnel encountered severe violence, including use of weaponry prepared in advance in order to attack them, said the IDF spokesperson.

 

The IDF released a YouTube video clearly showing activists attacking Israeli commandoes, including with live fire.

 

Close Obama associates

 

Evans formed Code Pink, a far-left activist organization, in 2002 to protest Americas war in Iraq. The group previously met with Hamas and with leaders of the Taliban. Evans was a fundraiser and financial bundler for Obamas presidential campaign.

 

Abunimah traveled in some of the same political circles as Obama in the 1990s. Abunimah previously described meeting with Obama at a fundraiser at the home of Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi, reportedly a former PLO activist. Khalidi was also a close associate of Obama.

 

[Obama] came with his wife. Thats where I had a chance to really talk to him, Abunimah recalled. It was an intimate setting. He convinced me he was very aware of the issues [and] critical of U.S. bias toward Israel and lack of sensitivity to Arabs. He was very supportive of U.S. pressure on Israel.

 

Ayers, meanwhile, became a name in last years presidential campaign when it was disclosed the radical worked closely with Obama for years.

 

Ayers helped launch Obamas political career with a fundraiser in his home. Obama served on the board of a Chicago nonprofit alongside Ayers. The terrorist later hired Obama to serve as chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a job Obama later cited as experience that helped qualify him to run for public office.

 

While at the CAC, Obama and Ayers both granted funds to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN.

 

WND columnist Jack Cashill has produced a series of persuasive arguments that it was Ayers who ghostwrote Obamas award-winning autobiography, Dreams from My Father.

 

Ayers and Dohrn were two of the main founders of the Weather Underground, which bombed the New York City Police headquarters in 1970, the Capitol in 1971 and the Pentagon in 1972. The group was responsible for some 30 bombings aimed at destroying the defense and security infrastructures of the U.S.

 

Characterizing the Weather Underground as an American Red Army, Ayers summed up the organizations ideology: Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, Kill your parents.

 

Everything was absolutely ideal on the day I bombed the Pentagon, Ayers recalled in his 2001 memoir, Fugitive Days. The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.

 

Ayers brandished his unrepentant radicalism for years to come, as evidenced by his now notorious 2001 interview with the New York Times, published one day after the 9/11 attacks, in which he stated, I dont regret setting bombs. I feel we didnt do enough.

 

Ayers posed for a photograph accompanying the New York Times piece that showed him stepping on an American flag. He said of the U.S.: What a country. It makes me want to puke.

Are you surprised?  If so, why? 

Barack Obama has been neck-deep with these USA hating terrorist scumbags from day one.  Just as he was neck-deep with the USA hating, Israel-hating reverend of his former (?) church, jeremiah wright.  Maybe that's why he treated Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu so dismissively when he was in Washington, but bows down (literally) to murdering terrorists around the world.

In the last election, exit polls indicated that 78% of Jewish voters cast their ballots for Barack Obama.  I hope they're happy with what they got.

Speaking as one of the other 22%, I assure you I am not.

Zeke .... ..... during the campaign, Obama said that Bill Ayers was "just a guy he knew from the neighborhood" ..... .... (06/01/10)


MEMORIAL DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today is Memorial Day.

Never forget the men and women of our armed forces, who gave their lives to potect and preserve the United States of America.  They are our heroes and we honor them today.

And never forget the men and women who joined our armed forces and survived - inured and uninjured both.  They are heroes as well, because they too put their lives on the line for this country. 

Join me, please, in thanking them.  Today especially.  And every other day.


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