[News] Israel Simulates Attack On Freedom Flotilla - Irish boat sabotaged

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Israel Simulates Attack On Freedom Flotilla


  Thursday June 30, 2011 10:27
 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies 
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Israeli sources reported that the army, a number 
of Israeli security officials and politicians, 
conducted on Tuesday a drill simulating the 
interception of the Freedom Flotilla 2, that will 
be heading to Gaza to deliver medical and humanitarian supplies.

The drill started in a special operations room 
designed for this purpose, while personnel of the 
several ministries, the offices of Israeli Prime 
Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Defense 
Minister, Ehud Barak, attended and supervised the simulation.

Israel also prepared videos and documents 
justifying an attack on the flotilla, and will be 
ready to be publish the reports on Internet 
feeds, to media agencies and through SMS messages.

Yuli Edelstein, Israeli Minister of “Information 
and Diaspora”, supervised the simulation along 
with other security and military officials, 
including officials of Israel's Foreign Ministry.

Israel will be actively publishing information on 
Internet feeds, especially on social networks 
like Twitter and Facebook, in order to counter 
pro-Palestine feeds described by Tel Aviv as “the enemies of Israel”.

The preparations come after Israel stepped up its 
threats to intercept the Freedom Flotilla, and 
even use force, again, to prevent the ships from reaching Gaza.

Several Israeli leaders have started describing 
human rights activists of planning to attack 
Israel soldiers should they board the ships.

The Israeli army also claimed that the activists 
are planning to spray the soldiers with Sulfur, 
but other government officials denied the report, 
while the army refused to provide any evidence of the claim.

According to a report published by Israel's 
Haaretz paper, army sources stated that several 
activists said during coordination sessions with 
organizers of the Flotilla that “they intend to 
resort to violence, and shed the blood of Israeli 
soldiers attacking their ships”.

The report added that activists of the Turkish 
Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), in addition 
to Muslim and Arab activists will be part of the 
flotilla, and that they are preparing to use violence against the soldiers.

On Monday, the Israeli Ministerial Council 
authorized the use of force if needed to enforce 
the naval siege on Gaza, and to act on preventing 
any of the ships from reaching the besieged coastal region.

The Israeli Defense Ministry recently suggested 
forming a court that would sanction the 
confiscation of all naval equipment and ships 
that try to break the siege on Gaza.

Last Thursday, United States Secretary of State, 
Hillary Clinton, stated that solidarity ships 
heading to Gaza come in defiance of the Israeli 
Blockade on the coastal region, and are 
considered “unnecessary effort that is likely to draw a reaction from Israel”.

On May 31, 2010, Israel attacked the Turkish Mavi 
Marmara, part of the Freedom Flotilla, killing 
nine Turkish activists, including a Turkish 
activist who carried U.S. citizenship.

An investigation by the Turkish government of 
last year's Israeli attack released its results 
two weeks ago, showing that the nine men killed 
were hit by 30 bullets fired at close range, with 
five of the men killed by shots to the head.

The 19-year old American citizen who was killed, 
Furqan Dogan, was killed by five bullets fired at 
a distance of 45 cm to his face, the back of his head, his leg and his back.

Freedom Flotilla organizers issued several press 
releases affirming the non-violent nature of 
their trip to Gaza, and that its only goal is to 
break the illegal Israeli siege and to deliver 
urgently needed medical and humanitarian supplies.

Flotilla activists say Irish boat sabotaged in 
same way Norwegian boat was damaged


  Thursday June 30, 2011 11:39
 by IMEMC Staff 
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According to activists on the Freedom Flotilla of 
aid ships to Gaza, a second boat has been 
severely damaged by unknown saboteurs who dove 
under the boat to damage the propeller shaft. The 
boat's captain said that the way the boat was 
sabotaged was extremely dangerous, as it would 
have caused the propeller to cut through the 
boat's hull and make the engine room to fill with 
water, thus sinking the boat while en route to Gaza.

Earlier this week, another of the Flotilla's 
boats – a joint Norwegian-Swedish-Greek effort 
named 'Juliano' after assassinated Israeli peace 
activist Juliano Mer-Khamis – was sabotaged in 
the same way while preparing for departure from a Greek port.

The sabotage of the two boats follows a complaint 
filed by the Israel Law Center against the US 
Boat to Gaza claiming that the boat 'lacked 
seaworthiness' and needed additional inspection 
before departing, despite the fact that the boat 
had already been inspected and approved for travel.

The 'Freedom Flotilla' aims to bring humanitarian 
aid to the people of Gaza, who remain under an 
Israeli-imposed siege that began in 2007. 
Malnutrition rates are extremely high in Gaza due 
to the siege, and over 300 patients have died due 
to the lack of medical care, and the refusal of 
Israeli authorities to allow them to travel outside of Gaza for medical care.

According to the coordinator of the Irish ship, 
Fintan Lane, “This was the type of sabotage that 
endangered human life”. Some activists on the 
Freedom Flotilla say they suspect Israeli agents 
of involvement in the sabotage, although no one 
has yet been charged in the attacks.
Gilad Atzmon: Gaza Flotilla vs. Diaspora Jewry
Friday, July 1, 2011 at 4:24AM


The Israelis are preparing themselves for another massacre on the high seas.

This should not take us by surprise: after all, 
people who are 
from a true notion of history, and driven by a 
continuous fantasy of destruction, would be the 
last to draw a lesson from their past.

Earlier today I learned that The Israeli Public 
Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry held a 
simulation practice, ahead of the Gaza flotilla: 
in the course of the exercise, Minister Yuly 
Edelstein formed a ‘special situation room’ that 
is designated to disseminate ‘public diplomacy’ 
on the internet ,via messages, photos, video 
clips and additional materials, with emphasis on 
Diaspora communities, Jewish organizations, and 
friends of Israel around the world.

Just in case you weren't sure what the expected 
role of Diaspora Jews is, I guess that by now 
Minister Edelstein has provided the answer.

However, the most interesting part of the story 
is the 
description of the flotilla simulation itself: 
the imaginary scenarios depicted by Minister 
Edelstein and the IDF provide a glimpse into Israeli collective psychosis.

“The exercise was based on a scenario in which 
approximately 500 activists on approximately ten 
ships reached Israel's territorial waters at 
the Israeli document. ”Despite having been warned 
by the IDF, the ships continued on their way. At 
10:30, the Israel Navy began approaching the 
ships. Stun grenades were thrown at the IDF 
soldiers, as well as one live grenade that caused 
a number of casualties to our forces.”

But what are we to make of such an absurd 
supposition in Edelstein's exercise, that the 
flotilla volunteers ( many of whom are women and 
elderly ) will be armed and dangerous, and intent 
of attacking the IDF?  We have seen repeated 
statements from the Flotilla organizers 
reassuring the Israelis that the Flotilla is a 
peaceful  humanitarian mission that has no 
combative intentions, and 
have been invited to visit the boats to verify 
the innocent nature of the Gaza bound cargo.

What is it then? Why are these 
Israelis  preparing for a war? The answer is 
clear and simple: as I have explored in the past, 
Jewish identity politics is shaped by a totally 
unique psychological disorder. I call it 
Traumatic Stress Syndrome (as opposed to Post 
Traumatic Stress Syndrome). Jewish reality is 
shaped by an imaginary fictional future threat. 
To repeat the 19Th century Yiddish joke. “A 
Jewish telegram: get worried, details to 
follow.”  Yet, the lack of capacity to 
differentiate between reality and imagination 
leads to the inevitable emergence of the most 
tragic possible scenarios. Time after time, the 
Israeli collective  easily buys into any given 
tragic fictional and imaginary treat, and would approve any 'counter' measures.

The end result is known to us all: an 
endless  chain of colossal Israeli war crimes, 
that are committed in the name of the Jewish people.

The Israeli simulation scenario continues, with 
an inevitable body count: “At 11:00, the order 
was given for IDF units to physically seize 
control of the ships on which there was 
resistance. Our forces were attacked with live – 
and other – weapons and were obliged to 
neutralize the assailants. The results, by 11:45, 
were ten IDF soldiers wounded (one critically, 
four severely and the rest lightly). Among the 
flotilla participants, there were two dead and 14 
wounded, including two severely.”

Brilliant isn’t it? The peace activists (most of 
whom, remember, are  women and  elderly) ‘opened 
fire,’ seeking a battle with the best and most 
lethal Israeli commando unit. How realistic is that ?

Then, as the imagined scenario unfolds, a fierce 
battle develops, in which just fourteen activists 
are wounded, and  only one dies. At this point, 
for those who fail to remember what really 
happened last time around, here is video footage 
commandos  executing peace activists on the Mavi Marmara.

But Minister Edelstein is far from being worried: 
after all, the Israelis have friends around the 
world.  “As the events were taking place,” the 
scenario continues,  “the media – with emphasis 
on the Internet, Facebook and Twitter – were 
flooded with mendacious reports (by private 
users, Hamas and others among Israel's enemies). 
The situation room, in coordination with the IDF 
Spokesperson and the National Information 
Directorate, began to disseminate credible 
messages to Jewish communities and friends of 
Israel around the world. Those in the situation 
room responsible for new media began to update 
messages on the social networks, Facebook and Twitter. _____”

For those of us who still fail to recognize the 
shifts and changes that have taken place 
within  Zionism, Edelstein makes it clear: whilst 
Zionism was initially a plan to re-settle the 
Jews in Zion, nowadays, to be a Zionist means to 
stay in the Diaspora, and to 'tweet for 
Israel'.  The role of  American, French and 
British Jews, according to Edelstein,  is to 
coordinate with Israel, and to  join the Hasbara 
war: "Given the provocation by the flotilla,” 
says Diaspora Minister Edelstein, “we established 
a special situation room that will ensure 
coordination between Government officials, 
Diaspora Jewish communities and friends of Israel 
around the world.. I am certain that alongside us 
will stand significant force multipliers in the 
form of thousands of activists from Jewish communities around the world."

I do not have any doubt that many Jews around the 
world want nothing to do with Minister Edelstein 
and his Hasbara initiative.  They are clearly 
going to ignore his call. I also feel sure that 
many Jews feel sickened and ashamed to wake up, 
all too often, into yet another atrocious Israeli war crime.

Yet, if the Israelis themselves clearly regard 
Diaspora Jews as their ‘foreign brigades’, surely 
we should also be allowed to look into the issue, 
and examine the lethal continuum between the 
Jewish State and its vile supporters around the world.
Article originally appeared on Gilad Atzmon (http://www.gilad.co.uk/).
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