Here Comes Another Flotilla

One year ago the Mavi Marmara, cast by its sponsors as the Palestinian Exodus, led a "Gaza Freedom Flotilla." Its goal was not to condemn the ruling Hamas government in Gaza, sworn to Israel's destruction, but to breech the Israeli blockade. Its "humanitarian aid" cargo included ballistic vests, gas masks, night-vision goggles, clubs, slingshots, daggers, knives, metal pipes and stun grenades. After rejecting Israel's proposal for cargo inspection at the Ashdod port, the Mavi Marmara was boarded by Israeli naval commandos. They encountered what even the BBC described as a premeditated attack. With three Israeli commandos thrown from the top deck, two shot, three stabbed and slashed, and others attacked with metal pipes, the Israelis relinquished their paintball guns for live ammunition. The expressed wish of two of the nine assailants for martyrdom was fulfilled. To mark the anniversary of the Mavi Marmara, pro-Hamas activists have organized a new flotilla, scheduled to depart for...(Read Full Article)