Israel hits back at foreign journalists who seek passage on Gaza flotilla
It's better than doing nothing and allowing all that sympathetic coverage of "peace" activists to go unchallenged.
Israel warned foreign journalists on Sunday they could be barred from the country for 10 years if they board a new flotilla that plans to challenge an Israeli naval blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
In a statement sent by email to Reuters and other international news organizations, Oren Helman, director of Israel's Government Press Office, said participation in the flotilla would be "an intentional violation" of Israeli law.
A year ago, nine Turkish activists, including one with dual U.S.-Turkish nationality, were killed by Israeli soldiers who raided a Gaza-bound aid convoy and were confronted by passengers wielding clubs and knives.
Pro-Palestinian activists have said ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip could depart from European ports in the coming days.
Helman said that sailing in a new flotilla "is liable to lead to participants being denied entry into the State of Israel for ten years, to the impoundment of their equipment and to additional sanctions."
Much of the western press is already anti-Israel - especially with regard to the Palestinians - so it isn't like the Israeli government is going to lose any friends because of this policy. No doubt, we'll hear solemn denunciations from the media about infringing on their rights, but when you're in a life or death struggle with an implacable enemy who plays the western press like a violin to begin with, you're left with very little choice.