Israeli Piracy Once More
The peaceful humanitarian flotilla, Estelle, has been captured by the Israeli Navy in the last couple of days. Estelle set off from Sweden, but carried 30 international activists from various countries, such as the USA, Israel and Canada, including lawmakers from Spain, Sweden, Greece and Norway.
The Estelle is backed by the Swedish-Israeli, Dror Feiler and as the activists re-iterated, the flotilla's aim is to bring attention of Israel's oppressive policies towards the international community.
Whilst Israel and Netanyahu may attempt to convince the world that there is no crisis in Gaza, we have recently found out that Israel has deliberately stopped enough food from getting through, that theoretically wouldn't allow Palestinians to starve, but would effectively suffocate any real sense of economy in Gaza. This was followed by the infamous Operation Cast Lead, that led to the destruction of schools and factories, that in effect destroyed any capability of any kind of economy, growth and lifestyle. Indeed, Gaza is under crises and one that has been orchestrated by Israel.
Despite the Israeli military spewing the usual retort of, "There was no violence" and "the passengers did not resist," here, are reports that the Israeli Navy used Tasers and violence upon boarding the ship. Yonatan Shapira, an Israeli that was on the flotilla, reported that the Israeli soldiers attacked them and other activists on board. Some were unmercifully shot at point blank range. The Israeli Navy always attempts to block communication upon raiding such flotillas, in order to shield the crimes that the Israeli Navy commits. Whilst Israeli armed forces never bow to pressure for the brutish nature they are becoming internationally renowned for, they deploy such tactics to minimalise damage of any crimes their soldiers commit, especially after the Mavi Marama.
Israel tries to justify the siege of the flotilla and of the illegal blockage of Gaza, by stating it is necessary to stop arms flow into Gaza. That does not explain why the Estelle was picked up 30 nautical miles off the coast of Gaza, in international waters, in an act, which under international law is piracy.
The Israeli activists are facing court action for a crime they did not commit. Whilst, the other nationals are pending deportation.
Whatever Israel says, does not matter any more. What does matter, is how the rest of us and other governments respond to this. Perhaps more importantly, where is the Muslim countries condemnation of this?