The Septet Steams on...
Like a supertanker (this one mainly on the rocks) the Septet of Israel's leadership is predictably very slow to change course and its ingrained tendency to blame anyone but itself is on full display here. The latest stunt in
In a statement, Israeli authorities named five passengers it said were "known to be involved in terrorist activity".
But at least one of those named told Al Jazeera that
's claim was baseless. Israel
Rejecting Israeli allegations that he was a "radical anti-Israel activist" who was travelling to"The only weapons I ever carried were while I was a
to "train a [Hamas] commando unit", Ken O'Keefe, a British-American citizen, said he had never carried arms for the group. Gaza USmarine serving in the Gulf War," he said speaking from Turkeyfollowing his deportation from . Israel
"If they had a supposed terrorist in their possession, why the hell did they let me go?" O'Keefe said.
Fatima Mohammadi, another activist on board the Mavi Marmara that Israeli soldiers stormed last Monday in an attempt to stop a flotilla of aid ships from reaching
Gaza, was accused of attempting to smuggle banned electronic components into . Gaza
She told Al Jazeera through a spokesperson that she refused to dignify the accusation with a response.
Good woman. Not entirely sure also how being a "radical anti-Israel activist" justifies being nabbed from a ship and apparently also being 'roughed up' (I'm mincing my words here) after having been dragged to
The not-so-wise-men in Tel Aviv/J'sem just don't seem to get it. Had on board the Marmara been bin Laden himself, his second and third in command and a handful of battle-hardened Jihadists/Hamasniks, it would not have made one iota of difference: the Israeli Navy didn't board the ships to arrest terrorists but to rise to the challenge of what was seen as a provocation by mostly peaceful and unarmed humanitarians. To try and maintain the integrity of their siege of Gaza, not to fight terrorism...
The Marmara debacle is in fact the smaller (but visually more spectacular) story that leads to the much, much bigger one: Palestinian dispossession in 1948, 43 years of military Occupation in the West Bank, a 3 year long crippling siege of Gaza, operation Cast Lead and a naval blockade. Many will include that 'we're all Hezbollah' moment too...
Wake up and smart up, guys...