Written : June 15, 2010
After thousands of years of persecution, the state of Israel was setup in 1947 to establish a country for Jews so they could be protected. Yet, after the holocaust in Europe, anti-Jewish sentiment still rages on (just get an earful of media darling Helen Thomas' remarks made on May 27). Israel has been attacked several times by its Arab neighbors, so it has to stay on its toes.
An Israeli blockade of Gaza began in 2007, after the residents elected a terrorist group, Hamas, for leadership. Why would a blockade of Gaza be necessary? Hamas is committed to the destruction of the state of Israel, so therefore, Israel must make sure no weapons are smuggled in with humanitarian aid (which is allowed).
What would you do if you were trying to send aid to the Gaza strip? Once I secured the boat, the supplies (food, etc.), I'd contact the Israeli government. The next step would be securing a legal agreement for the Israelis to inspect our ship at some point. After all, I wouldn't want my ship to be perceived as an enemy!
What happened when a flotilla of six ships purportedly carrying aid to Gaza approached Israel on May 31, 2010? One ship, the largest, resisted boarding with violence. Why? Isn't boarding a method of inspection? If this was only a humanitarian mission, why did the crew resist?
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