May 31, 2010
Israel will not suffer meaningful consequence for its brutal attack on a flotilla of ships headed for Gaza earlier today. It is reported the attack killed 20 humanitarian activists. The military commando raid set off a storm of international protest and drew condemnations from leaders of Spain, Sweden, France, Germany, the U.N., the European Union and Arab League.
Not that it matters. Israel is basically allowed to kill anybody who opposes its annexation of Arab land and the wanton murder of Palestinians.
The Israeli military killed 34 and wounded 171 crew members aboard the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967, during the Arab-Israeli war and suffered no consequence. Israel said it had confused the intelligence ship for an Egyptian vessel. Many intelligence and military officials dispute Israel’s explanation, but that does not matter. Israel has a carte blanche to murder at will. It is almost completely irrelevant when nations and aggrieved parties complain.
Israel assassins have killed hundreds of people, including the Swedish aristocrat Folke Bernadotte. It is suspected Mossad attempted to kill ambassador John Gunther Dean, the top U.S. diplomat in Lebanon. Israel is suspected of recent killings in Dubai, Damascus and Beirut. “While Israel’s Mossad spy agency has been suspected of staging assassinations across the world since the 1970s, it does not officially acknowledge or admit its activities,” the Times Online reported in February after a bus carrying Iranian officials and Hamas members exploded outside Damascus.
Sovereignty means nothing to Israel. It has hundreds of agents, including members of Mossad operating in the Kurdish areas of northern Iraq, Iran and Syria. In July of 2006, Israel killed hundreds of civilians in Lebanon, an effort that included U.S. participation. At the time, Bush’s Deputy Secretary of State, the neocon Richard Armitage, said the illegal attack on Lebanon was a template the U.S. should use for an attack on Iran.
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Earlier this year Iran captured Jundallah leader Abdolmalek Rigi. In an interview, Rigi told Press TV that before his arrest Jundallah had held a series of meetings in Casablanca with a group who had claimed to be NATO contacts and said suspected Israeli or U.S. agents had given him a list of people to assassinate in Tehran.
The media in Israel proudly admits that PM Benjamin Netanyahu authorized the assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai on January 19, 2010. The assassins carried Irish, British, French and Australian passports. Dubai police said that the assassins obtained credit cards issued by an American bank using their passports, and then used them to buy plane tickets and other items related to the assassination.
Non-violent political and humanitarian activists are a favored target of the Israeli state. In 2003, an Israeli military bulldozer killed Rachel Corrie, an American member of the International Solidarity Movement. On 11 April 2003, Tom Hurndall, a British volunteer for the International Solidarity Movement, was fatally shot in the head by an IDF sniper in the Gaza Strip.
Israel is immune to international condemnation of its murderous efforts to continue the illegal and immoral colonialist occupation of Palestine. Editorials of outrage and condemnation published in Europe, the Arab world, and the United States over the latest psychopathic episode will not deter Israel in the least, not so long as an AIPAC-mesmerized (and intimidated) Congress continues to shower Israel with billions of dollars and remains silent on its homicidal rampages.
Nothing short of ending the generous largess provided by the American taxpayer to the state of Israel will put an end to its murder campaign.
Israel is by far the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid. Since 1949, the United States has provided Israel with $101 billion in total aid, of which $53 billion has been military aid. For the last 20-plus years, Israel has received an average of $3 billion annually in grant aid, note Kathleen and Bill Christison.
The “raid” on the humanitarian flotilla received the “full backing” of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Following the murderous attack, Netanyahu canceled this week’s scheduled meeting with Obama.
Obama “expressed deep regret at the loss of life in today’s incident, and concern for the wounded,” notes a statement released by the White House. He “also expressed the importance of learning all the facts and circumstances around this morning’s tragic events as soon as possible,” according to CNN.
In order to once again excuse Israeli barbarity, CNN said the lives of the heavily armed and professionally trained Israeli commandos were in danger after they were attacked with “severe physical violence, including live fire, weapons, knives and clubs.”
CNN, of course, did not bother to mention reports that Israeli troops came on board shooting. “Film footage from the vessel showed armed Israeli soldiers boarding the ship and helicopters flying overhead. Israelis shot indiscriminately into groups of sleeping civilians,” reports Pravda.
Videos of Israeli commandos shooting dangerous peace activists: