- France's chutzpah
- The Israeli Foreign Ministry on the Flotilla skirmish
- Passion and instinct vs. reason and wisdom
- More Video Of The Gaza Flotilla Ambush
- Meet One Of Those Peace Activists From The Gaza Flotilla
- Video: Can Anyone Explain Why 'Human Rights Activists' Are Rushing To Help Terrorists?
- Fact: International Law Supports Israel Against Gaza Flotilla
- Video Shows Gaza Flotilla Spokesperson Lies
- Musical monday #143
- 10 Deaths Aboard Gaza Flotilla--Is It Because Of Their Terrorist Connections?
- Flotilla boarded: Some number killed
Posted: 31 May 2010 05:09 PM PDT
France's President Sarkozy termed Israel's conduct "disproportionate"; Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration noted that Israel's actions did not conform to proportionality; the European Union's high representative for foreign affairs, Catherine Ashton, demanded that Israel end its blockade of the terrorist entity Hamas, which controls Gaza, without any preconditions such as the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit and the cessation of Hamas rocket attacks on Israel.
I don't know how many of you recall France's greatest military adventure of the past generation:
The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior has been blown up in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand.
I generally don't have much sympathy for Greenpeace. But Greenpeace, however misguided, did not challenge France's right to exist and was not aiding terrorists intending to threaten French nationals. Nor were its members videotaped shouting "Death to France."
Sarkozy, alas, is starting to mimic his pathetic predecessor.
Posted: 31 May 2010 02:51 PM PDT
The following is the proper reply to all the current ranting about the Flotilla skirmish. My source is IMRA, but it is not their original content, so I am going to reproduce the whole thing. I assume the Israeli Foreign Ministry wanted it distributed:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs 31 May 2010 - distributed May 31, 2010 5:18 PM
A maritime blockade is in effect off the coast of Gaza. It has been imposed, as Israel is currently in a state of armed conflict with the Hamas regime that controls Gaza.
1. A maritime blockade is in effect off the coast of Gaza. Such blockade has been imposed, as Israel is currently in a state of armed conflict with the Hamas regime that controls Gaza, which has repeatedly bombed civilian targets in Israel with weapons that have been smuggled into Gaza via the sea.
2. Maritime blockades are a legitimate and recognized measure under international law that may be implemented as part of an armed conflict at sea.
3. A blockade may be imposed at sea, including in international waters, so long as it does not bar access to the ports and coasts of neutral states.
4. The naval manuals of several western countries, including the US and England recognize the maritime blockade as an effective naval measure and set forth the various criteria that make a blockade valid, including the requirement of give due notice of the existence of the blockade.
5. In this vein, it should be noted that Israel publicized the existence of the blockade and the precise coordinates of such by means of the accepted international professional maritime channels. Israel also provided appropriate notification to the affected governments and to the organizers of the Gaza protest flotilla. Moreover, in real time, the ships participating in the protest flotilla were warned repeatedly that a maritime blockade is in effect.
6. Here, it should be noted that under customary law, knowledge of the blockade may be presumed once a blockade has been declared and appropriate notification has been granted, as above.
7. Under international maritime law, when a maritime blockade is in effect, no boats can enter the blockaded area. That includes both civilian and enemy vessels.
8. A state may take action to enforce a blockade. Any vessel that violates or attempts to violate a maritime blockade may be captured or even attacked under international law. The US Commander's Handbook on the Law of Naval Operations sets forth that a vessel is considered to be in attempt to breach a blockade from the time the vessel leaves its port with the intention of evading the blockade.
9. Here we should note that the protesters indicated their clear intention to violate the blockade by means of written and oral statements. Moreover, the route of these vessels indicated their clear intention to violate the blockade in violation of international law.
10. Given the protesters explicit intention to violate the naval blockade, Israel exercised its right under international law to enforce the blockade. It should be noted that prior to undertaking enforcement measures, explicit warnings were relayed directly to the captains of the vessels, expressing Israel's intent to exercise its right to enforce the blockade.
11. Israel had attempted to take control of the vessels participating in the flotilla by peaceful means and in an orderly fashion in order to enforce the blockade. Given the large number of vessels participating in the flotilla, an operational decision was made to undertake measures to enforce the blockade a certain distance from the area of the blockade.
12. Israeli personnel attempting to enforce the blockade were met with violence by the protesters and acted in self defense to fend off such attacks.The morality of Israel's actions in this incident is the same as that of Israel's Gaza blockade.
Crossposted on Judeopundit
Posted: 31 May 2010 02:04 PM PDT
I gotta say that "passion and instinct" should win every time. (Besides, "passion and instinct" always gets the girl.)
I also think that the "reason and wisdom" is overrated. I mean in middle of battle Capt. Reason and Wisdom shouts, "Fire at Will." Huh? Why'd he take out his first officer at critical moments?
Crossposted on Yourish.
Posted: 31 May 2010 12:11 PM PDT
Keep in mind what one of the Flotilla spokespersons said while you watch the video:
Audrey Bomse, a spokesperson for the Free Gaza Movement, which is behind the convoy, told the BBC Israel's actions were disproportionate. "We were not going to pose any violent resistance. The only resistance that there might be would be passive resistance such as physically blocking the steering room, or blocking the engine room downstairs, so that they couldn't get taken over. But that was just symbolic resistance."
When the media dutifully reports everything you say without investigating whether it's actually true, you actually can say just about anything.
by Daled Amos
Posted: 31 May 2010 11:52 AM PDT
Here's one of those humanitarian activists who came prepared:
And apparently, the group sang songs too. Check out this video from MEMRI:
'Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews, the army of Muhammed will return'
And what is so special about Khaybar?