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Freedom Flotilla II to Set Sail Today Amid a Flurry of Israeli Propaganda and Dire Warnings from Hillary Clinton

Posted by musliminsuffer on June 29, 2011

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Freedom Flotilla II to Set Sail Today Amid a Flurry of Israeli Propaganda and Dire Warnings from Hillary Clinton

Posted on June 28, 2011 by willyloman

by Scott Creighton

Israel and the United States have been pressuring Greece to find some reason to hold the second Freedom Flotilla in port, keeping it from leaving for Gaza, but to no avail.

The “Freedom Flotilla II — Stay Human” is reportedly planning to set sail for Gaza today in spite of a new wave of Israeli propaganda flooding the MSM about the nature of the mission and the type of people on board. One of the ships is the U.S. flagged “Audacity of Hope

Among others aboard the U.S. flagged ship will be a former Israeli combat pilot and commander, Yonatan Shapira and holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein.

“…Yonatan Shapira ended his service in the Israeli Air Force when he refused to bomb Palestinian residential and civilian areas following the 2002 raid against leading Hamas military figure Salah Shehada.

Mr Shapira will join the US-flagged ship The Audacity of Hope in the flotilla. Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein is among 50 American and Jewish peace activists who will be on board the same vessel.” Middle East Monitor

Ten ships make up the new flotilla, two cargo carriers transporting much needed medical and building supplies and 8 passenger ships with hundreds of activists. Among the activists are “politicians, writers, religious leaders, people from the fields of art and culture, as well as 10 members of the European Parliament and 10 MPs from France, Norway, Sweden, and Spain.”

Officials from both the U.S. and Israel have issued dire warnings to anyone daring to take part in this new effort to break Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza. The State Department has threatened the nearly 50 U.S. citizens who are participating in this new effort with fines and even imprisonment if they take part in the flotilla. Hillary Clinton has even gone so far as to make the statement that Israel has the “right” to defend their territory with force, yet her spokesperson recently refused to answer direct questions from the press as to the legality of Israel’s blockade.

“And we think that it’s not helpful for there to be flotillas that, you know, try to provoke actions by entering into Israeli waters and creating a situation in which the Israelis have the right to defend themselves.” Hillary Clinton

“REPORTER 1: Right, but again, that doesn’t answer the question of the legality or the—whether the U.S. perceives that blockade as legal or not.

VICTORIA NULAND:I don’t have anything for you on legality here.” Democracy NOW!

Rather than defending U.S. citizens and peace activists, it would appear that Hillary Clinton’s state department’s official position on the matter is that Israel has the right to commit an act of war against the American people in defense of an illegal and inhuman naval blockade.

I guess there will be no “humanitarian intervention” by Obama’s administration on behalf of the people of Gaza nor even U.S. citizens as they come up against one of the most brutal regimes in recent history.

Last year 9 peace activists were killed when IDF commandos boarded the Mavi Marmara in the dead of night, some being shot at close range while kneeling.

Recently there were a number of activists killed by Israeli forces including 20 Syrian pro-Palestinian activists less than a month ago.  Also, an Israeli peace activist and actor Juliano Mer Khamis was shot and killed in front of his son by a masked man, supposedly angered by Khamis’ “liberal views” toward the Palestinians.

Israel’s attack on the Mavi Marmara spurred a massive negative response from the world’s population toward their aggressive policies. It wasn’t that long before Israel’s assault at sea that they had launched the premeditated attack on Gaza they called “Operation Cast Lead” which killed over 1,400 Palestinians, most of them women and children. Israel’s PR wing launched a large propaganda campaign in Europe and the United States with the intention of re-writing the history of these fiascoes and winning back public support for Israel’s indefensible position. This PR campaign is still being run today.

In anticipation of possible hostile acts committed against this new humanitarian aid flotilla, it seems that Israel’s propagandists are already working their special magic in the press. They are demonizing the peace activists and setting the stage for a violent confrontation.

Yesterday, in an unsigned inflammatory editorial published in the New York Post titled “Anti-Israel fanatics are reprising the flotilla that got nine killed last year trying to run the leg“, the unnamed author refers to journalists, parliament members, former Israeli pilots, holocaust survivors, and peace activists as maniacal “fanatics” and attempts to spin outright lies about what happened a year ago on board the Mavi Marmara (and the Post published it):

“The fear of bloodshed is very real, given what happened a year ago when radicals commandeered a similar flotilla and attacked a boarding party. Israeli forces killed nine in the battling” New York Post

This kind of revisionism is crucial to the propagandist’s agenda especially now that even they have to admit there will probably be a repeat of last year’s bloodshed.

Recently Max Bluementhal and Electronic Intifada uncovered the propaganda efforts of an intern in the Israeli prime minister’s office and a public relations expert with Hasbara connections who put out a fake Youtube video of a guy (the PR expert) who claimed to be part of a gay rights group that was denied the chance to take part in the Freedom Flotilla. It was a complete scam as was reported by Haaretz:

“Following the YouTube video’s release, U.S. blogger Max Blumenthal found that the recording, which was distributed by Israeli government employee Neil Lazarus on his Facebook page, was a hoax, and that the man who appears in it was actually an Israeli entrepreneur and public relations expert named Omer Gershon.” Haaretz

There seems to be a trend using the guise of homosexual activists by these for-profit sock puppets and liars as just recently the “Gay Girl in Damascus” fraud was exposed as an attempt to rally the gay/lesbian community around regime change in Syria.

Perhaps they were looking to take advantage of the popularity of the recent same sex marriage law in New York or maybe even the wildly popular Lady Gaga hit “Born this Way”. It’s hard to say. But “gay” seems to be the new black for lying propagandists on a variety of projects and it looks like Israel has picked up on the trend.

Two days ago another line of propaganda was emerging : chemical weapons.

IDF spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibowitz told reporters during a telephone conference Monday night that one of the 10 vessels that are due to participate in the flotilla is carrying “sacks of dangerous chemical materials” to be used against the Israeli troops.” English News

The warning signs are ominous…

“In contrast to recent assessments that participants in the upcoming flotilla would mostly resort to passive resistance, Leibowitz said the military “does anticipate extremists being active.“” English News

Former Israeli air force commander aboard the U.S. flagged Audacity of Hope had this to say about their mission:

We cannot know whether we will reach the Gaza Strip, but we have one goal: to help the innocents in Gaza even if Israel sinks all the ships and kills us all,” said Shapira.

After that, there is nothing else to say except Godspeed and safe passage to all the members of the Freedom Flotilla II.

UPDATE: IDF Chief of Staff says “Hate Flotilla is an attempt to de-legitimize Israel”
UPDATE: Israeli officials claiming that flotilla activists like holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein are planning violence against the IDF.
UPDATE: Ray McGovern is on the U.S. aid ship
UPDATE: Passengers and Crew of US ship to Gaza “Audacity of Hope”

http://goo.gl/QcFRn

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