Tom Usher wrote or added | "...the religious extremists embedded among those on board were paid and equipped to attack Israelis — both by their own hands as well as by aiding Hamas — and to destroy any hope of peace." The destruction of "peace" in this person's view is to not allow the Zionists to do anything they want to the Gazans. Well, the Zionist have never been "peaceful." They went to Palestine with wicked, violent intensions. Anyone who can't see that is an idiot and immoral.
"Millions have already seen the Al Jazeera broadcast showing these "activists" chanting "Khaibar! Khaibar!"— a reference to a Muslim massacre of Jews in the Arabian peninsula in the seventh century." So what? The Texans say, "Remember the Alamo" even though they didn't win that one. How many Jewish war victories are commemorated in Israel? The Bible is loaded with them, some of them complete genocide. Haven't Zionists been puffed up about their military on account of the 1967 war and other wars – wars the Zionists started? So, the Jews lost, and the Muslims remember and shout it out to psych themselves up. I don't agree with violence; but the kettle shouldn't call the pot black, and Zionism is the kettle here.
"YouTube viewers saw Israeli troops, armed with crowd-dispersing paintball guns and side arms for emergency protection, being beaten and hurled over the railings of the ship by attackers wielding iron bars." YouTube viewers saw Israeli storm troopers swooping in and resulting in at least 9 people dead, some shot multiple times (perhaps all) and at close range with zero deaths on the Zionist side. If I had been there and had been bent upon Zionists dying, there would have been dead Zionists. Millions of men, tens of millions of men, know exactly what I'm saying and could say it for themselves about themselves. Any metal rods could have been used to skewer Zionists and would have been had the passengers been so desirous of killing IDF members.
"What the videos don't show, however, are several curious aspects Israeli authorities are now investigating. First, about 100 of those detained from the boats were carrying immense sums in their pockets — nearly a million euros in total. Second, Israel discovered spent bullet cartridges on the Mavi Marmara that are of a caliber not used by the Israeli commandos, some of whom suffered gunshot wounds. Also found on the boat were propaganda clips showing passengers "injured" by Israeli forces; these videos, however, were filmed during daylight, hours before the nighttime operation occurred."
None of this can be verified by outside, independent sources. Zionists are some of the biggest liars on the planet, so who's just going to buy into these stories? So people had lots of cash, what's wrong with that? People in Gaza need cash. So, where's the cash now, stolen? Return it. As for spent cartridges, who put the famous "magic bullet [update]" on the surgery rolling-stretcher? Anyone could have planned ahead to seed an area or to just lie about having found the cartridges. Also, maybe the cartridges were from a different time and event. Also, Israelis certainly could have been hit by so-called "friendly fire." As for the "daylight" videos, show them.
The most important thing though is that Zionism never had a right to Palestine, not the way Zionism was formed and not with the way it handled itself.
"There is little doubt as to the real purpose of the Mavi Marmara's voyage — not to deliver humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, but to create a provocation that would put international pressure on Israel to drop the Gaza embargo, and thus allow the flow of seaborne military supplies to Hamas. Just as Hamas gunmen hide behind civilians in Gaza, so, too, do their sponsors cower behind shipments of seemingly innocent aid." Well, even if that were true, which I don't buy, you should have thought about that before you stole their lands. More pointedly though, the Goldstone Report and reports of the most respected NGO's all said that it was exactly the other way around. It was the IDF that used Palestinians as human shields and not Hamas. You should be too ashamed to show your face, but you have no conscience!
"This is why the organizers of the flotilla repeatedly rejected Israeli offers to transfer its cargo to Gaza once it was inspected for military contraband." Now, that's not true at all. If Israel had been allowing in all the things the Gazans really need, there would never have been a Gaza Freedom Flotilla.
"Their cargoes, after proper inspection, were delivered to non-Hamas institutions in Gaza." Lie! The Zionists picked only what the Zionist wanted to deliver. They did not deliver much-needed cement for reconstruction after the illegal attack on Gaza that left well over a thousand dead with hundreds of those being mere children.
Also, calling IHH linked to Islamic extremists is more of the same kettle calling the pot black. In this instance, there is no evidence that IHH is doing anything other than working to break the illegal, immoral siege of Gaza.
"The real intent of breaking the embargo is to allow rockets to be transported to Gaza from Hamas's suppliers in Syria and Iran. Israel has already intercepted several such ships laden with munitions. Since Israel's disengagement from Gaza in 2005, Hamas has fired more than 10,000 rockets and mortars at our civilian population. This week, two Hamas rockets exploded near Ashkelon, one of Israel's largest cities." The Hamas rockets don't "explode," unless they have new technology all of a sudden. Of the rockets that were fired, how many came as a direct result of Israeli aggression against Gaza? We all know that it was Israel that broke the ceasefire and wasn't abiding by the agreement to allow a normal flow of goods.
"Israel has a right and a duty to defend itself from Hamas and its backers." No it doesn't. Israel has a right to repent and atone and come to an immediate agreement with Hamas to turn the whole area into a decent place to live for everyone, Jew and Arab side-by-side as good neighbors in one state.
"Our struggle is not with the people of Gaza but only with the radical regime that overthrew the legitimate Palestinian Authority..." Liar! The US and Israel funded and equipped Fatah and worked to convince Fatah to fight Hamas rather than staying united against the Zionists. Hamas was duly elected. The Zionists, who came to power by terrorism, refused to honor the free and fair election.
"Each day, Israel facilitates the passage into Gaza of more than 100 truckloads of food and medicine — there is no shortage of either." More than food and medicine is needed, and the Gazans aren't given the choices about what they want in the way of food, which is too high priced for them anyway because the Israelis make making a living all but impossible. Palestine was loaded with Palestinian farms and orchards until the Zionists swooped in like the predators that you are.
"We, too, want a free Gaza — a Gaza liberated from brutal Hamas rule...." The people of Gaza still choose Hamas.
"The real peace activists are those who support our vision of a two-state solution, not those supporting the terrorists bent on destroying it." You don't know "real peace activists." Real peace activists want Zionism over with. Zionism is evil and inherently violent. Zionism is coveting other people's land and doing whatever to get it. That's historical fact, and it's still ongoing. Zionists are still throwing people out of their ancestral homes in East Jerusalem even while Zionists whine and whine about the holocaust. Such hypocrisy is unparalleled in the annals of human kind.
You know, there's a new "denial." There's Nakba denial, and you, Michael B. Oren," are a lying, Nakba denier.
Zionism is disgusting and fit only for the dung heap and not even the one good for fertilizer.