Jyllands-Posten forveksler terrororganisation med “humanitær hjælpeorganisation”

Antisemitisme, Diverse, Erdogan, Forbrydelse og straf, Israel, Jihad, Muslimer, Pressen, Terror, Tyrkiet, islam — Drokles on February 9, 2015 at 4:39 am

Jyllands-Posten skriver at den tyrkiske udenrigsminister Mevlüt Cavusoglu rejste hjem fra den internationale sikkerhedskonference i München i protest over tilstedeværelsen af en israelsk delegation. Forklaringen på denne besynderlige opførsel begrundes i…

…en diplomatisk konflikt i 2010, da israelske soldater dræbte ni tyrkere, som var med på en tyrkiskledet humanitær hjælpemission til Gazastriben.

Denne “humanitære hjælpemission” var arrangeret af organisationen IHH, der sidste år blev genstand for en razzia af det tyrkiske politi, mistænkt for forbindelser til al-Qaeda. IHH er erklæret en terrororganisation i Tyskland og Holland. 87 amerikanske senatorer fra begge partier har opfordret Obama til at gøre det samme. IHH er medlem af Union of Good, der er skabt af Hamas med henblik på at generere indtægter. Det amerikanske skatteministerium betegner Union of Good som en terrorbevægelse.

Videooptagelser fra opbringningen af Mavi Marmara, det JP betegner som “en tyrkiskledet humanitær hjælpemission til Gazastriben”, kan ses her. Bemærk knivstikkene og jernstængerne, og hør jeres humanitære hjælpearbejdere sige “go back to Auschwitz” til de israelske flådefolk:

Så inde, bag kampesten, hegn, sikkerhedssluse og PET-beskyttelse i millionklassen sidder Jyllands-Postens journalister bevidstløst og blåstempler folk der med største glæde ville file deres hoveder af med en sløv kartoffelkniv som “humanitære” hjælpearbejdere.

Boykot Israel? Ja’øh, gør I bare det…

Antisemitisme, Campusradikalisme, Diverse, Hamas, Israel, venstrefløjen, Økonomi og finans — Drokles on September 2, 2014 at 9:29 am

Lawrence Solomon skriver i Financial Post

The supermarket skirmishes over the Palestine dispute, most of which occurred in Europe, target retailers who carry Israeli products, and even kosher foods produced domestically. The U.K.’s Tesco supermarket chain saw a mob of protesters ransack a store, clearing shelves of Israeli products and demanding the chain cease doing business with Israel. To avoid that fate, a London supermarket, this one belonging to the Sainsbury chain, pre-emptively stripped its shelves of kosher products, including those produced in Britain. In the U.K., the police recognize many of the anti-Israel protesters — they’re the same ones who show up at anti-fracking rallies.

In North America, anti-Israel protesters use barcode-reading smartphone apps to identify Israel-related products. These free apps, first developed by young leftists to target products that contribute to the bottom line of the conservative Koch brothers (Dixie cups and Stainmaster carpets are among the offenders), also help consumers boycott companies over causes now in vogue, such as the labelling of GMO foods.

Solomon er ikke imponeret over resultaterne over denne antisemitisme (som han med rette mener der er tale om), da Israels produkter er højteknologiske og uundværlige (Google, Intel, USB stick og sådan). Adam Reuter fra Ynet News tager den jødehadende boykot kampagne endnu mere roligt

Let’s start with the conclusion: Israeli exports are not affected by the present economic boycott, nor will they be affected in the future. This is not because certain European consumer groups and the like are not trying – it is because the unique nature of Israel’s exports simply does not allow for it. It’s a logical concept on paper, but simply does not hold water in reality.

The most obvious example of how the boycott concept is unsustainable is Israel’s trade relations with Turkey. In 2010, after Cast Lead, and the Mavi Marmara incident in particular, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (who is now trying to change the laws in his country in order to become something akin to a sultan) demanded a boycott of Israel at every opportunity.

And lo and behold - just the opposite has happened. Trade relations with Turkey, both exports and imports, have jumped dramatically and are now at the highest level – and almost 100% rise since 2009, long before the Mavi Marmara.

Og det er fordi…

Israel’s exports are driven by thousands of companies of all kinds, with the most diverse ownership and in a wide variety of markets, albeit with a low international profile. There is no Israeli company that is considered a global brand, and hence could be used as a clear indicator.

Many Israeli companies operate in niche areas, as an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) or as subsidiaries of foreign multinationals.

In addition, Israeli exports are almost never sold to the end consumer. In fact, this is the case for about 95 percent of Israel’s exports, almost all of which are involved in business-to-business (B2B) trade with the large international corporations who are only interested in the best product or service at the most competitive price.

With all due respect to what is happening there, the attacks in Gaza are not a consideration in the cold world of business, nor is really of any interest.

Og tak for det for som man kan læse på Forbes, ville det være en ulykke for de syge, hvis antisemitismen fik held med sit foretagende skriver From the Grapevine

The global health technology industry is booming as population levels and life expectancies increase around the world. Forbes recently named its picks for the top-10 most important health companies, from a start-up that enables doctors to provide patients with personalized instructions via easy-to-understand videos, to a  robotic exoskeleton that helps people with spinal cord injuries to walk. Five of the 10 companies have ties to Israel.

“It’s amazing that Israel – a country of only 8 million people – produces so many leading health technology companies,” David E. Williams, president of the the U.S.-based Health Business Group, told From the Grapevine.

“Israel’s highly educated technical and medical workers are reared in a society that prizes problem solving and innovation and that places tremendous value on curing illness and saving lives,” Williams added. “These conditions have generated a virtuous cycle that draws venture capital and contributes to a rich ecosystem that speeds innovation, lowers costs, and increases the likelihood for companies to succeed.”

Det er jo den gamle klassiker; når antisemitten bliver syg trygler han om at få en jødisk læge.

Tyrkisk jødehad

Antisemitisme, Muslimer, Pressen, Tyrkiet, islam — Drokles on July 19, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Det vakte tidligere på året opsigt at tyrkiske drenge i Holland var jødehadende fordi de var muslimer, her via Israel National News

Og sådan er det selvfølgelig også i hjemme i Tyrkiet, hvor de hører til. Front Page Magazine fortæller om trusler mod jøder fra NGO’en bag Mavi Marmara Flotillaen og fra Erdogan

The head of the IHH terror-tied humanitarian NGO behind the infamous Mavi Marmara Flotilla, Bulent Yildirim, told local television station Haber Turk that “Turkish Jews will pay dearly” for Israel’s actions.

Yildirim said. “Jewish tourists, don’t dare come to Turkey. Tonight and tomorrow we are going to hold a different kind of protest, we do not have patience anymore.”

“The Zionists are putting the future of the Jews in danger, we can not hold back our youngsters anymore,” he said.

Holding them back. Sure. Also John Gotti couldn’t hold back the mafia.

All this comes from the top down, from Erdogan, Turkey’s officially moderate Islamist leader. While Hillary Clinton and John Kerry got close to Turkey, they’ve had nothing to say about Erdogan’s latest rants.

“Things are getting serious here,” a Jewish activist in Turkey told The Algemeiner on Friday, as riots in Ankara and Istanbul at Israel’s embassy and consulate overnight led the Israel Foreign Ministry to recall the families of its diplomats and to reduce its diplomatic representation to a minimum.

“Everything was at moderation until several speeches of [Prime Minister Recep Tayyip] Erdo?an, where he accused Israel of killing women and children,” said the activist, who requested anonymity due to safety concerns.

“With the announcement of the ground operation, the debates on TV channels became really provocative against the Turkish Jewish community,” the activist said. “They asked the community to put pressure on Israel to stop the operation. Yildirim on TV said, ‘We are stopping people from doing ‘bad things’ to the community. The community has to stop Israel, if not ‘bad things’ can happen.’ And the protests in Ankara and Istanbul started. Today it’s Friday and we expect the continuation of these protests.”

Og i dag brugte en tyrkisk pro-regerings avis Adolf Hitlers kontrafej i en kryds og tværs, hvor ordene var “Vi savner dig

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Erdogan

Diverse, EU, Erdogan, Tyrkiet, islam, muhammed, Økonomi og finans — Drokles on February 9, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Tidligere udenrigsminister Uffe Ellemann Jensen skrev i en kommentar i Berlingske Tidende i sommer

Protesterne i Tyrkiet ryster landets status som rollemodel i en grad, som skaber ekstra bump på vejen mod EU-medlemskab. Men situationen, som har mere til fælles med ungdomsoprøret i 1968 end »Det Arabiske Forår«, kan også ende med at styrke det højt besungne tyrkiske demokrati.

Og sådan fortsatte kommentaren, der trods bekymrede forbehold oste af Ellemann velkendte optimisme for Tyrkiet som et civiliseret land. Ellemann skriver i en grundlæggende dobbelttydig stil som at Erdogan selv har “bidraget til det indtryk af magtfuldkommenhed“, at “Erdogan har ikke formået at skabe tillid” og at hans “stil er blevet mere og mere autokratisk” og det har “skabt mulighed for, at det førende oppositionsparti (CHP) kunne puste til ilden, da de første demonstrationer begyndte“. Men meningen er klar og falder i hak med Ellemanns mangeårige advokeren for at Tyrkiet skal være en del af de hensygnende men stadigt rimeligt civiliserede lande i EU.

Premierminister Erdogan og hans regerende AK-parti har et solidt folkeligt mandat, som er blevet bekræftet ved flere valg, siden de kom til magten i 2002. Samtidig har Erdogan stået i spidsen for en formidabel økonomisk succes og tillige en række politiske og sociale reformer, som er de mest vidtgående, siden Atatürk skabte det moderne Tyrkiet.

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Tyrkiet har hidtil været en rollemodel, og er blevet fremhævet som et eksempel på, at et islamisk land kan have et rimeligt velfungerende demokrati. Og en sådan rollemodel er der hårdt brug for, nu hvor befolkningerne i mange af regionens lande søger at finde ud af, hvilken vej de vil gå.

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Rollemodellen er rystet. Så meget, at det også kan bremse Tyrkiets videre vej ind i EU, som i forvejen rummer mange forhindringer. Håbet er, at der ud af rystelserne kommer et endnu stærkere tyrkisk demokrati. Det vil være i alles interesse.

Kedelige kræfter konspirerer mod noget grundlæggende sundt. David P Goldman var i december stadigt ikke imponeret over den formidable økonomiske succes som Ellemanns rollemodel tilskrives

Turkey is a mediocre economy at best with a poorly educated workforce, no high-tech capacity, and shrinking markets in depressed Europe and the unstable Arab world. Its future might well be as an economic tributary of China, as the “New Silk Road” extends high-speed rail lines to the Bosporus.

For the past ten years we have heard ad nauseum about the “Turkish model” of “Muslim democracy.” The George W. Bush administration courted Erdogan even before he became prime minister, and Obama went out of his way to make Erdogan his principal pal in foreign policy. I have been ridiculing this notion for years, for example in this 2010 essay for Tablet.

The whole notion was flawed from top to bottom. Turkey was not in line to become an economic power of any kind: it lacked the people and skills to do anything better than medium-tech manufacturing. Its Islamists never were democrats. Worst of all, its demographics are as bad as Europe’s. Ethnic Turks have a fertility rate close to 1.5 children per family, while the Kurdish minority is having 4 children per family. Within a generation half of Turkey’s young men will come from families where Kurdish is the first language.

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Now the hashish smoke has cleared, Erdogan’s Cave of Wonders has turned back into a sandpit, and the foreign policy establishment has nothing to show for years of propitiation of this Anatolian wannabe except a headache.

Now that Turkey is coming unstuck, along with Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, we should conclude that the entire project of bringing stability to the Muslim world was a hookah-dream to begin with. Except for the state of Israel and a couple of Sunni monarchies that survive by dint of their oil wealth, we are witnessing the unraveling of the Middle East. The best we can do is to insulate ourselves from the spillover effect.

Og EU viser også tegn på stigende bekymring, skriver Wall Street Journal

Turkey’s parliament passed a bill that would allow authorities to shut websites without a court ruling, in a move critics slammed as an effort by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to silence dissent and expand his media control.

Lawmakers led by the premier’s Justice and Development Party, or AKP, approved the measure late Wednesday, despite charges that it would significantly curtail free speech and intrude on personal freedoms.

The law, which must be approved by President Abdullah Gül to take effect, would allow the agency charged with monitoring telecommunications to block access to Internet sites within four hours of receiving complaints about privacy violations. Turkey’s web hosts would also have to store all traffic information for up to two years, according to the measure.

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“The Turkish public deserves more information and more transparency, not more restrictions,” said Peter Stano, spokesman for the European Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Füle. “The law needs to be revised in line with European standards.”

Turkey’s leading industry and business association, TUSIAD, has warned the legislation will lead to wider censorship, while the Committee to Protect Journalists described the law as radical.

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Mr. Erdogan’s move to put curbs on the Internet follows a corruption investigation that started mid-December and has ensnared some of the premier’s political and business allies. More than 20 suspects have been jailed, all of whom deny the charges. The prime minister has cast the graft probe as a foreign-backed plot to topple his government and derail Turkey’s economic progress.

Images, videos and sound clips allegedly pertaining to the bribery case went viral online, prompting the government to claim the investigation is politically motivated and resulting in the removal of a lead prosecutor for allegedly breaching confidentiality rules.

The draft law to broaden the telecommunications monitor’s powers comes just weeks after the government moved to tighten its grip on the judiciary, removing thousands of police officers, prosecutors and judges from their posts.

Og dette er blot seneste skridt i en udvikling, der har været igang væk fra “et endnu stærkere tyrkisk demokrati” lige siden Erdogan satte sig som premierminister, skriver Ryan Mauro for Clarion Project, der også minder om at Erdogans terrorforbindelser

The Turkish government continues to cleanse the judiciary and security services of opponents as new questions about its links to terrorists arise.

The Islamist government of Turkey has been embroiled in a major political crisis since December 17 when dozens of allies of Prime Minister Erdogan were arrested on corruption charges. Erdogan responded by canning the prosecutors and police chiefs responsible. He blamed foreign governments and  a U.S.-based Turkish cleric named Fethullah Gulen.

In January, the Turkish government fired 96 judges and prosecutors and fired or reassigned 2,000 police officers and prosecutors, including 470 in the capital city of Ankara. Erdogan said that the actions were taken to stop a “coup” and “the judiciary should not go beyond its mission and mandate.”

New attention is also being given to Erdogan’s links to Islamist terrorists.

Erdogan is particularly close to the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) that was involved in the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010 where its operatives attacked Israeli soldiers boarding a vessel that tried to violate the blockade on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. The blockade’s purpose is to stop Hamas from arming, but Erdogan does not consider Hamas to be a terrorist group. The U.S. State department does list Hamas as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

The IHH is labeled a terrorist organization by Germany, the Netherlands and Israel. There is bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress for doing the same because of its extensive links to Hamas and Al-Qaeda.

On January 1, the Turkish police intercepted a truck allegedly owned by IHH that was shipping weapons to Syria. The involved police and counter-terrorism officers were reassigned and the prosecutoraccused the Turkish government of obstruction for stopping a search of the truck.

On January 14, the Turkish security services arrested 23 suspected terrorists in raids on the IHH. A senior Al-Qaeda operative was among those detained. The Deputy Prime Minister immediatelycondemned the raids and sided with IHH over his own country’s authorities. Again, two police officers were fired, as were bodyguards for eight involved prosecutors.

Erdogan’s links to a Saudi terrorism-financier named Yasir al-Qadi are getting scrutinized by some Turkish commentators. The U.N. required that member states freeze his assets in 2001 because it was convinced of the evidence against him. As with the IHH, the Erdogan government says its friend is innocent.

The Turkish government also has an abysmal record on press freedom. The Committee to Protect Journalists says that more journalists were imprisoned in Turkey than in any other country in the last two years. In addition, over 70 reporters lost their jobs after reporting on anti-government protests that erupted last summer.

“We need to underline that the Turkish press is no longer doing investigative reporting,” says Ertugrul Ozkok, who held the position of editor-in-chief of the Hurriyet newspaper for 20 years.

Måske kan man argumentere at Erdogans vej væk fra demokratiet fremmer et opgør med ham der fører til demokrati. I så fald kan intet gå galt. Men indtil videre ser de internationale komplikationer som EU nok kunne være foruden

President Obama praised the partnership between the U.S. and Turkey in May when the Turkish prime minister visited the White House. The two men have spoken frequently about the unstable situations in Egypt, Syria, and other nations. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Turkey and the U.S. cooperated effectively against terrorism.

But the relationships with people connected to Hamas and al-Qaida is such a problem, argues Schanzer, that it might even qualify Turkey as a state sponsor of terrorism. Now, there are only four countries currently on that list: Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria. All four nations provide support for acts of terrorism, both domestically and internationally. For example, Iran has previously sent people to Argentina to blow up synagogues in Jewish community centers, among other instances.

Such a designation from the U.S. government would be quite drastic and is highly unlikely to happen, considering that it threatens an alliance that has, according to U.S. officials, helped many American efforts in the region. Turkey is critical in overthrowing the Assad regime in Syria and containing Iran. A terror designation, which hasn’t been given since 1993, would mean sanctions and political isolation.

However, that is not saying American officials have not directly gone to Turkish officials and expressed their concern in this area. They have done so to “the highest levels,” according to former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey James Jeffrey, who served from 2008 to 2010.

Men det kommer selvfølgelig an på, hvad man vil med EU. Personligt vil jeg bare ikke være i selskab med endnu flere tyrkere.

Med på hvilken galaj?

Godheds-industrien, Israel, islam, venstrefløjen — Drokles on July 20, 2010 at 7:59 am

På venstrefløjen er det et etableret faktum at Israel er en illegitim stat og at Mellemøstens og endda en del af den islamiske verdens problemer og vrede naturligt har rod her. Og da intet og ingen jo kan være værre end det onde selv så hopper man tossegodt ombord med hvem som helst der vil “udfordre Israels hegemoni”. Men man burde måske se lidt mere på sine kæmpende mørklødede kammerater for at forstå Israels handlinger og påståede paranoia. Jerusalem Post

Germany has banned the Frankfurt-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) because it “fights against Israel’s right to exist.”

“Organizations that operate from German soil, directly or indirectly, with the aim of fighting Israel’s right to exist, have forfeited their right to freedom of association,” Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Monday.

Og USA overvejer ligeledes et forbud mod IHH også ifølge Jerusalem Post

The US State Department is considering adding Turkish Muslim charity organization IHH (The Foundation for Human Rights and Humanitarian Relief) to the list of foreign terrorist organizations, Fox News reported Thursday. The report came after the organization financed and operated the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara on which nine people were killed in a confrontation with IDF soldiers.

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Despite some resistance from within the Obama administration, Fox News sources said that sections of the US Treasury Department are actively investigating the Turkish Muslim charity organization in an attempt to list it as a terror group. The Treasury Department has voiced worries about IHH with Turish officials in the past, yet refused to comment on the alleged considerations.

Modstanden i det Hvide Hus mod officielt at knytte IHH til terror bunder nok i de potentielle udenrigspolitiske forviklinger da IHH flyder tæt sammen med den tyrkiske regering ifølge New York Times

The Turkish charity that led the flotilla involved in a deadly Israeli raid has extensive connections with Turkey’s political elite, and the group’s efforts to challenge Israel’s blockade of Gaza received support at the top levels of the governing party, Turkish diplomats and government officials said.

The charity, the Humanitarian Relief Foundation, often called I.H.H., has come under attack in Israel and the West for offering financial support to groups accused of terrorism. But in Turkey the group has helped Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan shore up support from conservative Muslims ahead of critical elections next year and improve Turkey’s standing and influence in the Arab world.

Det overvældende had til de jødiske folk i den muslimske verden bliver for venstrefløjen til en bizar bekræftelse på deres egen uerkendte antisemitismes rigtighed. Og så lader de sig lystigt lokke med på en hvilken som helst galaj i et selvbedragerisk nødhjælpsskjul. Men selv om millionen stehen hinter antisemitismus bliver man ikke godere af at skjule sig bag en dåse majs med overskredet udløbsdato.

Mavi Marmaras bording

Diverse — Drokles on July 17, 2010 at 10:24 am

En grundig og troværdig gennemgang af Mavi Marmaras bording via Elders of Zion

Vesten burde skamme sig

Diverse — Drokles on June 13, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Sådan konkluderer Poul Erik Andersen i en kommentar i Berlingske Tidende. Anledningen er de uretfærdige automatfordømmelser af Israel ovenpå de blodige begivenheder ombord på svindlerskibet Mavi Marmera.

Da det konservative komikerpar Espersen & Khader kun få timer efter sammenstødet mandag morgen 31/5 mellem den israelske marine og et enkelt skib i en nødhjælpskonvoj var ude med den rutinemæssige fordømmelser af Israel, var de blot endnu et par bedrøvelige eksempler på den ulidelige hetz mod Israel, der i den vestlige verden kører til fordel for det forbryderiske Hamas-regime.

En hetz, der tilsyneladende og forhåbentlig i en sådan grad er baseret på total uvidenhed om årsag og virkning i regionen, at vesten er blevet nemme ofre for Hamas kyniske spil med palæstinensiske menneskeliv efter devisen: jo flere lig, vi kan fremvise, desto større international hetz mod Israel til gavn for os.

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I den aktuelle situation med konvojen ser vi det samme mønster. Hamas skal have lig på bordet i propagandaen mod Israel, og vestens naive tåber inklusive den danske udenrigsminister falder omgående for nummeret.

De overser helt det faktum, at der aldrig tidligere har været problemer med nødhjælpskonvojer til Gaza. Tvært­imod har disse konvojer, som der hidtil har været ni af, fredeligt fulgt både den israelske og den ægyptiske flådes henstilling om at søge anden havn. Det samme skete mandag morgen 31/5. Konvojen, der på forhånd var adviseret om inspektion, bestod af seks skibe, hvoraf de fem fredeligt fulgte henstillingen om at gå til havn. Det syvende nægtede, og blev derfor bordet af marineinfantarister, der ikke som ventet blev mødt af fredsaktivister, men derimod af køller, lange knive og molotovcoctails i en situation, der helt tydeligt var bevidst fremprovokeret.

Af samme årsag formaner en indigneret Bernard-Henri Lévy i Politiken< at dæmoniseringen af Israel må stoppe og giver sine eksempler på automatfordømmelser af Israel og mener at…

….den bølge af hykleri, illoyalitet og misinformation om affæren, som tilsyneladende blot har ventet på et påskud til at strømme ud i verdens medier, er helt uacceptabel. Men sådan er det, hver gang den jødiske stat snubler og begår fejl.

Det gentages i det uendelige, at blokaden af Gaza er indført af Israel. Men besidder man et minimum af hæderlighed, er man nødt til at slå fast, at denne blokade er indført i fællesskab af Israel og Egypten langs de to landes grænser til Gaza, og at alle de moderate arabiske regimer stiltiende accepterer den.

Når man siger, at blokaden er indført af Israel alene, kan det kun beskrives som misinformation. De moderate arabiske regimer er selvfølgelig mere end tilfredse med, at andre inddæmmer indflydelsen fra denne bevæbnede enklave, denne fremskudte base og måske en skønne dag: dette militære brohoved for Iran i regionen.

Påstanden om en »total og nådesløs« blokade (lederartikel i det franske dagblad Libération 5. juni) og om, at »menneskeligheden er taget som gidsel« i Gaza (den tidligere franske premierminister Dominique de Villepin i avisen Le Monde samme dag), er også misinformation.

Vi skal hele tiden minde hinanden om følgende: Blokaden omfatter kun våben og de materialer, der kan bruges til at fremstille våben. Blokaden forhindrer ikke, at der dagligt ankommer mellem 100 og 120 lastbiler via Israel med fødevarer, medicin og humanitært udstyr af enhver art. Menneskeligheden er ikke ’truet’ i Gaza, og det er løgn at påstå, at folk dør af sult i gaderne i Gaza By.

(…)Nu, hvor israelerne har gennemført deres inspektion og sendt lasten af nødhjælp til dem, den angiveligt var tiltænkt, blokerer Hamas for selv samme hjælp ved kontrolposten Kerem Shalom, hvor den står og rådner op. Det får vi ikke at vide.

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Hvordan kan en forfatter af svenske Henning Mankells kaliber tillade, at han bliver udnyttet på denne måde?

Når han fortæller os, at han overvejer at forbyde, at hans bøger bliver oversat til hebraisk, hvordan kan han så glemme den ukrænkelige skelnen mellem en dum eller stædig regering og de masser, der ikke identificerer sig med den?

Hvordan kan en biografkæde (Utopia) i Frankrig på samme måde finde på at aflyse premieren på filmen ’Five Hours from Paris’, simpelthen fordi manuskriptforfatteren og instruktøren, Leonid Prudovsky, er israelsk statsborger?

Og de hyklere, der kritiserer Israels afvisning af kravet om en international undersøgelse af affæren, spreder også misinformation. Sandheden er, igen, langt enklere og mere logisk: Det, Israel afviser, er den undersøgelse, der er ønsket af FN’s Menneskerettighedsråd – et organ, som styres af stolte demokrater fra Cuba, Pakistan og Iran. Israel vil undgå en procedure af samme slags, som resulterede i den berømte Goldstone-rapport om krigen i Gaza.

Og American Thinker giver ligeledes eksempler på moralsk og intellektuelt forrædderi

“The martyrs of the [Gaza flotilla] ships are heroes,” writes Mark LeVine, professor of history at the University of California, Irvine. “They are warriors every bit as deserving of our tears and support as the soldiers of American wars past and present.”

In the aftermath of the death of nine mercenaries on the deck of the Gaza-bound Turkish vessel, the Mavi Marmara, professors of Middle East studies lined up to denounce the Jewish State. Ignoring overwhelming video and documentary evidence of the activists’ radical agenda and affinity for violence, these professors asserted that the “Freedom Flotilla” of the six Gaza-bound vessels were on a purely “humanitarian” mission.

“Those ships were just bringing aid to the impoverished Palestinians,” said New York University professor of modern Middle Eastern History Zachary Lockman. “It’s not [the Palestinians'] fault they are under Hamas rule.” Has Lockman already forgotten that Hamas was democratically elected by the Palestinians in January 2006?

Even professors who managed to recall the Palestinian elections were determined to demonstrate that the terrorist group has been falsely maligned. Georgetown University’s John Esposito, director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, tried to whitewash the terrorist group’s reputation by declaring, “Hamas simply does not steal … thus any aid delivered to the UN will be respected.” Yet even traditionally anti-Israel institutions like the U.N. and the left-wing British Guardian have noted that Hamas has illegally seized aid intended for Gaza’s poor.

Uninterested in the terrorist connections of the blockade-runners, many professors expressed concern that the U.S. would lose “popular support” in the Islamic world as a result of siding with Israel in the flotilla crisis. Recalling President Barack Obama’s controversial Cairo address to the Muslim world last spring, George Washington University’s Mark Lynch writes, “If [Obama] tries to ignore the issue [of the Gaza flotilla] or simply defend Israel’s actions, then the first anniversary of the Cairo speech will also be its epitaph.”

Esposito warned that according to a Gallup poll and his “own experience,” “[the] window of opportunity in the Muslim world” will close unless the U.S. stops being “in lock-step stride with Israel.”

Apparently shilling for terrorists doesn’t close the “window of opportunity” to lecture American administrations on foreign policy.

Vesten burde i sandhed skamme sig. Så er det sagt!

CAN ISRAEL IMPOSE A NAVAL BLOCKADE ON GAZA?

Diverse — Drokles on June 5, 2010 at 2:08 am

Fra Reuters

Yes it can, according to the law of blockade which was derived from customary international law and codified in the 1909 Declaration of London. It was updated in 1994 in a legally recognized document called the “San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea.”

Under some of the key rules, a blockade must be declared and notified to all belligerents and neutral states, access to neutral ports cannot be blocked, and an area can only be blockaded which is under enemy control.

“On the basis that Hamas is the ruling entity of Gaza and Israel is in the midst of an armed struggle against that ruling entity, the blockade is legal,” said Philip Roche, partner in the shipping disputes and risk management team with law firm Norton Rose.

WHAT ARE INTERNATIONAL WATERS?

Under the U.N. Convention of the Law of the Sea a coastal state has a “territorial sea” of 12 nautical miles from the coast over which it is sovereign. Ships of other states are allowed “innocent passage” through such waters.

There is a further 12 nautical mile zone called the “contiguous zone” over which a state may take action to protect itself or its laws.

“However, strictly beyond the 12 nautical miles limit the seas are the “high seas” or international waters,” Roche said.

The Israeli navy said on Monday the Gaza bound flotilla was intercepted 120 km (75 miles) west of Israel. The Turkish captain of one of the vessels told an Istanbul news conference after returning home from Israeli detention they were 68 miles outside Israeli territorial waters.

Under the law of a blockade, intercepting a vessel could apply globally so long as a ship is bound for a “belligerent” territory, legal experts say.

Og så følger ellers det afgørende spørgsmål, som venstrefløjen elsker i disse Brorson-klima-Ungdomshus-osv tider, nemlig om proportionel magtanvendelse for ”there has got to be a relationship between the threat and response,”. Så det hele koges ned til, hvad der skete ombord på Mavi Marmara - angreb israelske soldater aktivisterne eller faldt i baghold og åbnede ild i selvforsvar? Fra Israel National News

Daniel Lazar ben Tina Taabel Lea One of the soldiers badly injured on the flotilla boat is from Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion..  He had his ear cut off by a knife, it was just holding by a scrap of skin, was shot in the leg and has a very badly injured arm.

Næppe sandsylige skade, hvis israelerne har åbnet ild til at starte med. Derfor er følgende forklaring nok mere sandsynlig, som man kan læse i Jerusalem Post

When St.-Sgt. S. fast-roped down from an air force Black Hawk helicopter onto the Mavi Marmara Turkish passenger ship on Monday morning, he did not expect to be landing in what he called “a battlefield” and facing off against a group of “murderous mercenaries.”

The 15th and last naval commando from Flotilla 13 (the Shayetet) to rappel down onto the ship from the helicopter, S. said on Thursday that he was immediately attacked by what the IDF has called “the mob of mercenaries” aboard the vessel, just like the soldiers who had boarded just before him.

Looking to his side, he saw three of his commanders lying wounded – one with a gunshot wound to the stomach and another with a gunshot wound to the knee. A third was lying unconscious; his skull was fractured by a devastating blow with a metal bar.

As the next in the chain of command, S., who has been in the Shayetet for three and a half years, immediately took charge.

He pushed the wounded soldiers up against the wall of the upper deck and created a perimeter of soldiers around them to begin treating their wounds, he said. He then arranged his men to form a second perimeter, and pulled out his 9 mm. Glock pistol to stave off the charging attackers and to protect his wounded comrades.

The attackers had already seized two pistols from the commandos, and fired repeatedly at them. Facing more than a dozen of the mercenaries, and convinced their lives were in danger, he and his colleagues opened fire, he said. S. singlehandedly killed six men. His colleagues killed another three.

Men var bagholdet så meningen eller opstod der blot tumult der udartede?

NB:Som borgmesteren i Dirty Harry spøger: “Intent? How did you establish that?“ og Harry svarer: ”When a naked man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher’s knife and a hard-on, I figure he isn’t out collecting for the Red Cross!

Ombord på Mavi Marmara

Diverse — Drokles on June 3, 2010 at 3:33 am

Fra Politiken

Det er langt ude at begynde at mistænkeliggøre nødhjælpsskibene til Gaza for at have andet end cement, skolebøger, medicin og generatorer i lasten.

Det mener 27-årige Lilith Gimbel og 25-årige Ida Rump, som har brugt halvandet år på at hjælpe med at forberede aktionen sammen med den svenske organisation Ship to Gaza.

»Alting var tjekket igennem af toldmyndighederne i Cypern. Vi kan ikke sige, at vi har været øjenvidner til, at der ikke var våben om bord. Men vi stoler på Free Gaza«, siger Lilith Gimbel, som studerer på Roskilde Universitet.

»IHH er en islamisk hjælpeorganisation svarende til Folkekirkens Nødhjælp. Den har været enormt meget i søgelyset, men har aldrig været involveret i noget, som ikke var ren nødhjælpssamarbejde. Det er en ret sikker samarbejdspartner«.

»Det virker forkert, at vi skal være forsvarere for en påstand om, at der skulle være terrorister om bord. Det kan man altid slynge ud. Bevisbyrden må ligge på anklageren«, siger hun.

Reglerne for blokade

Diverse — Drokles on June 2, 2010 at 3:38 am

Fra BBC

The interception took place about 40 miles (60km) off the Gaza coast, some 25 miles beyond the formal limits of the maritime blockade Israel is maintaining on Gaza.

A maritime blockade is a legal device under international law. It has to have a reason (Israel’s is that Hamas would import arms), it has to be formally declared (it was) and it has to be enforced (it is).

By intercepting beyond the blockade limits, Israel took a risk that the action would be challenged under international law, but the issue is at least debatable.

Israel argues that the flotilla clearly intended to try to run the blockade, and indeed the lead ship said its destination was Gaza when told to stop over a radio channel by the Israelis in the formalities at the start of the action.

Five of the six ships in the flotilla did stop, but the main one, the Mavi Marmara, did not.

(Update: several readers have pointed out that the protesters, as well as the UN high commissioner for human rights, consider the whole blockade illegal and that therefore, in their view, the Israeli argument becomes irrelevant.)

Og så følger en gennemgang af begivenhederne, som øjenvidner beskriver det og ud fra de videoer, der indtil videre er frigivet. Klassisk for konflikten mellem palæstinensere og israelere handler det om, hvem der startede.

Ron Ben Yishai mentions the bizarre use by the soldiers of paintball guns. You can see one of them in profile on the video. These, he said, were not effective. One wonders whether paint was actually in them or some other substance, but in any case they did not work.

At de israelske soldater var bevæbnet med paintball geværer står i skærende kontrast til beskyldningen om at de skulle have åbnet ild allerede før bordningen

Update: Israeli Arab member of the Knesset Hanin Zoabi, who was on the ship, has now spoken in Nazareth. She said it was clear that the Israelis “intended to cause the largest possible number of casualties… We had no plans for a confrontation.” She claimed that the Israelis started firing before they boarded: “The firing began from the Israeli ships.” She demanded that all video be released. She also stated that two activists died after being refused treatment even though she had written a note in Hebrew asking for help.

Men vi venter på en undersøgelse.

Billeder fra Mavi Marmara

Diverse — Drokles on June 1, 2010 at 6:12 am

Fra Information

Avnons kollega i Sverige har allerede været inde at stå ret i det svenske udenrigsministerium for at forklare Israels motiver for det med svenske øjne “uacceptable” natlige angreb, oplyser nyhedsbureauet TT.

Frankrigs udenrigsminister Kouchner siger, at han er dybt rystet over den israelske flådes angreb på nødhjælpskonvojen til Gaza, og at “intet kan retfærdiggøre” det blodbad, der har udspillet sig, siger han til nyhedsbureauet AFP.

Tysklands udenrigsminister, Guido Westerwelle, har ligeledes udtrykt “dyb bekymring” over drabene på de ombordværende på nødhjælpsfartøjerne på vej til Gaza.

EU’s udenrigspolitiske chef, Catherine Ashton, siger gennem sin talsmand, at hun på vegne af EU kræver en fuldstændig undersøgelse af, hvad der er sket.

En undersøgelse er en god ide og Obamas afventende reaktion er noget mere moden end de euroæiske svumpuklers

Israel under angreb

Diverse — Drokles on June 1, 2010 at 4:22 am

Ramaskriget over Israels hævdelse af deres Gaza-blokade er ganske forudsigeligt. Flere kommentatorer har luftet den ide at aktionen intet andet formål har end at sætte Israel i et dårligt lys og frembringe ofre og martyrer for åbent tæppe. Og med afvisningen af Israels og Ægyptens(!) tilbud om at aflevere nødhjælpen over land er det vanskeligt at får anden tanke. Jerusalem Post skriver

Israel’s sanctions, which restrict fuel and gas supplies and prevent the import of many construction materials, have hit the Gaza population hard. However, they are applied in accordance with international law and are carefully monitored by the Supreme Court. They are designed to prevent Hamas from importing materials that can be used to created weapons and fortifications, or using fuel and gas to operate arms production.

And though many are suffering, Israel is careful to ensure that basic necessities are supplied and that those in need of medical care outside Gaza receive it, even if in the past some have taken advantage of this humanitarian leniency to advance terrorism. Incidentally, there is evidence that at least some Gazans are enjoying a higher standard of living. Just last week, the As-Sadaka Club celebrated the opening of a new Olympic-size swimming pool, Gaza’s first, and a manager at the Roots Club in Gaza City proudly confirmed to journalist Tom Gross that business was booming and that many Palestinian and international guests were dining on a wide array of gourmet dishes. A spokesman for the Hamas Interior Ministry said his ministry had finalized a plan to provide security protection from al-Qaida-inspired terrorists at holiday sites such as restaurants and beaches this summer.

ISRAEL AND Egypt implemented sanctions after Hamas violently took over the Gaza Strip from Fatah in June 2007 amid bloody fighting that left 161 Palestinians dead, including seven children. They are aimed at forcing Hamas to give up its armed struggle against Israel and recognize Israel’s right to exist. This is part of a wider international strategy to isolate Hamas, which is considered a terrorist organization by the US, the EU, Japan, Britain, Australia and Canada.

Politiken kan citere terrorforsker Evan Kohlmann for denne beskrivelse af en af organisationerne tyrkiske IHHs taktik bag flådemanøvren

»Ved at maskere deres militante aktiviteter som velgørenhed opdagede yderligtgående militante, at de kunne fastholde deres effektivitet, mens de kunne arbejde med ganske få restriktioner på internationalt niveau«

Det var IHHs skib Marmara hvor bagholdet blev lagt. Og et baghold det var det, som David Horovitz fortæller i Jerusalem Post

Obviously, many of those in the “Freedom Flotilla” were not engaged in a humanitarian mission. Had that been their prime motivation, they would have accepted Israel’s offer to escort them to Ashdod Port and arrange for the delivery of their supplies to Gaza, after security checks, over land. They also would have agreed without hesitation to convey a package from the family of the Israeli soldier held hostage by Hamas for almost four years in Gaza, Gilad Schalit.

Obviously, too, many of those who sailed toward Gaza were not “peace activists.” While those aboard five of the vessels in the flotilla did not violently oppose the IDF soldiers who came to intercept them, the video footage released by the IDF in the course of Monday confirmed earlier official descriptions by Israel of soldiers being premeditatedly and ruthlessly attacked as they tried to board the largest of the vessels, the Mavi Marmara.

Inexplicably, only a small contingent of naval commandos was dispatched to take control of a ship carrying hundreds of activists. And the commandos came on board carrying paintball guns, apparently under the misconception that the takeover of the Mavi Marmara would be, if not a game, then certainly not a confrontation with an enemy.

The IDF’s intelligence was clearly deeply flawed. As the footage showed, the outnumbered, under-equipped and incorrectly prepared commandos found themselves not grappling with unruly peace activists or demonstrators, to whom they had been ordered to show “restraint,” but being viciously attacked before they had barely set foot on deck. The clips showed clusters of people swarming around each of the commandos, and beating them over and over with clubs and bars in scenes sickeningly reminiscent of the lynching of IDF reservists in the Ramallah police station 10 years ago.

There was footage of one of the “activists” stabbing a soldier, of a petrol bomb being thrown at the troops, a stun grenade. And the troops themselves reported being sprayed with tear gas, attacked with iron bars, knives and sticks, and of efforts, reportedly successful in at least one case, to grab the pistols some were also carrying. There were reports of gunfire directed at the troops, and of soldiers jumping into the sea to escape attack.

Soldiers were fighting for their lives, said the IDF spokesman, Avi Benayahu (in Hebrew). “It was a lynch. It was an ambush.”

The navy chief, Eliezer Marom, told an early afternoon press conference that the resulting toll of the dead and injured could have been “much worse,” that the confrontation could have ended even more unhappily.

Yossi Melman sammenligner i Haaretz pr-logikken med det legendariske Exodus skib.

Despite having its eyes wide open, Israel fell into a trap. Israel knew that the organizers of the flotilla wanted to present the Israel Defense Forces to the world as an army that does not hesitate to use force. The flotilla organizers wanted deaths, casualties, blood and billows of smoke. And this is exactly what Israel gave them.

Og så foreslår Melman ellers en række andre løsningsmodeller Israel kunne og burde have brugt i stedet men konstaterer ildevarslende at “…apparently the days in which Israeli agents could operate freely in friendly countries are gone.” Og det ser skam dårligt ud for Israel med vennetabet. Hamas har ifølge Zvi Bar’el i Haaretz opnået at uanset, hvad det stadigt mere islamisk orienterede Tyrkiet gør vil det være til skade for Israel.

Turkey has many options, and every one will affect Israel negatively. Among the available options are a lawsuit against Israel for violating international law and attacking Turkish vessels without provocation, calling on the UN Security Council for an emergency meeting, and engaging Egypt in direct talks in order to convince Cairo to open the Rafah crossing and to officially recognize the Hamas government.

The various political and diplomatic options that stand before Turkey also play well into the hands of Hamas, which has been granted Turkish and international support, and is now demanding of Egypt to quit acting like Israel and open the Rafah crossing with Gaza.

With this move, Hamas hopes to shatter the policy of sanctions Israel has imposed on Gaza. Egypt hoped it would not have to get involved in blocking the Gaza aid convoy and that Israel would take the responsibility exclusively upon itself. But Cairo is now starting to feel the strain, and is beginning to understand that it will need to provide practical answers to the public pressure Turkey and other Arab states are exerting.

Israel lider den kranke skæbne at være befolket af de uglesete jøder, som islamister og venstrefløjsere kan enes om at hade mere eller mindre åbenlyst. Ingen hensyn tages der til landets situation omgivet af fjender, som det, der arbejder dag og nat på dets destruktion. Men al opmærksomhed på det mindste brud på formalia, som Petra Marquard Bigman pointerer i Jerusalem Post

Accusing Israel of “apartheid”, bigotry and discrimination against the country’s non-Jewish minorities as well as Palestinians in the West Bank or Gaza is something of a cottage industry that keeps many bloggers and commentators very, very busy. Israel’s Arab neighbors are of course held to a very different standard and therefore, the plight of minorities in Arab countries is often not considered newsworthy.

To highlight these different standards is not just “whataboutery“, because the obsessive focus on Israel’s shortcomings - some of them real, many shamelessly fabricated - produces a grossly distorted perception of the Middle East that makes it difficult for people outside the region to understand why the Middle East is such a fertile breeding ground for extremism.

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal provided an excellent, though inevitably depressing reminder of the deep-seated intolerance that contributes greatly to keeping the Middle East backward and conflict-ridden. The article, by Moheb Zaki, highlighted the difficult situation of Egypt’s ancient Christian community, the Copts.

A website maintained by a group of Copts picked up on this article and posted a follow-up piece that adds much interesting, and indeed shocking, background information on the systematic discrimination and increasing violence that Eygpt’s Christians have to endure.

Mankell og andre mindre prominente nyttige idioter kunne tage fat på det problem. Men de frygter nok Ægyptisk justits mere end den israelske retsstats. Og her er jo heller ingen jøder man kan placere i skurkerollen.

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