June 3, 2010
Picture this scenario: A group of peaceful activists sets out to deliver much-needed aid to a beleaguered population denied access to essentials like food and medicine by a powerful neighboring state. That state opposes delivery of the aid, and raids one of the ships carrying it. In the ensuing melee, nine activists are killed, and the rest are captured and deported to their countries of origin. On its face, it seems a clear case of good vs. evil the plucky underdog activists paying with their lives for defying the laws of an oppressive and cruel nation.
This is exactly how recent events in the Mediterranean, where Israel recently stopped a Turkish ship bound for Gaza called the Mavi Marmara, have been portrayed. This ship was part of an eight-ship “freedom flotilla,” the purpose of which was, ostensibly, to break
Violence resulted, and it’s not difficult to see why. Though portrayed as “peace activists,” many of those aboard the Mavi Marmara were members of a Turkish Islamic charity called IHH, which experts say has ties to Hamas, al-Qaeda, and other radical Muslim terrorist groups. These “peace activists” were ready to fight. Chilling videos taken by the IDF and posted on the Internet show Israeli commandos descending by rope from helicopters onto the boat, only to be swarmed by a mob of club and knife-wielding thugs who beat and stabbed them and threw them over the ship’s railing. Given the danger, it should not come as any surprise that the Israelis resorted to lethal force to defend themselves.
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The situation with the
With prayers for shalom, peace,
This article was first published on the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Web site
My deep appreciation goes out to them.