The brave sailors and passengers aboard the boat brace for what is about to happen.Off to starboard they can see a series of skiffs racing towards them, while a naval gunship announces emphatically by megaphones in English and Hebrew, that they must stand down or else be boarded. But the passengers of this particular craft have sailed too far and endured too much tragedy to be denied. Within sight of their beloved coastline, these determined passengers are willing to risk capture and even death to reach it. So when the first soldier places his boot on deck, all hell breaks loose. In the melee shots are fired and bodies slump. When the smoke clears, several passengers are dead and the cries of the wounded are heard everywhere.
Think you’ve seen this movie before? No wonder. It could have been a scene from any combination of ships which attempted to run the British blockade of Palestine from 1939 to 1947. At that time fleeing Jewish refugees, denied entry to any other world port, sought sanctuary in Palestine where they suspected they would find safe harbor.
Recreating history to become the “21st Century’s Jews” the Palestinians have reversed engineered Jewish victimhood, in the process becoming the very model of a brutally repressed and forgotten people. From the self-designation of a national liberation movement (the mantle the PLO adopted in the 1960s) to the assertions of dispossession to the claims of being the subjects of a ” Holocaust ” and “genocide,” the Palestinians regularly invoke the images of the Jewish people’s own past, convincing the world that the Jews learned nothing from the centuries of vilification and hatred leveled against them and have become the mirror image of their own oppressors.
So it should come as no surprise that Palestinians and their humanitarian supporters have once again captured the limelight by drawing another historical parallel between themselves and the Jewish people. The flotilla which sought to subvert the Israeli “blockade” of Gaza ( although no such thing truly exists) was a carefully constructed pantomime, played out for the benefit of the world press under cover of a humanitarian mission. In the furor that has met the deaths of the eleven passengers aboard the Turkish registered Marmara, the facts are completely neglected. Overlooked is the reality that there is no shortage of food or medical supplies in Gaza; that those aboard the Marmara had no intention of staging a peaceful protest but had come armed with clubs and knives and were resolutely determined to take Israeli lives; that Hamas terror and the incessant bombing of Israeli border towns has given Israel very good reason to interdict the passage of unchecked humanitarian aid , in the interests of preventing future weapons supply of Hamas terrorists.
None of it matters because the far better story – and the ones the Palestinians and their supporters so earnestly cultivate, is that Jews have transformed into Nazis and their means are both nefarious and oppressive. The alacrity with which not only the foreign press but supposedly friendly world governments have jumped to condemn the Israeli assault, even when the video footage clearly reveals the Israeli soldiers to have fired in self defense and only as a last resort, is evidence of the increasing willingness of the world to buy a Palestinian narrative of eternal victimhood which is twisted beyond all realities.
Maybe it would be a good idea to look into the provenance of these humanitarians. The so called Freedom Flotilla maintains extensive terrorist ties. For instance, itss primary sponsor, the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH)has been identified by the CIA as connected to al Qaeda and the millennium plot of 1999.
Also unknown to most people is that the humanitarian aid to Gaza could have been delivered by truck, as the Israelis had offered. However flotilla spokeswoman, Greta Berlin made it clear in a Agence- France interview in May that the ” mission, is not about delivering humanitarian supplies. Its about breaking Israel’s siege. ”
Can’t get much clearer than that.
The danger of such willing gullibility and open hostility to a democratic government seeking to enforce measures to aid its own self defense are obvious. The Israeli experience leaves all democracies open to similar forms of harassment as the press is cajoled and fooled into presenting images of the weak against the strong and the bona fides of any humanitarian effort, regardless of the ideologies and intentions of those who carry out the mission.
Thus the United States is increasing taken to task for its failures to uphold the human rights of incarcerated terrorists, no matter their intentions; and the United Kingdom finds itself purloined by the attempts to stem the tide of an unwanted and culturally devastating immigration, which continues under the guise of humanitarian openness and pluralism.
Meanwhile truly evil regimes such as North Korea can torpedo a South Korean ship with the loss of 67 lives without a whimper from the West; a Sudanese dictator can carry on the world’s most devastating genocidal campaign and barely anyone reports it; 45,000 people a month can be murdered in the Congo without it registering on any one’s radar and Iran can continue to develop unimpeded the world’s most deadly and destabilizing weapons system.
It is, as British journalist Melanie Phillips has so powerfully written in her new book, a world truly turned upside down. But it is only made possible by the West’s willingness to accept a spurious narrative which is divorced from reality. The West’s romance with humanitarians who turn victims into victimizers must therefore end before the veneration of “heroes”, such as those aboard the Marmara, eventually castigate us all as Nazis and fascists.