Ship named after suicide victim Rachel Corrie headed for Gaza
by Lakrosse, Tue Jun 01, 2010 at 05:24:27 PM EDT
A ship named after the girl who threw herself under a bulldozer, Rachel Corrie, is headed for Gaza.
The MV Rachel Corrie, a converted merchant ship bought by pro-Palestinian activists and named after an American woman killed in the Gaza Strip in 2003, set off on Monday from Malta, organizers said. It was carrying 15 activists including a northern Irish Nobel Peace laureate. "We are an initiative to break Israel's blockade of 1.5 million people in Gaza. Our mission has not changed and this is not going to be the last flotilla," Free Gaza Movement activist Greta Berlin, based in Cyprus, told Reuters.
An Israeli marine lieutenant, who was not identified, told Israel's Army Radio his unit was prepared to block the ship.
"We as a unit are studying, and we will carry out professional investigations to reach conclusions," the lieutenant said, referring to Monday's confrontation in which his unit shot nine activists aboard a Turkish ferry.
Its appropriate that they'd name a ship after Rachel Corrie, after the activists on the last ship opened fire on Israel soldiers, attacked them with knives, and tried to throw one overboard, and then some got killed by those defending themselves. It sounds similar to Rachel's suicide mission, in which she threw herself under a bulldozer to defend terrorist tunnels in Gaza.
This guy says it best:
I was deeply saddened at the outcome of the so-called 'peace' flotilla, which turned out to contain a large contingent of violent thugs whose only interest it was to provoke Israel. Still, nine dead is a terrible tragedy. We mourn this painful outcome.
But once again the world's hypocrisy and double standards vis-à-vis Israel are on full display. In Kingstown, Jamaica scores of civilians have tragically died over the last few days as government forces battle violent killers intent on protecting a drug lord. Would anyone suggest the government allow its soldiers to be mowed down by cartel killers?
Like any government, Israel's first priority is to protect its citizens from brutality and murder. It has no choice but to defend itself against violent protesters who try and murder its soldiers by attacking them with knives and clubs and hurling them thirty feet to near-certain death. Facts are stubborn things and the videos of the assault against Israel's soldiers are posted on the Internet for all to see.
No government is going to order its soldiers to remain idle while they are torn limb from limb. In America Monday was Memorial Day today. We reflect on those who paid the ultimate price for American freedom. But we also recommit to protecting the lives of those who continue to battle so that the rest of us can remain free.
The sad fact is that Hamas is a terrorist organization hell-bent on killing as many Israeli men, women, and children as possible. It would be suicide for Israel to lift the naval blockade on Gaza and allow weapons and war materials to enter so that they can be used to blow up babies. Is there any country on earth that would allow guns and missiles to be delivered to its doorstep to slaughter its citizens?
Sadly, rather than choose to build necessary infrastructure in Gaza that would benefit the Palestinians, Hamas has turned Gaza into a giant terrorist launching pad for rockets against Israel.
Israel withdrew every one of its citizens and soldiers from Gaza five years ago. But Hamas used the withdrawal not to build hospitals, universities, and schools but to turn Gaza into a terrorist rocket launching pad.
Hamas is a cruel and violent organization that regularly lynches, without even the semblance of a trial, Palestinians whom it accuses of working with Israel. It is a murderous gang whose commitment is not to helping Palestinians but to killing Jews. Israel must continue to ensure that no arms reach Hamas. And until such time as Hamas renounces their violent intent to exterminate the Jewish state, incidents like these, in which enemies of Israel stage violent demonstrations under the guise of peace will no doubt continue.
If there is to be peace in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, then it can only happen when these far-leftists, the useful idiots for Islamists, and the PA accept Israel legitimacy, stop using double standards, and build up a society, rather than to try to tear other's down.
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