Jul 4, 2011 – 7:47 AM ET | Last Updated: Jul 4, 2011 7:49 AM ET
Only anti-Israel activists would be blind to the glaring irony of Hamas condemning Greece for blocking the departure of the ridiculous “Freedom Flotilla II” from its ports. The supreme irony isn’t that these “peace activists” are in bed with Hamas, an internationally recognized terrorist organization that made suicide bombing a staple of Islamist terror; it’s that Hamas issued its communiqué from its headquarters in that Mecca of social justice and human rights, Damascus. Yes, Damascus the capital of the Allawite regime that has no problem shooting its own citizenry while it tortures children and arrests thousands for merely hinting at government reform. You have to wonder if the superannuated blockade runners even know that there are refugee camps in Turkey bursting at the seams with Syrians fleeing death and terror at the hands of their own government.
If anyone actually ever thought these naïve anti-Israel activists are anything but the authors of their own satire, surely the fact that their comrades in Damascus are calling Greece’s anti-flotilla measures “inhuman” would convince them otherwise. Of course the activist’s counter-argument is that they do not support terrorism but are only there to “help Palestinians”. I wonder how they feel about sharing their boats with Amin Abu Rashad, former head of a Hamas “charitable foundation” that was shut down following the Dutch authorities’ probe into its involvement in funding terror activities, or Mohammed Ahmed Hanon, a financier of Hamas’ Izz-al-Din-al-Qassam terrorist brigades.
What is especially telling in this whole affair, is how thinly veiled the anti-Semitism of these activists truly is. Minutes after the Greeks had barred the flotilla’s departure, the activist leadership was already claiming that the International Monetary Fund and Israel had put pressure on the Greek government. Yes, those hook-nosed Jewish bankers and their insidious tentacles of world financial domination
told the Greeks what to do — or else.
Seeing as their knowledge of regional geopolitics is somewhat lacking, I wonder how many of these activists understand the facts behind the blockade? Do they know for instance, that in August 2005 Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza and any and all settlements were
abandoned with the Israel Defense Forces redeployed outside Gaza? Do they know that Hamas assumed total and sole control for the
Palestinian residents without allowing any room for opposition? That Hamas proceeded to kidnap Gilad Shalit (still waiting some five years for his visit from the Red Cross) and launched tens of thousands of rockets and missiles into southern Israel, placing the civilian
population of Israel in danger of random death by Iranian-manufactured weaponry?
Not ones to concern themselves with the real war crime of indiscriminate rocket launches at civilian centres or the firing of anti-tank missiles at school buses, the activists will shrilly declare that Israel’s blockade is illegal. Actually, according to international law, a sovereign state can declare and impose a sea blockade as a means to prevent weapons and contraband from being smuggled into enemy territory. For the blockade to be lawful the weapons and contraband must pose a danger to the nation-state and “due notice” must be given that a blockade is in effect and that it will be defended. Israel’s blockade easily meets all these requirements under international law.
But really, the question that needs to be asked is how ridiculous do these gormless activists look sun-tanning and dissembling under the blue Mediterranean sky while the rest of the Middle East is in flames and people are dying daily for simply asking their totalitarian masters to ease up a little on the oppression?
I know the answer already because it’s clear as crystal; they don’t care to know because they’re too wrapped up in their own self-indulgent and narcissistic pursuits to examine the hard truths behind their actions and anti-Israel ideology. Shame on them.
Michael Ross is a former 13-year veteran of the Israel Secret Intelligence Service