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Pirates of the Mediterranean

In an article, Pirates of the Mediterranean, Israel’s latest act of piracy is compared to Somalia’s.

On June 30, the government of Israel committed an act of piracy when the Israeli Navy in international waters illegally boarded the “Spirit of Humanity,” kidnapped its 21-person crew from 11 countries, including former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and Nobel Laureate Mairead MaGuire, and confiscated the cargo of medical supplies, olive trees, reconstruction materials, and children’s toys that were on the way to the Mediterranean coast of Gaza. The “Spirit of Humanity,” along with the kidnapped 21 persons was towed to Israel.

These supplies were destined for Gaza, which has been described as the “world’s largest concentration camp,” home to 1.5 million Palestinians.

As President Obama has called for humanitarian aid to be sent to Gaza, and as the International Red Cross has damned the inhumanity of Israel’s blockade of Gaza, the question that immediately comes to mind is why did not the United States send sufficient US Navy escort to see the “Spirit of Humanity” safely through international waters to Gaza? We send ships against Somalian pirates, why not against Israeli ones?

We all know the answer. The US talks a good “human rights” game, but never delivers – especially if the human rights abuser is Israel.

2 Responses to “Pirates of the Mediterranean”

  1. […] If any other country did this, it would be called “piracy.” […]

  2. […] week, Israeli forces detained a group of foreign activists, including former US congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and a Nobel Prize laureate, as they were […]

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