The first of three or four boats trying to break Israel’s anti-terror maritime embargo on Gaza left the Greek island of Crete Friday morning and is scheduled to dock in Gaza on Sunday or morning.
Israel has said that the boats will not reach Gaza under any circumstances.
The Israeli Navy will stop the flotilla, as it has done in the past, but activists say that since the Marianne of Gothenburg boat flies the Swedish flag, Israel could be accused of a war crime
“War crime” is the buzz words these days, usually referring to any action by Israel that does not further the aims of the Palestinian Authority, which yesterday said it is bringing to the International Criminal Court (ICC) charges that building homes for Jews and a highway in Jerusalem are war crimes.
Pro-Hamas activists have learned their lessons from previous publicity stunts and are keeping mum on the boats’ location, a rather childish act since the IDF has enough surveillance equipment to know exactly where they are without any help from the flotilla’s public relations staff.
The departure date of the flotilla had been delayed. Activists claim that Israeli agents sabotaged at least one of the boats, but others say that inclement weather forced the activists to postpone their trip.
As usual, the activists are trying to attract as much attentions as possible and have brought an Israeli Arab Knesset Member with them. MK Basel Ghattas and a former Tunisian president are among the 70 people on board the lead ship.
Organizers of the flotillas have assured Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that they are not bringing any weapons with them. In 2010, Turkish-based terrorists used iron bars and two pistols to challenge Israeli Navy officers who boarded the Mavi Mamara ship. Ten of the terrorists were killed in the clash.
“If there is some kind of violent confrontation, it won’t come from our side,” a left-wing Israeli activist said.
The Marianne is carrying one solar panel and medical supplies, all of which can easily reach Gaza by land from Israel. A single solar panel is absolutely useless, except as propaganda to “con the world,” as seen in the video below.
Lost in the hype and reports by establishment media that are hungry for anti-Israel news is the fact the solar panels and medical supplies cannot enter Gaza so freely from Egypt, which has blocked passage several times, including this past month.
The last word in the new flotilla stunt already has been written: The IDF will stop the boats before they can get too close to Gaza, the Foreign Ministry told The JewishPress.com.
If the passengers indeed are unarmed, the whole scene will be a circus for the media.
The IDF will warn the captain of the boats not to proceed. He will refuse, forcing the Navy to surround the ships.
The Navy officers will try to find a way to take over the wheel if the captain does not cooperate.
Everyone will arrive in the port of Ashdod, and the passengers will call the soldiers “war criminals” and perhaps will sit down in a circle and clasp hands, singing “We shall overcome” as four soldiers haul each passenger off the boat.
The news photographers will love it, and perhaps Gaza terrorists will celebrate by launching a rocket or two at Israel.
If they are lucky, the missiles won’t fall short and explode on a house in Gaza, in which case Israel would be accused of committing a war crime because the “occupation made them do it.”
Below is the video “We Con the World,” produce by the Latma satirical group after the Mavi Mamaras clash five years ago.
Netanyahu Notes UNHRC ‘Singular Obsession With Israel’
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu noted Monday in a statement to media that once again, a United Nations “independent commission” tasked with investigating a conflict between Israel and Palestinian Authority terrorists has produced a biased report.
Speaking to reporters about The Schabes Report released Monday afternoon (June 22, 2015) by the Independent Commission of Inquiry, Netanyahu pointed out, “Israel is a democracy committed to the rule of law.
“Time and again it is forced to defend itself against Palestinian terrorists who commit a double war crime: They deliberately target civilians while deliberately hiding behind Palestinian civilians. The Palestinians civilians they use as human shields include children, and they deliberately target our civilians while deliberately putting their civilians in harm’s way.”
The report did not mention the term “human shields” even once in its 34-page advance executive summary.
“In defending itself against such attacks, Israel’s military acted, and acts, according to the highest international standards,” Netanyahu said. During the conflict, the IDF dropped countless leaflets written in Arabic over areas marked for battle due to the numerous military targets within: each time, the leaflets warned residents to evacuate the area due to an impending battle. The flyers were followed up with automated phone calls to house phone lines and text messages to cell phones, in Arabic. Yet the Commission nevertheless insisted the IDF did not take enough measures to ensure Gaza’s civilian survival.
“The report in hand was commissioned by a notoriously biased institution; it was given an obviously biased mandate; it was initially headed by a grossly biased chairperson who received money from the Palestinians and was forced to resign.”
The Commission chairperson, Professor William Schabes, was found to have been a former legal adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organization – a clear conflict of interest. When this information was made public by Israel, Schabes had no other recourse but to resign his post, which he did in February 2015, just one month prior to the completion of the probe.
“The United Nations Human Rights Council has a singular obsession with Israel,” Netanyahu observed. “It has passed more resolutions against Israel than against Syria, North Korea and Iran combined. In fact, it has passed more resolutions against Israel that against all the countries of the world combined.
“So, Israel treats this report as flawed and biased, and it urges all fair-minded observers to do the same.
“Such fair-minded observers recently investigated Israel’s conduct in the Gaza campaign. They include senior generals from the United States and NATO countries. They found that not only did Israel uphold the highest standards of international law, in the laws of armed conflict, they said that Israel exceeded the highest standards.
“Israel will continue to uphold its commitment to the laws of armed conflict despite the brutal tactics of its enemies,” Netanyahu continued, “and it will continue to investigate any allegations of wrongdoing in accordance with highest international standards.”
Jews in eastern Jerusalem began defending themselves against Arab terror Sunday night and patrolled the streets of the Maaleh Zeitim after a barrage of firebomb and rock-throwing attacks.
Jerusalem City Councilman Aryeh King, who lives in Maaleh Zeitim, said:
The police continue to abandon me and my neighbors. In light of the inability of the police to stop attacks against us, a neighborhood police force began operating tonight.
He said four Molotov cocktails and dozens of rocks were hurled at his house last night in another round of Arab attacks that seems to escalate with each day in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
A firebomb also was thrown at a bus on its way to the Binyamin region in Samaria, and the driver was slightly injured by glass in his eye from a smashed windshield.
A hail of rocks was thrown at police at Damascus Gate, where a terrorist from Hebron stabbed and critically wounded a Border Police officer in the morning. The policeman managed to shoot and wound the terrorist and his condition remains serious to critical.
In Ramleh, near Ben Gurion Airport, yeshiva student Elad Ben Dayan said Arab youth threw firecrackers at the yeshiva courtyard and tried to assault yeshiva students.
“It was a miracle no one was hurt,” he said.
The situation in Maaleh Zeitim and in other Jewish neighborhoods in eastern and northern Jerusalem has grown from bad to worse the past year, and King has complained to the police several times of inadequate protection.
Rock-throwing ambushes, with Arab cars blocking roads to trap Jewish motorists, are common.
The vigilante force could be a huge contribution to security of the police and the Jewish residents were to follow the example of similar forces outside of Israel and cooperate.
In Baltimore, the Northwest Citizens Patrol has won praise from police for preventing crime, and the police coordinate action with the local force.
In Israel, the police and Jewish residents of eastern Jerusalem as well as in most of Judea and Samaria see each other as enemies. Every Jewish community in Judea and Samaria has its own first-response team to beef up security because the IDF cannot deploy soldiers in every town, but police generally are negative towards “settlers.” Hundreds of incidents have been reported of the police releasing Jews after arbitrarily charges them with violations that did not occur.
The same is true in Jerusalem, where the police would prefer not have to deal with thousands of Arab rioters protesting the presence of Jews.
The local force does not have powers of arrest, but a constant patrol can be a deterrent, although Arabs bent on violence undoubtedly will test them in the beginning with attacks.
If King and the police can get on the same page, they might discover that they are allies and not foes.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday morning that the international community’s ideas for peace with the Palestinian Authority ignore the security needs of Israel.
His remarks were made hours before French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is to speak with the Prime Minister after meeting Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
Fabius warned last week that “by doing nothing, there will be the twin risk of stalemate and setting [the conflict] ablaze.”
Looking back at the last 25 years of the “peace process,” it seems to have set everything ablaze, but Fabius still wants to try again, using the same magic potion but with larger dose of dynamite.
Prime Minister Netanyahu, without any hint to Fabius but with an obvious allusion to his new proposal reported here, said:
The relative quiet in Judea and Samaria does not need to fool anyone. There are attempts [by terrorists all the time, and to our dismay, sometimes they succeed.The reason that most of them do not succeed is the result of very intensive actions by the IDF, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and other security agencies.
There is a constant need to prevent these attacks, but the proposal of the international community does not have any real relationship to the security needs of Israel.
They are trying to push us to borders that cannot be defended while totally ignoring what will happen on the other side of the border.
Fabius wants the international community to replace the United States the non-existent table for non-existent negotiations for a non-existent willingness by the Palestinian Authority to receive every inch of land it says it wants but with the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.
A terrorist stabbed one person near Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem Saturday night, and other terrorists threw a firebomb at a bus near Nevi Yaakov in northern Jerusalem and a pipe bomb at Rachel’s Tomb.
Police clashed with rioters after the stabbing, according to Israel News Feed. Arabs hurled rocks at cars, wounding at least one person, and police carried out one arrest as of midnight Saturday.
The condition of the stabbing victim is not known, but he is believed not to have suffered serous wounds.
There are no known injuries in the firebombing of the bus and from the pipe bomb that was thrown towards Jews visting Rachel’s Tomb (Kever Rachel) near Bethlehem.
In Judea and Samaria, Palestinian Authority terrorists hurled rocks at passing Jewish motorists near Dolev and in the same region where one or more terrorists murdered Daniel Gonen and wounded a companion while they were hiking. Gonen was buried in his home city of Lod, near Ben Gurion Airport, Saturday night.
The terrorist fled on foot but is believed to have been whisked away from the area in a car, leading police and the IDF to believe he did not act alone.
They also estimate that the attack was planned and was not a spur of the minute attack.
Palestinian Authority terrorists usually are more motivated during the Muslim month of Ramadan, which began Thursday. They have an added incentive because this month is the anniversary of the kidnap-murders of three yeshiva youth, whose attackers were located and killed in a shoot-out with the IDF last September.