May 31st, 2010
This attack found place in international waters, against an unarmed humanitarian mission to feed the people Israel wanted to put on a diet. As per usual, supposed concerns for Israeli security are meant to trump anything else and also as per usual the victims are accussed of having forced the poor, heavily armed Israeli special forces to kill them, as they may have had slingshots and marbles. This will of course turn out to be nonsense, as it always does when the IDF complains about the supposed crimes of its victims. The real motivation is much simpler: to show Gaza and the world that Israel and Israel alone will decide whether or not the people of Gaza will recieve any help. It also shows how little Israel cares about public opinion and that it won’t be moved by it. A very dangerous game to play, as Israel leaves itself very little room for anything other than increasingly brutal oppression.