Israeli Ambassador: Soldiers Had 'No Choice But to Defend Themselves' | PBS NewsHour | May 31, 2010 | PBSMICHAEL OREN: Well, certainly to provoke, not to provide humanitarian aid.
Over the past several days, Israel has been engaged in intense diplomacy to try to convince the participants in the flotilla to transfer the humanitarian aid in their cargo holds to Israel. And Israel vowed to transfer that aid to Gaza. About 100 trucks of humanitarian aid, food and medicine go into Gaza every day. There's no shortage of food in Gaza. There's no shortage of immediate in Gaza. This would have been additional aid.
And we would have been happy to transfer it on. But the purpose of this flotilla wasn't to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza. It was to make a political statement and to provoke Israel into blockading the flotilla from arriving to Gaza.
The -- if they had wanted really to aid the people of Gaza, they would have given us the humanitarian aid.
Thats right, the aid flotilla is making a political statement. That statement is, the gaza strip cannot be blocked out, isolated or forgotten about forever. The international community wants it removed, and what a great way to challenge this blockade. It may have failed but it sure as hell lifted a few eyebrows and shifted people's attention. There where protests in Turkey, Greece, UK and so on. They got what they wanted, and the consquences of Israel's actions will become clear in the coming days. There's no shortage of rations in gaza, by the way. Not proper food. The blockade has unfortunately completely improvished the region. Is it any wonder they have turned to psychotic jihadist governments?
George Monboit "Neoliberalism is inherently incompatible with democracy, as people will always rebel against the austerity and fiscal tyranny it prescribes. Something has to give, and it must be the people. This is the true road to serfdom: disinventing democracy on behalf of the elite."
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My understanding is that Israel allows all sorts of aid materials to enter Gaza via land. Someone cited 100 trucks/day, though I'm not sure of the details on that.Basically, we're saying the same thing but from different viewpoints. The flotilla organisers have no interest in the tunnels along the Gaza border with Egypt – also that would involve Hamas which is counterproductive. And as I said in earlier posts, it's not possible to bring in the aid required in quantity required through the tunnels.
That convention is entirely inapplicable here. Not only is it designed to target individual non-state actors, but you're missing a key provision:
The Convention doesn't create any new crimes, it simply creates a remedy for things that are already crimes under international law. Citing this convention as proof that the action was illegal is circular reasoning.Article 3
1. Any person commits an offence if that person unlawfully and intentionally:...
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.