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Canberra Protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza Flotilla

By applicot - 1 June 2010 115

Canberra Protest against Israeli attacks on the Gaza Flotilla

5.30pm, Tuesday 1 June

Outside Israeli Embassy, 6 Turrana St Yarralumla

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Canberra Protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza Flotilla
Jim Jones 3:20 pm 01 Jun 10

krasny said :

Pommy bastard: “we”?

Last I checked, Australia had not yet become the 51st state…

When did you last check?

krasny 2:49 pm 01 Jun 10

Pommy bastard: “we”?

Last I checked, Australia had not yet become the 51st state…

Pommy bastard 2:33 pm 01 Jun 10

Over the last 20 years, the U.S. has been slowly phasing out economic aid to Israel and gradually replacing it with increased military aid. Beginning in 2007, the U.S. has been increasing military aid by $150 million each year. By FY2013, we will be sending Israel $3.15 billion a year (or an average of $8.6 million a day) and will continue to provide military aid at that level through 2018. U.S. tax dollars are subsidizing one of the most powerful foreign militaries. According to the CRS report, “[current U.S. military aid] grants to Israel represent 18.5% of the overall Israeli defense budget.”

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stats/usaid.html

Captain RAAF 1:53 pm 01 Jun 10

Like Israel even cares if 10 million people come out to protest against their actions? They will do whatever it takes to ‘keep Israel safe’, regardless of the consequences and that is what people fail to absorb. Israel does not care about consequences nor does it care about the laws of other country’s like in regards to Passport forgeries, murder sanctioned by government or kidnapping citizens so that they can be spirited away to Israel for trial.

They’ve been riding the coat-tails of the holocaust for sixty years and just as Bush Jnr was able to reverse the worlds sympathy for the US after 9-11 by invading Iraq under false pretences, so to has Israel lost all world sympathy and it’s just a matter of time before they push the wrong people too far and Palestine will return to the Palestinians in the time honoured fashion by way of large scale elimination, maybe this is the start and if thats the case, good riddance to them!

fgzk 1:41 pm 01 Jun 10

Israel is a terrorist state. What do you expect of terrorists but this kind of endless stupidity. I never had any sympathy, just fear.

SmileOnTrial 1:31 pm 01 Jun 10

I put Israel right up there with cyclist’s…

jimbocool 1:30 pm 01 Jun 10

smh.com.au has video of the commandos boarding one of the ships. The people on the ships put up a hell of a fight and appear to have beaten the living daylights out of about 3 or 4 commandos (even throwing one overboard). So 10 out of 10 for spirit, but minus several million for good thinking as Israeli commandos aren’t known for their restraint or sense of humour. End of the video shows them shooting 2 or 3 passengers at close range.

damien haas 1:16 pm 01 Jun 10

The whole exercise was designed to provoke a confrontation. The Israeli spokesman interviewed by Kerry OBrien described the peace activists as what Marx would call ‘useful idiots’.

Egypt controls Gaza’s southern border, and control points. Why dont they take the humanitarian supplies in through there ?

Pommy bastard 12:56 pm 01 Jun 10

I lost sympathy with Israel years ago.

Braddon Boy 12:38 pm 01 Jun 10

The facts are, Hugh…

Yes the protesters were there mainly for the media attention, it would (and has) do a lot more than the 10,000 tons of aid.

There was virtually no chance there would be weapons on board. Like I said, it was for media attention. If they were found to be smuggling weapons it would do their cause more harm than good.

It’s unlikely that the aid would have made it to Gaza once Israel had a look at it. They do not allow building supplies into the territory (despite the fact Israel keeps levelling Gaza’s cities), and my understanding is that is what was mostly on board.

The question remains, why such a military operation was carried out. There were black clad commandos, dropping in from helicopters, under the cover of darkness, in international waters. How can anyone say that under that under these circumstances Israel didn’t expect this kind of outcome? It’s not hard to imagine a better plan they could have executed.

Tetranitrate 12:31 pm 01 Jun 10

Hugh Lews said :

From Israel’s vantage point this was a no-win situation. Allow the ships to dock in Gaza and they would unload supplies that might be used to arm Hamas. Stop the ships and you risk a public relations disaster, which is exactly what happened.

First the ships ignored repeated warnings from the Israeli navy to turn back or to put into the Israeli port of Ashdod where the supplies could be off-loaded, inspected, and, if purely humanitarian, sent on to the Gaza Strip. They kept on sailing even after Israel publicly warned that its commandos would board the vessels.

Why didn’t they send the regular coast guard to board the vessels in broad daylight?
Then film the whole thing and cry foul if/when shit occurred.

Hugh Lews 12:14 pm 01 Jun 10

“Wow, a bandwagon, let’s get on it!”

I doubt most people will know anything about this other than the news headlines – designed to grab attention.

I even doubt the poster knows the story.
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From Israel’s vantage point this was a no-win situation. Allow the ships to dock in Gaza and they would unload supplies that might be used to arm Hamas. Stop the ships and you risk a public relations disaster, which is exactly what happened.

First the ships ignored repeated warnings from the Israeli navy to turn back or to put into the Israeli port of Ashdod where the supplies could be off-loaded, inspected, and, if purely humanitarian, sent on to the Gaza Strip. They kept on sailing even after Israel publicly warned that its commandos would board the vessels.

johnboy 10:51 am 01 Jun 10

Short notice and people have to get there after work.

Take a candle.

ConanOfCooma 10:47 am 01 Jun 10

A protest at 5:30 in the afternoon? What, are they supplying lighting for the event, or are you all just going to stand in the dark and hope that TEN films with infra red?

I’d go, it’s a worthy protest, but I’m not freezing my arse off for a protest you can’t see. Plus, I have to drive home.

Braddon Boy 10:39 am 01 Jun 10

Also on the 3rd June at Garema Place from 5pm – 7pm.

http://australiansforpalestine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/CANBERRA-PROTESTS2.jpg

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