Thursday, June 3, 2010

If Gaza's relief is a step closer they won't have died in vain

The bravery of the global volunteers now running Israel's blockade has filled the vacuum left by leaders that sponsor it

Seumas Milne
The Guardian, Thursday 3 June 2010

"It takes some nerve, and a special kind of detachment from reality, to claim that your soldiers were "lynched" by "terrorists" when they have just shot dead at least nine unarmed human rights activists and wounded dozens of others while suffering no fatal injuries themselves. But that is the line Israel's propaganda machine spun while it held nearly 700 international pro-Palestinian campaigners incommunicado in the wake of Monday's assault on six boats bringing humanitarian aid to the besieged people of Gaza.....

What is certain is that while some will have been intimidated by the Israeli military's violence, many more volunteers will now try to bring boatloads of aid to Gaza to widen that breach. The denial of Palestinian rights has become a great moral as well as political cause of our time. If relief for Gaza's people is even a step nearer, the victims of the Mavi Marmara will not have died in vain."

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