Friday, August 29, 2008

The empty vessels that made a lot of noise

They came and they went and in the end the two boats that carried pro-Palestinian propagandists and supposedly essential supplies for Gazans turned out to be yet another failed stunt which achieved very little.

Scholar Emanuele Ottolenghi points out the boats contained little beside activists in The "Free Gaza" Stunt. and adds -

As Israeli officials said, humanitarian aid can go through the regular crossings by land. This stunt was not about rescue and deliverance: it was about the romantic self-aggrandizement of a few radical chic buffoons and a propaganda stunt by their puppet masters–the not-so-innocent International Solidarity Movement. Israel acted wisely in letting them through and denying them the much hoped for moment on live camera–being boarded by Israeli naval forces.

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