More Israeli misbehaviour:

A boat carrying international peace activists, including former Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, and medical supplies to the embattled Gaza Strip sailed back into a Lebanese port on Tuesday after being turned back and damaged by the Israeli navy, organizers of the trip said. (Read more)

This is not new behaviour on the part of the Israelis. They've been blockading Gaza for some time, not allowing food relief, medical supplies, or fuel in to the territory. They say it's to keep out weapons, but the net effect is a collective punishment inflicted on the people of Gaza, which meets the definition of a war crime. They've also been turning away U.N. human rights envoys and journalists, in an attempt to keep the world unaware of what's actually going on. The blockade is why Israel is just as responsible for the violence, not just Hamas (The Bush White House blames Hamas, but not Israel, for the violence).

Desperate people turn to desperate measures. Israel is trying to blame Gaza's rockets (which killed one person) for the escalation of violence. But it is Israel's behaviour that is absolutely appalling, and it's really starting to piss me off. The Israelis are NOT the good guys here (and neither is Hamas). Sadly, the abused stepchildren of Adolph Hitler have grown up to become abusers themselves. Violence perpetuates.

This coming Saturday, my friend Alex ([livejournal.com profile] seespikerun) is organizing a protest here in Bellingham at the U.S. Federal Buiding ( http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=56833142386 ). I plan on being there. The weapons being used to kill Gazans are being supplied by the U.S. government -- our tax dollars -- and this must stop. I plan on writing my congresscritters this week to demand that we stop funding Israeli terrorist organizations like the IDF.

And, on a side note, I must applaud Cynthia McKinney for her attempts to help the Gazan victims of Israeli aggression. I voted for her in this past Presidential election instead of Obama, because I knew she walked the walk, not just talked the talk.
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