Israeli officials have been ratcheting up their rhetoric in demanding that the world unite to stop humanitarian aid from being delivered to the people of the Gaza Strip, calling such attempts an existential threat to Israel and a “deliberate provocation” by the world.
While this hasn’t resulted in European nations or others stopping humanitarian groups from moving forward with the aid, it has shifted the Obama Administration’s position from opposition to open threats.
Now, the US State Department is not only railing against the flotilla as “irresponsible” but is threatening criminal charges against American participants, claiming that the attempt to deliver aid to Gaza amounts to “conspiring to deliver material support” to Hamas and could lead to lengthy prison sentences.
Gaza aid ships have often had a solid American contingent, and an American was among those killed when Israeli troops attacked the Mavi Marmara for attempting to deliver wheelchairs to the strip. Though the administration apparently believes it can invoke terror charges, it is unclear how eager they would be to actually test such a move in open court.
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Just like with the Liberty. Washington does nothing to protect Americans from Israeli butchery.
Israel plans to blast Freedom Flotilla 2 right out of the water. Team Obama is pounding sand for Israel. "Material support…" yeah, whatever. American government servility to Israel has reached the breaking point.
Dear United States State Department: Blow it out your ass!
Why is it that the israelis always insist on twisting everyone else's arms into participating in their depravity? Do they think this absolves them of their crimes if everyone else is in on it too?
Isn't it interesting how the folks that arm and support butchers, thugs and human rights violators all over the world become so full of self-righteous indignation when peaceful humanitarians try to help someone they don't like?
Fascist bully brothers amerika and the 51st state- aka Israel; become more deadly and draconian !
But delivering the same materials thought the Rafah crossing is okay with the State Dept? Or have they issued warnings about visiting Egypt just in case someone might want to take some candy to Gazan children?
And keep in mind that we are "hated for our 'freedoms' "….
Shame, shame on Obama and all his team of rabid hawks who are sucking our blood.
Every time I think it's no longer possible to become even more disgusted with the government they prove me wrong. It clear now that their capacity to disgust is boundless and reaches all the way down to its roots in hell.
If you are outside the United States you are NOT subject to the Laws thereof. If such was the case, then smoking weed in Hampster-damn would get you jail time in the U.S. upon your return.
Evert time I think the american government (dictatorship) have hit bottom of the morals barrel, they manage to find a trap door to a new, lower level.
The best way to make the minority thugs collapse is to (FLUSH THE TOILETS) 24 hours a day. When I was incarcerated on charges of terrorism it was crampy 3 person in each cell. We managed to reduce it to 2 persons in each cell by flushing the toilets 24/7 until the city residents complained from lack of water and blamed it on crowded prison. Major disobedient by the sleeping sheeple will cause the vipers to flee and free the rest of the world because the source of the disease comes from DC. There's no way that the Feds can incarcerate 10% of the population if they suddenly awaken. How about 50%.
These people are the new "Freedom Riders" for our time.
No, theyre the Charles Lindberghs of our time. They dont want freedom. What freedom is there in PA and Gaza? Gays and women are oppressed, atheists are arrested. Non Muslims have limited rights.
What about the AID from US to Libyan rebels that includes weapons???…… is this can be classified as a criminal action???…. double standards!!!
I've decided to tell all those Democrats and Republicans asking for my vote to get a note from the Israeli consulate granting them permission to talk to me.
To threaten U.S. citizens with imprisonment for giving humanitarian aid to the people of the Gaza Strip violates our Constitutional rights to freedom of speech and association. The administration's kowtowing once again to the Israelis illustrates once more its lack of principle, to say nothing of moral fiber.
Remember incidentally that we give Israei more than $3 billion per year.
Let me see these are the same Gazans that shoot rockets into Israel, right? Gosh I wouldn't give them the time of day let alone wheelchairs. Since 2008 12,000 rockets into Israeli cities and towns.
Can you try to distinguish between the perpetrators of terrorist acts and a civilian population that is in no way complicit in those acts? There are many innocent Gazans who are victims of an all-encompassing blockade imposed by Israel. The aid is humanitarian, not military!
Its not all-encompassing. It screens for weapons. As has been demonstrated several times, Iran and Syria are trying to send weapons to Gaza to kill Israelis, Jew or Arab.
There probably is no aid on this fartilla, just like the last one which had a handful of broken toys and expired medicine.
None of this has anything to do with aid, it has everything to do with trying to destroy the JEWISH state.
Are you saying it's morally justifiable to collectively punish all Gazans for the acts carried out by a few? If so, then it must also be justifiable to punish all Israelis for the crimes against humanity carried out by their government. If you believe in collective punishment, why apply it only to Palestinians?
Aaaaaah, the smell of demokracy! Long live the US of Israel.
I've grown to hate what America and Israel stand for its like the devil himself controls both countrys.People this evil is possible but it makes Hitler look like a loving person.DISGUSTING.
There is nothing left to say about this country named america.
If they were running guns into central america, they'd be considered entrepreneurs and would probably qualify for a government grant. But food and hospital supplies into Gaza will get them a "stiff sentence"?
Whatever Israel's got, America's being infected.
Hillary and family were photographed at a satanic meeting featuring a large upside down American flag on the wall. Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea all sported upside down crucifixes. Not photoshopped.
George W,. Bush was a satanist as well (See Brownsville Texas, 1968 + satanism +17 murders.) Obama is a boy toy. Carl Rove went to Rio de Janero to get married to boy toy Jeff Gannon, who 'entertained' male guests of George W. Bush like Tony Blaire as well as Bush himself. Abu Gharabe movies provided entertainment, as do the TSA molestations which like wise can be down-loaded. Bush also had ex-first satanic church leader NSA general Michael Aquino as his head of ALL psychological warfare, including 9-11. Check it out. Help us lock these puppies up. Now do I get points? All this stuff is true.
Depriving innocent women and children of basic necessities like food, clean water, clothing, shelter etc. while illegally occupying their land is a WAR CRIME and is also considered a crime against humanity. In other words by any internationally recongnized court of law Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinian people. And bye the way, under international law the People of Palestine have a LEGAL RIGHT to resist an occupying military force by any legal means available. And that includes returning rocket fire. But for the record in over 30 years, all those "thousands" of rockets fired against israel have only managed to kill a vew dozen people (pretty amazing just how bad they aim considering all the pratice they are supposed to of had) On the other hand, Israeli air strikes, rockets, motors and artillery fire have killed THOUSANDS of Palestinians.
NEWSFLASH: Gazans have food, clean water, clothing, and shelter. They have never been denied ANY of that.
Why dont you educate yourself instead of chugging Arab fascist propaganda.
Speaking of education, what Arab State is currently, or has ever been fascist?
At least you saved yourself the embarrassment of using Pipe's oxymoron 'Islamofascist'.
As for water, food and shelter – "The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger." Dov Weisglass said that. Shove your newsflash simpleton.
Too bad 'From Time Immemorial' is not read by anyone in Gaza about their own history. Truth is dead in the streets of Gaza and only prevarications prevail. To the Christians who call Israel 'Zionists', I suggest you get our your concordance and look up where the Scriptures talk about 'Gaza'. Jesus said to be careful – take heed – that no man deceives you. This is one of the first things that I'll have to say I agree with President Obama on.
There is no aid on these ships. There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The UN and Red Cross have admitted this. There is no food or medical shortage atypical of a modern Middle Eastern city.
There was no aid on the other ships. Just a bunch of provocateurs, broken toys, and expired medicines that Hamas would not even allow into Gaza and stole what they did allow to resell.
How did the Afghan war help Israel? Israel and Afghanistan were not in any state of hostility.
You can jump off a cliff and hope your skull spills your feeble brains across the ground.
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