Ok, not just Alice Walker, but they are particularly focused on the big names who signed up to sail to Gaza.
Somebody really needs to help these guys with their propaganda.
This is a screenshot of the IDF webpage:
Now, I don’t know about you, but even if I totally disagreed with the methods used by the activists on the Freedom Flotilla, I sure don’t look at that photo and feel frightened, particularly given we are talking about one of the most advanced and well-trained armies in the world. I mean, Walker looks like a vision of peaceful dignity in that photo. Whoever selected that photo for that particular IDF post needs a propaganda lesson.
The rest of the webpage explains why this year’s Flotilla is more dangerous than the one last year, despite the fact that they haven’t even been able to set sail yet thanks to Israel and the U.S. throwing their considerable weight around.
From the webpage:
The 2011 Gaza flotilla organizers have improved upon their formula, posing a greater threat to the Israel Navy than they did during their attempt last year to break Israel’s lawfully imposed naval blockade on Gaza. Hamas and its European counterparts are using the flotilla to deliberately delegitimize Israel and its right to defend itself.
Organizers of the 2011 Gaza flotilla have a provocation-seeking agenda: Deliberately provoke and humiliate Israeli soldiers. For example, organizers trained boat passengers on how to defiantly rebuff Israel Navy attempts to peacefully board the boats.
The 2011 Gaza flotilla, at ten ships, is nearly double the size of last year’s (which consisted of six vessels). This factor will make it more challenging for the Israel Navy to board all vessels that attempt to break Israel’s lawfully enforced naval blockade. In addition, the size of the 2011 Gaza flotilla does not allow Israel the option of towing the vessels into Israel’s Ashdod port.
The flotilla is estimated to contain only 3,000 tons of goods and materials–half the daily amount transferred by Israel to the Gaza Strip. While lacking in items, the 2011 Gaza flotilla will carry celebrities and media personalities such as American poet and Pulitzer Prize-winner Alice Walker, Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell and several European parliamentarians.
Wow, so the activists trained to “defiantly rebuff” the IDF should it “peacefully board the boats?” Humiliate? Rebuff? You get rebuffed when you ask someone out on a date and they say no. You also may feel humiliated. Sounds like someone got their feelings hurt! And when the IDF says “peacefully” do they mean that as in peacefully using armed commandos in the dead of night with gun ships and attack helicopters?
Notice they didn’t mention the former IDF Naval commando or Holocaust survivor Hedy Eptstein. I Wonder why?
Ok, so what? So Israel sucks at propaganda, what’s the big deal? Why bother putting up a post about it? Well, first, I don’t like that Secretary Clinton and the IDF/Israeli government are using the same talking points. Second, discussing self defense in relation to the flotilla is deliberately misleading. Third, I am sick and tired of hearing the word “delegitimization” tossed around every time Israel is criticized. In fact, that’s what bothers me the most because it’s lazy, weak and cynical. It’s a term created by Israel, the U.S. and the I-Lobby as a means of deflecting legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies, not Israel’s existence. It’s also a convenient way for the U.S. and Israel to be able to hypocritically ignore and repress the growing Palestinian nonviolent resistance movement despite the fact that the Obama administration has repeatedly a) called on the Palestinians to reject violence and b) supported nonviolent activists in other parts of the Middle East.
Then, finally, I can’t help but be struck by how clueless Israel, the US government and some of Israel’s unquestioning supporters are when it comes to the power imbalance at play here. We have a Flotilla with peace activists who are now totally at the mercy of the U.S., Israeli and Greek governments. They have been harassed, sabotaged, imprisoned, denied consular access by the U.S. State Department and the target of outrageous lies- all of which have been proven to be just that- lies. And yet Israel, the Obama administration and about 500 million other people seem to think that Israel is the ultimate victim here. And I can’t help but wonder, victim of what, exactly?