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Obama OKs Piracy and Brutality

"As a Palestinian, I was not surprised at how the IDF treated us" - Majd Kayal

Obama and Netanyahu
The one thing Obama changed, was his mind about the human rights violations Israel commits against P

(RICHMOND, R.I.) - Barack Obama failed to criticize the killing of 9 unarmed activists in International waters in 2010. This told Israel that it’s OK to attack unarmed boats in international waters and to kill peace activists – even including an American citizen, Furkan Dogan. (Had the attackers been Somalis they would have been labeled pirates and hunted down by U.S. forces.)

So on Nov. 4, 2011 Israel again violently attacked unarmed boats trying to get to Gaza.

The Obama administration reserves its criticism for Americans who participate. Hillary Clinton said flotilla organizers were attempting to “provoke” Israel into taking military action, which she said would be justified. Other administration spokespersons warn the peace activists that they may be breaking U.S. law.

Re Israel’s attack on the latest two-boat “flotilla,” see Democracy Now (www.democracynow.org/seo/2011/11/7/israel_intercepts_gaza_bound_flotilla_dozens) or the following:

From: fpm.news-owner@lists.riseup.net [mailto:fpm.news-owner@lists.riseup.net] On Behalf Of Free Palestine Movement
Sent: Monday, November 07, 2011 12:42 PM
To: fpm.news@lists.riseup.net
Subject: [fpm.news] Israel's Hijacking of Freedom Wave flotilla "Violent and Dangerous", Activists beaten.


Israel's Hijacking of Freedom Wave flotilla "Violent and Dangerous", Activists beaten.

Dublin (SaebPress)… Irish Ship to Gaza Coordinator Dr Fintan Lane was able to make a phone call Sunday 6th Nov afternoon from the 'Israeli' prison in which he and 13 other Irish citizens are being held. He communicated the following to the Irish Ship to Gaza team in Dublin:

"The takeover of the MV Saoirse was violent and dangerous. Despite very clear protests from the occupants of the two boats that they did not want to be taken to Israel, they were forcibly removed from the boats in a violent manner. The whole takeover took about three hours. It began with Israeli forces hosing down the boats with high pressure hoses and pointing guns at the passengers through the windows. I was hosed down the stairs of the boat. Windows were smashed and the bridge of the boat nearly caught fire. The boats were corralled to such an extent that the two boats, the Saoirse and the Tahrir, collided with each other and were damaged, with most of the damage happening to the MV Saoirse. The boats nearly sank. The method used in the takeover was dangerous to human life. The Israeli forces initially wanted to leave the boats at sea, but the abductees demanded that they not be left to float at sea, for they would have been lost and possibly sunk. All belongings of the passengers and crew were taken from them and they still do not know if and what they will get back. The 14 Irish citizens remain in Givon prison.'

The phone call was very rushed and ended abruptly with Fintan saying, "I have to go." Claudia Saba, spokesperson for Irish Ship to Gaza, who received the call from Lane, said: “The account received from Fintan Lane flatly contradicts the Israeli narrative that Israel ‘took every precaution necessary to ensure the safety of the activists on board the vessels’. It is a small miracle that no one was seriously injured during this obviously very violent boarding of the Freedom Waves boats." Irish Ship to Gaza spokesperson Laurence Davis added: "This account confirms our fear that the hijacking of the boats was very violent, and explains the time lag between the point at which we lost contact with the boats on Wednesday at 11:12 am (Irish time) and news of the passengers' arrival at Ashdod not before 5pm."

In an interview he gave to www.Omniatv.com, Greek captain of the Tahrir Giorgos Klontzas has confirmed the use of violence on him by Israeli soldiers during his interrogation.

The last direct contact that Palestine Aid Received from Trevor Hogan their delegate (aboard the Irish boat Saoirse) is this text message, received at 10:08 PM Nov 3, 2011 Palestinian time "Kidnapped, being held against our will by Israeli Army in international waters. Boat nearly destroyed. Need government to press for immediate release." Trevor then called girlfriend moments later and said, "Did you get the text? Send it out." Then the phone line went dead.

Majd Kayal, delegate aboard the captured Canada Boat to Gaza and recently released from Givon Prison, confirms the IOF's "peaceful" take-over of the Tahrir was anything but peaceful. An 'IDF' video clearly shows the 'Israeli' military firing a water cannon at the Tahrir on rough seas, endangering the lives of those aboard. Delegates offering non-violent resistance to the takeover of the civilian ship in international waters were threatened and then beaten by soldiers. One delegate, 45-year-old David Heap, professor at the University of Western Ontario, was particularly badly beaten. ‘Israeli prison authorities are continuing to prevent Heap's family from contacting him by phone.

"As a Palestinian, I was not surprised at how the IDF treated us," said Kayal, after his release, noting this kind of abuse is a daily reality for the 1.5 million people of Gaza, who are indefinitely detained in an open-air prison. "However, for the Canadians and other Westerners on board, it was a complete shock."

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If all this isn’t bad enough, Obama now seems to be setting the stage for war against Iran – also on orders from Netanyahu.  (And I thought George Bush was bad!)

Most of the Republican candidates for president are about as bad as Obama.

The one decent candidate is being silenced by the media – even in the debates.


Rod Driver studied engineering and mathematics at the University of Minnesota, receiving a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1960. He worked at Sandia Laboratories in Albuquerque for six years before taking a teaching position at the University of Rhode Island for 30 years. Rod says he became a 'peacenik' in 1951 (thanks to a few weeks on Pariss Island). He became particularly active in opposition to U.S. wars in Indochina and U.S. involvement in overthrowing governments and supporting dictators in Latin America and Iran. As the Vietnam war was winding down Rod began paying attention to the abuse of Palestinians - enabled with U.S. weapons and dollars, which has never stopped. Rod is the founder and president of the non-profit Justice First Foundation.

In Rhode Island Rod was an elected delegate to the state constitutional convention of 1986, Then he was elected a state representative for 10 years. At this time he is not in office. You can write to Rod Driver at this address: rod@roddriver.com

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