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It was a Military Mission


A commenter at TJIC reveals the scale of the foiled Hamas resupply flotilla:

The 15,000 tons of humanitarian goods that were (allegedly) aboard the convoy are not much more than the roughly 14,000 tons that crossed the Israel-Gaza border in a typical week in May:

In 2009, Israel sent nearly 740,000 tons into Gaza. Not counting the diesel fuel, the medical supplies and so forth.

According to Wikipedia, the Gaza strip has roughly 1.5 million inhabitants. So every one of them gets about half a ton of humanitarian goods per year.

The BBC puts the cargo load at 10,000 tons:

What was purpose of the flotilla?

It wanted to deliver aid to Gaza, to break an Israeli and Egyptian blockade on the territory. According to the UN, Gaza receives about one quarter of the supplies it used to receive in the years before the blockade was tightened in 2007. The ships were carrying 10,000 tonnes of goods, including school supplies, building materials and two large electricity generators. The activists also say they wanted to make the point that, in their view, the blockade is illegal under international law.

Note that the official Big Media version of the story says only that the flotilla wanted to deliver aid. Omitted is the fact that Israel was willing to allow delivery after the cargo was subject to search. Therefore the primary goal of the mission was not humanitarian. Delivering aid was merely a means to make a political point—a propaganda attack in the war between Hamas and Israel..

If the aid was truly needed, the refusal of search led to unnecessary suffering of the people it is claimed the activists non-uniformed combatants set out to help.

Calling this a humanitarian mission is a fictionalized representation of events. It’s not reporting—it is storytelling.


Righty pundit Charles Krauthammer comes to the same conclusion.

According to my enemies, I must not be thinking for myself since I agree with somebody on TV. No matter to them that I posted before his pronouncement.