By Shobhan Saxena
(source: Times of India)
A new video released by the Israeli government shows one of soldiers who took part in yesterday’s bloody attack on the Gaza Freedom flotilla, killing 10 people. In this propaganda clip, the soldier justifies the attack, claiming they were attacked first. “It was a lynch,” says the soldier. “Every guy that came down the ropes was taken aside, and everyone there had metal rods, knives, slingshots, glass bottles.” Since the Israelis can only be victims, and never aggressors, the soldier tries to justify the cold-blooded murder of people armed with “rods, slingshots and bottles.”
Enough is enough. It’s time to declare Israel a terrorist state. That’s what is it. It reacts to slingshots with machine guns. It allows its tanks to fire at stone-throwing kids. It has no qualms about firing rockets on Palestinian hospitals and residential areas, all this in the name of fighting the terror tactics of Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. It’s difficult to defend the activities Hamas, but we can’t forget the fact that it was constant humiliation of PLO and leaders like Yasser Arafat by Israel that gave birth to groups like Hamas.
And look at the way the world is reacting to this brazen attack on a humanitarian mission. The UN is saying it wants to probe these ‘acts’ which led to this ‘tragedy’. The UN is a spineless organisation, but to look away and talk in an ambiguous language is a low even by the UN’s pathetic standards. And the US, which leaves no chance to talk about terrorism and making the world safe for democracy, is quiet. Why? Imagine, if Iran does something like this. President Obama will not take even a few minutes to launch an attack on Iran. But today, the Nobel Peace prize winner is keeping mum. In fact, the government of India has shown more character than any of the western nations by condemning the Israeli attack on a civilian mission. But India should do something more than mere condemnation. It will be a good idea to put some of the business and military deals with Israel on hold to put pressure on Tel Aviv. It’s time for the international community to impose sanctions on Israel, which was accepted into the international community after it signed peace deals with Arafat in Oslo in 1995 and later Yitzhak Rabin and Arafat made an appearance with Bill Clinton on the White House lawns. Rabin paid for this peace effort when he fell to an Israeli fanatic’s bullets, and since then the Israeli foreign policy has been in the hands of fanatics like Netanyahu. Israel is a dangerous country. It’s an irresponsible regime. It’s an undeclared nuclear power. It bullies its neighbours. It has been torturing the Palestinians living in West Bank and Gaza for decades. And Israel has been doing all this because of the backing of the US, UK and other western countries, which have been turning a blind eye to Israel crimes against humanity. And the west backs Israel not because it feels guilty about hundreds of years of crimes against Jews in Europe, but because it uses Israel as a thug against the Middles Eastern nations and to maintain a crisis situation in the region. It’s because of this Israel has always got away with murder. After the massacre of Israeli athletes by the Black September in Munich during 1972 Olympics, Israel launched a campaign to hunt down the perpetrators of the Munich attack. Instead of finding the Black September leaders, Israel assassinated the Palestinian movement leadership even as it propagated a lie that all Munich criminals have been killed. In his brilliant film ‘Munich’, Steven Spielberg exposed this lie and the Zionist fanatics became angry at them. Now, again Israel is spreading lies about the Gaza flotilla. It’s time for the international community to stop Israel’s terror games. To begin with, they should declare Israel a terrorist state.
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