Before I begin…..the situation is dire in Gaza…..there is a basic blockade by Israel….no traffic in or out, no building supplies in, no food or few med supplies, no approach from the sea…there has been a couple of flotillas that have tried to break the blockade for humanitarian reasons and have been stopped by Israel….including the most recent “women’s flotilla”……
News has come out the Israel will pay $20 million in compensation for one of these incidents…..
As part of the reconciliation package with Turkey, Israel today sent some $20 million in compensatory payments into the Turkish Justice Ministry, from which it will be distributed to the families of 10 slain Turkish citizens killed by Israeli troops on the Mavi Marmara.
The Mavi Marmara attack saw attacking and boarding the aid ship MV Mavi Marmara, which was bound for the Gaza Strip and carrying humanitarian aid. The Israeli military claimed the crew resisted, and ended up killing 10 of them, and while Israeli officials spent years spinning this as a great success, it did major harm to Israel-Turkey relations.
I have one question about this compensation package……Is the $20 million coming out of the deal from the US that sent $38 Billion to Israel? Is it US taxpayer money?
A few years ago a terrorist attack killed the American ambassador to Libya and three other Americans….the outrage was immediate (most trying to gain political clout)….so my question is…..when are American deaths important?
On 26 February, Mahmoud Shaalan, a 16-year-old Palestinian-American born and raised in Florida, was shot multiple times by Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint near Beit El settlement in the occupied West Bank.
Seven months on, 15 human rights groups have written to the White House urging the Obama administration “to demand that Israel publicly release all evidence” related to the military’s internal investigation into the killing.
The Israeli army claimed Shaalan stabbed a soldier, but “eyewitness testimony contradicts this account.” After Shaalan was shot, “soldiers reportedly stripped his body, left him bleeding on the road for more than two hours and prevented a Palestinian ambulance from approaching.”
To answer my question…..American deaths are only important when they provide some political agenda…..
There is a history of allowing Israel to kill Americans with no consequences….the USS Liberty comes to mind….
Okay, if he was some sort of undercover terrorist with a knife then let the FBI investigate and either prove or disprove the allegations.
All American deaths that are suspect should be investigated….and this death is suspect.
We need to STOP protecting Israel for their deeds……they are NO better than any other nation and should be made to prove all allegations.