Seumas Milne’s article on Comment is Free today is well worth a read.
It takes some nerve, and a special kind of detachment from reality, to claim that your soldiers were “lynched” by “terrorists” when they have just shot dead at least nine unarmed human rights activists and wounded dozens of others while suffering no fatal injuries themselves. But that is the line Israel’s propaganda machine spun while it held nearly 700 international pro-Palestinian campaigners incommunicado in the wake of Monday’s assault on six boats bringing humanitarian aid to the besieged people of Gaza.
On the political aftermath of the criminal assault on the flotilla, he adds:
It would be hazardous to assume this week’s events will be a watershed. Israel has brazened out many far greater outrages before. Something is shifting, however. John Ging, who heads the UN’s operations in Gaza, told me yesterday that the killings had “exposed the failure of the international community to match its words with deeds” on Gaza. But he sees the opening of the Egyptian border as a “huge breach” in the blockade.
What is certain is that while some will have been intimidated by the Israeli military’s violence, many more volunteers will now try to bring boatloads of aid to Gaza to widen that breach. The denial of Palestinian rights has become a great moral as well as political cause of our time. If relief for Gaza’s people is even a step nearer, the victims of the Mavi Marmara will not have died in vain.
Red the article here.