Gazans elected the HAMAS party to lead them in a
free and fair election endorsed by the US and Israel
before the results were known. After HAMAS was
elected a Blockade was implemented as Collective
Punishment by Israel to punish the people of Gaza
for their free choice. A blockade without provocation
is an act of war. It punishes people by depriving them
from exporting and importing materials which crushes
the ability to build a viable economy. It is no crime Gaza
has responded to the blockade with rocket attacks and
calls for the destruction of a state whose officers have been
candid about starving the people of Gaza to near death.
The United States has fully supported this illegal blockade
along with two brutal bombings and one invasion with
weaponry, diplomatic cover and tax dollars.
Last year an Humanitarian Aid ship, full of unarmed
activists and out of Turkey, sailed to Gaza through
international waters and was attacked by the IDF.
Nine people were killed and one was a 19 year old
US citizen. The United States upheld Israel's right
to defend itself despite the event taking place in
International Waters without any credible threatto Israel. This controversy was buried in the United States
with zealous defense of Israeli piracy and condemnation
of the activists trying to bring food and material to people
suffering under a criminal blockade.
Today Flotilla ships are docked in the port of Athens.
One ship is manned with American activists, even an
elderly Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, who wish to
protest the criminal blockade. The US Secretary of State
released a statement warning American citizens on
the boat they are needlessly provocative and,
furthermore, Israel "has a right to defend itself".
This statement grants Israel permission to be brutal
as possible and kill as many US activists in International
Waters as they wish with impunity and that Americans
should not expect the support of their government against
high seas piracy. The statement went further by intimating
American activists on the flotilla could be prosecuted in the
US if they join this flotilla for Material Supporter of
The people of Gaza are in Limbo. Leaders they freelychose are titled terrorists. As a result, they cannot
"legally" receive humanitarian aid according to a fewstates who uphold an illegal Blockade. Collective
Punishment is Terrorism. Pronouncements of astate against another state waging war on its people
is not Terrorism. The state whose people are beingcollectively punished, a War Crime, has a right to
defend itself against the nation enforcing the Blockade.