27 June '11
06/27/11 Six members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, calling upon her to ensure the safety of the U.S.
A year ago, Israel took military action against the "Gaza flotilla" in international waters, which resulted in the deaths of nine civilians, including one American citizen. In addition, ten Israeli commandos and more than 20 passengers were injured in this tragic incident. In order to avoid another confrontation this year, we urge all parties to practice maximum restraint and avoid violence.
Here's a better recommendation: How about if these members of Congress, instead, urge the Americans to stay the heck off any boat that is trying to illegally break a legal blockade?! And how outrageous that the letter so selectively states that last year's flotilla resulted in the deaths of nine civilians: nine people died last year because there were violent, armed terrorists on the ship. The Israelis boarded the non-compliant ships with paintball guns. And the Israeli action took place in "international waters" in accordance with international law.
But hubris knows no bounds; here's their press release. The Six Audacious members of congress are Dennis Kucinich [OH-10], William Lacy Clay [MO-1], Sam Farr [CA-17], Bob Filner [CA-51], Eleanor Holmes Norton [DC], and Barbara Lee [CA-9]. Why not tell them what you think? Their contact information is here.
[Oh, and FYI: 217 truckloads (5,800+ tons) of goods/ fuel were transferred to Gaza yesterday from Israel via Kerem Shalom Crossing]
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