03 July '11
You almost have to feel sorry for Mya Guarnieri, the occasional CiF contributor.
No, not really. But, the latest dispatch on the flotilla debacle, published in Maan, Organizers: Gaza flotilla era may be over“, July 3rd, from the activist journalist who intended to “cover” the flotilla, seems to express a palpable sense of powerlessness over Israel’s successful efforts – by use of legal, diplomatic, and other means – to prevent the Hamas affiliated publicity stunt from ever getting started.
Guarnieri, who was clearly relishing the chance to Tweet from ‘The Audacity of Hope’, notes:
“Speaking to Maan late Friday in Athens, the flotilla organizers remarked that this year’s embattled effort to sail to Gaza likely spelled the end of the Freedom Flotilla movement…The act of sailing to Gaza is “a tactic,” one of them said. “Maybe it’s run its course.”
She then adds, evidently with a straight face:
“Passengers said the bureaucratic delays, physical blockages and threat of violence were “just a little taste” of the restrictions on freedom of movement faced by the 1.6 million Palestinians who live in Gaza.”
Of course, for some reasons, such “activists” fail to express similar empathy for the restrictions on the rights of women, gays, religious minorities, and political opponents (and the absence of basic civil liberties), imposed on “the 1.6 million Palestinians who live in Gaza” by the same Hamas movement behind the flotilla stunt.
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