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GAZA: Remember Israel’s blockade runner?

Letter by Bernice L. Youtz, Tacoma on June 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm with 16 Comments »
June 8, 2010 9:17 am

I seem to remember that in July 1947, a ship purchased and captained by the Haganah, a Jewish underground unit opposing the British Mandate, attempted to land on the coast of Palestine with 4,515 Jewish refugees from Europe. The British Navy boarded the ship in international waters and towed it to Haifa. The passengers were eventually returned to Europe.

The ship was the Exodus, hailed by Americans for the heroic exploit which would be detailed a few years later in a blockbuster novel, followed by a film which has become a classic.

There were terrorists in those years as well: the Irgun and Stern Gangs and the Haganah. Americans praised them also, for the best of reasons. We knew little about the Arabs of Palestine and failed to ask. Some of those terrorists would go on to become leaders of the young state of Israel, including future prime ministers Menachem Begin and Itzak Shamir.

If some in the leadership of Israel today could extend a hand to Hamas and say, “We practiced terrorism when it suited our purposes; then we retired and went into politics. We invite you to do the same; together we need to work on the problems and the future of both our peoples,” then we might have some hope for peace.

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  1. larsman says:

    Your ignorance of modern, recent and ancient history is as monumentally evident as your absurd equation of moral equivalency. The newly formed UN unanimously ratified the geo-political existence and the legitimacy of the nation of Israel. President Truman subsequently took less than 11 minutes to recognize and congratulate the Jewish endeavor. The Israelis have officially recognized the countries that surround them and have NEVER called for their destruction or lied/denied about their right to exist, nor have they hid behind schools and hospitals to fire unguided rockets at a civilian population, nor does the Israeli constitution call for the annihilation of any country, race or religion. BTW- Miss Corrie chose to ignore the warnings to remove herself from the dismantling of a rocket-launching site and chose to attempt to stop a dozer that was saving the lives of many would-be victims of Muslim extremists…..Grow Up, Bernice…

  2. LuckyCharm says:

    A “dozer that was saving the lives…” larsman, where do you GET this stuff? Rachel Corrie died trying to protect a civilian home.

  3. Novelist3 says:

    Lucky-
    What larsman is referring to is the fact that the bulldozer was in the process of demolishing a house being used to smuggle weapons (grenade launchers, automatic rifles, etc) from Egypt. Furthermore, the evidence of what Rachel Corrie did explicitly puts her at fault. She literally knelt down in front of the thing as it was pushing dirt, obscuring her from the driver’s view during a period of time when said drivers had to stay inside steel safety cages because of terrorist sniper fire. It was her fault that she didn’t get out of the way. All her fault. That fact is clear and indisputable, regardless of what you consider her motives to be.

  4. Honestly, where do letter writers like this come from, Mars? There were no terrorists on the Jewish ship in 1947 nor were there any terrorists on the ships that tried to flee Nazi Germany in 1939. (But were sent back by the British to die in concentration camps.) People who think like Bernice and Lucky Charm are why the Nazi’s were so successful in killing 6 million innocent people.

  5. beerBoy says:

    Novelist – for something that is “clear and indisputable” there sure is a lot of murkiness and dispute.

    And…..it is indisputable that the Irgun and Stern Gangs and the Haganah were terrorists.

  6. Beerboy, “Indisputable”, hardly. Even on my worst day, I have never been afraid of Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

  7. ah… dress as “civilians”, operate out of “civilian” homes… claim civilians are being targeted… and if that doesn’t work… photoshop some pictures and place crying “civilians” in photo-ops….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm6fA-Yfb1I

  8. LuckyCharm says:

    There are so many conflicting reports that the whole truth may never be known. But in none of the reports I’ve seen has anybody claimed there was an actual tunnel or any explosives in that house. Also, what business does a bulldozer have operating in a populated area if he can’t see what he’s doing?

  9. LuckyCharm says:

    jim, your examples are from Lebanon, not Gaza.

  10. TheSlag says:

    Thank you Bernice. Nice to hear a voice of reason. The Israeli treatment of the Palestinians is as shameful as Apartheid in South Africa, the detention of Japanese Americans of the treatment of Muslims at the hands of the Serbs. It takes major arrogance to claim all the rights and none of the responsibilities. And it takes a serious lack of empathy to allow an entire country to treat a million and a half people it is subjugating in this cruel and inhumane way. If we do not deny collective punishment we have leaned nothing from history. Turkey and Egypt now understand that standing side by side with Israel was not appreciated. And if it was not for a billion dollars of American tax money a year, Israel would be less arrogant and aggressive I imagine.
    The Israeli hysteria is crying terrorist at all that voice an opinion. Just yesterday Israel’s cultural elite called musicians that cancelled tours in wake of the violence “cultural terrorists”. To equal the 9-11 attackers with Elvis Costello gives great insight in the Israeli mind set. Irrational is a kind way to say it, criminally insane is more likely.

  11. Duh Cheryl… what’s your point?

    It perfectly illustrates how “mainstream” media is a willing accomplise …

  12. What business does a “suicide bomber” have operating in a populated area if he/she is planning on commiting … “suicide” ?

  13. tubbythetuba says:

    Jews have always extended a hand of peace, and it has always been broken by muzlims…..it will ever be so. Islamik religion can not allow Jews to remain alive. Period.

  14. beerBoy says:

    Tubby….if that were true there would be no need for organizations like Jewish Voice for Peace.

  15. larsman says:

    Bb- “Jewish Voice for “Peace” , is that like an AA cocktail lounge. Pretend to be my enemy, raise funds or act stupid, or even sabotage yourself anonymously and blame the opposition. These are military espionage concepts that have been around since hmmmm, Nimrod?

  16. Ahhhh….I see……”you either with us or against us”……worked for Stalin, why not appropriate it for Zionism.

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