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Greece Calls Flotilla Activists’ Bluff

The purpose of the Gaza flotilla, we’ve been told, is to transport humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. Well, now Greece, which has blocked the flotilla from leaving its shores, has offered to transport this aid to the Palestinians. And — surprise, surprise — the “activists” have reportedly rejected this proposal:

Organizers of the flotilla seeking to break Israel’s blockade over the Gaza Strip on Sunday rejected an offer by Athens to allow Greek Navy ships to transfer the humanitarian aid they had planned to bring with them to Gaza on their behalf.

Earlier on Sunday, activists on the flotilla ship The Audacity of Hope announced an open-ended hunger strike aimed at pressuring the U.S. government to allow the ship to set sail to the Gaza Strip, organizers said.

If the flotilla organizers are honestly and primarily concerned about the welfare of the people of Gaza, wouldn’t they feel an urgent need to transport this humanitarian aid to them as quickly as possible? The rejection of Greece’s offer conclusively proves what many Israel supporters have said all along. The purpose of the flotilla isn’t to help the Palestinian people, it’s to launch a political attack on Israel.

As Christopher Hitchens wrote in Slate yesterday, the self-proclaimed flotilla activists have basically aligned themselves with Hamas, and these efforts to break Israel’s naval blockade give political support to the terrorist government. Hitchens wondered whether the media covering the flotilla would ask the organizers why they are assisting the goals of Hamas, which has officially adopted the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, oppresses its own people, and has condemned the killing of Osama bin Laden. It remains to be seen whether any reporters have the courage to ask these simple questions.