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Israeli Ship Remains at Sea as Anti-Israel Protesters Block Port

August 17, 2014 3:35 pm 5 comments



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A Shaldag class patrol boat. Photo: Math Knight.

The Guardian – An Israeli ship that was scheduled to dock at the port of Oakland in California on Saturday remained at sea as between 2,000 and 3,000 pro-Palestinian activists streamed towards the port entrance, chanting and waving flags.

The protesters intended to form a picket line to prevent work crews from unloading the ship.

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  • The protesters at the port representing Greece need to consider their (historically) tainted reputation predicated on their past libeling and bellicose posturing against Jewish people, Jewish organizations, and Israel. Their subterfuge (targeting Jewish people and centered on anti-Semitism) in their own arena has negatively influenced the diplomacy of Greece-a pattern that has some sectors within Greece concerned especially in light of their slowed economy. Similar to the failed nazi regime, some try to pull out of their magic hat race hatred against Israel- imaging a rarefied, mesmerized population (as an audience): no such luck during this round. Although Hamas might have paid off a few insiders to promote another hate rally, I doubt if Hamas will ever interact in a one on one with this current milieu chanting against and boycotting Israel.
    I recall years ago, some claiming affinity with the Greek culture and population groups called upon the media for yet another anti-Semitic rampage (perhaps aligned with an economic crisis/agenda), claiming that Jewish organizations were kidnapping fabulously wealthy members of the upper echelons. This is and was a laughable matter and became the catalyst for reactionary measures as people called upon the media, demanding real news be availed; noteworthy stories and not some histrionic was viewed as both pitiable and unpalatable. At one point, Onassis’s granddaughter was resurrected in the media when expatriates moved to Greece and contrived a huge anti-Semitic plot. As it turned out, the Jewish community was the only milieu to be trusted and I believe, are still among Athina Onassis Roussel’s body guards today- although I have not been keeping track.
    Instead of trying to shellshock Israelis while catering to rich interest groups in the Middle East (along with the PLO and Hamas), a little reminder: the anti-Semitic sector in Greece already turned the pages long ago on Jewish conspiracies against the rich and famous, i.e., Athina Onassis Roussel (incidentally, her father was accused of initially attempting to launder his own daughter’s funds). Take ownership of your own families, communities, and their respective priorities and policies; roll up your sleeves rather than casting the millions of stones at a thriving civilization (Israel’s) while refusing to take ownership of home grown crises negatively influencing your family and future generations’ welfare and vitality.

  • Where are the Oakland police?

    Where is Gov. Brown in the National Guard?

    Preserving domestic tranquility from mob violence is a government responsibility.
    Arrest the 1st hundred who block a road or public access.

  • Well,what else would you expect from the USA?
    Media fed hype, I have just read a report which has identified that some of the news images reported on women and children injuries etc. were from the previous conflict 2 – 3yrs ago?
    The media have a field day in reporting conflicts such as Gaza, an armchair ride,all the modcons, instant world coverage. Outgoing reports and photographs control by Hamas stand over tactics. Editors who don’t insist on balanced reporting, always sensationalizing the facts.
    The public just suck it up, gullible lot. I wonder how they would react if their immediate neighbours started throwing missiles over the fence and then digging tunnels under their property and kidnap the kids or worst still murder the whole lot?
    Yes, it is very easy to be an armchair critic, a damn sight harder to be empathetic and put yourself in the position of some of the Israeli families, living under such a threat. Oh, of-course the USA is such a peace loving country filled with peace loving peoples? Come on who do you think you are trying to fool.
    You choose to hunt with the hounds while running with the hare. Get a life get real.

  • Time for US Jews on the West Coast to do something about this. Where are they?

  • I would think there is a commercial liability of the ILWU and pal group for interfering with a commercial contract at the least. Hit them in their purses.

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