As tension mounts with the Israeli blockade, hopefully, the western world will unite in denouncing Israeli aggression. No more nonsense about it be antisemitic to suggest they are guilty of war crimes. They are guilty of war crimes, plain and simple.
As a direct result of Israeli Apartheid, Gaza remains in a state of ruin, A 2009 Red Cross report concluding Israel's blockade is 'strangling' the economy, and preventing reconstruction efforts, warning "Gaza neighbourhoods particularly hard hit by the Israeli strikes will continue to look like the epicenter of a massive earthquake unless vast quantities of cement, steel and other building materials are allowed into the territory for reconstruction."
As Israel continues to resist international calls to lift the blockade, the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip grows increasingly dire. This is precisely the reason a fleet of ships called dubbed Freedom Flotillas set out to defy the blockade; seeking to deliver tens of thousands of tonnes of food, medicine and reconstruction materials directly to the people of Gaza.
Meanwhile, as usual, Stephen Harper is pretty non-committal:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement Monday regretting the deaths and injuries that occurred when Israel used military force against a flotilla of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, but said more information is needed to shed light on what happened. The statement was issued by his office shortly before Harper hosted a meeting in his office with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"Canada deeply regrets the loss of life and the injuries suffered," Harper's office said. "We are currently looking for more information in order to shed light on what exactly happened." Prior to meeting Harper, Netanyahu gave his "full backing" to Israel's military forces after Israeli navy commandos stormed the vessels in international waters, leaving as many as 19 people dead and others injured. "The prime minister . . . reiterated his full backing for the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) and inquired about the well being of the wounded," his office told AFP in Ottawa.