Pirates in the Mediterranean

Neve Gordon on the Israeli attack on humanitarian aid ships in international waters

June 2, 2010 · 1 min read

‘Why didn’t they greet us with muffins and orange juice?’ was my friend’s facetious question after listening all morning to the Israeli media’s coverage of the assault on the relief flotilla heading for Gaza, the navy assault that left nine citizens dead and many more wounded.

Like a group of pirates in the Mediterranean, the Israeli navy attacked humanitarian aid ships in international waters, and yet Israeli officials and commentators were totally surprised when the passengers did not receive them with open arms. Going through the talkbacks on news sites, it seems that most Jews in Israel were also taken aback.


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