Where has Frume Sarah been these past few days? With Israel the lead story the past four days, it seems unlikely that Frume Sarah has nothing to say on the issue.
And it is true. There is much to say. But I am having trouble gathering my thoughts. A sense of foreboding is holding me back. Keeping me up at night as I fret about Israel and how the world is turning ugly, refusing to recognize terrorism no matter how it’s dressed.
The scrutiny has fallen on Israel rather than those who were attempting to violate a legal blockade established four years ago by Israel following Hamas takeover of Gaza. The subsequent kidnapping of Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, and ongoing barrage of rockets into Israel proper have only served to reinforce the necessity of such a blockade.
Much of the information shared by the media is incorrect, misleading, and, in some cases, blatant fabrication. An individual’s support of the actions taken by the Israeli government is ultimately left as a personal decision. However, the reality is that Israel (and the entire Jewish community) is being vilified in the press. In an effort to educate our community, our local office of the Anti-Defamation League has provided the following talking points:
Israel was responding to a deliberate provocation by a flotilla of ships seeking to break the blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza.
This was a premeditated provocation by the leaders of the flotilla. While proclaiming themselves to be motivated by humanitarian concerns, the Free Gaza Movement is comprised of long-time anti-Israel extremists who advocate using confrontational tactics against Israel. Organizers of the flotilla embarked on a course that put in danger the lives of those aboard.
This loss of life is greatly regrettable and could have been prevented had the activists refrained from violence. The IDF forces had no choice but to defend themselves from the violent onslaught.
The Government of Israel and the IDF made repeated attempts to avoid confrontation with the flotilla. The IDF repeatedly radioed the ships and appealed to the group’s organizers to redirect the flotilla to an Israeli port, from where the goods and humanitarian aid onboard would be delivered to Gaza by established routes. The flotilla organizers, intent on sensationalist publicity and confrontation with Israeli officials, refused.
The initial international reaction to the incident has the appearance of a biased rush to judgment against Israel. Some in the international community, the media and anti-Israel groups have drawn knee-jerk conclusions and made unfounded allegations about Israeli culpability before all of the facts about the incident have been gathered or learned.
Other informative sites:
This is just a starting point. Frume Sarah will be back with more to say later — b’li neder.
BTW, what humanitarian organization would bring expired medications to the very people they are meant to be helping??
As the Psalmist teaches:
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may they prosper who love you. (Psalms 122:6)