Under international law Israel has the right to blockade Gaza and stop any flotilla or boats heading there because Hamas has created a state of armed conflict by launching more than 10,000 rockets and mortars into Israel targeting and killing civilians. Despite this, Israel still allows inspected food and other humanitarian goods into Gaza.
According to Sarah Schulman, Israel should not be recognized for protecting gay rights, and anyone doing so should be seen as a participant in a nefarious PR campaign.
Ignoring video evidence and its own news coverage, the New York Times is now describing the violence directed at Israeli soldiers boarding the Mavi Marmara as nothing more than an Israeli claim. Maybe it happened. Maybe it didn't.
Gabriel Schivone, a student at the University of Arizona and a would-be participant in the Gaza flotilla, falsely claims that he is Jewish to bolster his credentials in Ha'aretz.
For The New York Times bureau chief, the latest flotilla campaign organized by terrorist groups and anti-Israel radicals brought to mind, amazingly, Holocaust survivors seeking refuge in pre-state Israel on the Exodus. The sum of the "news analysis" was one more example of fact-anemic bias by the paper.
In its reporting on the abortive Gaza flotilla, The New York Times whitewashes the extremist affiliations of the flotilla organizers and conceals the harsh rhetoric of noted participants.
An AFP article today about Geoffrey Palmer's U.N. report on the 2010 flotilla highlights aspects of the document critical of Israel, but ignores parts that uphold Israel's position. When "man bites dog" is just not a story.
The Washington Post's reputation for investigative journalism, from 1970s Watergate coverage on, is well known. But when it comes to the story behind the much-hyped "Gaza aid flotilla II," The Post doesn't want to know. Late June reporting was a poor example for journalists and a disservice to readers.
The Los Angeles Times, which recently gave a platform to a Hamas leader, now gives space to a passenger in the impending Gaza flotilla. Only through Hagit Borer's selective vision does "getting on board" with Hamas mean "true peace."