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Failed Flytilla

Apr 15, 2012 at 04:25:03 AM

In May 2010, anti-Israel activists got a big boost when armed Turkish militants (with ties to Hamas, Hezbollah and al-Qaeda) were killed in the Gaza Flotilla.

Since then, activists have tried a whole variety of tricks to confront Israel. A much-ballyhooed ship ― audaciously named the Audacity of Hope ― was stopped by the Greek Coast Guard a few minutes after leaving port.

Last month, activists tried a "Million-man March," which fizzled out when only a few hundred people showed up.

Today, hundreds of Europeans had planned to board airplanes for a "flytilla" protest in Israel, but the entire enterprise collapsed when Lufthansa, Air France and other airlines simply denied the right to board and cancelled their tickets.

The best part is this letter from the government of Israel addressed to the Flytilla activists. It makes the point loud and clear that Israel is the lone beacon of civil rights in a largely dictatorial Mideast region.

Published: April 15, 2012


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