Monday, May 31, 2010

Marcy Winograd: "Israel murdered Gaza flotilla passengers to discourage aid"

Congressional candidate Marcy Winograd has issued a statement accusing the government of Israel of "murdering" Gaza flotilla passengers in order to discourage humanitarian aid efforts for Gaza. Here's an excerpt of her press release:

Congressional Candidate Marcy Winograd (CA-36) denounces the Israeli military's killing of at least 10 Free Gaza activists and wounding of dozens more on board a flotilla delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza. A founder of LA Jews for Peace, Winograd calls for an international investigation into the Israeli military's use of deadly force and urges Congress to immediately pass a resolution supporting such an investigation. Earlier, CNN reported Israeli troops opened fire on civilians aboard the flotilla in international waters.

As a sign of solidarity with the Free Gaza movement, a Winograd for Congress t-shirt had been sent and worn on the flotilla.

Says Winograd, "I suspect the murders were committed as a warning to others who might want to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza. Ironically, the killings are bound to heighten awareness about the brutal blockade and to increase pressure to end the imprisonment of over a million people in Gaza."

read the rest here: OpEdNews - Article: Peace Candidate Winograd Denounces Murders of Free Gaza Activists; Calls for International Investigation

UPDATE #1 (June 1, 2010):

On the other hand, Israeli novelist, intellectual and peace activist David Grossman writes the following in the Guardian (read here):

No explanation can justify or whitewash the crime that was committed, and no excuse can explain away the stupid actions of the government and the army. Israel did not send its soldiers to kill civilians in cold blood; this is the last thing it wanted. Yet, a small Turkish organisation, fanatical in its religious views and radically hostile to Israel, recruited to its cause several hundred seekers of peace and justice, and managed to lure Israel into a trap, because it knew how Israel would react, knew how Israel is destined and compelled, like a puppet on a string, to react the way it did.

I added the bold font to emphasize the truth of the matter: no one but an extreme ideologue could possibly believe that Israel intended to kill people on the flotilla as a way to send a message to those wanting to send aid to Gaza.


Anonymous said...

Marcy Winograd must really be playing to the galleries, hoping to appeal to the voters in the Bay Area district where she's running.

This was certainly a blunder of major proportions on Israel's part. Israel played right into the hands of the Gaza movement, which was spoiling for a fight, and for headlines.

But Winograd's interpretation is incredibly fatuous. Gaza gets tons of humanitarian aid, and one "flotilla" would not have made any difference. I am fuming at Netanyahu, but Winograd is also an idiot, or she thinks that her voters are.


Adam Holland said...

Thanks, Joanne. All true, except for the Bay Area part. She's in L.A.


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