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A pro-flotilla protest in Gaza today.(Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

• Organizers of the flotilla have accused the Greek government of acceding to Israeli pressure and trying to halt them. [+972]

• Potential Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, governor of Texas, called on the U.S. government to prevent the flotilla. [Ben Smith]

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• Faced with doctrinal ambiguity, Conservative rabbis in New York are unsure how to respond to the legalization of same-sex marriage. [Forward]

• Columnist Michelle Goldberg’s delightful takedown of the Jewish Republican political hack Lisa Baron’s new memoir. [The Daily Beast]

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Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

“Organizers of the flotilla have accused the Greek government of acceding to Israeli pressure and trying to halt them”.

I certainly hope so. It would be a fitting penance for Greece who conducted a successful nation-wide telethon after Operation Cast Lead to raise money to rebuild a Christian hospital in Gaza ostensibly destroyed by Israeli forces. The only problem: the hospital never existed. I never heard what happened to the money that was raised.

Another flotilla development. Israel radio reported that a group of Dutch journalists in Greece to cover the flotilla began to wonder where all the money was coming from to pay for all the boats & ships, including at least one purchased for about $800,000 at the last minute to replace a ship that was “mysteriously” damaged. The flotilla organizers repeatedly rebuffed the journalists’ inquiries who in turn began to suspect that the money was coming from Hamas who in effect was staging their own “rescue” (if they can stage the “shooting” of Mohammed al-Dura why not stage their own “rescue” from the blockade? The same useful idiots will believe it all). In the end the Dutch journalists decided not to cover the flotilla and returned to Holland.


What Tracy describes as Michelle Goldberg’s “delightful takedown” is quite nasty with unnecessarily crude language which only shows the state of mind of the author.

Why is Joseph Dana getting a voice in Tablet. Surely he gets enough exposure in such anti-Israel venues as The Nation, Electronic Intifada, etc. Surely, his flotilla reportage is little more than shilling.

Dani ben Leb says:

I concur with Bella. Joseph Dana sits with the worst of Israel’s critics/enemies. He is good friends with Ali Abunimah & mondoscheiss and other people who clearly work towards the non-military destruction of Israel.
Tablet must be careful that activism does not bleed into its journalism. 972 is made up to a large extend of far left political activists who write for Palestinian publications amongst others, clearly crossing a line here.
To be fair 972 has more middle of the road pundits, but the genera thrust is clear. Abolish Zionism.
Joseph Dana is also infamous for pathos and clearly tweaking the facts he appears on RT-TV, Al Jazzy and other Israel “friendly” broadcasters.


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