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Want to know more about Israel's blockade of Gaza?

This is the best rundown I've seen.

By Ezra Klein  |  June 4, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
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Have you noticed that there are many Israelis and Jews critical of Israel, but probably only two Muslims who have anything critical to say about the Palestinians or Hamas, and one of them (Hirsin Ali) has a fatwa on her head?

Posted by: truck1 | June 4, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

j street also has links to many good articles on the flotilla raid, at their website.

Posted by: jkaren | June 4, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

this is an important article to think about:

Posted by: jkaren | June 4, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

This "best article" is propaganda disguised as facts.

Israel's MFA site shows that some of his claims (about Israel not allowing Gazans to fix their sewage system, for example) to be completely false. Other facts are skewed, or woefully incomplete. And the article has nothing about the history of the blockade.

See .

Posted by: ElderofZiyon | June 4, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

ElderofZiyon, Klein probably meant "best" in the sense of best intellectually bereft pseudo mash of tripe that would take five times more trouble to debunk than it took to point to, which is the same curbside level most of his own posting seeks to sink to.

Though, of course, it may be true that such is the best that Klein has "seen" (which is all he really says), since he is as generally uncritical of the leftist propaganda shot his way as he expects his followers to be, and probably didn't bother to seek any further, once his own dim biases had been suitably reinforced.

Posted by: msoja | June 5, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

As a decidedly not self-hating Jew, I, for the life of me, just cannot understand how people can take such callous views toward the situation of the palestinian people.

Otherwise perfectly reasonable just go off the deep end when it comes to this issue. It's like it triggers some strange tribal instinct that trumps one's capacity for compassion and rational thought.

Posted by: isalb | June 5, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Yeah. Compassion. The Israelis want the rockets and the attacks and the suicide bombers and the threats to stop. The Palestinians want Israel and the Jews to cease to exist, and have elicited the likes of Ezra Klein to propagandize on their behalf.

Sorry, but Klein's post here is *precisely* an example of the sort of duplicity, dishonesty, bias, and ignorance emanating out of the decades old conflict, the sort of gobbledegook that unequivocally separates the good guys from the bad guys.

Were the Palestinians to have their way with Israel, it would be wiped off the map. On the other hand, the Israelis have had within their means the power to take all of Palestine for themselves, any time they wished, and yet, there the sorry lot of them are, still plotting their murderous schemes, still avowing their blood lust.

There is no doubt, the compassion is all on one side, and the Palestinians should thank their lucky stars for it.

Posted by: msoja | June 5, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

"There is no doubt, the compassion is all on one side, and the Palestinians should thank their lucky stars for it."

palestinians should thank their lucky stars?
what lucky stars?
would you like to trade your computer and comfortable chair, for the life of someone living in gaza?
thinking not.

Posted by: jkaren | June 6, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

lucky stars.....

as you blithely talk about palestinians thanking their lucky stars, on your computer, i am sure computers would not be an acceptable item on their flotilla wishlist.....and i am sure many of them would be happy for the things you probably take water, adequate health care, toys for children, a piece of chocolate for dessert.
they are human beings under extreme oppression....children leading a truly deprived life of struggle, in an occupation.
they deserve some lucky stars.
and michael oren rejects a international investigation?
and a young american lost an eye, and another young american citizen was shot in the head four times, and once in the chest.....and they can reject an investigation?
and we say nothing???
what do you call that?

Posted by: jkaren | June 6, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

--"would you like to trade your computer and comfortable chair, for the life of someone living in gaza?"--

I'd rather not taste Hamas's seventh century despotism, thanks.

Did you read the one about UN summer camp in Gaza?

Masked gunmen from an Islamist group torched a UN-run summer camp for children and teens in Gaza on Sunday, Army Radio reported, the top UN aid official in Gaza said.

John Ging says the assailants tied up the guard early Sunday, burned tents and vandalized bathrooms. UN officials say the attackers left behind three bullets and a note threatening to kill Ging and others unless the UN cancels its activities for some 250,000 Gaza children.
//end quote

And then they blew up a donkey.

Posted by: msoja | June 7, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

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