The PCUSA’s Israel/Palestine Mission Network weighs in on Monday’s Gaza flotilla incident. One guess regarding the tenor of the statement:
The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) stands in strong support of the ”Freedom Flotilla” which was attacked by Israeli Defense Forces in international waters on May 31, 2010. We express our sympathy for the loss of life and hold those who were killed and injured and their families in prayer. We commend the people of the flotilla for taking on the delivery of aid in a show of non-violent solidarity with the suffering people of Gaza and deeply regret that a military action by the Israeli Defense Forces has resulted in violence and loss of life.
Non-violent solidarity in action:
In a press release on May 31, 2010, Mr. [Richard] Falk [UN Special Rapporteur for the Occupied Palestinian Territories] said “Israel is guilty of shocking behavior by using deadly weapons against unarmed civilians
on ships that were situated in the high seas where freedom of navigation exists, according to the law of the seas.
About which Falk apparently knows nothing. See the San Remo Manual for the details that Falk and IPMN want to ignore.
It is essential that those Israelis responsible for this lawless and murderous behavior, including political leaders who issued the orders, be held criminally accountable for their wrongful acts.”
Because as we all know, Israelis have no right to self-defense under pretty much any circumstances.
This network supports Richard Falk in his call for worldwide action to stop Israel from flagrantly and continuously violating international law and agrees with him that “it is time to insist on the end of the blockade of Gaza. The worldwide campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel is now a moral and political imperative, and needs to be supported and strengthened everywhere.”
There’s absolutely nothing surprising here. Just wanted it noted for the record that the IPMN is ignoring inconvenient facts and propagandizing for the initiators of the violence aboard the Mavi Marmara. In other words, business as usual.