We regret and deplore the killings which took place as Israeli troops, in defiance of international law, boarded and assaulted, wounded many and killed some of the participants in a flotilla seeking to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza (itself a morally outrageous policy) to bring humanitarian aid. We ask all people of peace to dedicate at least fifteen minutes today (Memorial day in the US) to silent memorial for those peace activists who have been killed (and we call upon all synagogues around the world to say Kaddish for those people at their Shabbat services this coming weekend), and for prayer for the speedy recovery of all those wounded in this attack (mostly peace activists, but also the Israeli soldiers who boarded the boats with violence). We invite all peace-loving people to attend a public memorial for those who died in this assault in Lafayette Park opposite the White House on Sunday, June 13, at 11 a.m-2 p.m., sponsored by Tikkun, the Network of Spiritual Progressives, and many other groups, and which will include a larger consideration of U.S. policies. Memorial prayers and prayers for healing will be said at 1 p.m.Somehow, I am not surprised that the peace-loving people of Tikkun cannot find a way to condemn the "peace activists" beatings of IDF commandos with chains and iron rods, throwing them over railings, stabbing them, calling for a repeat of Mohammed's massacre of Jews at Khaybar. No, those facts just mess up the Tikkun meme of righteous Muslims and evil Jews (except for Tikkun-style anti-Israel Jews, of course.)
Meanwhile, David Hazony writes
A good friend of mine is a nurse who was on duty in the emergency room at a Jerusalem hospital when some of the injured “activists” were brought in. She tells me that many of them are wearing camouflage. “Not sure they were official Turkish army clothes,” she says, “but they weren’t civilian dress, that’s for sure.”The idiots at Tikkun don't want to believe the crystal-clear facts that it was an ambush - a pre-planned military operation, done by their "peace activists."
They want to say Kaddish for people who tried to massacre Jews.