Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Israel Firster of the week: Anthony Weiner



Rep. Anthony Weiner, a Jewish Democrat representing New York 9th Congressional district, made the following statement in reaction to Israel's flotilla raid:
While the demand for answers seems to echo in capitals around the world, the facts here are largely known.

We know this tragedy was instigated by Turkey. We know that Israel had not only warned that this boat was in violation of an entirely lawful blockade, but had offered safe harbor to the boat in Ashdod. We also know that a known terrorist group – Hamas – has put its hateful agenda over the well being of its people.

Any loss of life is tragic. This loss was the result of Turkish instigation and Hamas terror policies. Even if we are the only country on earth that sees the facts here, the United States should stand up for Israel.

So regardless of the fact that the Israelis have committed an act of high-sea piracy in international water, which directly resulted in the deaths of more than ten civilians, Anthony Weiner wants the United States to stand up for Israel. Instead of blaming Israel for hijacking the boats, killing and injuring many civilians and illegally detaining about 700 of them, this Israel Firster is accusing Turkey of daring to bypass this unlawful Israeli blockade in order to provide aid for the starving Gazans. Weiner's blame-shifting is akin to the attorney for a rapist shamelessly blaming the rape victim for dressing provocatively.

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