05 Jun Please, Can We Stop the Stupid Gaza Piracy Charge?
The Gaza Flotilla raid has launched an unbelievable amount of public commentary related to public international law because so much of the debate is framed around the legality of Israel’s raid, its blockade of Gaza, etc. Some of the discussion has been interesting and useful (see again Kevin’s posts on legality of the blockade). But then there is the continuing tendency of Israel’s more unhinged critics to keep calling the raid “an act of piracy.” As I explained before, even if Israel had boarded the ships in Turkish waters and massacred everyone just for fun, it would not be piracy. Yet this hasn’t stopped the following random assortment of Israel critics from continuing to use the stupid piracy charge:
I could go on, but I won’t. Aside from demonstrating the limits of this blog’s readership the flagrant stupidity of this “piracy” meme reflects a remarkable lack of seriousness among (some of) Israel’s critics about the legality of the raid and the blockade. So next time you hear the Foreign Minister of Turkey decrying Israel’s violations of international law, for instance, you can feel confident he actually cares nothing at all about international law, and is just looking for a convenient slogan to slam Israel.