Pilger vs Pollard on Israel’s Med Massacre

The Daily Mirror today published a debate between John Pilger and Stephen Pollard on whether ‘Israel is a rogue state’. Pollard, the editor of the Jewish Chronicle, sought to defend Israel’s actions and asked:

‘The real question here is why a so-called aid ship was laden with weapons and refused to allow a legitimate search of that aid.’

What bloody weapons? Mark Steel responds magnificently to the slick (and sick) Israeli PR machine in today’s edition of The Independent:

‘It’s time the Israeli government’s PR team made the most of its talents, and became available for hire. Then whenever a nutcase marched into a shopping mall in somewhere like Wisconsin and gunned down a selection of passers-by, they could be on hand to tell the world’s press “The gunman regrets the loss of life but did all he could to avoid violence.” Then various governments would issue statements saying “All we know is a man went berserk with an AK 47, and next to him there’s a pile of corpses, so until we know the facts we can’t pass judgement on what took place.” 

‘To strengthen their case the Israelis have released a photo of the weapons they found on board, (which amount to some knives and tools and wooden sticks) that the naive might think you’d expect to find on any ship, but the more astute will recognise as exactly what you’d carry if you were planning to defeat the Israeli army. It’s an armoury smaller than you’d find in the average toolshed in a garden in Cirencester, which goes to show the Israelis had better destroy Cirencester quickly as an essential act of self-defence.’

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