The Tragedy of the “Ships of the Desert” by Felicity Arbuthnot + Gulf Crisis: Camels Become Casualties of Qatar Blockade


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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
July 21, 2017

The last straw will break the camel’s back. (Various attributions)

After his visit to the Kingdom in May, Donald Trump decided to back the Saudi-led blockade of tiny Qatar (2015 population 2.235 million, but just 313,000 citizens) imposed less than a month later.

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Saudi Attack on Qatar; U.S. Threat to Iran by Sara Flounders

Human rights campaigners protest against Farnborough International arms fair

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by Sara Flounders
Workers World, June 13, 2017
June 14, 2017

Two weeks after the grand pomp of President Trump’s visit, Saudi Arabia announced the complete blockade of small neighboring state Qatar on June 5. The blockade is an act of war.

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Israel Seizes Women’s Flotilla To Gaza + Ann Wright, Mairead Maguire, and Others Kidnapped by Israel

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Last Updated: Oct. 11, 2016

from The Real News Network on Oct 5, 2016

Col. Ann Wright was among 13 female activists that were part of the Women’s Boat to Gaza.

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Gaza Uncut: Another Year of War and Siege + Gaza Struggles to Cope with Psychological Trauma

Gaza Shifa Hospital, November 20, 2012.

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TheRealNews·Dec 31, 2012

Four years ago, Palestinians in Gaza ended the year in a similar way. Following a cease-fire after the last war in November, Israel violated terms of the truce numerous times and on a daily basis. Gaza also remains under Israeli siege, making life more difficult.

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In Cuba, the revolution continues, softly, as times change by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
Information Clearing House News
3 August, 2011


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On my first day in Cuba, in 1967, I waited in a bus queue that was really a conga line. Ahead of me were two large, funny females resplendent in frills of blinding yellow; one of them had an especially long bongo under her arm. When the bus arrived, painted in Cuba’s colors for its inaugural service, they announced that the gringo had not long arrived from London and was, therefore, personally responsible for this breach in the American blockade. It was an honor I could not refuse.

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Huwaida Arraf: Breaking the Blockade

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 on Jul 6, 2011

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The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian led movement committed to solving issues between Israel and Palestine. Huwaida Arraf is one of the co-founders of the group and was filmed giving a speech at San Diego State University. During her speech, Huwaida talks about the history of the Palestinian people and the ISM’s role in trying to aid them. Also mentioned in her speech is the ISM’s attempts in sending aid to Gaza by boat. In one of their more recent voyages the group sent a ‘flotilla’ of ships to gaza that was intercepted by the Israeli Navy. During the interception civilians were shot and killed on one of the ISM’s boats which lead to an investigation by the United Nations.

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Israel Responds to Flotilla Pressure by “Allowing More Crumbs” into Gaza + Israel kills protesters on Syrian Border

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by Freegaza
June 5, 2011

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Aid Does Not Equal Freedom

For Immediate Release

Contact: Adam Shapiro, +30-694-781-5798,
Huwaida Arraf, +30-694-781-5798,
Greta Berlin, +33 607 374 512,

Israel’s announcement today that it is “allowing between 210 and 220” trucks into Gaza with humanitarian aid is a direct response to the pressure that the upcoming Freedom Flotilla II is creating. Continue reading

The Illegality of Israel’s Naval Blockade of Gaza by Jeremy R. Hammond

by Jeremy R. Hammond
Featured Writer
Foreign Policy Journal
20 July, 2010

In “The Legal Basis of Israel’s Naval Blockade of Gaza” at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), Professor Emeritus of International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ruth Lapidoth argues that Israel’s attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, in which nine Turkish peace activists were killed by Israeli commandos, was perfectly “legal”.

Lapidoth begins by arguing that “the rules of the laws of armed conflict apply” to the “armed conflict” between Israel and Hamas. From this, Lapidoth draws the conclusion that, “This means that Israel may control shipping headed for Gaza—even when the vessels are still on the high seas.”

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Libyan Ship Surrounded By Israeli Gunships

PigMine2 | July 14, 2010

The Libyan aid ship, the Amalthea, originally bound for the Gaza strip, has been diverted to a port in Egypt after the Israeli navy warned the vessel against trying to break an Israeli blockade on the Palestinian coastal territory, and is now moving very slowly towards El Arish port.

An Al Jazeera reporter on board said the vessel, carrying 2,000 tonnes of food and medicine, was met by a “wall” of Israeli gunships as it approached the Palestinian territory.

Sherine Tadros reports. AlJazeeraEnglish

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Why Vice President Joe Biden and USA Occupied Congress are Wrong! by Eileen Fleming

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13 June, 2010
revised 14 June, 2010

The Israeli blockade on Gaza was begun as a direct response to the election of Hamas in January 2006 and also as an evil sick ‘joke’ and not in response to Hamas seizing power back from Fatah!

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Supporting Obama By Timothy V. Gatto

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By Timothy V. Gatto
Featured Writer
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June 10, 2010

Maybe he is a dollar short and a day late, but at least Obama is addressing the problems in Gaza instead of burying his head in the sand like every American President except Carter. His new found temerity in the face of Israeli influence in American politics may just be for show to placate those who are rightfully outraged over Israel’s wanton barbarism against the flotilla bringing relief supplies to Gaza, but even so, he is taking a risk. The Israeli zealots in Congress from both parties will castigate him for even suggesting that the treatment of Gaza is something that needs to be reviewed.

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Israeli document: Gaza blockade isn’t about security By Sheera Frenkel

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By Sheera Frenkel
McClatchy Newspapers
June 9, 2010

JERUSALEM — As Israel ordered a slight easing of its blockade of the Gaza Strip Wednesday, McClatchy obtained an Israeli government document that describes the blockade not as a security measure but as “economic warfare” against the Islamist group Hamas, which rules the Palestinian territory.

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Glenn Greenwald: ‘Price to pay’ for opposing Israel

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June 03, 2010 — Though international criticism has been mounting against Israel’s raid on civilian aid ships bound for Gaza, reaction from the United States has been cautious.

Glenn Greenwald, a former constitutional lawyer and civil rights litigator, said this muted response is due to the “huge political price” US politicians must pay for being seen as adversarial to Israel.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Greenwald, a contributing editor for, said what is clear is that the Obama administration has given its full support to the Israeli government once again.

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Sabotage on the High Sea by Greta Berlin

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by Greta Berlin
03 June 2010


(Cyprus, June 4, 2010) On Tuesday,, Colonel Itzik Tourgeman told the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday that two more ships are on their way to try and break the naval blockade of Gaza. The head of research in the operations division said, “The ships have not reached their target as of today because covert action was taken against them.”

We had suspicions about our two boats, Challenger 1 and 2 and their mechanical problems as they sailed toward the flotilla, but we were not going to say anything unless we could prove it. Turns out we didn’t have to prove it. Israeli mouthpieces did.

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Kucinich Circulating Letter to Colleagues Regarding Mavi Marmara Incident + Michael D Higgins TD speaking on the Dáil motion about Interception of Gaza Flotilla

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Jun 2, 2010

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is today beginning to circulate to colleagues the following letter concerning the commando raid by Israel upon a Turkish ship in international waters:

June 2, 2010

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

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