Wed, 02 Jun 2010 22:07:48 GMT
The United States' statements on the Freedom Flotilla attack were utterly hypocritical and the US was a co-criminal in the enterprise, a US academic says.
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Ralph Schoenman, the author of The Hidden History of Zionism, told Press TV that despite the widespread protests across the world against the attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla, Israel is not likely to be brought to justice for the assault.
Israel has been emboldened by the unrelenting support from the US and certain European countries and thus continues to threaten its neighbors and maintain the blockade of Gaza.
He cites the additional 205 million dollars in military aid to Israel that the White House asked the US Congress to approve a couple of weeks ago as another example of this support.
The financial assistance was meant to support Israel's Iron Dome, a rocket shield system which is allegedly designed to defend against rocket fire from Hamas and Hezbollah, he stated.
But Iron Dome is actually going to be deployed against the people of Lebanon and Gaza, Schoenman says.
He noted that the The Sunday Times recently reported on Israel's decision to deploy three German-built submarines armed with nuclear-armed cruise missiles to the Persian Gulf near the coast of Iran, adding that the report said the first of the submarines has already been sent to the Persian Gulf region.
He says he believes that this is all part of the overall escalation of plans for a major war in the region, which the US is fully cognizant of and fully supportive of.
The Israeli military attacked the Freedom Flotilla in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea early on May 31, killing at least 19 people on board the six ships, mostly Turkish nationals, and injuring about 50 others.