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Message to Congress: Take a Slow Boat to Gaza [Satire]

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1. Unless you live in the United States you are probably aware of a new Gaza Flotilla initiative named "The Audacity of Hope" that is preparing to go from Greece to Gaza to break Israel's illegal and immoral blockade. (Note to Shas Party Members, the name of the ship is a reference to a book supposed to have been written the Israeli Vice-President for American Affairs Barack Obama.)

Well, as it turns out, the US State Department was aware of this initiative and it authored a whole brand spanking new travel advisory warning US citizens not to get on boats going to Gaza. That advisory has gotten considerable attention, but we here at Mantiq al-Tayr want you to know that the advisory that is on the State Department's website is a redaction of the original version. The original version was drafted by a special group of US loyalists in the State Department, remnants of the Zionist-led purge of Arabists dating back to the early 1990′s. They call themselves "Americans" and managed to have one of their members write the draft version of the advisory. We have the original version of that document and reprint below the portion of that original document that deals with the Gaza Strip. The sections subsequently deleted by Zionist agents in the State Department are highlighted in red.

Israel, the West Bank and Gaza

June 22, 2011

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to that shitty little country known as Israel, the West Bank, and the Israeli-encircled and brutalized Gaza Strip, and about threats to themselves and to U.S. interests in those locations. The Israelis murdered Rachel Corrie and you could be next and there is not a fucking thing we in the State Department can do about it. The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to remain mindful of security factors when planning travel to Israel and the Israeli occupied West Bank and to avoid all travel to the Gaza Strip because the insane Israelis may launch another murderous assault on the defenseless people of Gaza at any moment. This replaces the Travel Warning issued August 10, 2010, to update information on the general security environment and to warn against participation in any attempt to reach Gaza by sea because the Israelis, having gotten away with the cold-blooded murder of at least nine people, one of whom was an American citizen named Furkan Dogan, now feel that they can kill anybody they want any time they want. By the way, did we mention that there is not a fucking thing we can do about it? Really, some of us want to, but we'd all lose our jobs and get called anti-semites and most of the people who who used to give a flying fuck about the Arabs here at State have been purged anyway.

The Gaza Strip and Southern Israel

The Department of State strongly urges that U.S. citizens refrain from all travel to the Gaza Strip, an area living under such breathtakingly awful conditions thanks to Israel that even Hitler would have objected. But we digress. We also recommend that all US citizens refrain from traveling to Israel ever again and that they actively participate in the boycott campaign against Israel known as the BDS. This recommendation applies to all U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens should be aware that as a consequence of a longstanding prohibition on travel by U.S. citizen employees of the U.S. Government into the Gaza Strip, the ability of consular staff to offer timely assistance to U.S. citizens there is extremely limited, including the provision of routine consular services. Let us reiterate this last point. Due to an official US policy that prevents US government employees from going to the Gaza strip and witnessing first hand the results of Israel's crimes against humanity there, if you go there and get run over by a bulldozer like Rachel Corrie we might not even be able to do so much as go there to put your remains in a body bag and have you shipped back to the US. Furthermore, we wish to point out to you fuckwads who blindly support Israel, if the Israelis kill you they will blame you and guess what, that fucking government that you pay so much to in taxes and which is getting ready to roll back Medicare and Social Security will SUPPORT the FUCKING Israelis. But again, we digress.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) strictly controls the crossing points between Israel and the Gaza Strip as part of a policy to impoverish the population, foster resistance and hence further excuses for the Israelis to bomb the shit out of Gaza. The security environment within Gaza, including its border with Egypt and its seacoast, is dangerous and volatile. U.S. citizens are advised against traveling to Gaza by any means, including via sea. This is not because we don't want tens of thousands of you to come running into Gaza by land or by sea in order break Israel's illegal blockade, but the fact is we know that you all are a bunch of pussies and only a few of you will try and the Israelis will probably kill you. So, to paraphrase the Qur'an, "Our duty is only to inform you." Previous attempts to enter Gaza by sea have been stopped by Israeli naval vessels and resulted in the injury, death (murder), arrest, and deportation of U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens participating in any effort to reach Gaza by sea should understand that they may face arrest, prosecution, and deportation by the Government of Israel. Oh, and death, did we mention death? We meant to. These fuckers will kill you in a New York minute. Then they'll all sit around and sing Havah Nagilah and yell "fuck Obama." Hmm, we kind of want to yell "fuck Obama too, but for different reasons. But we digress. The Government of Israel has announced its intention to seek ten-year travel bans to Israel for anyone participating in an attempt to enter Gaza by sea. On May 31, 2010, nine people supporting human rights for Palestinians were killed by Israeli commandos, including one U.S. citizen, in such an attempt. The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem are not able to provide consular assistance in Gaza or on the high seas or coastal waters because our foreign policy is run by a bunch of wacko murderous soul-less Zionist Jews. Don't believe us? Then go read any post by Mantiq al-Tayr.

From December 27, 2008, through January 17, 2009, Israel conducted a homicidal illegal and internationally condemned military operation in Gaza. Israel and Hamas, a State Department- ("State Department" means "Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs") designated Foreign Terrorist Organization that violently seized power in Gaza in June 2007 after winning easily in elections which the Jews did not like, declared separate truces to end the fighting. Small clashes continue to occur along the boundary of the Gaza Strip. Rockets and mortars are still fired into Israel from Gaza, and Israel continues to conduct military operations inside Gaza, including air strikes and regularly just kills people for the fun of it. Israel has also declared an exclusion zone inside Gaza along its boundary with Israel and has taken lethal measures against individuals who enter it, killing quite a few of them. Nice work it you can get it. The Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza is open, but it does not operate full time, and U.S. citizens are not always able to leave Gaza at a time of their choosing. Oh, neither can Gazans. They pretty much are stuck there being bombed, shot at and blockaded by the Israelis. If you do go to Gaza, you'll get to see just what it's like to be a Palestinian living under Israeli-US oppression. Your tax dollars at work for the Jews. Hahahahaha. But we digress.

In the past, some rockets have traveled more than 40 km (24 miles) from Gaza and landed as far north as Yavne and Gadera and as far east as Beersheva. As a result of possible military operations by the Government of Israel in Gaza which you are paying for and the ever-present risk of rocket and mortar attacks into Israel from Gaza, which rarely do any significant damage, U.S. government personnel travelling in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip boundary, to include the city of Sderot, require approval from the Embassy's Regional Security Office. U.S. citizens in the area should be aware of the risks and should take note of announcements by the Government of Israel's office of Homefront Command. We also recommend that US citizens regularly visit "If Americans Knew" so they can keep abreast of Israel's crimes against the Palestinians.

2. Okay, I know I haven't posted in a while. I'm on the road a lot these days and it's tough to find the time to do the research and then to map out the blog. I'll try to get stuff up at least once every two weeks or so over the summer, but sometimes that just might not be possible. Hold on a second.

A little birdie just told me that I haven't yet posted about Weiner. You know, the guy who is the US congresspussy who is a secret Muslim. Sure, you've heard about that right? Yes, this guy is a secret Muslim and secret Muslims always take photos of their private parts and email them to other people. At least that's what Zionist stooge and provocateur Robert Spencer has to say. Here's a nice piece about Spencer's bullshit on Weiner from the Loonwatch folks.

Now I often work on what I call the Holy Moses principle. That is, if the Zionists are bitching and moaning about something they don't like about Muslims, Christians or anybody else, no matter how ludicrous the charges the Zionists may make, then I conclude "Holy Moses, the Zionists are actually doing this themselves." So I figured that not only was Weiner not a secret Muslim (d'uh) but that his allegedly Muslim wife was either not a Muslim or was herself a Zionist agent, or both. But I didn't have time to do the research.

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Well, guess what, according to Texe Marrs, Huma Abedin is a Zionist agent and she never actually married Weiner in the first place. Not only that, but Texe says that the fake "marriage" was staged to cover up Weiner's homosexuality.

I have not had a chance to do the research on this in order to verify. But man I sure do hope it's true. The world is so screwed up that you have to give Texe Marrs the benefit of the doubt and take the position seriously and try to research it. If any readers of this site have supporting evidence either send it to me or post it in the comments.

3. But getting back to the latest Gaza flotilla. Back in early June, Mark Toner at State issued warnings to the human rights activists working on the flotilla.

Toner said, in part:

"We have made clear through the past year that groups and individuals who seek to break Israel's maritime blockade of Gaza are taking irresponsible and provocative actions that entail a risk to their safety. I think I've talked about this specifically."

Toner added, "There are established and efficient mechanisms for getting humanitarian assistance through to Gaza."

Toner was not asked if dropping phosphorus bombs from aircraft flying over Gaza was one of the means for getting humanitarian assistance to Gaza.

Of course it didn't matter as he was just standing in as Israeli government spokesman.

Oh, shit, I can hear you all now. "Mantiq, you said he worked for the State Department, not Israel." Well, there really is no difference.

Oh, and BTW, he is no longer the acting spokesman for (the Jewish) State. He is now the deputy as he was just a stand in for his predecessor who said something naughty and got fired.

And guess who replaced him. And no goys and girls, I am not making this up. Really, I'm not. Really. Toner boy is has been replaced by the wife of the founder of the Project for New American Century and the joke is on you, you poor Zionist-bullshit fed dumb asses.

Yep. The latest person to make implied threats to the "Audacity of Hope" human rights advocates is Victoria Nuland who did so last Friday. And she said, and again, I am not making this up:

Groups that seek to break Israel's maritime blockade of Gaza are taking irresponsible and provocative actions that risk the safety of their passengers. Established and efficient mechanisms exist to transfer humanitarian assistance to Gaza.

Sound fucking familiar? There's a good reason why Toner and Nuland say the same things. Their remarks are written by the Zionists who run State (and the White House and Congress and on and on on.) And Nuland is there because she won't say something out of school the way Crowly did.

And this public servant, and I use that term very loosely, DC's famous 14th street whores are better public servants, is married to Robert Kagan who helped you get into the Iraq war for Israel.

Nuland, herself the daughter of an "agnostic" orthodox Jew, is a former adviser to Dick Darth-Vader Cheney.

Your sons and daughters, dying is all these stupid wars, are just like the Gazans: Zionist-Jewed, blued and tattooed.

Israelis kill Americans and their agents in Washington blame the victims. And you pay for all of it. Sometimes you even pay with your lives or those of your sons and daughters.

4. This is the website for the Gaza flotilla folks. Here is their message to "their" President.

Dear Mr. Obama:

We are writing to inform you that 50 unarmed Americans will soon be sailing in a U.S. flagged ship called The Audacity of Hope as part of an international flotilla to Gaza.

Our peaceful demonstration will challenge Israel's blockade of Gaza, which has effectively imprisoned 1.6 million civilians, almost half of whom are under the age of 16. The blockade has impoverished the people of Gaza, deprived them of needed materials and supplies to rebuild their lives after the Israeli attack of late 2008 – early 2009, impeded those who are ill or infirm from seeking outside medical aid, and prevented students from seeking education outside of Gaza. 45% of the working age population is unemployed.

In addition to 36 passengers, 4 crew, and 10 members of the press, our boat will carry thousands of letters of support and friendship from people throughout the U.S. to the women, children and men of Gaza. There will be no weapons of any sort on board. We will carry no goods of any kind for delivery in Gaza. Our mission is from American civil society to the civil society of Gaza. We do not serve the agenda of any political leadership, government or group. We are engaged solely in non-violent action in support of the Palestinian people and their human rights.

In our country's great tradition of citizen activists taking nonviolent action to stand up to injustice, we sail in the hope that our voyage will show the people in Gaza that they are not alone, and that it will call attention to the morally and legally indefensible collective punishment of a population of civilians.

Mr. President, you have noted the unsustainability of the Gaza blockade. And your administration has spoken boldly in support of peaceful demonstrations throughout this "Arab Spring."

As U.S. citizens we expect our country and its leaders to help ensure the Flotilla's safe passage to Gaza – as our country should support our humanitarian demand that the Gaza blockade be lifted. This should begin by notifying the Israeli government in clear and certain terms that it may not physically interfere with the upcoming Flotilla of which the U.S. boat-The Audacity of Hope – is part. We-authors, builders, firefighters, lawyers, social workers, retirees, Holocaust survivors, former government employees and more-expect no less from our President and your administration.

Our boat will sail from the eastern Mediterranean in the last week of June. We shall be grateful to you for acting promptly and decisively to uphold the rights of civilians to safe passage on the seas.


The passengers of The Audacity of Hope

Nic Abramson, Hagit Borer, Johnny Barber, Medea Benjamin, Greta Berlin, Regina Carey, Gale Courey Toensing, Debra Ellis, Linda Durham, Hedy Epstein, Steve Fake, Erin DeRamus, Kathy Kelly, Megan Horan, Libor Koznar, Ridgely Fuller, G. Kaleo Larson, Melissa Lane, Kit Kittredge, Richard Levy, Richard Lopez, Ken Mayers, Carol Murry, Ray McGovern, Ann Petter, Gail Miller, Brad Taylor, Henry Norr, Max Suchan, Robert Naiman, Gabe Schivone, Kathy Sheetz, Len Tsou, Alice Walker, Paki Wieland, Ann Wright


  • The Honorable Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Secretary General
  • The Honorable Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State
  • The Honorable Jeffrey Feltman, Assistant Secretary of State
  • The Honorable Susan E. Rice, Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations
  • The Honorable James B. Cunningham, U.S. Ambassador to Israel
  • The Honorable John F. Kerry, Chairman U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • The Honorable Richard G. Lugar, Ranking Member U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • The Honorable Robert P. Casey, Chairman Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs
  • The Honorable James E. Rish, Ranking Member Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs
  • The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • The Honorable Howard L. Berman, Ranking Member U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • The Honorable Steve Chabot, Chairman Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia
  • The Honorable Gary L. Ackerman, Ranking Member Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia

5. Somos los que han jurado fidelidad a esta tierra amada

To all of you involved in the "Audacity of Hope" and who support it, I leave here for you "Somos" by the wonderful Palestinian-Barcelonian musician, Nabil Mansour. I've linked to this one before, but it just so fits this situation and it so well done. The song has English subtitles and it's all about what those audacious folks on the Good Ship Audacity (if I may use the term) already know all about. A beautiful song. Take just a few minutes to listen, it'll do you good.

Make sure you have a handkerchief handy.

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* Mantiq al-Tayr is a blogger who is attempting to wake up other American citizens to the true dangers and challenges which face their country and is devoted to justice for the Palestinian people. Truth is his objective, satire is his tool. He also enjoys reading the Qur'an from time to time. See his website.