A Turkey Sandwich – hold the pickle

When is a pickle a jerkin? 

It’s been just as interesting to see the spin put on the Palmer Report about the Flotilla, as the report itself.

Debka has a good analysis here.

While the Fairfax Press seeks to use it to criticise Israel, it is clear that the Report legally supports Israel’s move to protect itself. 

CAMERA points out the selective reporting of the media as they try to avoid emphasising the key point that has made the Turks furious – the Israeli intervention was LEGAL.

The Australian’s article heading also chooses to go with the “safe option” of criticising Israel, failing to note that Turkey has angrily rejected the report. Feeble effort by the Australian.

It is also feeble to read only how “the Israelis refused to apologise” when the Turks also demanded that Israel also abandon the blockade and pay compensation (Israel has repeatedly offered to express regret and pay compensation).  This fits with the popular fallacy of “denial of fact by omission”

The report is well worth reading e.g. points like  “Although people are entitled to express their political views, the flotilla acted recklessly in attempting to breach the naval blockade.  The majority of the flotilla participants had no violent intentions, but there exist serious questions about the conduct, true nature and objectives of the flotilla organisers, particularly IHH.  The actions of the flotilla needlessly carried the potential for escalation.” 

Well done, Mr Palmer and his committee.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for Fairfax’s Paul McGeough and his ilk to emphasise any of these points.

Meanwhile, Mickey Katz’s granddaughter Jennifer Grey does great with an impromptu Duvid Crockett

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