The Israel advocacy camp continually perpetrates the illusion that state institutions (the Israeli Foreign Ministry) and quasi-state institutions (the JNF) are legitimate organizers for 'protests' or in this case 'flotillas.' They are not; they are centers of power. Centers of power are already organized, they don't need to do community organizing. The youth movements who demonstrate for shalit in jerusalem at least successfully put on some sort of popular guise (even though they've been brainwashed by those institutions). This Royal Israeli cruise is a perfect example of how pathetic this quasi-fascist attempt to do state propaganda is. A cruise around the east river in nice suits. As Beinart suggests, there is nothing liberal about this, and we Jewish youth will check our Zionism at the door before we participate in these silly 'demonstrations.' No question Gilad Shalit should be freed; no question that Gaza should be freed; no question the American Jewish establishment has failed.
Ya'alon okays administrative detention of Jewish extremist suspected in church arson (Haaretz)
from the article: New York Jews sail 'True Freedom Flotilla' for Gilad Shalit