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Should We Always Back Israel?

The killing of activists on a ship to Gaza reignites debate over support for Israel and its policies.

Political Advocacy Tracker is a roundup of what Christian activist organizations have been talking about over the last week.

Flotilla Fiasco

Political activists reacted swiftly to a raid on a flotilla bringing humanitarian aid from Turkey to the Gaza Strip. Nine passengers were killed and dozens more were wounded by Israeli commandos. While all lamented the loss of life, activists debated what happened on the ship and what the response should be.

There are competing stories as to what occurred. One views Israel as doing its duty and shooting only after provocation. "[Israel] wanted only to inspect the ferry's cargo," said Ken Blackwell of the Family Research Council (FRC). "The melee on the ferry deck showed 'peace' activists attacking the Israeli commandos with sharpened iron bars. When the Israelis fired back, 10 [sic] of those on board the ferry were killed."

Nathan Schneider disagreed. He wrote on Sojourners' God's Politics blog that the ship was on a nonviolent, humanitarian mission ...

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