The entire world has now heard of Israel’s latest exploit in despicable barbarity and state sponsored terrorism. Algeria was one of the countries which contributed to the Peace Flotilla and a list of the Algerian delegation may be found here. There were unconfirmed rumours about a couple of Algerian victims, but some newspapers talk about Algerian detainees (see here and here) and Echourouk talks about IDF soldiers assaulting one of their photographers and confiscating his camera. However, most of the victims appear to have been from Turkish origin. As to the Algerian press reaction, it is that of total condemnation and anger as this selection of headlines shows:
Editorial by El Watan: (Israeli savagery)
[El Watan] (Massacre of civilians in high waters: Israel enjoys total impunity)
Editorial by L’Expression: (The world finds itself with its back against the wall)
And last but not least, a couple of articles from El Khabar:
There are also the usual chants of ‘freedom’ and ‘honor’ slogans as well as calls for international or at least pan-Arab boycotts of Israeli goods and services as well as suspending all diplomatic ties. And of course, the Algerian press couldn’t resist an easy peasy dig at Egypt for being Israel’s collaborator number 1 in the Middle East. Even Algerian revolution icon Djamila Bouhired got another 5 minutes of fame on the occasion by declaring that:
As to the international press reaction to this savagery that is typical of Zionist Israel, The Telegraph offers a good summary of it. It is astounding that Israel seems to be able to get away with anything. Just in the past year, it has humiliated the US twice over the settlements expansion question when Netanyahu ignored President Obama’s and Hilary Clinton’s requests and publically stated that the settlements will continue expanding as planned within the West Bank. Even (some) the Western media are hesitant to condemn this savage act as it deserves to be condemned and are instead tentatively calling for an ‘independent investigation’ into what really happened. Sixty two years and counting! When will the world wake up to Israel’s true face? Actually, I am not sure if they don’t know it already, but the Israeli lobby works in not so mysterious but definitely persuasive ways (here is a good analysis on the topic). And anyway, the real and embarrassing problem is the Arab world’s division over the Israel issue and not the international community’s continued oblivion.