I don't want to get too political here, but I feel like there should be an update after the previous post.
After the events of the Flotilla a week and a half ago, some major artists who were supposed to perform in Israel, the most notable of them being The Pixies, decided to cancel their concerts in Israel at the last minute.
This situation is very complicated, and I won't elaborate too much on it since this is really not the place. Also, I've wasted a lot of time and energy in the past week arguing with people on Facebook and other places and all I got to show for it is frustration, so it's not really worth it.
I will say this: while it is very unfortunate that people had died, it has been clearly proved that the "peace activists" aboard the Marmara were not peaceful at all. They were armed and spoiling for a fight. That doesn't mean that they deserved to die, but it does mean in my opinion that the actions of IDF soldiers were justified. Maybe there was another way to resolve this without bloodshed - military experts here say there wasn't. Either way, if those had been real peace activists, and if they hadn't struck the first blow - none of this would have happened.
As for The Pixies canceling their concert - I think that's a mistake, which is caused by political pressure and serves no purpose other than disappointing Pixies fans in Israel (which I am not among them, but that's beside the point.) If they had a political stance against Israel's policy concerning gaza, they shouldn't have booked the show in the first place, since this policy has been in effect since the 2006 Lebanon War.