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Land Theft/Destruction and Ethnic Cleansing|
Clashes over large West Bank fire
Settlers, Palestinians accuse each other of torching fields near Nablus,
dozens of acres consumed.
Solidarity/Activism/Boycott, Sanctions and
its Ambassador from Israel
Ecuador, June 3, (Pal Telegraph)
Head of Ecuador’s state, Rafael Correa, declared last night that he
withdraw his country's ambassador from "Israel" for consultations,
following the fleet of freedom massacre committed by the Israeli entity
against peaceful people carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.
S. Africa recalls envoy over flotilla raid
damage over flotilla takeover reaches Africa – Pretoria recalls its
ambassador to Tel Aviv; Senegal faces growing demand to suspend
relations with Israel, boycott its products.
DIVESTMENT: Just minutes ago, the students at
Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, the alma mater of
Rachel Corrie, announced that the whole student body voted
overwhelmingly in favor of divestment from companies that profit from
the Israeli occupation and in favor of making their campus
Mankell mulls halting Hebrew version of books (AFP)
- Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell is considering prohibiting the
translation of his popular books into Hebrew after the Israeli attack on
a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, he said in an interview published Thursday.
Norwegians want boycott of Israel
Around half the Norwegian
people wanted to boycott the Israeli products or have already started to
boycott them, results of an opinion poll made in Norway over the past
couple of days showed.
Straight for the art | The art of wounded
pro-Palestinian activist Emily Henochowicz
pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement activist group reports
Baltimore Sun confirms that 21-year-old Jewish-American art
student Emily Henochowicz was badly wounded Monday during a Jerusalem
protest against Israel's deadly raid on a relief flotilla headed for
Gaza over the weekend. Hit directly in the face by a tear-gas canister
fired by an Israeli border policeman, Henochowicz lost her left eye and
required substantial surgery to repair damage to the bones of her face
Siege Related Deaths/Violence and Aggression
Death of baby brings the death toll in the siege on
Gaza to 374
A Palestinian infant died on Tuesday in the Gaza Strip because his
family was not allowed to admit him for treatment in hospitals in the
territories occupied in 1948.
Soldiers Break Into
Arab Hospital In East Jerusalem
Israeli soldiers and Border
Policemen broke into the al-Makassed hospital in East Jerusalem in an
attempt to arrest a wounded Palestinian but were forced out in a clash
with local youths.
fire at houses in Al-Qrara
Gaza, June 3, 2010 (Pal
Telegraph) - Israeli occupation forces shelled today the houses of the
citizens in Al-Qrara to the northern east of Khan Younis, in central
Gaza Strip, WAFA news agency reported. The Israeli occupation forces
stationed in watchtowers near Kesofem, an Israeli military site east of
Al-Qrara, opened fire toward Palestinian farmers and citizens, no
injuries were reported, the sources added. IOF opens fire at the
citizens in the close area of the border with the Palestinian occupied
land of 48, besides, Israeli tanks and bulldozers raid the agriculture
land there area in order to keep the Palestinians aside from the
shoots 2 Palestinian students
Hebron, June 3, 2010 (Pal
Telegraph) – Israeli settler shot today two Palestinian youths at the
entrance of Al-Aroub refugee camp, in the city of the West Bank of
Hebron. The Israeli settler opened fire at two Palestinian university
students while they were at the entrance of their college. He shot one
in his back and the other in his leg, WAFA news agency reported.
Clashes reported in East Jerusalem
Ma'an – Violent clashes broke out in occupied East Jerusalem between
young people in the Silwan neighborhood and a large force of police and
special units in addition to settlers. Our correspondent quoted
anti-settlement leader Haj Fakhri Abu Diab as saying the clashes
concentrated in the area of Bir Ayoub and around the Silwan protest tent
Arrested Near Bethlehem
Israeli Police arrested a 17-year-old
Palestinian nonviolent activist in al-Ma’sara village Wednesday evening.
Israel jails young woman for 2008 attack
Nablus – Ma’an – Israel's Salem military court on Wednesday sentenced a
woman from Nablus to four years on charges she poured boiling water at
an Israeli soldier’s face at the Huwara checkpoint south of Nablus two
years earlier. Palestinian sources told Ma’an that the court sentenced
21-year-old Sanabel Breik, affiliated to Fatah, to four years and a fine
of 5,000 shekels for the attack on 22 September 2008.
must lift Gaza blockade immediately: UN chief (AFP)
AFP - UN
chief Ban Ki-moon demanded Wednesday that Israel lift its blockade of
the Gaza Strip immediately in the wake of its deadly raid on a
Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
Israel faces growing world pressure to lift Gaza
British PM: Siege has only strengthened Hamas; Netanyahu: World pressure
won't stop Israeli blockade.
Health Situation in Gaza: Doctors of the World Calls
for the Immediate Lifting of the Blockade
Doctors of the World is shocked by the violence that characterised the
boarding of the flotilla in the sea off Gaza on 31st May and deplores
the resulting loss of human life. This event highlights the critical
situation created by the blockade that for 3 years has plunged one and a
half million Palestinians into an ongoing medical and economic crisis.
Hundreds of Gazans use newly opened Egyptian
AFP - Hundreds of Palestinians travelled into and out of the Gaza Strip
on Wednesday after Egypt opened its Rafah crossing for travel and
Inside Story - The price of Israel's siege of Gaza
asks what the ramifications of the Israeli military attack on the
Gaza aid flotilla will be.
Israeli blockade of Gaza at heart of crisis (AP)
AP - Israel's blockade of Gaza is at the center of the crisis following
the bloody raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla carrying aid supplies and
pro-Palestinian activists. Here are some aspects of the blockade.
Arab League Calls For
Lifting The Siege On Gaza
Arab League secretary-general, Amro
Mousa, stated that the Arab League will demand the United Nations to
ensure Israel lifts the siege on Gaza immediately, and added that the
Arab League will head to the Security Council.
Berri Calls on Arab FMs to Unite against Gaza Siege
Lebanon's Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri expressed hope on Wednesday
that Arabs wouldn't rescue the Israeli enemy this time, calling for a
united Arab stance to break the siege imposed on Gaza and support the
Palestinian reconciliation. Speaking to reporters at the Baabda
Presidential Palace following a meeting with President Michel Sleiman,
Berri urged Arab foreign ministers to take a united stance against the
Israeli siege of Gaza and support Turkey over the attack on the Freedom
Flotilla. "Arab Foreign Ministers should take a united stance to break
the siege of Gaza and support the noble Tuksih stance," he said. "They
also should take a united stance to put an end to the
Israeli-Palestinian talks and strongly support the
Palestinian-Palestinian reconciliation." Arab foreign ministers will
hold crisis talks in Cairo on Wednesday to come up with a response to
the Israeli raid.
Israel's blockade of Gaza extends well beyond
its land borders. At sea, Gaza's fishermen are only allowed to go
within 5.5km of the coast, hence many sneak into Egyptian waters to fish
instead. But by doing so, they're putting their lives at risk. Al
Jazeera's Nicole Johnston reports from Rafah in southern Gaza.
Douglas Guilfoyle, a maritime legal expert at the University
College of London, discusses whether Israel's raid on the Gaza aid
flotilla - and it's blockade of Gaza - are legal under international
Needs Vs. Supply – May 2 – May 29
– Needs Vs. Supply – May 2 – May 29
Humanitiarian Issues/Human Rights
on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian
Territory 27 May - 02 june 2010
UN: More Gaza students expected to join summer games
GAZA, June 2 (Xinhua) -- A UN official on Wednesday said that hundreds
of thousands of students in Gaza are expected to join the agency's
summer games program despite the torching of its main summer camp. "We
expect some 250,000 children to participate again this year, " Christer
Nordhal, deputy director of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
operations, said in an interview with Xinhua.
Flotilla Fallout and Related
IDF Retracts Claims About Flotilla’s Al Qaeda Links
placed under journalistic scrutiny, the IDF is being forced to admit
that its claims about the flotilla’s links to international terror are
based on innuendo, not facts. On June 2, the IDF blasted out a press
release to reporters and bloggers with the shocking headline: “Attackers
of the IDF soldiers found to be Al Qaeda mercenaries.” The only
supporting evidence offered in the release was a claim that the
passengers “were equipped with bullet proof vests, night vision goggles,
New Gaza-bound aid ship may agree to dock and unload
Humanitarian aid vessel, the Rachel Corrie, delayed due to technical
problems; Passengers include a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former UN
"never forgive" Israel
Turkish president says deaths will
leave "deep scar" as thousands mourn in Istanbul.
Erdogan: Israel will lose friend in region
sink lower as PM, president add voices to criticism of IDF raid. More
flotillas planned. IHH given hero's welcome in Istanbul.
against activists abandoned after Turkey delivers ultimatum
to heavy diplomatic pressure to deport hundreds of pro-Palestinian
activists yesterday, after what Turkey said was an ultimatum that
threatened Jerusalem with severe political consequences if it kept its
citizens in custody.
Flotilla: Did Israel deliberately murder civilians
aboard Freedom Flotilla?
Israeli Ambassador to the United States admits that ships were “too
large to stop with nonviolent means.” On May 31st, 2010, elite Israeli
military commandos stormed six humanitarian aid ships taking part in the
‘Freedom Flotilla’ to Gaza, killing between 9-20 civilian passengers and
injuring dozens more. As the facts of the attack come out it is clear
that these killings cannot in any way be justified.
Fatah leader calls for worldwide flotilla protests
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Fatah Revolutionary Council member Dimitri Diliani
called Tuesday for massive peaceful demonstrations at Israeli embassies
around the world in response to Israel’s deadly raid on an international
aid flotilla that resulted in the deaths of 10 international activists
and the injury of dozens of others.
Carter condemns Israeli raid on Gaza-bound ships
AP - Former President Jimmy Carter has condemned a deadly Israeli raid
on a flotilla of aid ships on its way to Gaza.
Flotilla: Names of victims starting to appear
One of the many inhumane aspects of Israel's murderous raid on the aid
flotilla Monday has been its tardiness in releasing the names of the
killed and wounded and its holding of nearly all the kidnapped flotilla
participants incommunicado in massive, specially organized temporary
prisons. This has left family members of most participants in anguish,
not knowing if their loved ones were among those killed and injured.
Gaza flotilla: How Israel’s ministry of foreign
affairs fakes photos of seized weapons
Hamas refuses boat aid while activists detained
Ma'an - Gaza officials refused to receive some 20 Israeli trucks loaded
with aid confiscated from the Freedom Flotilla on Wednesday, saying the
goods would not be accepted piecemeal, or while the activists
who brought it were detained.
Sayyed Safieddin Calls for Release of All Flotilla
02/06/2010 The head of Hezbollah Executive Council Sayyed Hashem
Safieddin called on Wednesday for the release of all detainees who were
still in the hands of the Zionist enemy following the crime committed
against the activists of the Freedom Flotilla Monday dawn. Speaking
during a cultural meeting, Sayyed Safieddin said that all Lebanese and
all detainees should be freed as soon as possible, holding the Israeli
enemy responsible of the safety of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese
UN Human Rights Council: Probe flotilla raid
Goldstone II? Council calls to set up independent investigation into
IDF's takeover of Gaza aid convoy. Resolution adopted with 32 countries
in favor, three against, eight abstentions.
Full text: William Hague's statement to the Commons on
the Gaza flotilla raid
Gaza ship raid 'completely unacceptable': PM (AFP)
AFP - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday that an Israeli
raid on Gaza-bound aid ships was "completely unacceptable".
Australian PM calls Israel's Netanyahu on Gaza aid
SYDNEY — Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Wednesday he had
called Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu to urge him to open an
independent inquiry into the deadly raid on an aid convoy bound for
Gaza. At least nine people were killed when Israeli commandos stormed
the ships early Monday. An Australian man was shot during the incident,
while an Australian photographer was reportedly hit with a stun gun.
Flotilla fallout 'will restrain' Israel from
launching war on Lebanon
BEIRUT: Fallout from Israel's attack on the Freedom Fleet should keep
chances slim for any conflict between Lebanon and Israel in the short
term, while the assault and the resulting outcry are also providing a
boost for Hizbullah at home and in the region, a number of analysts told
The Daily Star on Wednesday.
Activists To Receive Palestinian Citizenship
President Mahmoud Abbas said that all those who were on the boats and
those who contributed to the organizing of the Flotilla will be granted
Palestinian honorary citizenship, in appreciation of their efforts.
Corrie family 'heart-sick and outraged' by flotilla
Bethlehem - Ma'an - The parents of an American activist killed in Gaza
say they are devastated over Israel's deadly raid on an international
aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip. "We are heart-sick and outraged
about the brutal attack launched by the Israeli Military on the Free
Gaza Movement's flotilla of boats," Cindy and Craig Corrie said in a
Both sides of Flotilla story
Al Jazeera had its own camera
crews travelling on the Gaza aid convoy. But all of the video they took
has been confiscated by Israeli authorities. There is no word on when or
even if the pictures might be released. But Israel has been releasing
video that supports its version of events and contrasts with the reports
of many witnesses. Dan Nolan looks at both sides of the story.
by Israel on Flotilla
For several days, Israel has been able
to contain some of the fallout from the flotilla massacre by
withholding information about the dead and injured. The object of this
exercise has clearly been to slow the flow of information in the hope
that by the time the most damning facts become known, the international
media’s attention will have turned elsewhere. But the dead now have
names and faces and one turns out to be a nineteen-year-old American:
in Istanbul for dead flotilla activists (AFP)
AFP - Tens of
thousands gathered here Thursday for prayers for activists killed in
Israel's deadly raid on aid ships bound for Gaza, condemning the Jewish
state and shouting support for Hamas.
activists welcomed in Turkey
Hundreds of activists from the
Gaza-bound flotilla receive an enthusiastic welcome in Turkey after
being expelled by Israel.
Details emerge of bloodshed aboard Gaza-bound ship
AP - At 4:30 a.m. from her perch on the bridge of a passenger ship in
the Mediterranean Sea, Hanin Zoabi saw the first lights of
fast-approaching Israeli gunships and helicopters. Norman Paech awoke to
the sound of explosions.
The Rachel Corrie ship and crew sail to Gaza (PLEASE
Deported activists: Israelis 'shooting without
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israel on Wednesday was
deporting more than 600 foreign activists whose accounts of a deadly
raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla contradicted Israeli reports that its
soldiers acted in self-defense.
Interview with Al Jazeera's Jamal ElShayyal: One of the passengers on
the Mavi Marmara
Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal has been
released by Israeli authorities following Monday's deadly raid on the
Mavi Marmara aid ship that was destined for Gaza. Our producer, who
reported from the ship as Israel launched the raid, was on the top deck
when the ship was attacked. Here, he tells his account of what happened.
ship activist says watched man bleed to death
'removed cartridges from snatched weapons'
* Witness says Israelis
began firing before boarding ship
* Says commandos waited 1 hour
before giving medical help
The key figures of the Free Gaza movement are
all women of pensionable age, who came out of the 1960s protest
generation. They are the generation who protested in the 1960s and have
girded themselves again to campaign for Palestinian rights. The Free
Gaza movement, which chartered the Challenger yacht as part of the
flotilla that was attacked by Israel on Monday, is led by a group of
women of pensionable age.
Israeli Knesset flotilla debate
Heated exchanges took
place in the Israeli parliament as Hanin Zuabi, an Arab member who was
aboard the flotilla, tried to speak in a debate on the flotilla raid
Receives Death Threats for Participation in Freedom Flotilla
of Knesset Hanin Zo’by was given a security detail after she received
several death threats for her participation in the Freedom Flotilla, the
convoy of aid ships that was raided Monday by Israeli forces before it
could reach Gaza.
an email: San Francisco Bay Area activist was severely beaten by IOF
pirates and is on
his way to Greece.
charity chief tells of carnage, chaos on ship
The head of a
Turkish charity that organised the aid flotilla attacked by Israeli
forces said activists had rushed some of the soldiers and snatched their
weapons, but had thrown them overboard without using them. Bulent
Yildirim, chairman of the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and
Humanitarian Relief (IHH), denied Israeli accounts of events on board
the Mavi Maramara after Israeli commandos stormed the ship on Monday in
an operation that resulted in at least nine people being killed.
Raed Salah released with flotilla delegation on bail
Ma’an – The Israeli Central Court in Ashkelon released head of the
Islamic Movement Sheikh Raed Salah and a delegation of Palestinian
citizens of Israel under strict conditions of house arrest and large
flotilla passenger finds wife deported to Turkey
Gaza – Ma'an
– A Gaza man and his Turkish wife aboard the Freedom Flotilla were
separated on Wednesday, when the man was deported to Gaza and his wife
to her native Turkey. The man, Ahmad Ad-Dahshan, announced in a news
conference that the two had joined the flotilla after leaving Gaza for
an Umrah pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, where his wife had fallen ill. The
two were delayed and when they attempted to re-enter Gaza they found the
Rafah crossing shut.
Statement from imprisoned Greek activists
Huwaida Arraf: "We didn't fight back"
US Campaign Advisory
Board member Huwaida Arraf, a passenger on one of the Gaza Freedom
Flotilla ships, spoke
to Laura Flanders of GRITtv
about the Israeli attack on her ship. The interview also includes
from Norman Finkelstein and Richard Falk, UN Special
Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Live from The Only Democracy?: part 1 of exclusive
interview with Huwaida Arraf of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla
Gaza flotilla raid pushes unknown Knesset member
Hanin Zoabi, who was aboard the Mavi Marmara when it was seized Monday
by Israeli commandos, has stepped up as a leading domestic critic of her
government's Gaza flotilla raid. Meanwhile, senior statesman Ehud Barak
faces calls for his resignation.
author says flotilla highlights Gaza ills (Reuters)
Reuters - A well-known Swedish author who was among the activists aboard
a flotilla of ships seized en route to the Gaza Strip by Israeli forces
said he had no regrets about drawing world attention to Gaza's plight.
Explanation for Deadly Gaza Aid Attack "Full of Holes as a Window
Screen" - Former US Ambassador Edward Peck
Former US Ambassador Edward Peck was on the Gaza aid flotilla that came
under attack by Israeli forces. At least nine people were killed and
dozens wounded. Peck says Israel’s explanation for the attack is
"twisting the truth" and is "as full of holes as a window screen."
[includes rush transcript]
Aussie photographer Kate Geraghty Tasered during
AUSTRALIAN photographer Kate Geraghty was Tasered on the arm by Israeli
soldiers when they stormed a flotilla of boats heading to Gaza.
Canadian detained on Gaza aid flotilla says he was
A Canadian activist detained during a deadly raid on an aid flotilla
said his Israeli captors beat and imprisoned him after launching an
attack on the ship he was travelling on, CBC reported Wednesday. Rifat
Audeh was identified as one of three Canadians detained during the raid
that took place in international waters Monday. Israeli troops boarded a
flotilla of ships carrying aid supplies to the Gaza Strip, killing at
least nine people on board.
Local man's son to fight deportation after raid on
A man with Massachusetts ties is fighting his
deportation from Israel after being detained during that country's
deadly raid on an aid flotilla headed toward the Gaza Strip, the man’s
father said today. Joseph Bangert of Brewster said his son, Fiachra O
Luain, a flotilla participant who was on board a ship bearing a Turkish
flag, was arrested
and was being held with 600 other participants in an Israeli desert
Let Israel probe Gaza flotilla raid with U.S. observer
Netanyahu in no rush to accept U.S. proposal, in part because Defense
Minister Ehud Barak is opposed to it.
U.S.: UN council rushing to blame Israel for Gaza
UN Human Rights Council to probe Gaza flotilla raid, passes resolution
condemning Israel as violating international law urges end to Gaza
flotilla raid: Joe Biden asks 'So what's the big deal here?'
publicly defends Israel's actions over Gaza flotilla raid, says Israel
'has a right to know' if arms were smuggled.
Israel right to stop Gaza flotilla from breaking blockade
Biden tells Charlie Rose that the Israel Navy might not have needed to
drop commandos onto the Gaza-bound ship, but insists that Israel is
entitled to defend its security.
Declines To Denounce Gaza Blockade
"Israel is our friend... I think with Israel we have a very close
friendship and to have a Democratic Jewish state in that region is
something that has been a goal of our foreign policy. It is something
that is based on our national security interest; it is about us as much
-- even more -- than it is about them. We all -- many of us here -- are
striving for a two-state solution... But it has to be a solution where
there is security for both sides. And hopefully President Obama will be
able to use his good offices to achieve such a goal that has been
bipartisan in support in Congress. But again, I believe that the
specialness of our relationship with Israel has as much to do with our
own national security as it does with theirs."
pundits blame Obama for Israeli raid on flotilla
another step in a chain of unfortunate events beginning with President
Obama’s insistence that there be a freeze, as a precondition for peace
talks, a freeze on settlements in Jerusalem," McCain told Fox's Sean
Hannity. "Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, not a settlement."
ignores calls for investigation of raid
minister praises the commandos involved and accuses the pro-Palestinian
flotilla activists of being 'supporters of terrorism.' Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a vigorous, unapologetic defense
Wednesday of his government's deadly raid of a protest flotilla bound
for the Gaza Strip, ignoring international calls for an independent
probe into the incident.
Pro-Israel Dems defend raid
Democratic Reps. Anthony Weiner, Jerrold Nadler, Gary Ackerman,
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.) have all vigorously
supported Israel’s boarding an aid ship bound for the blockaded Gaza —
an act that resulted in ten deaths and a U.N. condemnation.
Israel's Arab Helpers
Egypt blocks travel of health minister via Rafah
The Egyptian authorities refused to allow the travel of Dr. Basem Naim,
the Palestinian health minister, via the Rafah border terminal.
Irish official: Expel Israel embassy officer over
Dubai passport fraud
Irish officials: Israel forged Irish passports used by suspects in
assassination of senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai.
panel rules West Bank settlers not protected by Basic Law
Panel chairman: Army's decisions should be tested against international
law on occupied territories, and not Israeli law.
purchases US elections'
The deadly Israeli assault on
a Flotilla aid ship has caused an outcry in the international
community. In the United States the Obama Administration has been quiet
about their official stance on what transpired. Paul Craig Roberts says
that there will be nothing that is going to be done by the United States
to change the relationship with Israel.
San Francisco Bay Area Emergency
Protest of Israeli Massacre of Gaza Aid Convoy
Saturday, June 5th
11am, Mass Mobilization @ San Francisco, Civic Center
a protest but... Yogis send Gaza 'positive vibes' from Lebanon coast
AFP - A group of yogis gathered on the Beirut coast at
dawn Thursday to send "positive vibes" to Gaza in the wake of a
deadly Israeli raid on a relief flotilla bound for the Palestinian
Jordanian Protesters call for expelling Israeli
ambassador from Amman
angry for Gaza, daily demos
Attack on Gaza/ Philadelphia Solidarity 6-1-2010
Israel's Gaza PR offensive
boats battle to get through the siege of Gaza, Gazans can eat out in
fancy restaurants and have no need of aid. That's what Israel has been
telling journalists, at least. Sherine Tadros picks apart the media
Defenders Mobilize, Threaten, Jim Lobe
Faced with what the
Wall Street Journal calls "one of Israel’s worst international relations
disasters in years," the right-wing leadership of the so-called "Israel
Lobby" has been pulling out all the stops to defend the Jewish state
against global outrage over its deadly seizure of a Gaza-bound vessel in
international waters carrying humanitarian supplies early Monday
Spin from Israel, Philip Giraldi
The Israeli commando
assault on a flotilla bringing aid to Gaza which killed at least nine
civilians should be a wake-up call for those who want to believe that
Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s government is capable of making rational
decisions. The flotilla, consisting of nationals from as many as twenty
countries, was unarmed and carrying relief supplies that had been
carefully inspected by the Turkish authorities. It was in international
waters when it was attacked. More than 600 passengers and
crew, apart from those who were killed, were subsequently arrested by
Israel for refusing to identify themselves. If all that is correct,
then Tel Aviv is guilty of piracy, kidnapping, and murder while the
armed attack on a Turkish flagged vessel might be construed as inviting a
military response from NATO. One of the vessels bore an American flag
and there were at least eight US citizens on board, including a former
ambassador and a USS Liberty survivor, suggesting that a strong reaction
from Washington would not be inappropriate.
Israel’s spin won’t work this time, Harsha Walia
international outrage spreads at the Israeli elite commando attack on an
unarmed humanitarian convey in the middle of the night on international
waters, Israel is desperately trying to rebrand the incident as one of
self-defence. It is nothing new for Israel, and other
aggressing powers, to smear their victims as perpetrators. Afterall,
unjustifiable murder is too jarring to stomach.
the Rescue?, JAMES ABOUREZK
Armed Israeli commandos, the elite of the elites, rappelled to the deck
of a Turkish ship carrying humanitarian relief supplies to the 1.5
million prisoners in the Gaza concentration camp. Although the Israelis
did not see the attack as an attack, but an action only to defend
themselves, as only Israelis have a right to do. It is a right that
Palestinians do not have, nor do the other activists who were attempting
to deliver the supplies to the Gazans It appears, from the scanty
non-Israeli news available, that the Turkish ship was some 40 miles or
more off the coast of Gaza, and that the activists aboard were not
armed, except with kitchen knives and some clubs lying around the ship
that they could round up when they were surprised by the Israeli
the world became Gaza, Ali Abunimah
Since Israel's invasion
and massacre of over 1,400 people in Gaza 18 months ago, dubbed
Operation Cast Lead, global civil society movements have stepped up
their campaigns for justice and solidarity with Palestinians.
Governments, by contrast, carried on with business as usual, maintaining
a complicit silence. Israel's lethal attack on the Freedom Flotilla to
Gaza may change that, spurring governments to follow the lead of their
people and take unprecedented action to check Israel's growing
It's time for real disengagement, Aluf Benn
The attempt to control Gaza from outside, via its residents' diet and
shopping lists, casts a heavy moral stain on Israel and increases its
investigate: Everyone knows what was wrong about the flotilla attack
is captive to a false sense of victimhood, which goes together with a
sense of false omnipotence.
Amb. Marc Ginsberg: Flotsam & Jetsam
There is an ominous shadow looming over Israel's recent international
missteps. The global rush to judgment against Israel's interdiction of
the Turkish ferry "Mavi Marmara" represents an important barometer of
Israel's decaying public diplomacy.
A view from the Left/Israel loses its composure in face
of non-violent Palestinian struggle, Udi Aloni
I am writing these words with great pain and suppressed rage. I know
that few are the Jews in Israel whose heart is open to the pain of their
Palestinian brothers and sisters, and yet, I refuse to give up on this
brotherhood. I myself was almost on board one of the ships that made
their way to Gaza, primarily in order to help and tell the world about
her suffering, but also in order to say that among us, the Jewish
citizens of Israel, there are some whose sense of justice, grace and
brotherhood has not become blunt even under the patriotic psychosis that
has taken over the best part of us.
The Gaza Raid: No Help to U.S. Diplomacy in Mideast
Time.com - The Obama Administration has avoided criticizing Israel's
handling of the aid convoy showdown, but the escalating diplomatic spat
won't help U.S. efforts on Iran and other issues.
Bless her heart, Andrea Mitchell seems upset by Gaza
blockade, Philip Weiss
To her credit, Andrea Mitchell on
MSNBC this afternoon, reporting from Tel Aviv, spoke about what is
motivating the world, the inhumane blockade of Gaza and the terrible
conditions it has produced for Palestinians. She seemed upset by this
three-year policy of collective punishment.
Did Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman provoke and incite
their murderers in Philadelphia, MI?, Philip Weiss
Tracking the American liberal discourse's failure on the flotilla raid,
it is important to note that Brian Lehrer, the cerebral conscience of
the New York public radio station, WNYC, today did an interview with
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks of England on his new book about Jews and Israel.
So a conservative Zionist was given a platform to defend Israel's attack
on the boat.
MJ Rosenberg: Lying About the Gaza Flotilla Attack
one lie after another in the US media about the Israeli attack on the
Gaza-bound relief flotilla. No matter that the Israeli media views the
whole incident as a debacle for Israel, in this country the
Israel-can-do-no-wrong crowd is on overdrive defending the operation. As
usual, facts don't matter to them.
Israel massacres peace activists
By now you will have heard about Israel’s assault on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, in the course
of which, according to current estimates, at least 10 and as many as 20
peace activists were killed, and dozens injured. The flotilla was carrying
hundreds of activists, including a Nobel Peace Laureate, along with
thousands of tons of humanitarian aid to distribute to the besieged
population of Gaza.
Israel’s Latest Violation, Stephen Zunes
Israel’s right-wing government engages in yet another outrageous
violation of international legal norms, it is easy to think, "No way are
they going to get away with it this time!" And yet, thanks to the White
House, Congress and leading American pundits, somehow, they do.
Israel’s attack on an unarmed flotilla of humanitarian aid vessels in
the eastern Mediterranean — resulting in more than a dozen fatalities,
the wounding of scores of passengers and crew, and the kidnapping of 750
others — has so far not proven any different.
If Gaza's relief is a step closer they won't have died in vain | Seumas
It takes some nerve, and a special kind of detachment
from reality, to claim that your soldiers were "lynched" by "terrorists"
when they have just shot dead at least nine unarmed human rights activists and
wounded dozens of others while suffering no fatal injuries themselves.
But that is the line Israel's propaganda machine spun while it held
nearly 700 international pro-Palestinian campaigners incommunicado in
the wake of Monday's assault on six boats bringing humanitarian aid to
the besieged people of Gaza.
Flotilla: Will US change its policy towards Israel?
As worldwide condemnation has been flooding in since Monday when
Israeli Defense Forces boarded a ship in the Mediterranean, setting off a
melee that left nine activists dead and dozens wounded. Turkey, an
unofficial backer of the flotilla, has led the criticism, accusing
Israel of committing a "massacre," and the U.N. Security Council
demanded an impartial investigation. What will happen to Israel's close
relationship with the United States? Will there be policy change?
In Turkey, rage at Israeli raid puts an ally to the
THE WEAKENING friendship between Turkey and Israel was further shaken by
Monday’s Israeli attack on a flotilla of activists bringing relief
supplies to Gaza. More than half of the activists were Turkish. Turks
had been following the flotilla’s progress intently, and were stunned
when the story took a more violent turn than anyone had expected.
of this moment
Israel has sent the world a loud message: we
will do whatever we want wherever want. So what if we kill civilians in
international waters? In response, the world gets the typical excuses
and rationales it has come to expect from the United States, Egypt, and
all the other states that should be levying demands on Israel to free
Palestinians from siege, occupation and apartheid. Radhika Sainath
comments for The Electronic Intifada.
massacre is not a massacre
I don't write poems but, in any
case, poems are not poems. Long ago, I was made to understand that
Palestine was not Palestine; I was also informed that Palestinians were
not Palestinians; They also explained to me that ethnic cleansing was
not ethnic cleansing. And when naive old me saw freedom fighters they
patiently showed me that they were not freedom fighters, and that
resistance was not resistance.
‘Mad dog’ diplomacy: A cornered Israel is baring its teeth, Jonathan
Moshe Dayan, Israel’s most celebrated general, famously
outlined the strategy he believed would keep Israel’s enemies at bay:
“Israel must be a like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.” Until now,
most observers had assumed Dayan was referring to Israeli military or
possibly nuclear strategy, an expression in his typically blunt fashion
of the country’s familiar doctrine of deterrence.
Protest in New York, and celebration, Pamela Olson
31, the day after Israel’s bloody and unconscionable raid against
civilian aid volunteers in international waters, around 1,000 people
gathered in Times Square to protest. The next day, June 1, the same
number showed up to protest again, meeting at 42nd Street and 2nd Avenue
and marching to Times Square. The organizers had arranged for 200 feet
of the street to be blocked off for the demonstration, and by the time
the march began, it was overflowing. There were very few news cameras
around, though, most of them from the independent and left-leaning
press. A counter-protest was held a few blocks away by people who
supported Israel’s blockade of Gaza and its attack against the flotilla.
A friend and I went to check it out. He suggested I hide the kuffiyeh
that was hanging around my neck, but I was in no mood to cater to
anyone’s delicate sensibilities after what had happened. It was a symbol
of solidarity and resistance to illegal brutality, and I wore it
No Borders, Alice Rothchild
I write with a mixture of outrage and heartbreak as the news unfolds
about the Israeli commandos boarding the flotilla of ships bound for
Gaza, carrying wheelchairs, home building supplies, medications,
playgrounds, and thousands of tons of desperately needed materials. Some
800 internationals from 50 countries sought to call attention to the
Israeli blockade of Gaza through non-violent action and to provide
material support to a population suffering from collective punishment
begun in the 1980s and now under almost total closure. The activists
hoped to make it impossible for us to ignore the siege, to highlight the
humanitarian catastrophe, and to take personal action as individuals.
They wanted us to see that 10% of Gazan children suffer from chronic
malnutrition and two-thirds of Gazans face daily hunger.
Israel Flotilla Raid – Breakdown of Who’s Right and
Cyek Uygur of the Young Turks analyzes the blame question over the
Israel's flotilla massacre. Though he misses the mounting evidence that
Israeli commandos were firing before they landed, a possibility that
would have taken place before the melee on the IDF tape, Uygur makes
some good observations about the laughability of the American proposal
that Israel investigate itself, and demonstrates the criminality of the
Israeli blockade of Gaza.
Wednesday: 2 Iraqis Killed, 5 Wounded
least two Iraqis were killed and five others were wounded in light
violence. Also, a new development in the hunt for a new prime minister
has taken a turn that could end the impasse.
FEATURE-Iraqi refugees haunted by horrors they left behind
3 (Reuters) - Nahla and her pharmacist husband Malik were
prospering in the Shi'ite city of Kerbala, despite the sectarian and
criminal violence unleashed by the U.S.-led 2003 invasion of Iraq. They
even bought a new house.
Iraqi Christians: Better off than other Iraqi refugees?
Arab Christians in the US and elsewhere help facilitate the resettlement
of Iraqi Christians fleeing violence in Iraq. Is the Western media
overplaying the challenges facing Christians in Iraq?
U.S. and Other World News
Report: Flotilla delays Iran sanctions vote
US to push back UN vote by three weeks because of IDF raid on
waterboarding, says he’d do it again
Speaking to a crowd in
Grand Rapids, Michigan on Wednesday, former president George W.
Bush told onlookers that his administration did in fact waterboard
alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and suggested that his
action saved American lives.
UN Expert: 'Targeted Killings' By U.S., Israel,
Russia May Be War Crimes
GENEVA — Governments must come clean on their methods for killing
suspected terrorists and insurgents – especially when using unmanned
drones – because they may be committing war crimes, a U.N. human rights
expert said Wednesday. Philip Alston, the independent U.N. investigator
on extrajudicial killings, called on countries to lay out the rules and
safeguards they use when carrying out so-called targeted killings,
publish figures on civilian casualties and prove they have attempted to
capture or incapacitate suspects without killing them.
Will US revoke the right of American citizenship to
foreigners born here?
A bill in the House of Representatives would change the 14th amendment
to the US Constitution that grants anyone who is born on US soil the
right of American citizenship. Efforts to revoke birthright citizenship
could make it the new flashpoint in the debate over immigration.
Former minister admits misinforming MPs over treatment
of Baha Mousa
Adam Ingram, armed forces minister at time of detainee's killing, blames
officials and a 'failure to recollect' for inaccurate information given
to parliament. The minister responsible for the conduct of the armed
forces at the time of the death of Baha Mousa, a Basra hotel
receptionist in the custody of British soldiers, has admitted he
misinformed MPs about the treatment of Iraqi detainees.
Egyptian group to back ElBaradei
Muslim Brotherhood vows
to help ex-nuclear watchdog chief push constitutional overhaul.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2010-06/03/c_13332334.htm
Saudi bride contracts ask for age
New wedding contracts will require Saudi brides to give their ages in an
attempt to prevent children being married.
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