EMERGENCY-Take Action: Israel Attacks Gaza Humanitarian Aid Flotilla
May 31, 2010
In an international act of piracy and murder in international waters, the Israeli navy intercepted, boarded, and opened fire on humanitarian activists on a flotilla of ships attempting to deliver humanitarian supplies to the Israeli-blockaded Palestinian Gaza Strip.
According to news reports, Israeli commandos killed as many as 19 humanitarian activists on board one ship, and have abducted all 700 passengers on board the six boats composing the flotilla who are in the process of being sent against their will to Israel for arrest and/or deportation.
The reaction of the Obama Administration to Israel's attack on the humanitarian aid flotilla, which included U.S. citizens, has been tepid. A White House spokesperson stated that he "deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries sustained."
Of course, this statement completely ignores U.S. complicity in arming Israel and enabling its human rights abuses. In July 2008, the United States signed a contract worth $1.9 billion to transfer the latest-generation of naval combat vessels to Israel at U.S. taxpayer expense. Currently, Congress is in the process of appropriating a record $3.2 billion in military aid to Israel this budget year.
Events are moving quickly. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has apparently canceled his meeting tomorrow at the White House to return to Israel. Later today, the UN Security Council is set to address Israel's attack on the humanitarian flotilla. For the latest news from the flotilla, please click here <http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=fhcc2PejDr5hny...> .
1. Organize an emergency protest against Israel's attack on the humanitarian flotilla. Find events near you and post your event details by clicking here <http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=JLm8D0P6oc8JFV...> .
2. Contact the U.S. Mission to the United Nations at 212-415-4062 right away and demand that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice vote to support a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel's action and initiating an investigation.
3. Learn more about the deadly impact of U.S. military aid to Israel and take action to end it by clicking here <http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=C0OZFwkq9%2Byv...> .
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2. Call the U.S. Mission to the UN at 212-415-4062 and demand it vote with the Security Council to condemn Israel's action.
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Israeli commandos: Gaza flotilla crew tried to lynch us
Haaretz (AP andReuters) May 31, 2010
Editor CE: First read the Israeli spin, for it is sure to be the angle presented by the US Press in days to come. This time it is not going to sell, not even in Brooklyn.
"The left-wing activists on board a flotilla carrying aid to the Gaza Strip tried to lynch the Israel Navy commandos who stormed their Turkish-flagged ship early Monday, Israel Defense Forces sources told Haaretz."Story Highlights Confrontation took place in international waters IDF: Passengers attacked lone commando with iron bars, opened fire Flotilla had reportedly"
Flotilla interception looks like a disastrous own goal for Israel
Ian Black, Guardian May 31, 2010
Israel's bloody <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2010/may/31/israel-troops-gaza-s...> interception of the Gaza aid flotilla looks like a disastrous own goal. It will highlight the continuing blockade of the <http://> Gaza <http://> Strip in the most dramatic possible way and is bound to increase pressure to ease it â€' even if not to engage directly with Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that controls the area.
---Hamas quickly accused Israel <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/israel> of committing war crimes but also called for determined international action to relieve the siege. Israel has effectively blockaded the strip since Hamas, which won the Palestinians elections four years ago, took over from the Fatah administration in 2007.
---Operation Cast Lead, launched in December 2008, underlined the issue â€' not least because of the three-week military assault on Gaza left 1,300-plus Palestinians dead â€' but left it unresolved. Israeli does allow a limited amount of aid into Gaza while maintaining the overall blockade.
Ten dead as Israel storms aid ships, sparks outcry
China Daily May 31, 2010
The European Union demanded an inquiry and France and Germany said they were "shocked". The United Nations condemned violence against civilians in international waters. Israeli officials said the marines were met with gunfire and knives when they boarded the ships, which included a large ferry flying the Turkish flag. Activists seized at least two pistols from the boarding party, the officials said. Israel's attempts to maintain its three-year-old blockade on the Hamas Islamist-ruled enclave while avoiding bloodshed that would spark an international incident collapsed in spectacular fashion: "It's going to be a big scandal, no doubt about it," Israel's Trade Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told Reuters.
Israel Intercepts Gaza-bound Aid Ships, Killing 10
Bloomberg News May 31, 2010
Turkeyâ€™s NTV television showed footage of helicopters dropping armed soldiers onto a ship in the dark, and of bloodied passengers being treated on board. A passenger said the raid started around 4:30 a.m. and that the ships were attacked with live ammunition and tear gas.----The Israeli army said passengers opened fire on the commandos and also attacked them with knives and clubs, according to an e-mailed statement. The statement said two of the weapons used were grabbed from Israeli soldiers. Israelâ€™s Channel 2 television said 16 passengers were killed. Turkeyâ€™s Anatolia news agency said at least 30 were wounded.
---Israeli bombing and ground operations during the war destroyed thousands of houses across Gaza and Israelâ€™s restrictions on construction materials have prevented Palestinians from being able to rebuild.
--- Turkeyâ€™s Foreign Ministry plans to summon the Israeli ambassador to explain the raid on one of the ships that carried many Turkish passengers, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported. A group of about 500 protesters gathered outside Ambassador Gaby Leviâ€™s residence in Ankara, Turkish television reported.
Hariri describes Israeli attack on Gaza boat as "crazy move"
M&C News, Germany May 31, 2010
EditorCE: The German Press fears Israel, and it shows in its lack of early coverage of the Flotilla outrage. M&C News had only this opinion story:
M&C News: "...reports in Beirut said the head of the Lebanese mission to the 'Freedom Flotilla' Hani Suleiman, was wounded in the Israeli attack. Israel's navy on Monday stormed an aid convoy carrying some 700 pro-Palestinian activists bound for the Gaza Strip, with reports saying at least 10 died as a result of the raid The Freedom Flotilla set off from Cyprus on Sunday afternoon with 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid, on what organisers had hoped would be a successful attempt to break Israel's siege of the Gaza Strip"
Israeli commandos kill activists on flotilla bound for Gaza
The Guardian, London May 31, 2010
Dozens of activists injured during the storming of a Gaza <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gaza> aid flotilla were ferried to hospitals in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Ashkelon. The Israeli military said at least five of its personnel were also injured, at least one seriously. The incident engulfed Israel in a war of words with its ally Turkey, with whom relations were already stained following the Israelis three-week military assault on the Gaza Strip in 2008-9. Today's deaths and injuries were condemned by the UN, EU and other countries.
---At least one of the six boats in the flotilla arrived at lunchtime in Ashdod, 23-miles north of Gaza City. The port was closed to reporters, who took up position on a hill overlooking it.
---The Swedish author Henning Mankell was on board one of the ships, which left Cyprus yesterday and had been due to arrive in Gaza today. The flotilla, which had been delayed by several days, was carrying around 650 activists and 10,000 tonnes of aid, including medical supplies and construction materials. The aim was to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza, which has been rigorously enforced for the past three years.
Israeli Stocks Slide Most in Week on Gaza Tension; Shekel Falls
Bloomberg News May 31, 2010
May 31 (Bloomberg) -- Israeli shares fell the most in four days on concern tensions may escalate after at least 10 people were killed as commandos clashed with pro-Palestinian activists on ships carrying humanitarian aid supplies to Gaza. Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel <http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Daniel+Ayalon&site=wnews&client=...> Ayalon said the flotilla was an â€śoutrageous provocationâ€ and allowing it to pass would have created a precedent. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad <http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Saad+Hariri&site=wnews&client=wn...> Hariri said the attack would inflame the struggle in the region. Turkeyâ€™s Foreign Ministry called the raid â€śinhumanâ€ and said it â€śmay cause damage to our relations that will be impossible to repair.â€
"Welcome to Obamaâ€™s Jewish America"
JTA, Global News Sevice of the Jewish People May 28, 2010
"My administration is renewing American leadership around the world -- strengthening old alliances and forging new ones, defending universal values while ensuring that we uphold our values here at home," he said. "In fact, itâ€™s our common values that leads us to stand with allies and friends, including the State of Israel.â€
---The star of the afternoon was Koufax, the legendary Dodger southpaw who made baseball history by pitching four no-hitters and who made Jewish history by bailing on a World Series game because it fell on Yom Kippur. "We've got senators and representatives, we've got Supreme Court justices and successful entrepreneurs, rabbinical scholars, Olympic athletes
-- and Sandy Koufax," Obama said. "Sandy and I actually have something in common -- we are both lefties. He can't pitch on Yom Kippur; I can't pitch.â€
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<http://www.opednews.com/articles/Israeli-Troops-Kill-Humani-by-Rob-Ka...> Israeli Troops Kill Humanitarians on Flotilla to Gaza
<http://www.opednews.com/Quicklink/At-least-10-activists-kill-in-Gener...> At least 10 activists killed as Israel Navy opens fire on Gaza aid flotilla
Israel Navy troops opened fire on pro-Palestinian activists aboard a six-ship aid flotilla sailing for the Gaza Strip, killing at least 10 and wounding several others after the convoy ignored orders to turn back, Turkey's NTV reported early Monday. Between 10 and 15 people were killed, with over 60 wounded.
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31 May 2010
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Breaking: <http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/report-at-least-10-acti...> Report: At least 10 activists killed as Israel Navy opens fire on Gaza aid flotilla --Over 60 pro-Palestinian campaigners wounded after six-ship convoy sailing for Gaza Strip ignored Israel's order to turn back, Turkish news reports. 31 May 2010 Israel Navy troops opened fire on pro-Palestinian activists aboard a six-ship aid flotilla sailing for the Gaza Strip, killing at least 10 and wounding several others after the convoy ignored orders to turn back, Turkey's NTV reported early Monday. The IDF also confirmed that two navy commandos had been wounded in fight, which apparently broke out after activists tried to seize their weapons.
<http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=128420§ionid=351020202> Gaza aid flotilla attacked, 10 killed 31 May 2010 Israeli forces have attacked the international aid convoy Freedom Flotilla en route to the besieged Gaza Strip, killing at least 10 people and leaving more than 50 injured. The attack came on Monday morning after one of the six ships in the convoy was hit by Israeli navy forces before being stormed by commandos descending from helicopters. The interception reportedly took place in international waters, more than 150km (90 miles) off the coast of Gaza.
<http://www.worldbulletin.net/news_detail.php?id=59258> Turkey summons Israeli envoy after deadly Gaza ship attack --The report also said, "Foreign Ministry has set up a crisis desk." 31 May 2010 Turkey has summoned Israeli envoy to condemn Israeli attack on Turkish Gaza aid ship on international waters. The move comes after Israeli troops shot dead two aid activists and wounded more than 30 on the ship, Turkish media said. Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned Israeli envoy Gabby Levy to condemn the bloody action, Turkish TV, NTV, said.
<http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/protesters-try-to-storm...> Protesters try to storm Israeli consulate in Turkey --CNN-Turk and NTV televisions show dozens of angry protesters scuffling with Turkish police guarding consulate building in downtown Istanbul. 31 May 2010 Turkish police blocked dozens of stone-throwing protesters who tried to storm the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul over reports of an Israeli attack on at least one aid ship in international waters on Monday, news channels reported. CNN-Turk and NTV showed dozens of angry protesters scuffling with Turkish police guarding the consulate in downtown Istanbul. "Damn Israel," the protesters shouted.
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