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Gaza aid flotilla attacked, 10 killed
05-31-2010, 07:58 AM,
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Gaza aid flotilla attacked, 10 killed
Quote: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.

Israel had earlier deployed warships and threatened to stop the flotilla from reaching the Palestinian territory where the war-ravaged residents were impatiently eying the arrival of the aid convoy.

Israeli navy forces and helicopters have taken over the ships in the humanitarian aid convoy and are using force against those on board, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Israeli soldiers have also reportedly detained activists accompanying the convoy.

In Gaza, Palestine's democratically elected Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh strongly condemned the attack on the flotilla and called on the international community to protect the aid mission.

The convoy carries 10,000 tons of supplies and hundreds of politicians, activists and journalists.

The flotilla was seeking to break Israel's crippling blockade of Gaza and deliver basic necessities to the impoverished Palestinians in the coastal enclave.

http://presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=128420&sectionid=351020202
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05-31-2010, 08:44 AM,
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RE: Gaza aid flotilla attacked, 10 killed
wow...the Israelis got some balls on them, huh? I really didn't expect this news. Got to take into account that PressTV is an Iranian outfit, too, but I'm sure they're only slightly exaggerating, if that. I guess the flotilla should probably get the backing of some NATO flag before trying again.
...Fuckin' Nazi Israelis...
Shit. what kind of a world is this?
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05-31-2010, 09:28 AM,
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RE: Gaza aid flotilla attacked, 10 killed
No exaggeration. The number dead rose to 20 now.
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05-31-2010, 01:41 PM,
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RE: Gaza aid flotilla attacked, 10 killed
And it's a coincidence that kurdish rebels attack a turkish naval military base.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37431151
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05-31-2010, 03:41 PM,
#5
RE: Gaza aid flotilla attacked, 10 killed
Fuck them.

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/israel-deploys-three-nuclear-cruise-missile-armed-subs-along-iranian-coastline

I hope this event is the breaking point for those who are committed to neither side.
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05-31-2010, 07:28 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-31-2010, 07:43 PM by ---.)
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RE: Gaza aid flotilla attacked, 10 killed
do you ever get the feeling that they are really trying to get themselves a hated reputation?
Quote:Israel flotilla action sparks diplomatic furor
Security Council to meet after raid in international waters kills 9 activists
Image: Israeli medics rush an injured man for treatment
Alex Rozkovsky / AP
Israeli medics rush an injured man to a hospital in Haifa, after Israeli commandos stormed vessels carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip on Monday
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updated 1:22 p.m. ET May 31, 2010

JERUSALEM - Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday, killing nine passengers in a botched raid that provoked international outrage and a diplomatic crisis.

Dozens of activists and six Israeli soldiers were wounded in the bloody predawn confrontation in international waters. The violent takeover dealt yet another blow to Israel's international image, already tarnished by war crimes accusations in Gaza and its 3-year-old blockade of the impoverished Palestinian territory.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu canceled a much-anticipated meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington on Tuesday in a sign of just how gravely Israel viewed the uproar. In Canada, Netanyahu announced he was rushing home but said he had called the American president and agreed to meet again.
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The White House said in a written statement that the United States "deeply regrets" the loss of life and injuries and was working to understand the circumstances surrounding this "tragedy."

The activists were headed to Gaza to draw attention to the blockade, which Israel and Egypt imposed after the militant Hamas group seized the territory of 1.5 million Palestinians in 2007.

There were conflicting accounts of what happened early Monday, with activists claiming the Israelis opened fire without provocation and Israel insisting its forces fired in self defense.

'Our soldiers had to defend themselves'
Speaking alongside the Canadian prime minister, Netanyahu expressed "regret" for the loss of life but said the soldiers had no choice. "Our soldiers had to defend themselves, defend their lives, or they would have been killed," he said.

Israel said it opened fire after its commandos were attacked by knives, clubs and live fire from two pistols wrested from soldiers after they rappelled from a helicopter at about 4 a.m. to board one of the vessels.


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Israeli forces raid Gaza-bound flotilla
May 31: After the Israeli navy boarded ships taking relief supplies to the Gaza strip, skirmishes leave 10 dead and reports of 30 wounded, prompting Israel's Prime Minister to cancel a meeting with President Obama.

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Late Monday, it released a grainy black-and-white video that it said supported its version of events, with activists swarming around commandos after they descended from a helicopter by rope onto the lead boat, the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara, carrying 600 people. Activists scuffled with the commandos and are seen throwing an object the military identified as a firebomb.

A commando who spoke to reporters on a naval vessel off the coast, identified only as "A," said he and his comrades were taken off guard by a group of Arabic-speaking men when they landed on the deck.

Some soldiers were stripped of their helmets and equipment and thrown from the top deck to the lower deck, and some had even jumped overboard to save themselves, the commando said. At one point one of the activists seized one of the soldiers' weapons and opened fire, the commando said.

Communications to the ships were cut shortly after the raid began, and activists were kept away from reporters after their boats were towed to the Israeli port of Ashdod.

Helicopters evacuated the wounded to Israeli hospitals, officials said. Five ships had reached port by early evening and some 136 activists had been removed without serious incident, the military said.

Sixteen were jailed for refusing to identify themselves, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Israel had said activists would be given the choice to be deported or imprisoned.

Israeli officials said the death toll was nine with 30 wounded, after earlier saying 10 people were killed. It said the final tally was reached after bringing all six boats in the flotilla under control.

Most of the dead were Turkish
A high-ranking naval official displayed a box confiscated from the boat containing switchblades, slingshots, metal balls and metal bats. Most of the dead were Turkish, he said.

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In a sign the soldiers didn't anticipate such fierce resistance, two commandos told The Associated Press that the primary weapons were guns that fired paintballs — a nonlethal weapon that can be used to subdue crowds. They said they resorted to lethal handgun fire after they were assaulted.

Turkey's NTV network showed activists beating one commando with sticks as he landed on one of the boats. Dr. Arnon Afek, deputy director of Chaim Sheba Medical Center outside Tel Aviv, said two commandos were brought in with gunshot wounds. Another had serious head wounds from an unspecified blow, Afek added.

Activists give different account
Activists, however, painted a completely different picture, saying the commandos stormed the ships after ordering them to stop in international waters, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) from Gaza's coast.

A reporter with the pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera, who was sailing on the Turkish ship leading the flotilla, said the Israelis fired at the vessel before boarding it, wounding the captain.

"These savages are killing people here, please help," a Turkish television reporter said.
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The broadcast ended with a voice shouting in Hebrew, "Everybody shut up!"

At Barzilai hospital in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, a few activists trickled in under military escort. "They hit me," said a Greek man, whose right arm was in a sling, calling the Israelis "pirates." He did not give his name and later was escorted away with a neck brace.

At a news conference in Tel Aviv, Israel's military chief of staff and navy commander said the violence was centered on the lead boat, which was carrying all but 100 of the activists. Troops took over the five other boats without incident, military chief Gabi Ashkenazi said.

Reaction was swift and harsh, with a massive protest in Turkey, Israel's longtime Muslim ally, which unofficially supported the mission. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of "state terrorism," and the government said it was recalling its ambassador and called off military exercises with the Jewish state.

The U.N. Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting later Monday while the Arab League planned to meet Tuesday in Cairo.

Robin Churchill, a professor of international law at the University of Dundee in Scotland, said the Israeli commandos boarded the ship outside of Israel's territorial waters.

"As far as I can see, there is no legal basis for boarding these ships," Churchill said.

Many of the activists were from Europe.

'Politically unacceptable'
The European Union deplored what it called excessive use of force and called for the Gaza blockade to be lifted immediately, calling it "politically unacceptable."

Israeli security forces were on alert across the country. Protesters gathered at two universities and burned tires and threw rocks in Israel's largest Arab city, but no injuries were reported.

Image: Demonstrators at Israeli consulate in Istanbul
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Demonstrators holding Palestinian flags gather outside the Israeli consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Monday.
Organizers said two prominent activists, 1976 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire and Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, 85, did not join the flotilla as planned.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the Israeli "massacre," declared three days of mourning across the West Bank.

Ismail Haniyeh, leader of the rival Hamas government in Gaza, condemned the "brutal" Israeli attack and called on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to intervene.

In Uganda, Ban condemned the deaths and called for a "thorough" investigation.

Before the ships set sail from waters off Cyprus on Sunday, Israel had urged the flotilla not to try to breach the blockade and offered to transfer some of the cargo to Gaza from an Israeli port, following a security inspection.

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Organizers included the IHH, an Islamic humanitarian group that is based in Istanbul but operates in several other countries. Israel outlawed the group in 2008 because of its ties to Hamas.

The flotilla of three cargo ships and three passenger ships carrying 10,000 tons of aid and 700 activists was carrying items that Israel bars from reaching Gaza, like cement and other building materials.

Israel has allowed ships through five times, but has blocked them from entering Gaza waters since a three-week military offensive against Gaza's Hamas rulers in January 2009.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37423584/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa//

it didn't begin in January - it began just before the end of December 2008?
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05-31-2010, 08:13 PM,
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RE: Gaza aid flotilla attacked, 10 killed
Just come back from the protest in london.. Im still fucking angry as hell and have found out someone i know was onboard the boat and we dont yet know if she is alive et.
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05-31-2010, 08:27 PM,
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RE: Gaza aid flotilla attacked, 10 killed
Yeah I just don't know what to say anymore.
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05-31-2010, 09:06 PM,
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RE: Gaza aid flotilla attacked, 10 killed
This had got to me so much that I was willing to get arrested.. enough is enough and Ive had enough of this bullshit..

These were peace activist's which were sending aid!!!

Words cant describe how I feel, I physical feel sick
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05-31-2010, 10:05 PM,
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RE: Gaza aid flotilla attacked, 10 killed
(05-31-2010, 01:41 PM)i8manu Wrote: And it's a coincidence that kurdish rebels attack a turkish naval military base.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37431151

I'm not following that line of thinking... a little development please?

Turkey did very recently bomb the hell out of Iraqi Kurds... this isn't just more of that conflict?
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05-31-2010, 10:42 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-31-2010, 10:48 PM by ---.)
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RE: Gaza aid flotilla attacked, 10 killed
Has the world ever seen before such a aggressively self destructive state as Israel ? The populace seem as insane as Germany's was during the second world war that they condone these actions and policies in their own name.

It is amazing how they lie to themselves to pretend their could ever be a justification for the brutality committed directly in their name. Surely, their name is rightfully mud at this point in history to the majority of the world and yet they can always find behind "anti-semitism" should anyone dare point out that how murderous their "nation" has become and was since inception on land that belonged to others.

it isn't the first time they kill peace activists. There is no talking to most Jews about this, they are largely in a private club bubble and largely of a "stick together remember our suffering" state of mind.

All this further brutality to aid workers and inhumanity to the Palestinians is doing is to emphasize that Israel is a rapidly failing state project which appears less and less viable in the march of time.

And if they fall they will take us all out with them, eh? Such a arrogant supremacist narrative that comes from the Israeli state since it's inception.
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06-01-2010, 06:21 AM,
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RE: Gaza aid flotilla attacked, 10 killed
Quote:Just come back from the protest in london..

There was one here in Edmonton at the Legislative Grounds. Regretfully, I was unable to attend. It's encouraging to hear there are some locals that care enough about our brothers on the other side of the world.

The news said the protest was highly strangely polarized having 50% siding with Israel but I stopped believing the news long ago. I hope this sparks some real discussion and organization up here and not just more stand-offs and placard waving.

The Palestinian Liberation Society of Edmonton is the group that organized the Edmonton and their story of the events as they unfolded.

http://psnedmonton.ca/2010/05/31/take-action-israel-attacks-gaza-aid-convoy/

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2G7W0HFrl0

Reportedly the speaker, Tariq Ali, gets around and is a roaming activist.
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