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Freedom Flotilla Attack: Israeli Commandos Massacre Activists

** Please refer to PULSE, my web bookmarks or Twitter feed for updates. While at least nine are confirmed dead, a number of others are still unaccounted for.

THE FREEDOM FLOTILLA HAS BEEN ATTACKED BY ISRAELI MILITARY FORCES. Al Jazeera reports 16 killed. Turkish TV are reporting at least 16 dead and over 60 injured.

You can watch Press TV (who are reporting 20 killed) live here and Al Jazeera English here. Al Jazeera reports:

The Israeli Army Radio said soldiers opened fire “after confronting those on board carrying sharp objects”.

Free Gaza Movement, the organisers of the flotilla, however, said the troops opened fire as soon as they stormed the ships.

When the confirmed death count was still “only” 3:

Live Streaming Turkish TV
Vodpod videos no longer available.

News and Analysis – Post-Attack and Massacre

Gaza flotilla raid: ‘We heard gunfire – then our ship turned into lake of blood’
*Must-read that features testimonies of activists aboard the lead ship the Mavi Marmari that directly contradict the israeli claims – Guardian 2 June 2010

Gaza aid flotilla: Israeli sabotage suspected
Guardian, 1 June 2010

Irish aid boat holds course towards Gaza despite Israel warning
Guardian, 1 June 2010

It is significant that Jordanian Prince El Hassan bin Talal, sovereign of a country that has a peace treaty with the hafrada regime, opined in an Al Jazeera op-ed: “perhaps Israel is seeking total isolation to justify continued violence leading to further pre-emptive strikes and a regional war.

We’re All Gazans Now
Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 2 June 2010

Outrage over Israeli attack: Reaction from around the world
Al Jazeera, 31 May 2010

Israel kills protesters in Gaza flotilla
Jason Koutsoukis, The Age, 1 June 2010

10 die in Israeli raid on aid flotilla, Security Council to meet after raid in international waters
MSNBC, 31 May 2010

Israel-Turkey ties at breaking point after raid
Khaleej Times, 31 May 2010

Protesters storm Israeli consulate in Turkey; PressTV Reporting 20 Killed in flotilla massacre
PULSE, 31 may 2010

A Special Place in Hell / The Second Gaza War: Israel lost at sea
Bradley Burston, Haaretz, 31 may 2010

Where is Israel’s self-respect?
Paul Woodward, War in Context, 31 May 2010

News and Analysis – Pre-Attack

With thanks to Jennifer from the CJPP for a number of the following links:

Humanitarian flotilla heads to Israel Palestine – multimedia report in SMH

War In Context: Paul Woodward
Flotilla changes course to avoid confrontation with Israeli navy | Israeli navy approaching Freedom Flotilla | A message to America from Hamas | Masked Israeli gunmen ready to hijack Freedom Flotilla

Israeli ships bear down on Freedom Flotilla in the dark
Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss

Tension builds as flotilla approaches Gaza
Paul McGeough, The Sydney Herald, 31 May 2010
ABOARD MV BLUE MARMARA, Mediterranean Sea: The protest business requires patience – especially with a plan as audacious as crashing a fleet of ships through Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza.

Gaza Freedom Flotilla Shows Awesome Power of Nonviolent Resistance
Robert Naiman, The Huffington Post, 29 May 2010

ABC (Australia) Radio National Breakfast: ‘Freedom Flotilla’ heads for Gaza, Mon 31 May 2010

Gaza flotilla drives Israel into a sea of stupidity
Gideon Levy, Ha’aretz, 30 May 2010

VIDEO: Aid flotilla delayed
SBS News, Saturday 29th May 2010
A group of boats carrying supplies and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists has delayed its arrival into Gaza.

VIDEO: McGeough-on-Palestine-flotilla
SBS News, Saturday 29th May 2010
Sydney Morning Herald correspondent Paul McGeough is aboard a cargo ship with aid headed for the Gaza Strip.

Flotilla aims to break Israel’s grip on Gaza
Paul McGeough, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 May 2010
Under the banner of the Freedom Flotilla, the protest is a $US3 million-plus ($3.6 million) operation. Apart from 10,000 tonnes of building, medical, educational and other supplies, on board are dozens of parliamentarians from around the world and professionals planning to offer their services in Gaza.

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This entry was posted on 31 May, 2010 by in Activism, Gaza, Palestine and tagged .

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