Monday, 31 May 2010

Up to 10 dead as Netanyahu backs Gaza convoy massacre

Al-Jazeera now says 10 killed in Israel's war crime against humanitarian activists. BBC is now reporting 9 dead and that Netanyahu 'regrets' the loss of life, but as Al-Jazeera clearer, he gave his full backing to the military and the massacre it's perpetrated. Earlier figures for deaths were 16 to 19.

From Al-Jazeera
Israeli commandos have attacked a flotilla of aid-carrying ships off the coast of the Gaza Strip, killing up to 10 people on board.

Dozens of others were injured when troops raided the convoy of six ships, dubbed the Freedom Flotilla, early on Monday.

Israel said activists on board attacked its commandos as they boarded the ships, while the flotilla's organisers said the Israeli forces opened fire first, as soon as they stormed the convoy.

Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, gave his "full backing" to the military forces after the raid.

The raid by Israel troops "was to prevent the infiltration of thousands of rockets, missiles and other arms that could hit our cities, communities or people," he said.

"I give my complete backing to the army, the soldiers and commanders who acted to defend the state and to protect their lives." 

West fails to condemn Israeli massacre of Gaza convoy activists

The EU and UK Foreign Secretary Hague have failed to condemn the massacre, calling instead for further 'investigation'. No mention of the fact that this was a military assault in international waters by one of the mightiest military machines on the planet. A state armed to the teeth with a license to kill by the US (and shamefully the EU and UK too) that has killed at least 19 civilians delivering aid to a people blockaded and bombed by a government and state with a colonial imperative.

And by the scenes at the quayside at Ashdod of Palestinian women who live inside Israel (Arab Israelis) being racially abuse by a nascent lynch mob, this colonial mindset is increasingly nourished by a growing and deep anti-Arab racism among Israeli Jews. But among increasing numbers of Jewish people in the west, the crimes of Israel are unbearable. Which is why many of the leaders of the Gaza convoy are American Jews.

This was indeed Israel's Soweto, as a speaker said today at the London protest at Downing Street before the march to the embassy. The naked barbarity played out over the past few hours puts on display to the world the logic of the Zionist project in Palestine - you can't steal a people's land without dehumanizing and killing them. Israel must be made to pay the price so that all the tens of thousands that have died in the cause of Palestinian liberation haven't done so in vain.

Update Al-Jazeera TV is now reporting nine dead.

Protest against Israeli ambassador at Hay book festival

From Socialist Worker (UK), with report on London protest.
Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor is due to address the Hay Festival on Tuesday 1 June at 8pm. His theme is the state of Anglo-Israeli relations.

Protesters will gather outside from 7pm to show their outrage at Israel's barbaric attack on the Gaza Flotilla, which killed at least 15 peace activists.

London march arrives at Israel's embassy

Shutdown this nest of war criminals

Israel opened fire on all Gaza flotilla boats

From various news reports:16 dead, 6 Turks, 10 Internationals, 50/80 wounded,3 wounded from European campaign boat.Opening fire on all boats.

Police lose control of gaza flotilla protest demo

Cops look like fish out of water. To hell with Israeli terrorism. SANCTIONS NOW

From various news reports:16 dead, 6 Turks, 10 Internationals, 50/80 wounded,3 wounded from European campaign boat.Opening fire on all boats

Marching to Israeli embassy London

British Muslim Initiative asks where's the outrage from western leaders?

Speaker from British Muslim Initiative asks what our government is doing about the 27 Britons that were part of the flotilla

LowKey lays it down on the Israeli war criminal

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Jews for justice for Palestine speaks out against flotilla massacre

Salma Yaqoub - take off the kid gloves with Israel

Tariq Ali calls for sanctions against Israeli terror state

John Rees - this flotilla massacre is Israel's Soweto

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Jeremy Corbyn calls for expulsion of Israeli ambassador over flotilla massacre

We are definitely marching to Israeli embassy - still no news on dead and injured - what the hell are the western embassies doing to find out what's happened to their citizens? No declaration of war against Israel yet. Imagine if Iran had done this in the Gulf.

Kate Hudson from CND speaks out against Gaza flotilla massacre

At the London Whitehall Gaza flotilla protest

Rally going on now. We might be marching to Israeli embassy. YES!

Live coverage - Gaza aid flotilla massacre

22:12 GMT freegazaorg Countries calling Israel for explanation about attacking us Greece, Sweden, France, Austria, Spain, TurkeyCondemnation from China and Russia

http://mobile.twitter.com/freegazaorg#freegazaorg Call the State Department 202 647 4000 and ask them what they are going to do about this attack and the American flagged boat


19:51 GMT UK Foreign Secretary Hague has failed to condemn the massacre, calling instead for further 'investigation'. No mention of the fact that this was a military assault in international waters by one of the mightiest military machines on the planet. A state armed to the teeth with a license to kill by the US (and shamefully the EU and UK too) that has killed at least 19 civilians delivering aid to a people blockaded and bombed by a government and state with a colonial imperative. And by the scenes at the quayside at Ashdod of Palestinian women who live inside Israel (Arab Israelis) being racially abuse by a nascent lynch mob, this colonial mindset is increasingly nourished by a growing and deep anti-Arab racism among Israeli Jews. But among increasing numbers of Jewish people in the west, the crimes of Israel are unbearable. Which is why many of the leaders of the Gaza convoy are American Jews. This was Israel's Soweto. The naked barbarity played out over the past few hours puts on display to the world the logic of the Zionist project in Palestine - you can't steal a people's land without dehumanizing and killing them. Israel must be made to pay the price so that all the tens of thousands that have died in the cause of Palestinian liberation haven't done so in vain.

15:11 GMT - 5000 on spontaneous march against Israel's terrorism

13.08 GMT
RT @freegazaorg Call the Israeli Foreign office and INSIST that they tell us who has been killed and wounded and where our prisoners are.

Several hundred on Whitehall outside Downing Street. Taken the road - all traffic stopped.

12.28 GMT
RT @georgegalloway Israel has just announced that it will prosecute the convoy members who "attacked" its soldiers #gaza #FreedomFlotilla

11.32 GMT MUST WATCH VIDEOS #Gaza #flotilla massacre. http://bit.ly/cPntuS @PalestineVideo DEMONSTRATE TODAY Downing St London 2pm. To al the visitors to this blog from McLean Virginia USA over the past few weeks (an 'upscale' community of top government officials and assorted very rich people and spies), we hope you are happy with your work.



11.18 GMT
Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat says it's a "war crime".

From Twitter - freegazaorg SM Media Office: Physicians for Human Rights sending doctors to Rambam to help and intervene if necessary #Flotilla

11.11 GMT Understatement of the day so far goes to our Con-Dem friends at the Guardian: Flotilla interception will set Israel back in Arab and Turkish eyes

10.52 GMT Sweden, Turkey and Spain recall ambassadors. Still no statement from UK government let alone action. Customs officials from Turkish port of Anatolia say all passengers screened. Definitely no weapons, not that anyone believes Israel's lies. www.todayszaman.com

10.09 GMT All the boats are now in Israeli port of Ashdod. Crew and psssengers surrounded by riot police.

9.38 GMT Arab League calls emergency meeting on Gaza aid ship massacre. Let's hope they do more than just talk this time.


9.32 GMT From Swedish English language site - World in shock after deadly Gaza ship raid

9.29 GMT The Palestinian Authority and Hamas have condemned the massacre:
The Hamas government held an emergency meeting chaired by premier Ismail Haneya, following the Israeli Television Channel 10 report that 16 activists on the ships were killed and 30 wounded, including the Israeli-Arab Islamic activist Sheikh Raed Sallah.

Ismail Haneya, the premier of Hamas government told reporters in Gaza that the Israeli attack on the ships is a "brutal attack," calling on the international community, mainly the United Nations to move as quickly as possible to protect the ships and the activists and to end the blockade."

Meanwhile, the Hamas-government committee to challenge the Israeli siege said in a statement sent to reporters that it considers the activists, who were killed "as the martyrs of the Freedom Flotilla, adding that "the world should put an end to the biggest country of pirates (Israel)."

"The attack on the ships is an international crime and a political scandal carried out according to an Israeli military order. I call on the Palestinian Authority to immediately suspend its negotiations with Israel," Haneya told reporters. more


9.19 GMT Ayalon, Israel's foreign minister, calls peaceful humanitarians, including one holocaust survivor, 'terrorists'. No one is going to believe a word from this terrorist state, except the rulers of western countries perhaps.

Al-Jazzera report - Israeli massacres go international. Gaza Solidarity will be reporting live from the emergency protest at Downing Street today, where, among other things, we will be demanding the immediate expulsion of the Israeli ambassador.

This was a major international mission including a large number of western activists but no major UK media outlet bothered to cover the progress of the flotilla (except the Guardian to some extent) or to 'embed' a reporter.

Palestinians in Israel call general strike protesting flotilla massacre


Video above from Sky News - repeats a lot of Israeli lies but makes it clear this massacre, that has led to up at least 19 dead and 60 injured, is a PR disaster for Israel and its already frosty relationship with erstwhile ally Turkey is now dead.

Palestinians living insider the borders of the settler state have called a general strike. Sadly Sheikh Raed Salah is thought to have been killed in the massacre - perhaps deliberately targeted.
Acting Higher Arab Monitoring Committee head calls incident 'massacre'. Deputy of Islamic Movement official Sheikh Raed Salah, rumored to have been injured in takeover, says 'this was an assassination attempt'

VIsraeli Arabs are protesting against the takeover of the Gaza flotilla, which claimed to lives of at least 10 activists. The Higher Arab Monitoring Committee on Monday called for a general strip on Tuesday. The committee's acting chairman, Ramez Jaraisi, called for an international proe into what he called "the State of Israel's crimes".

The committee convened for an emergency meeting Monday morning, following the bloody incident at the heart of sea. Representatives from various political parties attended the meeting, including Knesset members Mohammad Barakeh, Afou Agbaria, Ibrahim Sarsur and Masud Ganaim. - from ynetnews

Breaking News: Up to 20 dead in Israel Gaza flotilla massacre, say reports

At least 20 unarmed humanitarians killed, according to reports from Gaza TV News. The link goes to the Facebook page of the Irish based protesters that bravely travelled into the eye of the storm. They are calling for Israeli ambassador to be expelled from Ireland.

Report at Aljazzera.com says all the ships were attacked simultaneoulsy by marine commandos. Many had their faces covered and some wore gas masks:
Israeli marine commandos had opened fire as they stormed one of the ships the (Mavi Marmara). Israeli television justified the commandos’ massacre claiming that the soldiers were attacked with knives and axes, but did not elaborate. The Israeli censor blocks all reports on the activists murdered on the flotilla.

According to a reporter on one of the ships, the Israeli occupation army raided all vessels from the sea and air at the same time and informed all of the passengers that they were under arrest.

The Israeli vessels, the report said, attacked the flotilla in international waters with aerial reinforcement, using gas. A Qatari television channel broadcast live the dramatic images from the ships, with Hamas spokespeople giving interviews and vowing to punish Israel for "the new crime".

The images showed Commando soldiers with their faces covered. A fighter in uniform, wearing a gas mask, tried to block the camera with his hand, while more and more troops raided the ship after sliding down from a helicopter using a rope.

One of the passengers on the ship called out to the Navy vessels, "Don't attack us. We are unarmed civilians. There are injured people onboard."

The calls were first made in English, and were later joined by Knesset Member Hanin Zuabi (Balad), who called out to the ships in Hebrew.

Turkey summoned the Israeli ambassador to the Turkish foreign ministry Monday. "The ambassador (Gabby Levy) was summoned to the foreign ministry. We will convey our reaction in the strongest terms," the diplomat, who asked not to be named, told AFP.

IHH Gaza flotilla video shows Israel killing peaceful unarmed civilians



In istanbul the Israeli embassy has been stormed by protesters. Footage from IHH shows Israeli soldiers firing the moment their feet hit the deck. According to reports they shot civilians in their sleep. Could be as many as 16 dead.

Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH, providing the logistical backbone of the flotilla, have a video showing the Israelis firing as soon as they got on the boats - contrart to the lies coming out of Israel this morning. Live video stream is here.

More news here from Free Gaza Movement:
(Cyprus, June 1, 2010, 6:30 am) Under darkness of night, Israeli commandoes dropped from a helicopter onto the Turkish passenger ship, Mavi Marmara, and began to shoot the moment their feet hit the deck. They fired directly into the crowd of civilians asleep. According to the live video from the ship, two have been killed, and 31 injured. Al Jazeera has just confirmed the numbers.

Streaming video shows the Israeli soldiers shooting at civilians, and our last SPOT beacon said, “HELP, we are being contacted by the Israelis.”

We know nothing about the other five boats. Israel says they are taking over the boats.

The coalition of Free Gaza Movement (FG), European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza (ECESG), Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH), the Perdana Global Peace Organisation , Ship to Gaza Greece, Ship to Gaza Sweden, and the International Committee to Lift the Siege on Gaza appeal to the international community to demand that Israel stop their brutal attack on civilians delivering vitally needed aid to the imprisoned Palestinians of Gaza and permit the ships to continue on their way.

The attack has happened in international waters, 75 miles off the coast of Israel, in direct violation of international law.


From Viva Palestina:
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, 31st May, 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.

Emergency protest after 10 murdered by Israel on Gaza Flotilla - 2pm Downing Street

Awoken to the news that at least 10 people have been murdered by the Israel today when their forces stormed the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. More at the BBC
Emergency protest today at Downing Street. Western governments have allowed this to happen by sitting on their hands as the Israelis issued their threats over the past days and weeks. Join the protests today around the world..