Monday, 7 June 2010

IDF kills four Palestinian fighters, launches more airstrikes

The Israeli killing spree continues. This time four members of the 'marine unit' of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades (Fatah aligned) have been killed while on a training mission. The killings were followed by air strikes in Jabaliya and near Erez, according to Maan news agency. The news follows the deaths of three Palestinians last week following an IDF incursion.

Israel to declare war on Turkey if Erdogan joins next flotilla to Gaza

As if the outlaw nature of the Israeli state was not already clear, just to make sure we didn't miss anything Israel has made it known, according to Haaretz, that any attempt by the Turkish prime minister to join the next flotilla to Gaza,with a Turkish navy escort, would be treated as an act of war. But what right has Israel to prevent anyone from going to Gaza? Of course, none whatsoever. Israel pays no respect to Gaza's territorial waters - it shoots Gaza's fishermen at will and is attempting to lay claim to the rich deposits of natural gas under the sea.
According to a Lebanese report on Saturday, Erdogan is considering traveling to Gaza aboard a Turkish navy vessel accompanying a new attempt by protest boats to break Israel's maritime blockade.

On Monday a senior IDF commander said Israel would view an attempt by Erdogan to sail to Gaza as an act of war.

"If he comes here with Turkish warships there can be no doubt that it would amount to a declaration of war," Major-General (Res.) Uzi Dayan told Army Radio.

"We need to draw a clear line and say that whoever crosses it will not be boarded but sunk."

US citizen killed in IDF flotilla attack ignored by US government

Israel kills one of its citizens - 19-year-old Furkan Doğan - and the US, still the most powerful country on Earth, does nothing about it. At least they are concerned, as they have done nothing about the murder of Rachel Corrie in the same way that the UK government has done nothing about the shooting dead of student photographer Tom Hurndall by the IDF. The West has given the IDF a license to kill. Israel is going to hold a 'commission of inquiry' into its killings with a foreigner allowed to attend - that's OK then, says the US state department.
A 19-year-old American slain during an Israeli raid of the Mavi Marmara, a vessel transporting humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip, trusted that his US citizenship would provide a degree of protection, his father has said, in remarks that underscore the lack of Israeli regard for even its greatest ally...

...Indicating that the family expected the US administration to launch an investigation, Doğan said: “The US has the right to start an investigation into any incident that concerns a US citizen who is abroad. Why hasn’t an investigation been launched for our son? Why isn’t anyone following the case?” Explaining that his son had depended on his US citizenship when embarking on the journey, Doğan said: “He left with confidence, saying ‘I am an American, they wouldn’t do anything to me.’ He was thinking, ‘I’ll go with this passport, and I will be able to help.’ He never thought he would come across such a thing, because his purpose was solely to provide humanitarian aid.” İstanbul Today’s Zaman with wires

Galloway announces new land and sea convoys to set course for Gaza

From Viva Palestina
Galloway announces new land and sea convoys to break the siege of Gaza

Speaking at a demonstration in London on 5th June which organisers estimated to be more than 20,000 strong, George Galloway announced  new land and sea convoys to break the siege of Gaza.

"After extensive discussion in Istanbul," said Galloway, "I can announce that a land convoy will leave Britain shortly after the end of Ramadan in September this year and travel through Europe, down through Turkey and Syria into Jordan. We will ask the Egyptian government then to ensure passage from the port of Aqaba to Rafah and into Gaza.

"At exactly the same time a flotilla of boats will be leaving to tour the countries of the Mediterranean before heading for Gaza.

"These combined sea and land convoys will be co-coordinated by Viva Palestina with other organisations in Britain and with our friends throughout the Middle East and in Turkey."

Remember our fallen comrades

Ibrahim Bilgen
Ali HaydarBengi
Cevdet Kiliçlar
Çetin Topçuoglu
Necdet Yildirim
Fahri Yaldiz
Cengiz Songür
Cengiz Akyüz
Furkan Dogan