AIC: Israel Commits Massacre, Piracy in International Waters against Freedom Flotilla
This morning, 31 May 2010, the Israeli navy perpetrated a new crime against humanity when it attacked the Freedom Flotilla, bound for Gaza, sailing in international waters. On the boats were 750 people from 40 different countries, among them 44 parliamentarians and politicians. Based on the initial news after the attack, the number killed is 16 and at least 60 are wounded.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused Israel of state terrorism after Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza.
"This action, totally contrary to the principles of international law, is inhumane state terrorism. Nobody should think we will keep quiet in the face of this," Erdogan told reporters from Chile, where he was cutting short an official visit to Latin America to deal with the crisis.
U.S. corporate media echoes spin that dead activists are to blame for the violence
Paul Joseph Watson - Prison Planet.com - Monday, May 31, 2010
The government of Israel, aided by many quarters of the international media, is attempting to spin today’s deadly IDF assault on a humanitarian aid ship carrying supplies to Gaza as the fault of the murdered activists on board the vessel, ludicrously characterizing machine-gun carrying Israeli troops who killed over a dozen innocent people as the victims of the incident.
Israel braces for Turkish, Hizballah, Hamas reprisals. Greece halts joint drill
DEBKAfile Special Report May 31, 2010, 1:45 PM (GMT+02:00)
DEBKAfile's military sources report Israeli concerns that
Turkey may not confine itself to strong diplomatic retaliation for the Israel Navy's seizure Monday, May 31, of the Marmora, the Turkish vessel leading the flotilla for breaking the blockade and resort to military action along with the Iranian-backed Hizballah and Hamas. A statement from Gaza Ankara threatened "unprecedented and incalculable" reprisals, following which the Turkish chief of staff Gen. Ilker Basbug was recalled urgently to Ankara from a visit to . Egypt Greece has since halted its joint exercise with Israel in protest against the naval action.
DEBKAfile reports from
Israeli army spokesman, Col. Avi Beneyahu, called the incident "an act of terror on the high seas." Far from being a humanitarian mission, the flotilla was sponsored personally by Turkish prime minister Recep Erdogan to break the Israeli blockade on
...An estimated 19 activists were killed battling with Israeli troops, and dozens injured. Official sources cite 10 fatalities, although by Monday afternoon, there were still no official confirmed figures. Ten Israeli soldiers were wounded, two critically. They were all ferried to Israeli hospitals by helicopter.
.... The police are also on special alert in and around Israeli Arab communities, after Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyah called them out on a general strike, and the Holy Places, especially in
Egypt will face pressure to end its joint embargo on Gaza with at the Arab League Council meeting urgently Tuesday, June 1. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas demanded the session. Israel
were staged in Syrian and Lebanese towns. Jordan hands stiff complaint to head of Israeli diplomatic mission in Israel . Amman
A snip from Veteranstoday:
Israeli troops reportedly killed several people as they lay asleep aboard the Turkish-registered Mavi Marmara,according to eye witensses.
Journalist Scott Lucas reports:
The Turkish Government has condemned the Israeli attack. A crowd of demonstrators have surrounded the house of the Israeli Ambassador and asked him to leave the country.The ship attacked this morning, the Mavi Marmara, is Turkish-registered.
Gaza has been under an Israeli-led blockade since 2006. Amnesty International, in its latest Annual Human Rights Report (May 26, 2010) stated that Israel’s siege on Gaza has “deepened the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Mass unemployment, extreme poverty, food insecurity and food price rises caused by shortages have left four out of five Gazans dependent on humanitarian aid. The scope of the blockade and statements made by Israeli officials about its purpose showed that it was being imposed as a form of collective punishment of Gazans, a flagrant violation of international law.”
- Protests are being called for across the country and the world as shock and outrage at what is being blasted a rogue state spreads. In New York, according to several sources, a protest has been called for 3 PM Eastern today in Times Square. -
Greta Berlin, an organizer with the Free Gaza Movement, informed Al Jazeera English that their lawyer in Israel has told them that 16 people have been killed as a result of the Israeli attack on the “Freedom Flotilla” aiming to break the Gaza blockade...