May 31st, 2010
12:32 PM ET

Latest developments: Israeli raid on flotilla

[Updated at 10:57 p.m.] Here are the latest developments involving the pre-dawn raid by Israeli military on a flotilla of six ships carrying aid for the Palestinian territory of Gaza:

LATEST DETAILS

- Times Square protest draws 500 outside Israeli consulate

- One American among wounded, State Department official says

- Venezuelan network TeleSur calls on Israel to release journalist seized in raid

- As many as nine Americans may have been aboard the Gaza relief flotilla and were being held by Israeli authorities, a State Department
official said.

- The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting Monday called by Turkey in response to the incident.

- On Monday, Israel insisted its soldiers were defending themselves when they opened fire. "They deliberately attacked soldiers," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said of the activists.

- In Iraq, hundreds of supporters of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr took to the streets of Baghdad in protest of the Israeli action.

- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday Israeli soldiers were attacked as they attempted to stop a convoy headed to Gaza to deliver aid. The soldiers were beaten and stabbed, and there was also a report of gunfire, Netanyahu said, appearing in Ottawa, Canada, with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Four Israeli soldiers were injured, he said.

- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cut short his visit to Canada, and will return to Israel after holding a working meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to "update him on the recent events," said an e-mailed statement from a spokesman. Netanyahu spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier Monday, the statement said.

- The Israeli troops "were not expecting to be attacked," said Jonathan Peled, minister-counselor at the Israeli embassy in Washington. He said the soldiers came aboard carrying paintball pistols, but were attacked with knives and metal bars. One naval commando was stabbed, prompting the soldiers to open up with live fire, killing the nine, he said.

- The Palestinian Cabinet, in its weekly meeting, "strongly condemned the Israeli crime against international supporters on board of the Freedom Flotilla, which reveals, once again, Israeli disregard to the lives of innocent civilians and its disrespect to international law, norms and resolutions," the Palestinian Authority said in a statement.

THE RAID

- Israeli soldiers stormed a flotilla of six ships carrying aid for the Palestinian territory of Gaza in a pre-dawn raid on Monday, killing at least nine people, the country's military said.

- Israel Defense Forces says the number of people killed is nine, not 10 as previously reported.

- Seven Israeli soldiers were wounded in the raid, Israel Defense Forces said.

- Fifteen people captured on board the flotilla have been transferred to an Israeli prison in Beer Sheva, a spokesman for the Israeli Prison authority said Monday.

- Two Israeli naval commandos, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Israeli soldiers boarded the ships armed with paint guns along with loaded pistols which they were only supposed to use in an emergency. Only when the soldiers felt they were mobbed and their lives were in danger did they pull our handguns and begin shooting live ammunition, they said.

- All six boats in a Gaza-bound aid flotilla were boarded by Israeli naval commandos, according to the Israel Defense Forces. Only one, the Mavi Mamara, offered resistance; the other five surrendered peacefully, the military said.

- An Israeli senior military official speaking on condition of anonymity said 15 soldiers aboard several commando boats were involved in the incident. An Israeli commando said upon descending into a boat with ropes, he was immediately attacked by a group of people. "They beat us up with metal sticks and knives," he said. "There was live fire at some point against us ... They were shooting at us from below deck." The account could not be independently verified by CNN.

- A senior Israeli military official, speaking on condition of anonymity in an independent account cleared by military censors, said Israeli troops were planning to deal with peace activists on a Gaza-bound flotilla, "not to fight." The official displayed a box from the boat containing switch blade knives, slingshots, metal balls and metal bats. "This was not spontaneous," he said. "This was planned."

- The military official said most of the nine deaths were Turks, he said. Twenty people were wounded.

- "We didn't come here for war," he said. "... They came to fight us. This was a voyage of terror."

- The Free Gaza Movement, one of the groups sponsoring the flotilla, said in a Twitter post that Israeli commandos dropped from a helicopter onto the deck of one of the ships and "immediately opened fire on unarmed civilians." Video aired on CNN sister network CNN Turk showing soldiers rappelling onto the deck of a ship from a helicopter above.

- The boarding of the ships took place more than 70 nautical miles outside Israeli territorial waters, according to the Turkish-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation or IHH - one of the organizers of the flotilla.

- The Israeli troops "were not expecting to be attacked," said Jonathan Peled, minister-counselor at the Israeli embassy in Washington. He said the soldiers came aboard carrying paintball pistols, but were attacked with knives and metal bars. One naval commando was stabbed, prompting the soldiers to open up with live fire, killing the nine, he said.

- Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said of the organizers of the flotilla, "They have a history of arms smuggling and deadly terror. On board the ship, we found weapons that were prepared in advance and used against our forces. The organizers' intent was violent, their method was violent and unfortunately, the results were violent."

- Five soldiers were among the wounded, with two suffering serious injuries.

- The Israeli military said the soldiers were attacked with knives and gunfire and that their lives were in danger. "We did not attack any boat, we merely fulfilled the Israeli government's decision to prevent anyone from going into the Gaza strip without coordinating with Israel," a military statement said.

- IDF spokeswoman Lt. Col. Avital Leibowitz said light weapons and handguns were confiscated from the flotilla. "We basically encountered a lynch," she said. "We had to control this violence."

- Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev accused the leaders of the flotilla of looking for a fight. "They wanted to make a political statement. They wanted violence," according to Regev, who said Israel wanted a peaceful interception of the ships trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza. "They are directly responsible for the violence and the deaths that occurred."

- The ships of the flotilla were being taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod, the military said.

- On Monday, Israel insisted its soldiers were defending themselves when they opened fire. "They deliberately attacked soldiers," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said of the activists.

THE REACTION

- The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting Monday called by Turkey in response to the incident.

- In Iraq, hundreds of supporters of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr took to the streets of Baghdad in protest of the Israeli action.

- "We will not stop. We will go again," Free Gaza, one of the groups organizing the flotilla, said on its website. "Please, donate for the next trip ... we will go until Gaza is free."

- A protest in Paris over the incident attracted an estimated 1,000 people on the Champs-Elysees, according to CNN personnel at the scene. CNN producer Nikki Cook saw police fire tear gas at protesters, who smashed a window and threw bottles. Police riot trucks were lining up to corral the crowd, Cook said.

- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had spoken with Netanyahu and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to express her "deep concerns." Merkel said she advised both officials that everything possible should be done to avoid escalation.

- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday Israeli soldiers were attacked as they attempted to stop a convoy headed to Gaza to deliver aid. The soldiers were beaten and stabbed, and there was also a report of gunfire, Netanyahu said, appearing in Ottawa, Canada, with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

- Netanyahu said he was cutting short his Canadian trip and would return to Israel.

- President Barack Obama spoke on the phone with Netanyahu Monday morning, according to a statement from the White House press office. He "said he understood the prime minister's decision to return immediately to Israel to deal with today's events ... (and) agreed to reschedule their meeting at the first opportunity."

- Obama "expressed deep regret at the loss of life in today's incident, and concern for the wounded," the statement noted. He "also expressed the importance of learning all the facts and circumstances around this morning's tragic events as soon as possible."

- Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has spoken with Baroness Catherine Ashton, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs, and with German Foreign Minister Guide Westerwelle on Monday, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. Lieberman "told them that the passengers on the ships are not freedom fighters, but terrorist supporters who fired at IDF soldiers as soon as the latter boarded the ships."

- The Palestinian Cabinet, in its weekly meeting, "strongly condemned the Israeli crime against international supporters on board of the Freedom Flotilla, which reveals, once again, Israeli disregard to the lives of innocent civilians and its disrespect to international law, norms and resolutions," the Palestinian Authority said in a statement.

- Egyptian President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak condemned Israel's interception Monday of humanitarian aid ships that were bound for Gaza, calling Israel's use of force "excessive and unjustified."

- Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, in a statement, "strongly condemned" what he called an "assault" by the Israeli military on the flotilla.

- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday he was "shocked by reports of killing of people in boats carrying supplies to Gaza. I condemn the violence and Israel must explain." Ban spoke at a news conference shortly after the official opening of the International Criminal Court Review Conference in Uganda.

- Westerwelle said he was "very concerned" about the incident. Westerwelle said in a statement, "we want a thorough and transparent investigation. It is clear that there must be some balance in international law. It is not acceptable to distort this balance."

- Six Germans, including two members of parliament, were on board the flotilla, Westerwelle said. Their conditions were unknown. Two German embassy officials were en route to the Israeli port of Ashdod, he said.

- White House spokesman Bill Burton said Monday regarding the incident with the Gaza-bound flotilla, "The United States deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries sustained and is currently working to understand the circumstances surrounding this tragedy."

- Three members of Germany's Die Linke party were participating on board the boat where 10 people were killed, the party said Monday. So far, efforts to reach Bundestag members Annette Groth and Inge Hoeger, along with former member Norman Paech, have been unsuccessful, the party said.

- Amnesty International called for Israel to launch an immediate credible and independent investigation into the killing by its armed forces of at least 10 activists on boats protesting the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip. "Israeli forces appear clearly to have used excessive force," said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International's director for the Middle East and North Africa, in a statement.

- France, Greece, Sweden and Ireland are among nations summoning their Israeli ambassadors. Other nations, including Russia, Spain, France and Indonesia, condemned the violence.

- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Mideast envoy for the so-called Quartet, a group of nations working toward peace in the region, said in a statement Monday: "I express deep regret and shock at the tragic loss of life. There obviously has to be a full investigation into what has happened. Once again I repeat my view that we need a different and better way of helping the people of Gaza and avoiding the hardship and tragedy that is inherent in the present situation."

- The Vatican said it was following the situation with "great attention and concern."

- "We have consistently advised against attempting to access Gaza in this way, because of the risks involved," said British Foreign Secretary William Hague. "But at the same time, there is a clear need for Israel to act with restraint and in line with international obligations."

- Turkey has recalled its Israeli ambassador over the incident, canceled three military exercises with the Israeli military and called back its youth national football team from Israel, where two games were scheduled, said Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will return to Turkey from Chile after meeting with the Chilean president, Arinc said. The chief of the Turkish military is cutting short a trip to Egypt. The Turkish-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation or IHH was one of the organizers of the flotilla.

- "This operation will leave a bloody stain on the history of humanity," said Arinc.

- Nations including France, Spain and Bahrain, among others, condemned the violence. The Italian foreign minister has asked the European Union for a "serious and detailed" investigation.

- Police stepped up security across Israel.

- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for three days of mourning in the Palestinian territories.

- "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this Israeli attack on civilians who came from all over the world peacefully with wheelchairs and food supplies and medical supplies," said Saeb Erakat, the chief Palestinian negotiator.

- Said Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad: "Nothing can excuse this attack by armed forces on a humanitarian convoy. The Palestinian government strongly condemns this crime, which portrays, once again, Israeli disrespect for the lives of innocent civilians, and its disrespect for international law."

- Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas, said: "The Israeli occupation tries to deny this massacre by saying that the activists on the boat are from Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood and this is a lying campaign, because the activists are international activists and between them are parliament members of western countries and know international peace activists."

- The British Foreign Office said it was seeking "urgent clarification" into the incident.

- After summoning its Israeli ambassador, the Greek foreign ministry said that the visit of the Israeli Joint Chiefs - scheduled for Tuesday - is being postponed, and that the Greek-Israeli military exercise that was in progress has been discontinued. A Greek foreign affairs ministry official could not say how many Greeks were aboard the six ships.

- Among the activists aboard the flotilla was Fatima Mohammadi from Chicago, according to the Free Gaza Movement – Chicago. Kevin Clark, a member of the organization, said that neither he nor Mohammadi's mother, who lives in Boise, Idaho, had heard from her. "None of us envisioned they would do this," said Clark. "Speaking for myself, this will not deter us."

- The Israeli Prime Minister's Office has issued a serious travel warning for Israelis visiting Turkey. The warning calls Israelis who are about to travel into Turkey to postpone their trip and for Israelis in Turkey to remain indoors and avoid presence in the city centers.

- More than 15,000 Israelis have canceled plans to visit Turkey, according to Guliz Akdeniz Ay, an official with tourism sales for Brontes Travel Agency, a leading travel agency in bringing Israeli tourists to Turkey. "So far, we have received more than 15,000 cancellations," he said Monday, for tours beginning the second week of June and continuing throughout the summer. All charter planes from Israel to the Turkish Mediterranean resorts of Bodrum and Marmaris have been canceled, he said.

- Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said the raid will inflame the region. "Lebanon strongly condemns this attack and calls on the international community, and specifically on the major countries which are supposed to be responsible about the peace process, to take action in order to stop this continuous violation of human rights, which is putting the international peace at risk," he said.

THE CONVOY

- The convoy of boats left European ports in a consolidated protest organized by two pro-Palestinian groups to deliver tons of food and other aid to Gaza by breaking a blockade imposed by Israel in 2007. The groups are: Free Gaza Movement and the Turkish-based IHH, a humanitarian relief foundation affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood religious group.

- The convoy approached Gaza in defiance of an Israeli blockade, and was shadowed by three warships. Free Gaza had reported Sunday that they had been contacted by the Israeli navy. Israel wanted the flotilla to dock at Ashdod port, where supplies would be unloaded and transferred to Gaza.

- About 15,000 tons of humanitarian aid flows into Gaza per week, said Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev.

- Saying that Israeli civilians were subjected to rockets and missiles fired from Gaza that had originated from places like Iran and Syria, the military prevents all ships from reaching the Gaza shore so that ammunition or missiles cannot be brought in, Regev said.

- Israel said Sunday that Western and Turkish authorities have accused IHH of having "working relations" with different terrorist organizations.

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  1. ayman

    Israel draging the U.S into deep and dark time ....no matter what they do it is understandable

    May 31, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike The Canadian

    As much as I hate to say it , it all comes down to this. The U.S ( as well as most european powers) need Isreal to exist. They are our foothold in the middle-east. I wouldnt go much as to say a puppet country, but they need the west as they are surrounded by everyone that wants them dead, so they will generally always be summitive to the west in one form or an other.

    Isreal, Im not to sure if it is built up anger left over from the attempted genocide or what will never allow the palastian to self-govern, as there is not enough land/resources over there to support the future generations of Isrealites. Its the same mentality as Hitlers " Expand or Die" Philosophy.

    We will all Huff N Puff over the tragic results of this situation, but alas in a few days this will be swept under the carpet, as the West needs Isreal too much and the Arabs/muslims Don't have the Balls to toss aside thier differences and work together and maybe actually reach a peacefully settlement not just with Isreal, but themselves as well.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jack webb

    I think I have decided that after several years of thought and reading that Israel is a bigger threat to the national security of America than all the rest of the middle east combined.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Adams

      Jack I use to love Israel but I think Israel is the big problem. They seem like they get away with whatever they do. Israel did the same thing to us back in 1967. Israel killed 34 crew members (naval officers, seamen, two Marines, and a civilian), wounded 171 crew members. Search for USS Liberty Incident thru your favorite search engine.

      May 31, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Wiliam

    The YouTube video "Close-Up Footage of Mavi Marmara Passengers Attacking IDF Soldiers" clearly shows the activists initiating the violence. See for yourself.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • matty

      You're WRONG. As usual, the zionist fools continue to LIE LIE LIE. Upon watching the video, the commandos STARTED SHOOTING THE INSTANT THE REPELLED down from the helicopters–all the while the activists, in self defense, began grabbing and attacking the soldiers.

      May 31, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Initiating the violence? No, the ISRAELI'S initiated the violence by repelling down onto a CIVILIAN ship in INTERNATIONAL waters with MACHINE GUNS. Anyone who knows their history would know that they BETTER try and defend themselves (look up the USS Liberty).

      "Israel said" means absolutely NOTHING. Their word carries NO weight. But even if this is true, these people had EVERY RIGHT to defend themselves. These Jews had NO damn business repelling down onto that ship in the 1st place and the ONLY firearms on the scene were THEIRS! And the only people out looking for blood were the Israeli's.... *unless you believe these activists were planning to free Gaza with "axes and knives".

      If I pulled out weapons on innocent people and attempted to hold them hostage, then I got hurt in the process, would any of you feel sorry for me? Of course not.. Yet these Jews actually expect some sympathy with their little BULLSH1T story? Which even if it were true (that their own guns were used against them) it would in no way justify the execution of 20+ civilians who were on a HUMANITARIAN mission!

      May 31, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      Matty your assertion makes no sense; if the soldiers were shooting as they came down, the activists would have been running for cover and not pulling on the rope.

      The activists were looking for a violent confrontation and need to accept responsibility for the terrible outcome.

      Scott says "Initiating the violence? No, the ISRAELI'S initiated the violence by repelling down onto a CIVILIAN ship in INTERNATIONAL waters with MACHINE GUNS. Anyone who knows their history would know that they BETTER try and defend themselves (look up the USS Liberty)."

      Boarding the ship is hardly an act of violence? And what does a past historical incident have any thing to do with this?

      May 31, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mitch S

    Supporting Israel will cause the USA pain, loss and grief, but we need them to protect our interests in that region, as Mike The Canadian stated 2 messages above

    As much as I hate to say it , it all comes down to this. The U.S ( as well as most european powers) need Isreal to exist. They are our foothold in the middle-east. I wouldnt go much as to say a puppet country, but they need the west as they are surrounded by everyone that wants them dead, so they will generally always be summitive to the west in one form or an other

    May 31, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. i

    Why not go through the channels correctly?? they clearly want violence

    May 31, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Scott

    Bottom line, these ARMED Israeli's had NO business repelling down on these ships in INTERNATIONAL WATERS in the 1st place. These people had EVERY right to defend themselves.

    The Israeli's have NO business being in Palestine either, yet they constantly play the ROLE of "victim" even as they drop phosphorous bombs down on innocent WOMEN and CHILDREN!

    And the JEWS have NO business in OUR country either. Robbing us ("Federal Reserve"), enslaving us (IRS), poisoning us (Kosher "Tax"), lying to us (monopoly on the media), killing us (one war waged after the next), restricting our rights (one bill and one law at a time), opening our borders, and doing what Jews have always done (subverting our nation(s)).

    Once again, the Jew cries out in pain as he strikes YOU. Typical Jewish Behavior.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michael Adams

    I use to love Israel but I think Israel is the big problem. They seem like they get away with whatever they do. Israel did the same thing to us back in 1967. Israel killed 34 crew members (naval officers, seamen, two Marines, and a civilian), wounded 171 crew members. Search for USS Liberty Incident thru your favorite search engine.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Adams

      ISRAEL MUST APOLIGIZE AND RETURN ALL OF THE PRISONED CIVILANS BACK ASAP...

      May 31, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    Israel was justified under international law in acting against the flotilla. A state of armed conflict exists between Israel and the Hamas regime that controls Gaza. Hamas has launched 10,000 rockets against Israeli civilians. At present, it is engaged in smuggling arms and military supplies into Gaza, by land and sea, in order to fortify its positions and continue its attacks.

    Under international law, Israel has the right to protect the lives of its civilians from Hamas attacks. Consequently, it has undertaken measures to defend itself, including the imposition of a maritime blockade to curb Hamas rearmament. Israel cannot allow a sea-corridor to open to Gaza, a corridor which would allow weapons and terrorists to freely enter the Strip
    from an Israeli gov email. very good points

    May 31, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • David M.

      Bob makes a very clear statement. Well put. But let's not allow the FACTS to color our thinking. The facts may cause someone to actually think Israel had the right to board these "relief ships". We wouldn't want that to happen now would we?! After all, we know that everyone in the middle east agrees that Israel should also be allowed to live in peace!! I guess your views are too rational Bob. They will never stand up to scrutiny by our friend ROB, who has very 'eloquently' expressed his views about Israel.

      I suppose Israel should allow free transit and then deal with the rockets after being fired by the "peace loving" folks in Palestine???? I wonder if ANY news orgainzation will actually tell us everything that was on those boats????

      May 31, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mihail

    The most evil regime in the world,remember King David hotel,The Lavon AFair,USS LIBERTY,9/11??The jews even claim to be from the tribe of judah and Israel.Most people have no idea that the jews have adopted this satanic religion(judaism)in 740 Black see kingdom of KHAZARIA,THOSE PEOPLE HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE IN PALESTINE,BIBLE(REVELATION 2:9,3:9)JEWS ARE KHAZARS.
    Encyclopedia Britannica (15th edition):
    "Khazars, confederation of Turkic and Iranian tribes that established a major commercial empire in the second half of the 6th century, covering the southeastern section of modern European Russia... In the middle of the 8th century the ruling classes adopted Judaism as their religion.

    The Jewish Encyclopedia:
    "Khazars, a non-Semitic, Asiatic, Mongolian tribal nation who emigrated into Eastern Europe about the first century, who were converted as an entire nation to Judaism in the seventh century by the expanding Russian nation which absorbed the entire Khazar population, and who account for the presence in Eastern Europe of the great numbers of Yiddish-speaking Jews in Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Galatia, Besserabia and Rumania.

    The Encyclopedia Judaica, Vol. 10, (1971) relates the following about the Khazars (Chazars):
    "Khazars, a national group of general Turkic type, independent and sovereign in Eastern Europe between the seventh and tenth centuries A.D. During part of this time the leading Khazars professed Judaism."
    (Encyclopedia Judicia, Vol. 10, (1971)

    May 31, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dolorosa

    I would like to draw you attention to Gilad Atzman who is Jewish and can't be accused of anti-semitism. His blog is:
    http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/israeli-butchery-at-sea-by-gilad-atzmon.html

    May 31, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Veteran

    This is similar to the attack on the USS Liberty when Israel murdered U.S servicemen to prevent them from recording Israeli war crimes against the Arabs in 1967. Israel could not exist without the 60 billion dollars a year from U.S. taxpayers and it is time to start a grass roots movement to end it. Israel has been nothing but a terroist state run by religious nuts since it's beginning.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. matty

    "israel was justified under international law in acting against the flotilla"–wrong WRONG. Where did you get this from? the ships were in INTERNATIONAL WATERS, therefore Israel had no right in violently attacking these ships.

    "Hamas has launched 10,000 rockets against Israeli civilians"–A RED HERRING and has nothing to do with the current situation. What disingenuous nonsense, you're probably an ignorant American. Since most of the world who has access to OBJECTIVE INFORMATION, they condemn Israels blatant and belligerent violence.

    "Under international law, Israel has the right to protect the lives of its civilians from Hamas attacks"–intereseting that a lying zionist fool like yourself dares to bring up international law concerning israels "right to defend itself" but conveniently ignore the many breeches of international laws committed by Israel itself (HOW IRONIC?)-I wonder if this zionist liar recalls Israels ILLEGAL USE of white phosphorus on CIVILIAN POPULATIONS?

    May 31, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ROB

    BOB YOU ARE STILL D***

    May 31, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mark

    The tide of world support seems to be finally turning against Israel. Israel has enjoyed 61 years of almost complete and unquestioned world support for anything it did because to question Israel's actions would label you an anti-semite.

    This is not the first time Israel has attacked ships in international waters and slaughtered innocent people. On June 8, 1967 Israel attacked a USS Liberty, an unarmed US spy/monitoring ship and killed 34 American citizens in what Israel later called a "mistake". The ship was monitoring Israeli military actions on land and some believe was on the verge of uncovering evidence of Israeli war crimes.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Liberty_incident

    May 31, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • sivan

      Israel is too good and considerate. what did you expect? ship passengers wanted to attack the soldiers of the Israel! the soldiers had to respond!!!!!!
      GAZA isNot missing a humanitarian supplies, Israel gives them enything they need, and therefore all thatch rally is a provocation. Open your eyes, and be open minded to see that the real victim that the State of Israel!!!!!

      May 31, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
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