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. mauro

    Israel has all the right to defend them self. If Illegal alliens entering with weapns in to US, Im sure the border patrol will defend themself. These people ignored the procedures. Gaza is a killing field by the Hamas itself. The people and gaza has no saying or control as longest hamas is in power. Hamas has detroyed gaza no Israel. Instead of buying scuds or rockets invest in the people, eductaion housing and welfare for the people. I salute the Israeli for defending the Israel.

    May 31, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Just Peace

      http://www.ajpme.org/ajpme/Articles/Entries/2007/12/24_Genocide%3AMurder_of_a_population_under_cover_of_righteousness.html

      May 31, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Canadian

    The terrorist state of Israel is becoming more and more aggressive and careless in its actions. When will the western world condemn this parasite of a state. To my jewish brothers and sisters distance yourself from these actions of Israel – Israel is not worth protecting anymore.

    May 31, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • mauro

      You're so ignorant. Learn the facts before you commment supid

      May 31, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      If you are so concerned with human rights, why aren't you talking instead about the Arab states, where the notion of human rights and democracy is utterly foreign. Yes, you are an anti-semite. One can always find a way of interpreting events to justify their point of view. The proof is not in words, but what is. Israel is a thriving democracy in spite of being surrounded by hostile nations. It is a light unto others, and you are in the darkness.

      May 31, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. martha

    I'm sorry, if I had been on that ship and soldiers were dropping out the sky, I would grab anything, I could find, and defend myself. What gives Israel the right to attack any ship that is International waters, no matter, who they think they are? Israel constantly violates International Law and no one does anything about it. Why do they think they are above the law? They not only attacked these ships, but they did it under the cover of darkness, as only cowards would! I'm sure they didn't know there were cameras on board recording everything. I wish someone, somewhere would put a stop to their arrogance and make them adhere to International Law.

    May 31, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Free Conscience

    Amazing how skewed the media can be! CNN great job once again at being so objective! You call yourself a credible organization? As for the 'IAF' Israeli Agression Forces, once again you showed us how barbaric a bunch of murderers in uniforms can be!

    May 31, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. St. Pete Bill

    My thought is simple, if the flotilla was peaceful it would not have intended to defy a military blockade. You play with such fire you get burned. I also have my doubts that it was merely carrying supplies. That is not the way of the palestinians and their supporters. Their way is a very old way, use so-called humanitarian gestures to smuggle arms. I don't blame the Israelis at all–the only fault I can place on them is that the undertook the boarding in international waters, they should have waited until the ships were about to irretrievably enter waters under control of Israel. Then they could have simply sunk the ships without comment and justifiably so.

    May 31, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • John Smith

      The only fault? They just broke international law by attacking the ships in International waters!!!! That is called piracy, not defending your nation.

      How can you so easily look past this?

      You are justifying the deaths of 16 people, by a country that just broke International law. It's sad to see people like yourself that reach this point of self delusion. You have lost your humanity just like Israel.

      May 31, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed F Up

      ah, but Bill, if Israel had waited until ships were within Gaza territory, Israel would have to 'fess up that Israel controls Gaza's waters.
      PLUS, Israel needed to take advantage of slow news day in US: holiday, you know; White House comments line CLOSED, State Dept, CLOSED, Israeli embassy, CLOSED. Obama? out of town. Nation? bbqing hot dogs.

      sounds a lot like the Gaza planning: Cast Lead was begun at election time in US, conducted during Christmas time, ended just before inauguration.

      prolly just a coincidence.

      btw, this is payback to Erdogan for daring to advance diplomacy and make a deal with Iran. Look for Israel to attack Turkey or Lebanon very soon.

      May 31, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. James

    The state of Israel has lost all of its (moral) rights to exist in it's current form. Perhaps they should return all of their ill-gotten (i.e. stolen) land to the Palestinians and and be made to live in camps. They do not have any respect for international law or common decency. They're doing to the Palestinians what was done to them 50 years ago. Any defence of israel in general, or this action in particular, is "home-team" denial plain and simple. The state of israel is a but a disgusting smirch on the globe. The place should absolutely be "wiped off the map"

    May 31, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Just Peace

      Here's a great article on the subject:
      http://www.ajpme.org/ajpme/Articles/Entries/2009/2/16_A_Failed_Israeli_Society_Collapses_While_Its_Leaders_Remain_Silent_.html

      May 31, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. J Morgan

    When anyone boards a vessel in international waters without being invited it is an act of piracy. The people on the vessels had every right to take action against the invaders. This type of commando action on the part of Israel is not right.

    May 31, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Colin in canada

      You really need to brush up on your international law and the law of the sea.

      May 31, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • John Smith

      Colin in Canada needs to brush up on his International laws. It is piracy.

      May 31, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lars Sweden

    Israel are a big lier´s and murderers !!! and also Sea pirates!! they had no right to boarding this ships

    Lars Sweden

    No i´´m not a Muslim or any other religion!!!!!!!!

    May 31, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. St. Pete Bill

    Hey Martha, don't know where you're from, but Israel sits in a place where its neighbors, save Egypt have sworn to destroy it. Just like somebody jumps on your ship and you'd grab anything, when all your neighbors swear to destroy you, you grab anything. As for the international waters thingy....good ole George W. Bush set the precedent with the "pre-emptive" war in Iraq. Under his doctrine, the Israelis would be justified in pre-empting the flotilla before it entered their waters, because we all know it intended to. And, at least the Israelis didn't have to trump up the intent with claims of so-called weapons of mass destruction, we KNOW the flotilla intended to defy their blockade.

    May 31, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. jA_kL

    While this is going on, CNN is broadcasting a story about a poem someone found. A 60 year old poem. No wonder nobody pays any attention to CNN... they don't cover anything, so watching it is a waste of time. My god CNN had emerged as the bottom of the barrel in news coverage.

    May 31, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. Richard

    The way the U.S. turns a blind eye to the inhumane and evil actions of Israel is exactly the same as the way China turns
    a blind eye to the actions of North Korea.
    I wonder how Israel would react if their ship or flotilla were hijacked and stormed by commandos from Turkey or any Arab country. They would whine and scream, "This is a terrorist act ! Help us, U.S., UN !"
    Israel has committed an act of terrorism. I'm so sick of the way our hard earmed taxpayer dollars are being spent to support this spoiled, rotten child called Israel.
    This act by Israel is an act of terrorism.

    We need to send a strong voice to our leaders, and demand that we change our policy with Israel.
    We shouldn't and don't need to back up and support a spoiled, bad child.

    May 31, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff

    As an American I have been fortunate to be blessed with civil liberties and freedom. I watched over the years the countless domestic politicians rail against countries who oppress and deny basic freedoms. We Americans have supported people world wide with financial support to rise up and demonstrate against thier oppressors, i.e. Aparthied movement. When a country in the former Soviet Union declared independence we Americans are among the first nations to recognize thier independence and start diplomatic and economic relations to help prop up and stabilize the new nation. This has always been our calling to assist other people with humanitarian aid, and create UN resolutions to Sanction those who oppress those basic civil liberties. Isreal continues to violate countless of UN sanctions, or the US veto's those UN votes. When will we Americans quit contradicting ourselves. The Palestinian struggle has always been for independence, a right to self determination. Isreal is punishing an entire population for the actions of a few. Isreal is a war machine that was created by the US military and government as a strategic ally to control the other twenty-two Arab nations. Isreal was of strategic importance because of the US dependence of foreign oil. Its time for a lasting peace, not just talk about it or creating a blue print or road map. Its time for the Isreal to accept peace and give up thier aspirations of a greater Isreal. Isreal, the occupied territories are not yours and your settlement building is not nation building.

    May 31, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Colin in canada

      Hang on there Jeff.

      Israel is not punishing the entire population for the wrongs of a few...the majority voted in Hamas did they not?

      So which way do you want it.

      Hamas won by a majority and thats who deserves to be punished-the majority
      OR
      Hamas stole the election and they should be eliminated for being a terrorist organization that will not recognize the existence of a real country right next door.

      Choose which one and we can go with that.

      May 31, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • John Smith

      Colin in Canada.

      Your logic is horribly inaccurate.

      So, it's now punishable by DEATH to vote in a political party that Israel doesn't like?

      You have a disgusting sense of reasoning. You are no Canadian that's for SURE!

      You are a troll here to spread lies and misinformation.

      May 31, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jamie

    The news report tells the story, there were several boats in this flotilla. Israel boarded and rerouted them all. Only one boat fought back and only one boat had injuries and deaths. You FIGHT with a boarding party and you have bats, knives, etc, and you get HURT. Hey I know how we could have avoided this in the first place! Don't try to run the blockade! Wow there's an idea. I guess 15,000 tons of aid isn't enough – we need to prove a point by running the blockade...please....

    May 31, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • anthony

      How ridiculous. Do you know anything? these people are starving, can't get nearly enough medical services, and no 15,000 tons is not enough when hunderds of thousands are needed. They can't even rebuild their homes.

      May 31, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike From Canada

      At that point they were in international waters, all the right to defend themselves, if they had attempted to run the blockade and entered Gaza waters, then the Isreali Raid WOULD have been justified, but seeing as how they were in international waters its " PIRACY", plain and simple.

      May 31, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Drew

    Why is it when the Israelis and Palestinians get after one another (10 dead) it is a huge deal and the UN jumps to action, but when the Koreans get after each other (over 40 killed and a ship sunk) nothing happens?

    May 31, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. St. Pete Bill

    Hey a lot of you seems to be ASSUMING that it WAS huminatarian aid on those ships. I say prove it and prove that all of it was humitarian aid. I'm betting dollars to doughtnuts that it was a cover for a lot more being shipped in there. That's the history of the place and the Palestinians.

    May 31, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
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