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. tw111

    The IDF was dealing with the same people who have in the past placed bombs on cadavers and loaded them into ambulances to gain entry into Israeli hospitals. Israel was well within its rights, and the agitators on board had no business there. The legitimate aid was to have been escorted by Israel to another port and taken to the Gazan people. It's fortunate that there is video to support the IDF's side.

    May 31, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dany

    On conflicting stories.. Wh☺? would you believe? After reading stories in Koran, can we believe the Jew?

    Think again..

    May 31, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kyle

    First, people who support Israel in this action fail to recognize that the Flotilla was in "International" waters. Israel had NO LEGAL RIGHT to intercept these vessels.

    Secondly, Israel claims that they were first attacked by the Flotilla members which is FALSE. Israel dropped onto the ships at the dark of night from helicopters which is a sign of FIRST aggression. The Flotilla members "responded" in kind with knives, fighting, and hand guns.

    Thirdly, Israel then brought the heavy weapons and sprayed members of the Flotilla, many who were still asleep.

    Lastly, it should be noted that there were AMERICANS on those ships who are being detained by Israel of which at least one of them was a member of the 1967 USS liberty.

    Kyle

    May 31, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. microserf

    Kyle,
    ahh the uss liberty, lets not foget that one. and you are right, boarding a ship in international waters from hovering apache helicopters is initself a provacation. History and experience has shown us that the Israelis show no restraint , they open fire indiscriminately. Make no mistake the timing was no coincidence, a day before a visit to Obama in the whitehouse, just like a previous operation during Joe Biden's visit to israel. It is made to look like it is american sanctioned. We are being used and manipulated and our "leaders" do nothing

    May 31, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Microserf,

      Thank you for the reply. I would like to address our dear “Jamila” whose PHD and pedigree means that we the “unwashed” masses are incapable of reason and logic. But I digress.

      It would appear to our dear “Jamila” that Israel can do no wrong. Jamila failed to address the following:

      A: NO country has the RIGHT to intercept a sea vessel in INTERNATIONAL waters.
      B: The failure of other Arab countries NOT supplying aid to the Palestinians is mutually exclusive from the fact that Israel ILLEGALLY boarded a vessel in international waters.
      C: The present day Jews also have a “sacred” Holy Book called the Talmud which is equally barbaric.
      D: Israel in 1967 purposely attacked the USS liberty killing and wounding Americans in an attempt to bring us into war against Egypt.
      E: Palestinians consist of Christians also.

      May 31, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jamila

    Uneducated people always mock the educated. It's their only defense. But the real point is that your analysis falls far short of reality because you WANT to believe that this was an innocent convoy of aid. That's fine if it makes you feel more convinced of the righteousness of their cause. Yours is an easy position to uphold: just avoid looking at facts and the evidence all points to the failure of Hamas to come up with humanistic moves that will (finally) protect the Palestinians and not put them in the front lines. And where are all the wealthy arab states when they're needed? Well, they are in Morocco drinking at the bars outlawed in their own country, bringing back young girls and boys for their amusement, doing their falconry on farmers' lands, flaunting their money and what it can buy in the faces of the poor. That's where they are. When there are wounded or desperately ill Palestinians, it's always, always, always the Israelis and not the arabs who help them. Humanitarian supplies were brought into Gaza right along, through proper channels, with no problem. The Turkish boat was just waiting...just waiting...as a provocation...for the Israelis to board. It was carefully scripted. Anyone can see that. Don't forget the Turkish elections, don't forget pragmatism of politicians. Do you think they care at all for the people they claim to be helping? Where have they been along?

    May 31, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julian363

      Jamila,

      Your main claims seem to be (1) the Arabs are bad (and so whatever bad things the Israeli Jews do should be excused); (2) the Israelis are the ones who "help the Palestinians", not the Arabs, and the Israelis allow humanitarian supplies into Gaza "no problem", if the stupid Palestinian supporters could just do it "through proper channels"; (3) the flotilla was a "scripted provocation" which "anyone can see".

      There did I get all of that right? You have anything else to add? Because so far all you've done is show yourself to be an ignorant self-absorbed hack. Come on, you hasbarists can surely do better, no?

      (1) Whatever the failings of the Arabs, they do not excuse the failings of the Jews. Morality 101. Or were you out of school that day?

      (2) Quite the opposite of helping the Palestinians, the Israelis have been cruelly blockading Gaza for the last three years. What, you didn't know? You need to get out more. From Salon:

      * "61% of people in the Gaza Strip are … food insecure," of which "65% are children under 18 years" (UN FAO)

      * since June 2007, "the number of Palestine refugees unable to access food and lacking the means to purchase even the most basic items, such as soap, school stationery and safe drinking water, has tripled" (UNRWA)

      * "in February 2009, the level of anemia in babies (9-12 months) was as high as 65.5%" (UN FAO)

      The Israelis are helping the Palestinians? You are insulting your readers' intelligence.

      (3) If the flotilla was so obviously scripted, then why didn't the Israelis, who are known the world over for their brilliance and scientific achievements, figure this out and so manage to avoid the trap? Here you are, little Jamilla stuck away in an Arab counbtry, forced to live amongst people she despises, and she figured out the "'provocation", and the brilliant IDF generals were unable to do so. Gee, what happened?

      May 31, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. damiao

    I really sorry for the victims killed. My condolenses, R.I.P http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com

    May 31, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chuck

    The Israeli raid on the humanitarian relief ship out of Turkey brings to mind the June 8, 1976 Israeli torpedo and strafing attacks against the US Intelligence [re: spy ship] USS Liberty. Yes Israel was at war at the time, but not with the United States; the ship was well known, well marked, and in international waters. 34 Americans were killed and 171 American were injured. Israeli arrogance changes very little over the years just as the US cow towing the American/Israeli lobby seldom changes. In 1967 President Johnson and the American Congress-and lets not forget the American Media- covered up as much as possible that regrettable USS Liberty incident and buried it quickly. I don't remember even a hiccup in US/Israeli relations. I would anticipate much of the same this time around: The Congress, The Executive Branch, and The Media may bluster for a brief time, then accept the rationalizations of the American/Israeli lobby. There will be a certain number of "words, then some Music" but all will signify nothing–in the USA or at the UN. Israel and its Prime minister will pretty much continue on their arrogant path, doing pretty much as they please and the rest of the world, much less the Palestinians, be damned.

    May 31, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julian363

      Former Navy signalman Joe Meadors is a decorated veteran and a survivor of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty and is reported to have been among those kidnapped by the Israelis this morning.

      May 31, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jamila

    my dear Julian363, I am not "stuck away in an arab country" I live in Chicago. I am an American. I have a PhD from Cornell University. It was a mistake to ever post my comments in such a poor excuse for dialogue. How duped you have been to believe what you're writing. You know so little and it shows. These kinds of exchanges are for the unwashed masses who just want to be emotional or hysterical or unanalytic. Or all three. In any case, you are not worth answering any further because you would not comprehend the nuances. You probably believe that NY Jews plotted 9/11, got out of the towers at about 8:30am, and had hired guns bomb the bldgs so that the whole world would turn against Islam. Well, it really didn't require all that. Movements in the arab world are pretty transparent. I've learned that easily over the last decade doing business there and living among the people, in their homes, in their workplaces, at their weddings and funerals. There's nothing complicated to sort out. What is certainly a waste of time is thinking that people like you can hold up your end of a somewhat subtle conversation on who's pushing what propaganda, and who's falling for it. Look through your statistics to find one shred of evidence that the arab communities have ever provided assistance to Israelis in need - although from the time I spent in Israel (1974 and 1976), they didn't seem to require any help and in fact, brought life, food, hospitals, schools, roads, and paid work to the arabs living among them. Give me a break. Find a little bit of truth in the world around you. Think for yourself. We all had to do that. And it has made us stronger.

    May 31, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julian363

      Jamilia,

      You said:

      "I have a PhD from Cornell University".

      Doesn't reflect very well on Cornell that it would grant a detgree to a narcisstic, racist drudge unable to engage in anything more substantial than pathetic ad-hominems. Get a life.

      May 31, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rabbitnexus

    MOHAMAD KOURDY is a fake troll Israeli. Trying to pretend he is a Muslim but his grammar and language is that os an israeli.

    These HASBARATS are hilarious with their antics and stunts. Have you collected your 30 shekels today lad?

    May 31, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Itellthetruth

      Right on my friend, give that shill the hell it deserves.

      June 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jamila

    and Julian, "cruelly blockading"?????? Give me a break. Do you actually think that was gratuitous? That it arose out of nothing one sunny day that Israel just happened to decide to block Gaza? That the peace-loving arabs, always on the lookout for a chance to eradicate the inbred violence and hatred against Jews in their most sacred of books, had nothing to do with provoking that blockade? But then again, maybe you also think there should be no blockage against Iran either...who knows where your head is.

    May 31, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steve Johnson

    We must keep into perspective that the boats were going to go through PALESTINIAN waters via International routes.
    NOT through Israel waters as incorrectly reported by israel. Seems the IDF have a history of twisting the truth

    This is nothing short of piracy and international war crimes.

    May 31, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. marino

    Israel has to stop now: they are killing 1.000 and 1.000 of innocents people. pls don't tell me that kids and olderly are terrorist? yes all of us condemned the holocaust. and now israel is doing the same holocaust to the palestinians.
    how many israelies died for the rockets lunched by the palestian? and how many palestinians died from israelies attacks?
    Israel = nazi germany? yes the way it is now yes. if some one to blame, all of us that are doing nothing just watching and talking about.
    so let's start now, stop buying israeli products
    but the problem that no one does anything to stop the killings .

    May 31, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lars Sweden

    We can all be happy that there are people that care when things in the world going unfair,US, and many EU country's had many of this kind of people on board

    THIS was a solely humanitarian, that ended with deadly outcome and all excuses from Israel being threaten on board are plain PATHETIC ! The thing are they have NO RIGHT to enter the "hostile" area in first place

    Amb. EDWARD L. PECK, JOE MEADORS, HEDY EPSTEIN, ANN WRIGHT
    Ambassador Peck was chief of mission in Iraq and Mauritania and deputy director of the White House Task Force on Terrorism in the Reagan administration. Meadors is a survivor of the 1967 attack by Israel on the U.S. military ship the USS Liberty in which 34 Americans were killed. Epstein is a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust and author of Remembering Is Not Enough. Wright is a 29-year U.S. Army/Army Reserves veteran who retired as a Colonel and a former U.S. diplomat who resigned in March 2003 in opposition to the invasion of Iraq.

    June 1, 2010 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lars Sweden

    USA should also be ashamed in the way they acting in United Nations Security Council regarding this

    June 1, 2010 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Aurora Borealis

    Why do Americans need to support Israel financially??? Why don't you let the Jews support themselves after all the biggest /richest world bankers were Jews ( well actually they own most of the famous...wealth gaining businesses even the 'monkey businesses') ...
    an eye-opener for all Americans: "Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don't worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it." – Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, October 3, 2001

    June 1, 2010 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
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