VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 4 June, 2010: Global boycotts of Israel intensify after bloody Flotilla attack

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Israeli Court Orders Deportation Four Palestinian Officials From Jerusalem
IMEMC – 4 Jun 2010 – On Friday, the Israeli Police informed Hamas political leaders, Mohammad Abu Teir, Mohammad Totah, Khalid Abu Arafa, and Ahmad Attoun, all from Jerusalem, that they High Court ordered their deportation from city by the end of this month.

Four Civilians Injured In Bil’in’s Weekly Protest
IMEMC – 4 Jun 2010 – Four civilians were injured in the weekly anti-wall protest in the village of Bil’in including Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, member of the Palestinian Parliament, two journalists and another protester.

Palestinians Raise Turkish Flags In Nonviolent Demosntration In N’ilin
IMEMC – 4 Jun 2010 – In the village of N’ilin, near Ramallah hundreds of the villagers were joined by International supporters as they held the Friday prayer on the lands on which Israel is planning to build the wall.

Hundreds demonstrate against the wall in Bethlehem
IMEMC – 4 Jun 2010 – Around 150 Palestinians, Internationals and Israelis marched, on Friday, in the village of Wad Rahhal near Bethlehem to protest Israel’s construction of the wall on their land and to protest the Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla passengers.

Hamas Invites Abbas To Gaza
IMEMC – 4 Jun 2010 – The Hamas movement invited Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, of the rival Fateh party, to visit the Gaza Strip as the first step to break the Israeli siege, and end internal divisions between the two movements.

PCHR Weekly report: 5 fighters killed, 6 civilians wounded in the occupied Palestinian territories
IMEMC – 4 Jun 2010 – In its Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for the week of 27 May 02 June 2010, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights reported that 5 Palestinian fighters were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip, and 6 Palestinian civilians, including an old woman, a child and two journalists, were wounded by Israeli gunfire. The report did not include an international incident that also took place this week, in which Israeli forces attacked an aid convoy of ships in international waters, killing 9 civilians.

Ma’an News

Israel arrests Free Gaza chief
6/5/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israeli forces arrested the chairwoman of the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla at Friday’s demonstration in Bil’in, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, supporters said. Huwaida Arraf, a Palestinian-American from Michigan, is a human rights activist who was on board the aid flotilla that came under attack Monday, in a raid that left nine….

Chomsky: Gaza flotilla raid a serious crime
6/4/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Professor Noam Chomsky, the foreign policy analyst and author of Hegemony and Survival, has rejected Israel’s justification for it’s attack on humanitarian aid boats headed for Gaza.” Hijacking boats in international waters and killing passengers is, of course, a serious crime,” he told Al-Ahram.”It is worth bearing in mind that the crime….

UK drafts new law over int`l jurisdiction
6/4/2010 – UK Foreign Secretary William Hague announced quick steps being taken by the new coalition government toward changing the law on universal jurisdiction, the official said Wednesday during the Queen’s debate on 26 May. The current law, based on the 1988 Criminal Justice Act grants universal jurisdiction on war crimes cases to courts in England and….

HRW: Israel should promptly conduct credible, impartial inquiry
6/4/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israel should promptly conduct a credible and impartial investigation into the deaths of at least 10 activists after Israeli security forces boarded ships that were part of an “aid flotilla” to Gaza, Human Rights Watch said Monday. Human Rights Watch said that the incident, in which dozens of activists and several Israeli commandos….

Settler under house arrest after shooting teens
6/4/2010 – Bethlehem/Hebron – Ma’an – An Israeli settler reportedly turned himself in, telling police he fired shots into the air near Hebron’s Aroub refugee camp on Thursday; shots that hit two high school boys witnesses said. The office of Prim Minister Salam Fayyad released witness testimonies on Friday morning, naming citizens who said they saw the unidentified….

At-Tamimi: Israel turned Jerusalem into military post
6/4/2010 – Jerusalem – Ma’an – Five teenage Palestinians were detained in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Al-Isawiya for allegedly throwing stones at cars in the nearby settlement of French Hill, witness said, while small protests broke out around the city. Muslim men under 40 who are not residents in Israel were barred from prayer at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque….

Israel closes crossings; no move to lift siege
6/4/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Israeli crossings officials announced the closure of the Gaza crossing points on Friday, indicating the continuation of a siege-policy of closing the goods terminals at least two days a week. Liaison official for the Palestinian side of the crossings Raed Fattouh said limited goods – some 107 truckloads plus fuel supplies – were delivered on….

UN special committee on Israel, refugees visits region
6/4/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories will visit Egypt from 8 to 11 June, Jordan from 11 to 16 June, and Syria from 16 to 19 June 2010. The special committee was established in December 1968 by….

PNI chief dedicates protests to flotilla dead
6/4/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – Palestinian National Initiative Secretary-General Mustafa Barghouthi called the West Bank-wide dedication of protest rallies to the Mavi Marmara dead an indication of national unity when he addressed a protest Friday.”All of the weekly rallies that are carried in all of the villages; Bil’in, Ni’lin, Al-Ma’sara, Jurat Ash-Sham’ah, Iraq Burin and along road….

An-Nasser Brigades claim projectile launch from Gaza
6/4/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – The An-Nasser Salah Ad-Din Brigades released a statement Friday morning laying claim to a series of projectiles fired from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel. The militant unit, affiliated with the Popular Resistance Committees, said they fired two projectiles Thursday night. Police told Israeli media that there were no injuries, noting the projectiles….

Israel has no desire for second confrontation
6/5/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Yossi Gal, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs director-general, is urging the MV Rachel Corrie to refrain from approaching Gaza, and to deliver its cargo of humanitarian aid to Israel instead.”I want to once again deliver a message that has been delivered in both public and private channels” to the ship’s crew, Gal….

UK: Israel went beyond what was warranted or proportionate
6/5/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – UK Foreign Secretary William Hague addressed the House of Commons Friday afternoon and gave a strong statement on the issue of the Gaza flotilla. He has also stressed the need for the end of restrictions on Gaza to allow for the entry of humanitarian aid. In his address to the Commons the Foreign….

Report: US officials say new tack needed on Gaza
6/4/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – The Obama administration considers Israel’s blockade of Gaza to be untenable and plans to press for another approach to ensure Israel’s security while allowing more supplies into the enclave, officials told The New York Times Wednesday. According to the report, senior US officials say that Israel’s deadly attack on a flotilla trying….

Investment Conference declared a success
6/4/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – One hundred and twenty-five Palestinian small and medium-sized business projects funded by some 500 million US dollars from Arab and Palestinian investors were showcased during Bethlehem’s Investment Conference, officials said. Speaking with Ma’an following the closing session of the two-day event in the southern West Bank city, Palestinian Authority Minister of the National….

In photos: Mitchell helps boost Investment Conference
6/4/2010 – Amidst the global condemnation of the Israeli attack on aid ships bringing humanitarian aid to the besieged people of Gaza, hundreds of businessmen and women gathered in Bethlehem and pushed forward with a conference two years in the making, re-named the Freedom Conference in honor of the Freedom Flotilla dead. Attending the conference was US….

PLO negotiations chief marks 43 years of occupation
6/4/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Ahead of the anniversary of Israel’s 1967 invasion of Arab lands, PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat declared Thursday that after 43 years of occupation, Israel has chosen apartheid over peace.”The Israeli colonization process destroys any hope for a two-state solution,” Erekat said in a statement.”Ongoing provocations and systematic discrimination against Palestinians signify….

Hamas, Jihad rally in Gaza supporting flotilla
6/4/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Supporters of Hamas and Islamic Jihad took to the streets Friday in massive rallies in solidarity with those killed and injured on the flotilla raid that left nine dead. Hamas rallied in southern Gaza’s An-Nausierat and Al-Briej refugee camps and Islamic Jihad protested in Khan Younis. The protestors denounced the attack demanding continued….

Turkey PM to Israel: Thou shalt not kill
6/4/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Appealing to Israel’s Jewish majority, Turkey on Friday angrily reminded its ally that Judaism rejects murder.” I’ll say to you in your own language. I say in Hebrew ‘Lo Tirtzakh’,” or, “Thou shalt not kill,” Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said, in a televised speech to supporters of his AK Party.”I am speaking….

Full text: Foreign secretary addresses House of Commons
6/4/2010 – William Hague, Foreign Secretary, London – With permission, Mr Speaker, I will report to the House on the events surrounding the interception of boats in the Free Gaza Flotilla, the immediate action the Government has taken, and our planned next steps. In the early hours of 31st May the Israeli Defence Forces intercepted six of the….

Hamas invites Abbas to visit Gaza
6/5/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – Hamas on Wednesday invited President Abbas to visit the Gaza Strip, saying such a step would help to break the siege put an end to disunity.” Go to Gaza and open a unified Legislative Council,” Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouq said.”This will be the first step toward ending the siege and….

Fatah: Hamas shrugs off goodwill efforts
6/4/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – Fatah spokesman Ahmed Assaf says “Hamas is on purpose taking the battle of the Palestinian people against the occupation to our own internal space.” Assaf said in a statement that “At a time when Fatah has all the energy to face the Israeli crimeand stand by Hamas and the peace activists, we find….

Palestine Note

Israel navy approaches Gaza ship
Palestine Note 4 Jun 2010 – MV Rachel Corrie tracked by Israeli forces By Jared Malsin New York – Israeli navy approached of a Gaza-bound aid ship early Saturday, organizers in contact with the ship said. The apparent raid comes less than…

‘No citizenship without loyalty!’
Palestine Note 4 Jun 2010 – In Israel, almost all of the protests against the navy’s assault on the relief flotilla took place in Palestinian space. Palestinian citizens in almost every major town and city, from Nazareth to Sachnin and from Arabe…

Last flotilla ships near Gaza
Palestine Note 4 Jun 2010 – Washington – The MV Rachel Corrie, the last of the Gaza-bound aid flotilla that was raided by Israeli forces in international waters Monday, is 150 miles Gaza according to an activist on the ship and is…

Hezbollah SG urges Lebanese support for aid convoy
Palestine Note 4 Jun 2010 – Flotilla blowback finds citizenship of Arab MK in jeopardy Washington – With the MV Rachel Corrie and the last of the Gaza aid flotilla hours away from Gaza’s port, the fallout from Monday’s high-seas encounter between…

Glenn Beck’s Israel problem
Palestine Note 4 Jun 2010 – On Thursday, Fox News’ Glenn Beck devoted a segment of his television program to attacking me for condemning the Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound relief flotilla. I have no problem with that. But I can’t help…

Flotilla fallout: An early assessment
Palestine Note 4 Jun 2010 – There’s a lot more information out now about the disastrous Israeli attack on the flotilla that was heading to Gaza last we
ekend. That doesn’t necessarily mean more clarity about what actually happened, but there’s enough to…

Mideast peace tops list of hopeless
Palestine Note 4 Jun 2010 – June 3 (Bloomberg) — Groucho Marx, one of America’s pre- eminent philosophers, once quipped, “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes.” I thought of Groucho the other day, while ruminating about President…

Israel: Hasbara, lies, and videotape
Palestine Note 4 Jun 2010 – As thousands of outraged demonstrators poured into the streets of Ankara and several capitals across the globe in the aftermath of Israel’s bloody attack on an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip early Monday, an…

WATCH: Israel’s secret ties with Apartheid South Africa
Palestine Note 4 Jun 2010 – Washington – In his new groundbreaking book The Unspoken Alliance , Sasha Polakow-Suransky uncovers the long-concealed history of military and diplomatic ties between Israel and South Africa during the 1970s and 80s. Even before it was released,…

PM Erdogan: ‘Thou shalt not kill’
Palestine Note 4 Jun 2010 – Washington – As Turkey continues to take a strong stance and make strong statements against Israel for its action on the high-seas Monday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gained the attention of Reuters Friday when…

Hamas lawmakers given one month to leave Israel and East Jerusalem
Palestine Note 4 Jun 2010 – Washington – Israeli police have confiscated the Israeli ID cards of four Jerusalemites tied to Hamas and has given them until July to leave East Jerusalem and Israel, Haaretz reported Friday. Mohammad Abu Tir is known…

Obama reiterates, “status quo is unsustainable”
Palestine Note 4 Jun 2010 – Washington – In an appearance on Larry King Live Thursday, US President Barack Obama continued to dance around the issue of condemning Israel for the attack, but he reiterated his feeling that the “status quo” in…

WATCH: Glenn Beck attacks Pnote blogger Rosenberg
Palestine Note 4 Jun 2010 – Washington – Conservative pop-analyst Glenn Beck attacked a recent post by Media Matter Senior Fellow and Palestine Note blogger MJ Rosenberg on his show Thursday, and in doing so he demonstrated not only a lack of…

Flotilla backlash?: Musical acts cancel Israel shows
Palestine Note 4 Jun 2010 – Washington – Hipster groups the Klaxons and Gorillaz Sound System have canceled their performances in Israel scheduled for this week in response to Israel’s deadly raid on the “Freedom Flotilla,” Haaretz reported Friday. Musical group Klaxons…

Settler shoots teens, now under house arrest
Palestine Note 4 Jun 2010 – Washington – A Hebron settler man has reportedly turned himself over to the authorities after he fired shots into the air Thursday near Aroub refugee camp in Hebron, Ma’an News Agency reported Friday. Two of the…

Israel restricts Al-Aqsa access
Palestine Note 4 Jun 2010 – Washington – Men under 40 who aren’t Israeli residents have been barred from Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City, Ma’an News Agency reported Friday. An Israeli soldier stands guard with the dome of…

Mad dog diplomacy
Palestine Note 3 Jun 2010 – A cornered Israel is baring its teeth Moshe Dayan, Israels most celebrated general, famously outlined the strategy he believed would keep Israels enemies at bay: Israel must be a like a mad dog, too dangerous to…

WATCH: Reporter on flotilla: Israelis shot first
Palestine Note 3 Jun 2010 – New York – An Al Jazeera reporter who was onboard the Mavi Marmara during Monday’s deadly Israeli raid at sea said Thursday that he witnessed Israeli soldiers firing live ammunition from boats and a helicopter, before…

Activist Shapiro defends Turkish charity
Palestine Note 3 Jun 2010 – Washington – Co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement and documentarian Adam Shapiro talked to Fox News about the detention of his wife Huwaida Arraf (the other co-founder of ISM) for her participation in the “Freedom Flotilla.”…

Facebook and the Muslim outrage
Palestine Note 3 Jun 2010 – News agencies wrote: “Any depictions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) are considered blasphemous by Muslims.” The above statement is meant to fully summarize the reason behind the outrage that arises in Pakistan and other…

Brutality on land and at sea
Palestine Note 3 Jun 2010 – Israeli attack on aid ship an extension of its illegal occupation of Gaza Early Monday, Israeli navy commandos attacked a flotilla of humanitarian aid destined for the occupied Gaza Strip in international waters. The ships were…

Report: Proximity talks expected to continue
Palestine Note 3 Jun 2010 – Washington – Despite calls from Palestinian factions to halt indirect negotiations with Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has made no gesture indicating he will suspend the talks. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appears in an undated file…

Top 10 reasons for reassessing the Gaza blockade strategy
Palestine Note 3 Jun 2010 – In June 2007, as part of an effort to pressure Hamas and force it out of power, Israel clamped a tight blockade on Gaza. The blockade blocks the free movement of all goods and people into…

Aljazeera

Turkey flays Israel over killings
AlJazeera 4 Jun 2010 – Prime minister says Israel betrayed its religion in aid convoy raid.
Another aid ship on way to Gaza
AlJazeera 4 Jun 2010 – Malaysian official urges Israel to ensure safe passage for vessel carrying humanitarian cargo.

Turkish wounded return from Israel
AlJazeera 4 Jun 2010 – Plane retrieves three more injured activists while two Turks remain in Israeli hospital.

Palestine News Network

Eight injured As Troops Attack Wall Protests In The West Bank
PNN – Ghassan Bannoura PNN – Eight civilians were injured by Israeli military fire, among them three journalists, as troops attacked the weekly anti wall protests in deferent locations in the West Bank….

Israel Honor The Soldier Who killed Six Gaza Flotilla Activists
PNN – Tel Aviv PNN- the Israeli military higher command is studying the possibility of granting a medal of honor to the soldiers who killed six Gaza Flotilla activists. During the Monday attack…

CPJ Denounces Israel’s Use Of Footage Seized In Flotilla Raid
PNN – New York, PNNThe Committee to Protect Journalists denounces Israels editing and distribution of footage confiscated from foreign journalists aboard the Gaza-bound flotilla that was raided on Monday. On Wednesday, the Israel army…

Lying About The Gaza Flotilla Disaster
PNN – Its been one lie after another in the US media about the Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound relief flotilla. No matter that the Israeli media views the whole incident as a debacle…

Free Gaza: Sabotage On The High Sea
PNN – Cyprus PNN – the Free Gaza movement acused Israeli of saportaging its flottial sips while on their way to the Gaza Strip. Israeli navy Colonel Itzik Tourgeman told the Knesset Defense…

Settlers Attack Joseph’s Tomb Near Nablus
PNN – Nablus PNN – Israeli settlers attacked on Friday at dawn Joseph’s Tomb located near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Witnesses said that the settlers stormed the holy site under…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (27 May 02 June 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Jerusalem Post

US to aid boats: ‘Go to Ashdod’
Jeruslalem Post 5 Jun 2010 – White House calls on Gaza flotilla boats to send aid via Ashdod.

‘Rachel Corrie’ offers deal
Jeruslalem Post 5 Jun 2010 – Ship willing to allow international inspection. Due in Gaza Sat. AM.

‘Turkey has embraced Iran, Hamas’
Jeruslalem Post 4 Jun 2010 – Oren responds to fierce criticism of Israel by “friend in the past.”

IDF releases new ‘Marmara’ clip
Jeruslalem Post 4 Jun 2010 – Passengers heard telling radio operator to “go back to Auschwitz.”

Israel sends message to ‘Rachel Corrie’
Jeruslalem Post 4 Jun 2010 – Foreign Ministry urges ship to divert course as it nears Gaza.

Erdogan: Hamas is not a terrorist group
Jeruslalem Post 4 Jun 2010 – Turkish PM slams Israel for “slaughtering” 19-year-old on ship.

Day marked by W. Bank, J’lem protests
Jeruslalem Post 4 Jun 2010 – 7-meter ship held up in Bil’in; hundreds demonstrate near Route 443.

Evidence undermines ‘Mavi Marma’ innocence
Jeruslalem Post 4 Jun 2010 – IDF finds gun-sights, coded plans; commandos were dragged below deck.

Public Diplomacy: At war without an army
Jeruslalem Post 4 Jun 2010 – Israel isn’t equipped to fight the media war.

‘US pressed Israel to let activists go’
Jeruslalem Post 4 Jun 2010 – Turkish official says the Israeli-Turkish crisis is far from over.

Offspring of bin Laden mentor were on Mavi Marmari
Jeruslalem Post 4 Jun 2010 – A grandson of Sheikh Abdullah Yusuf Azzam will join the next convoy to Gaza.

Ayalon claims successes in PR battle
Jeruslalem Post 3 Jun 2010 – In Post op-ed, deputy minister rejects criticism over delay in releasing IDF footage of commandos under attack.

IDF: Mercenaries to blame for violence
Jeruslalem Post 3 Jun 2010 – Army says some 50 well-trained passengers were recruited in Turkey.

Kadima not joining govt despite flotilla crisis
Jeruslalem Post 3 Jun 2010 – Livni says makeup of coalition must change for her party to consider unity government.

Group plans Cyprus voyage to protest Turkish occupation
Jeruslalem Post 3 Jun 2010 – MKs on right slam cabinet for releasing all Turkish activists.

US wants shift in blockade policy, not major change
Jeruslalem Post 3 Jun 2010 – Israel has a right to know whether or not arms are being smuggled in, Biden says.

Hamas raids, closes NGO offices
Jeruslalem Post 3 Jun 2010 – Outrage in Gaza after group confiscates files, equipment.

Editorial: How to end the blockade
Jeruslalem Post 3 Jun 2010 – The best way to bring peace: help end Hamas rule.

International Solidarity Movement

Rachel Corrie on Her Way
6/4/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Free Gaza Movement – The Rachel Corrie is 150 miles away from Gaza in international waters and on her way. They will arrive on Saturday morning. The 1200 ton cargo ship is the last ship from the Freedom Flotilla and is loaded with construction materials, 20 tons of paper and many other supplies that Israel refuses….

Ha’aretz

Klaxons and Gorillaz Sound System cancel Israel shows, apparently due to Gaza flotilla raid
Ha’aretz – Concert producer ‘troubled’ by the groups’ decision to cancel despite numerous attempts to convince them to still come.

Interior Minister seeks to strip Israeli Arab MK of citizenship
Ha’aretz – Israeli Arab MK Hanin Zuabi took part in Gaza aid flotilla, in what Eli Yishai calls a ‘premeditated act of treason’ under protection of parliamentary immunity.

Backlash over Gaza flotilla raid endangers UN sanctions on Iran
Ha’aretz – U.S. President tells CNN’s Larry King that while Israel has ‘legitimate security concerns,” the Gaza siege prevents Palestinians from pursuing opportunities.

Activists deny Israel navy boarded Gaza bound aid ship ‘Rachel Corrie’
Ha’aretz – Cyprus-based Free Gaza group uses Twitter website to announce that troops from three three Israeli boats boarded peacefully, with no struggle or injuries – but activists aboard ship deny any…

White House: Israel blockade of Gaza unsustainable
Ha’aretz – As new aid ship nears Hamas-ruled territory, U.S. calls on Israel to rethink Gaza siege after mid-ocean raid that left nine dead on Monday.

Report: Autopsy shows Gaza activists were shot 30 times
Ha’aretz – Nine Turkish activistskilled in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship, including one with U.S. citizenship, were shot a total of 30 times and five died of gunshot wounds to…

IDF video shows flotilla passengers tell Israel Navy to ‘go back to Auschwitz’
Ha’aretz – Army releases audio recording of exchange between Israel Navy ships and passengers on the Mavi Marmara, the central ship of a Gaza aid flotilla raided by Israel on Monday., Largest…

Erdogan tells Israel in Hebrew: Thou shalt not kill
Ha’aretz – Turkish PM defends Hamas, calling them ‘resistance fighters'; Turkey mulls cutting Israel ties to ‘minimum’ over Gaza flotilla.

Dispatch from an Israeli journalist in Istanbul
Ha’aretz – Arriving at Attaturk airport as the Gaza flotilla fiasco unfolds, I’m told I don’t need a visa – but that soon, Israelis won’t be let into Turkey at all.

Passengers of ‘Rachel Corrie’ reject Israel-Ireland deal
Ha’aretz – Irish government offers MV Rachel Corrie ship to divert to Israeli port of Ashdod instead of Gaza; Foreign Ministry: Israel doesn’t want a confrontation with the Gaza-bound ship.

Gaza militants fire four Qassam rockets at Israel
Ha’aretz – Two Qassams strikes Ashkelon area, one near Sderot and one within the Gaza Strip; tensions on border remain high following IDF raid on Gaza-bound flotilla.

Under U.S. pressure, Netanyahu may ease Gaza blockade
Ha’aretz – PM considers easing naval blockade on Gaza; Clinton: We are evaluating ways of expanding flow of aid to Gaza while protecting Israel’s interests.

U.S. envoy Mitchell: Gaza flotilla raid must not undermine Mideast talks
Ha’aretz – Palestinian official says Abbas-Mitchell meeting on Wednesday dominated by issue, but Mitchell says it ‘underscores’ need to push negotiations forward.

IDF soldier killed in training accident in Negev
Ha’aretz – Two other soldiers killed over last six months, also from routine training accidents.

Uruknet

Israel falls back on lies
Uruknet June 4, 2010 – The Israeli government has embarked on a disinformation campaign to justify its act of piracy against the ships carrying humanitarian goods to Gazans starving for the fourth successive year under Israel’s illegal blockade. The activists, representing more than 40 nationalities, were bringing humanitarian materials included powdered milk, wheelchairs and a symbolic shipment of cement and…

The Tacitus Principle: How Israel and its Apologists Defend the Indefensible
Uruknet June 4, 2010 – If there is one piece of ancient wisdom that has never lost even a bit of its validity over the centuries, it is Cornelius Tacitus’ axiom that, “Crime, once exposed, has no refuge but in audacity.” Indeed, this appears to be the underlying principle of the US-Israeli PR campaign that has been launched in the…

Gaza: Infant Dies Due To Ongoing Siege
Uruknet June 4, 2010 – Palestinian medical sources reported Friday that an infant died at a hospital in Gaza after Israel refused to allow his family to transfer him to an Israeli hospital to receive specialized medical treatment. The infant was identified as Mohammad Khader, 7 months. His death brings the toll of patients who died due to the siege…

IDF Releases Apparently Doctored Flotilla Audio; Press Reports As Fact
Uruknet June 4, 2010 – The IDFs propaganda is getting stupider and stupider, and the media is enthusiastically playing along. This audio, which purports to show flotilla passengers telling the IDF to “go back to Auschwitz,” appears to have been doctored by the rosh katan at the IDF General Press Office. The clip originally released by the IDF on May…

Freedom Flot
illa Activists: “Beaten on the ship and at the airport”

Uruknet June 4, 2010 – The six Italian activists, part of the Flotilla headed to Gaza and attacked by Israeli commandos while in international waters, are back in Italy. Manolo Luppichini arrived yesterday at Ciampino airport (Rome). Palestine Monitor had the chance to interview him soon after his arrival. He reported that victims of the Israeli assault on the Freedom…

At-Tamimi: Israel turned Jerusalem into military post
Uruknet June 4, 2010 – Five teenage Palestinians were detained in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Al-Isawiya for allegedly throwing stones at cars in the nearby settlement of French Hill, witness said, while small protests broke out around the city. Muslim men under 40 who are not residents in Israel were barred from prayer at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday,…

Rep. Sherman: prosecute U.S. citizens involved with Gaza flotilla
Uruknet June 4, 2010 – On a press call hosted by a pro-Israel organization, Rep. Brad Sherman, Democrat of California, told reporters that he intends seek the prosecution of any U.S. citizens who were aboard or involved with the Freedom Flotilla. “The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 makes it absolutely illegal for any American to give food,…

Israel Censors News on Deadly Flotilla Raid
Uruknet June 4, 2010 – …In a separate incident on Wednesday IPS witnessed two very frightened activists who had arrived at the airport on buses and had been forcibly removed, being cuffed and frog-marched out of the departure terminal towards a minivan. According to an Israeli police spokesman they had acted in a “provocative” manner. When this correspondent took pictures…

MV RACHEL CORRIE UPDATE
Uruknet June 4, 2010 – Latest news is there was just a live interview with the ship and they are now only 80 miles from Gaza. If people recall the Zionist murderers attacked the Turkish ship 90 miles out…

Gaza flotilla attack: Autopsies reveal intensity of Israeli military force
Uruknet June 4, 2010 – The autopsy results released today by the Turkish authorities after the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla reveal in chilling detail the intensity of the military force unleashed on the multinational convoy. Each of the nine victims on the Mavi Marmara in international waters off the coast of Israel in the early hours of Monday…

Gaza flotilla activists were shot in head at close range
Uruknet June 4, 2010 – Israel was tonight under pressure to allow an independent inquiry into its assault on the Gaza aid flotilla after autopsy results on the bodies of those killed, obtained by the Guardian, revealed they were peppered with 9mm bullets, many fired at close range. Nine Turkish men on board the Mavi Marmara were shot a total…

The week the world remembered Gaza
Uruknet June 4, 2010 – For almost three years the plight of Gazas 1.5 million people had gradually faded from view. And then the Freedom Flotilla set sail from Cyprus. Out of sight and out of mind. For almost three years the plight of Gazas 1.5 million people had gradually faded from view. The international condemnation from Israels conduct during…

War on the World: Obama’s Surge in State Terror
Uruknet June 4, 2010 – Most sentient beings have long recognized that murdering civilians in foreign countries — especially through the cowardly methods of “secret war” — is entirely counterproductive … if your actual aim is to enhance America’s national security by reducing violent extremism and hatred for the United States, that is. However, if your aim is to perpetuate and…

US Media’s Pro-Israeli Bias: Response to the Freedom Flotilla Slaughter
Uruknet June 4, 2010 – On June 2, Netanyahu, a common street thug serving as prime minister, told an interviewer that the activists attacked “are extremist supporters of terror and violence….I have to make clear that the Israeli soldiers protected their lives bravely and also I’m very proud of what they did.” Proud of cold-blooded murder he means, Israel’s longstanding…

Video: ‘Price to pay’ for opposing Israel
Uruknet June 3, 2010 – Though international criticism has been mounting against Israel’s raid on civilian aid ships bound for Gaza, reaction from the United States has been cautious. Glenn Greenwald, a former constitutional lawyer and civil rights litigator, said this muted response is due to the “huge political price” US politicians must pay for being seen as adversarial to…

UN concerned over closure of NGOs in Gaza
Uruknet June 3, 2010 – The UN expressed concern over allegations brought to light by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) on Wednesday, over the forcible closure of NGOs by Hams police in Gaza. Local NGO workers told PCHR that Hamas’ Internal Security Service (ISS) entered the offices of four organizations in Rafah and Gaza City, searched them, and…

First-hand Account of Israeli Assault
Uruknet June 3, 2010 – …He is proud of the soldiers attack on an unarmed ship and aid convoy, and killed people. What does that say about Netanyahu and all of Israels policies? These are the policies that were urging people to stand up against. One of the things theyve been saying is that “weve offered to take the cargo…

The Same Boat:Israel’s attack on flotilla mirrors daily reality in Gaza
Uruknet June 3, 2010 – …Given that Israeli commandos boarded the vessels in international waters, and if, as the activists on board allege, the soldiers fired first with live ammunitionnot rubber-coated bullets or tear gasIsraels self-defence spin is simply not credible. Having borne witness to Israeli attacks on clearly-marked medics (16 emergency workers killed by Israeli soldiers) and civilians (nearly…

Putting Names To Faces
Uruknet June 3, 2010 – A brief introduction to the nine Turkish people shot dead on 31 May 2010, by Israeli soldiers who attacked the Turkish vessel M.V. Mavi Marmara, as it attempted to transport humanitarian aid to the people of the Gaza Strip. 1. Ibrahim Bilgen, 61, an electrical engineer from Siirt. Member of the Chamber of Electrical Engineers…

What exactly is the blockade of Gaza?
Uruknet June 3, 2010 – In recent days, coverage of the attack on the aid flotilla headed to the Gaza Strip has focused on the lack of availability of certain humanitarian goods. This fact sheet is a reference tool based on international aid agencies and human rights groups on the impact of the siege on the population of Gaza. Electricity:…

The National

New aid ship heads to Gaza
The National 4 Jun 2010 – A cargo ship trying to break the blockade of Gaza could reach Israel’s 32-kilometre exclusion zone by this afternoon. Israel vows to stop it.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

IOF Attacks Symbolic Freedom Flotilla in Bil’in
WAFA – RAMALLAH, June 4, 2010 (WAFA)- Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) attacked once again a symbolic freedom Flotilla in the West Bank village of Bil’in west of Ramallah. Seven people, including three

Singing against Siege, Bellowing for Boycott
WAFA – NEW YORK, June 4, 2010 (WAFA)- Heeding the Palestinian civil society call for intensifying boycott and sanctions, as Israel massacres humanitarian workers and international solidarity activists, New

Arab Civil Society Organizations Condemn Crime against Gaza Flotilla
WAFA – AMMAN, June 4, 2010 (WAFA)- Civil society organizations of the Arab World (representative of more than 800 NGOs in 16 Arab countries), strongly condemned the Israeli crime committed upon the Freedom

CPJ Denounces Israels Use of Footage Seized in Flotilla Raid
WAFA – NEW YORK, June 4, 2010 (WAFA)- The Committee to Protect Journalists denounces Israels editing and distribution of footage confiscated from foreign journalists aboard the Gaza-bound flotilla that was

Women Share Vision for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
WAFA – MADRID, June 4, 2010 (WAFA)- Palestinian, Israeli and international women leaders called for an end to the siege on Gaza and a just and peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at

Daily Star

Protests flare across Egypt against Gaza blockade
Daily Star 4 Jun 2010 ALEXANDRIA, Egypt: Tens of thousands of people across Egypt protested against Israel’s Gaza blockade on Friday, chanting pro-Hamas slogans in a sign of mounting rancor in the first Arab country to make peace with Israel.About 20,000…

‘Paralyzing sanctions’ purged from Iran draft
Daily Star 4 Jun 2010 MOSCOW: The new UN Security Council draft resolution against Iran contains no paralyzing sanctions and takes into account the interests of Russia and China, the Russian foreign minister said Friday.Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said initial versions…

Nobel laureate on aid ship: We won’t resist Israeli forces
Daily Star 4 Jun 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israel insisted Friday that it won’t let an Irish aid ship breach its blockade of the Gaza Strip, setting the stage for another maritime showdown with pro-Palestinian activists undaunted by a deadly raid earlier…

Khamenei raps opposition before anniversary of polls
Daily Star 4 Jun 2010 TEHRAN: Iran’s top authority accused the pro-reform opposition on Friday of betraying the legacy of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, as hundreds of thousands rallied to mark the 21st anniversary of the revolutionary leader’s death. Addressing the same…

The Guardian

Martin Rowson on the Gaza flotilla attack
The Guardian 4 Jun 2010 – Israel defends intensity of military force after autopsy results reveal total of 30 bullets in bodies of nine protesters Martin Rowson

Letters: Clash of morality and law over Gaza
The Guardian 4 Jun 2010 – My late father, Rev Dr Isaac Levy, was the senior Jewish chaplain to the British Army of the Rhine. For six months after the entry to Germany in 1945 he focused most of his energies …

Gaza flotilla activists were shot in head at close range
The Guardian 4 Jun 2010 – Exclusive: Nine Turkish men on board Mavi Marmara were shot a total of 30 times, autopsy results reveal Israel was tonight under pressure to allow an independent inquiry into its assault on the Gaza aid flotilla…

Gaza flotilla: Turkey’s stance is a lesson to the west
The Guardian 4 Jun 2010 – Turkish efforts to change policies that turn blind eye to suffering in Gaza are characteristic of its diplomacy in last decade Growing strains in Turkey’s relationship with Israel, which reached a nadir this week over Israel’s…

Gaza’s markets of unaffordable goods conceal reality of people under siege
The Guardian 4 Jun 2010 – Daily struggles of Gazans contradict Israeli claims that aid flotilla’s mission was redundant as there is no humanitarian crisis It’s Friday, the Muslim weekend, and the Sharif family are looking forward to the highlight of their…

Israeli attack on the Gaza aid flotilla
The Guardian 4 Jun 2010 – Sydney Morning Herald photographer Kate Geraghty was travelling with a Turkish-backed aid flotilla bound for Gaza, and witnessed the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara

Henning Mankell: ‘That kind of stupidity I will never understand’
The Guardian 4 Jun 2010 – Swedish author and creator of Wallander gives a dramatic account of his experience as part of the Gaza aid flotilla attacked by Israel Kate Connolly

Israeli PR machine won Gaza flotilla media battle | Antony Lerman
The Guardian 4 Jun 2010 – Reporting by mainstream media on the Gaza flotilla attack was unbalanced and dominated by Israel’s edited version of events From the moment that the Israeli naval commandos launched their attack on the flotilla aiming to break…

Freedom flotilla ship MV Rachel Corrie continues to head for Gaza
The Guardian 4 Jun 2010 – Six UK and Irish citizens on ship that Israel says cannot dock Turkey warns it will reduce ties with Israel to a minimum Hamas leader says humanitarian aid alone not enough Passengers aboard…

Gaza flotilla attack: Israeli ambassador to Madrid tries to play down deaths< /a>
The Guardian 4 Jun 2010 – Consul intimates Spain should focus more on domestic road traffic fatalities, and aligns activists with Madrid train bombers Israel’s ambassador in Madrid provoked outrage this morning by suggesting Spaniards should worry more about the number of…

Relief Web

Statement on the Gaza Flotilla by National Security Council Spokesman Mike Hammer
Relief Web 4 Jun 2010 – Source: Government of the United States of America

USAID West Bank/Gaza Report on Mission Program Achievements – Week of May 31, 2010
Relief Web 4 Jun 2010 – Source: US Agency for International Development

UN envoy accuses rights forum of turning blind eye
Relief Web 4 Jun 2010 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet

Improving access to water and sanitation on World Environment Day
Relief Web 4 Jun 2010 – Source: Australian Agency for International Development, Government of Australia

Inter Press Service

Doubts Grow Over Israel’s Value as U.S. Ally
IPS WASHINGTON, Jun 3 (IPS) – Israel’s disastrous raid in international waters Monday on a Turkish-flagged flotilla carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza has resurrected a long-running debate over whether Washington’s close alliance with the Jewish state really serves U.S. strategic interests.

No Sidelining Arab-Israelis Over Raid On Aid Flotilla
IPS SAKHNIN, Israel, Jun 3 (IPS) – Normally, in this non-descript sleepy Arab town in Galilee, TV sets are tuned to Al-Jazeera or Al-Arabiyya, the round-the-clock Arabic networks.

Stop The Wall

Al-Ma’sara: Occupation Forces Arrest Saddam Aladdin
Stop The Wall – At six thirty in the evening on June 2nd, 2010, Israeli Occupation forces stormed the village of Al-Masara and arrested Saddam Aladdin, 18-year-old member of Stop the Wall Campaign. [

YNet News

Hundreds mark ’43 years of occupation’ near Route 443
YNet News – Demonstrators protest against Palestinians’ limited access to road connecting….

Turkey says may cut ties with Israel to minimum
YNet News – Deputy Prime Minister Arinc says Ankara assessing security, economic deals with….

Report: Turkey to seek ICC action over Gaza flotilla
YNet News – Ankara’s media says Turkey wants International Crimes Court probe into….

Crew: ‘Rachel Corrie’ to arrive in Gaza within 24 hours
YNet News – Flotilla’s legal advisor says aid ship headed for Hamas-ruled territory….

Beersheba memorial for Turkish troops defaced
YNet News – ‘Well done IDF’ spray-painted on memorial honoring Turkish troops who died in….

Turkish group behind flotilla Gaza’s new hero
YNet News – IHH leader Kaya treated like a star in Hamas-ruled territory following Israeli….

‘S. African official bought nuclear trigger from Israel in 70s’
YNet News – Johannesburg paper fans claims of alleged nuclear ties between Jerusalem,….

Obama: Gaza flotilla raid tragic
YNet News – US President tells CNN’s Larry King ‘Israel has legitimate security concerns….

Economist: Israel shoots first, asks questions later
YNet News – The Economist slammed Israel for its raid on a flotilla bound for Gaza, saying the state’s government propagates a “siege mentality” in an article to be printed Sunday. …….

Flotilla passengers: Go back to Auschwitz
YNet News – The IDF released on Friday an audio reproduction of the moments before Monday’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. In it, the soldiers can be heard warning the …….

Erdogan: Hamas not terror group
YNet News – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel Friday of murdering passengers on board the Turkish Marmara, which was sailing to Gaza as part of an aid …….

Global protests target flotilla raid
YNet News – On Friday thousands of people all over the world protested against Israel following the IDF raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla Monday. Major protests took place in …….

Israel says doesn’t want clash with ‘Rachel Corrie’
YNet News – The Foreign Ministry said Friday that Israel “has no interest in a confrontation” with activists on board the Irish vessel Rachel Corrie, currently making its way towards …….

Abu Tir stripped of citizenship
YNet News – Senior Hamas operative in Jerusalem, Muhammad Abu Tir, was detained for questioning by police Friday and stripped of his Israeli citizenship. Abu Tir, who was just …….

Palestinian Information Center

Radwan suggests five steps in response to the flotilla massacre
PIC 4 Jun 2010 – Dr. Ismail Radwan, a leader of the Hamas movement, said that Hamas demands five steps in response to the Israeli massacre which was committed on Monday on board the ships of the Freedom Flotilla.

Haneyya: we will not receive aid until all “Freedom Hostages” are freed
PIC 4 Jun 2010 – Ismail Haneyya said on Friday that the Israeli occupation’s strategy of besieging Gaza failed because of the resilience of the Palestinians and the conscience of free people around the world.

Survivors ask Erdogan for a ship loaded with “humanity” to help Israel
PIC 4 Jun 2010 – The Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, visited on Thursday nineteen wounded survivors of the Freedom Flotilla massacre, three of them in intensive care.

IOF troops quill demonstrations protesting attack on the Freedom Flotilla
PIC 4 Jun 2010 – A number of demonstrations, to protest the attack on the Freedom Flotilla, took place after the Friday prayers in a number of towns and villages in the West Bank..

Archbishop Capucci viciously assaulted by Israeli occupation soldiers
PIC 4 Jun 2010 – The Syrian delegation which participated in the Freedom Flotilla revealed upon its return to Syria on Thursday that its members were assaulted and barbarically treated by the Israeli soldiers.

IOF troops on full alert in Jerusalem, especially around the Aqsa Mosque
PIC 4 Jun 2010 – Israeli occupation police announced today a state of full alert in occupied Jerusalem for fear of demonstrations to protest the Israeli massacre of peace activists in the sea.

US supports Israeli massacre of peace activists
PIC 4 Jun 2010 – The US administration has defended the massacre that was committed on Monday by Israel against peace activists on ships in international waters carrying aid materials to the besieged people of Gaza.

Abbas insists on talks despite massacre
PIC 4 Jun 2010 – An aide of the PA de facto President, Mahmoud Abbas, has defended the PA’s decision to continue talks with Israel despite the massacre that was committed against peace activists in the sea.

Los Angeles Times

Palestinians decry forced deportations to Gaza by Israel
LA Times 4 Jun 2010 – Some are separated from their families, their lives in limbo, after being kicked out of the West Bank. Israel says it has ‘repatriated’ about 80 Gazans because they did not have residency permits. One was a college student hauled off a public bus in the West Bank, blindfolded and deported to the Gaza Strip, two months shy of her graduation.

Another Gaza aid ship standoff expected Saturday
LA Times 5 Jun 2010 – Israel vows to keep the Rachel Corrie supply ship from reaching the Gaza Strip, but both sides express optimism that this confrontation won’t turn violent. A new high-seas standoff is expected Saturday as another supply ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists heads toward the Gaza Strip in an attempt to break Israel’s naval blockade of the seaside territory.

Turkey holds funerals for Gaza flotilla activists
LA Times 4 Jun 2010 – Turks express anger and frustration. Survivors say they tried to turn back Israeli commandos with sticks and bars, but not guns. The wooden coffins of eight activists killed by Israeli commandos wound through the streets of Istanbul on Thursday as Turks wept and their leaders spoke of the irreparable harm Israel has done to one of its closest Muslim allies.

New York Times

Second Set of Activists Steams Toward Gaza
New York Times 4 Jun 2010 – Another ship seeking to test Israels blockade of Gaza was heading toward the Palestinian enclave on Friday.

Israel Faces Deepening Tensions With Turkey Over Raid, and Bond With U.S. Frays
New York Times 4 Jun 2010 – Tensions deepened between Turkey and Israel, and a new fissure threatened to open between the U.S. and Israel from the fallout of Israels deadly raid on a humanitarian aid flotilla off Gaza.

Thousands in Turkey Mourn Victims of Israeli Raid
New York Times 4 Jun 2010 – The outpouring came on the fourth day of a political crisis between Turkey and Israel that has dragged relations between the countries to their lowest point in history.

Misc

Freedom Flotilla Activists: “Beaten on the ship and at the airport”
Palestine Monitor – The six Italian activists, part of the Flotilla headed to Gaza and attacked by Israeli commandos while in international waters, are back in Italy. Manolo Luppichini arrived yesterday at Ciampino airport (Rome). Palestine Monitor had the chance to interview him soon after his arrival. He reported…

Rachel Corrie To Arrive in Gaza Within Few Hours
Palestine Monitor – MP Dr Mustafa Barghouthi called on Friday Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Maguire, who along with other civilians in on the MV Rachel Corrie en route to Gaza. Speaking via phone link with the Irish Nobel Peace and other activists on the Freedom Flotilla, Barghouthi reported that…

Updates on the MV Rachel Corrie
Mondoweiss – @import “http://embed.tweetizen.com/embed.css”; The news on the MV Rachel Corrie ‘s attempt to break the siege has been difficult to follow, but it seems that twitter is the most accessible and reliable news source right now. I’ve embedded the Mondoweiss ( @mondoweiss ) twitter feed below where we’re posting…

The myth of Israeli strategic genius
Mondoweiss – The botched Israeli naval commando raid on the Gaza Freedom flotilla has a lot of people scratching their heads. How could Israel have made such an ill-advised decision to try to storm the ship the Mavi Marmara with 600 peace activists on board, which in the…

NPR gives platform to two Muslims to say, End the special relationship
Mondoweiss – An unusual moment on NPR tonight that I read hopefully, as a sign of perestroika. Robert Siegel did his weekly roundup of politics with E.J. Dionne and David Brooks and Brooks said that Israel had a “moral” duty to keep the blockade in force, and mentioned…

Rep. Sherman: prosecute U.S. citizens involved with Gaza flotilla
Mondoweiss – On a press call hosted by a pro-Israel organization, Rep. Brad Sherman, Democrat of California, told reporters that he intends seek the prosecution of any U.S. citizens who were aboard or involved with the Freedom Flotilla. The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 [ PDF ]…

Remembering the dead and the Rachel Corries mission
Mondoweiss – Humanitarian aid workers, a firefighter, a politician, a taekwondo champion, a photojournalist, a student who hoped to become a doctor nine Turkish men, mostly fathers who leave behind children and wives . Even while their deaths are at the center of an international crisis that is…

Misc 2

Tariq Shadid Freedom Flotilla Bloodbath: No one loves a lunatic
Palestine Think Tank – The state of Israel has yet again managed to leave its bloodstained mark on history. It is not the first time that the zionist entity murders civilians, nor is it the first time that it engages in attacks on people coming to the aid of the…

Ismail Haniyeh INTERVIEW: Lift the blockade on Gaza
Palestine Think Tank – by Umberto De Giovannangeli Translated from Italian by Daniela Filippin for www.palestinethinktank.com and http://gulagnik.wordpress.com All the victims of the Israeli attack are to be considered martyrs of the Palestinian cause. And as such they shall be remembered Israel has committed its umpteenth act of terrorism….

ZIONIST PIRATES BOARDING RACHEL CORRIE NOW
Irish4Palestine – 35 miles from Gaza at 3:36 AM Irishtime, been following things for hours now forgot to post it here, apologies. Over the lsat hour two large gunboats arrived, followed by smaller boats, people are having troble contacting the passengers now. Mairead Magurie was doing an interview…

MV RACHEL CORRIE UPDATE
Irish4Palestine – Latest news is there was just a live interview with the ship and they are now only 80 miles from Gaza. If people recall the Zionist murderers attacked the Turkish ship 90 miles out. Here’s the interview: And in other news the Irish free state government…

IRELAND HAS BEEN BUSY
Irish4Palestine – Got the Israeli Embassy closed for the day, up da Irish: link Members of the Irish Anti-war Movement gathered outside the embassy on Pembroke Road in Ballsbridge last night following a protest and have remained there in an attempt to keep the building closed for the…

Israel vows to stop Gaza aid ship
BBC – Israel insists it will stop the latest aid ship sailing towards Gaza, amid continuing anger over its blockade of the territory.

Opposition given warning in Iran
BBC – A week before the first anniversary of disputed elections, Iranian leaders warn opposition they will be “banished”.

Doubts Grow Over Israels Value as US Ally
Antiwar.com – Israels disastrous raid in international waters Monday on a Turkish-flagged flotilla carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza has resurrected a long-running debate over whether Washingtons close alliance with the Jewish state really serves U.S. strategic interests. Ironically, one negative answer was provided in Jerusalem Tuesday by none…

Israel Censors News on Deadly Flotilla Raid
Antiwar.com – TEL AVIV Attempts by media to interview some of the hundreds of Free Gaza (FG) members, who were being deported from Tel Avivs Ben Gurion International Airport, Wednesday, were thwarted by Israeli authorities. “No you will not be able to talk to them or interview…

Mad Dog Diplomacy
Antiwar.com – Moshe Dayan, Israels most celebrated general, famously outlined the strategy he believed would keep Israels enemies at bay: “Israel must be a like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.” Until now, most observers had assumed Dayan was referring to Israeli military or possibly nuclear strategy,…

Save Israel from itself
Sabbah report – Obama and his fellow Americans have to decide where they stand: On the side of freedom and justice or Israel? 2010 ~gatorvenom By Aijaz Zaka Syed * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz JUST when you think Israel cannot descend any lower, it surprises you with ever-new depths of depravity….

Israel Says No, The US Agrees: Time For The World To Get Serious
Sabbah report – By Dr. Alan Sabrosky * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz So the predictable dynamics are unfolding. Anywhere the US does not have a veto, Israel is being condemned for its latest atrocities and for its illegal blockade on Gaza. Israel as usual has its puppets in the US Congress…

Sea blockade of Gaza was ‘temporary’ 15 years ago
Sabbah report – By Stuart Littlewood * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz I must have got it all wrong. I thought the first duty of a government was to protect its citizens from assault while going about their lawful business. “There is no greater priority, no more important responsibility than the safety…

Articles


Exclusive: Gaza flotilla activists were shot in head at close range
Robert Booth, The Guardian6/4/2010
Nine Turkish men on board Mavi Marmara were shot a total of 30 times, autopsy results reveal
The funeral of one of the Turkish victims of the Gaza flotilla raid Crowds at the funeral of one of the Turkish victims of the Gaza flotilla raid, at the Beyazit mosque in Istanbul. Photogra
ph: Vadim Ghirda/AP
Israel was tonight under pressure to allow an independent inquiry into its assault on the Gaza aid flotilla after autopsy results on the bodies of those killed, obtained by the Guardian, revealed they were peppered with 9mm bullets, many fired at close range.
Nine Turkish men on board the Mavi Marmara were shot a total of 30 times and five were killed by gunshot wounds to the head, according to the vice-chairman of the Turkish council of forensic medicine, which carried out the autopsies for the Turkish ministry of justice today.
The results revealed that a 60-year-old man, Ibrahim Bilgen, was shot four times in the temple, chest, hip and back. A 19-year-old, named as Fulkan Dogan, who also has US citizenship, was shot five times from less that 45cm, in the face, in the back of the head, twice in the leg and once in the back. Two other men were shot four times, and five of the victims were shot either in the back of the head or in the back, said Yalcin Buyuk, vice-chairman of the council of forensic medicine.
The findings emerged as more survivors gave their accounts of the raids. Ismail Patel, the chairman of Leicester-based pro-Palestinian group Friends of al-Aqsa, who returned to Britain today, told how he witnessed some of the fatal shootings and claimed that Israel had operated a “shoot to kill policy”.more..e-mail

Pariah Nation
Alexander Cockburn, CounterPunch6/4/2010
As the tv networks here give unlimited airtime to its apologists, the message rolls out that Israel is permitted every illegal act in the lexicon of international law, from acts of violence against a civilian population (the people of Gaza, starved under permanent blockade) to piracy on the high seas and the lethal attacks by Israeli commandos on the relief flotilla. The guiding purpose in this tsunami of drivel is that the viewers should be brainwashed into thinking Israel somehow has the right and the duty to act at will as the mad-dog of the planet.
Israel regrets But no! Israel doesnt regret. It preens and boasts and demands approval which it duly gets from its prime sponsor, the United States government, and most of the press. As former US senator Jim Abourezk remarked on this site last week “Its very much like the bully who, after punching someone smaller in the jaw, requires the victim to apologize for getting his face in the way of the bullys fist.”
Two points need stressing. Some of the critical commentary suggests that Israels murderous onslaught on the Mavi Marmara represents a qualitative escalation in that nations brazen criminality. Scarcely. Brazen criminality coincided with the establishment of the state in 1948. Only last week I reminded CounterPunchers of the lethal onslaught on the USS Liberty in 1967 which killed 34 and wounded 173.
The attack on the Mavi Marmara was carefully planned. As Max Blumenthal reports on his website,
Tel Aviv-Israel Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his senior ministers have attempted to blame army commanders for the bungled raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, according to the UKs Daily Telegraph.
But was the raid really bungled? Did the Israeli military command and Netanyahu government have no clear strategy going in? Or was the violence they meted out against the flotilla activists deliberate and methodically planned?more..e-mail

Free Gaza
The Editors, The Nation6/4/2010
June 21 edition
The Israeli commando raid on what has become known as the Freedom Flotilla is shocking on a number of levels. What could have driven Israel to order its navy to attack, in international waters, a flotilla of ships full of human rights activists, MPs from governments around the world, a Nobel Prize winner and two former US diplomats? What was there to gain from killing civiliansat least nine are dead, along with several dozen injuredattempting to deliver desperately needed humanitarian aid for the 1.5 million people of Gaza suffering under an Israeli blockade? Haaretz, Israels leading daily, said, “The decision makers negligence is threatening the security of Israelis, and Israels global status.”
Condemnation of the raid was immediate and overwhelming, with the shameful exception of the US government, whose UN representative merely expressed “regrets” at the loss of life. Demonstrations broke out in cities worldwide, including New York. Many countries condemned the attacknotably Turkey, until recently a key Israeli ally and regional power broker with whom relations may now be irreparably damaged because so many of its nationals were in the flotilla. The UN Security Council demanded an end to the Gaza blockade, although Washington successfully watered down the official statement and forestalled calls for an independent investigation. Without such an inquiry, its unlikely that those responsible for this assault will be held accountable.
The attack on the Freedom Flotilla is the culmination of more than four years of failed policy, in which a siege has been imposed on the entire population of Gaza in an attempt to weaken and isolate Hamas after its victory in the 2006 parliamentary elections. Israel does not bear sole responsibility for an unjust blockade that also undermines its own long-term security; indeed, the policy was jointly crafted and executed with the United States and has enjoyed the collusion of the European Union, Egypt and even the Fatah wing of the Palestinian Authority.more..e-mail

You will have no protection
Electronic Intifada: 4 Jun 2010 – For one thing, as soon as I wrote those words I was able to weep. Which I had not been able to do since learning of the attack by armed Israeli commandos on defenseless peace activists carrying aid to Gaza who tried to fend them off using chairs and sticks. I am thankful to know what it means to be good. Alice Walker writes for The Electronic Intifada.

Global boycotts of Israel intensify after bloody Flotilla attack
Electronic Intifada: 4 Jun 2010 – Israel’s bloody attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla on 31 May killing at least nine and injuring dozens of activists carrying humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip, has already intensified global actions for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it respects international law and human rights. Adri Nieuwhof reports for The Electronic Intifada.

Israel censors news on deadly Flotilla raid
Electronic Intifada: 4 Jun 2010 – TEL AVIV (IPS) – Attempts by media to interview some of the hundreds of Freedom Flotilla members, who were being deported from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, Wednesday, were thwarted by Isr
aeli authorities. “No you will not be able to talk to them or interview them,” a deputy-spokesman from Israel’s ministry of foreign affairs told IPS.

The day the world became Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 4 Jun 2010 – Since Israel’s massacre of over 1,400 people in Gaza global civil society movements have stepped up their campaigns for solidarity with Palestinians. Governments, by contrast, carried on with business as usual. Israel’s lethal attack on the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza may change that, spurring governments to take unprecedented action to check Israel’s growing lawlessness. EI’s Ali Abunimah comments.

US helps Israel avert international inquiry
Electronic Intifada: 4 Jun 2010 – UNITED NATIONS (IPS) – Less than 48 hours after the Israeli attack on a flotilla of six ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, the most powerful political body at the United Nations acted most ineffectively: it opted for a shaky “presidential statement” instead of a demanding resolution.

The Same Boat
In Gaza: 3 Jun 2010 – Photo: Nidal Elkhairy The Dominion: Israels attack on flotilla mirrors daily reality in Gaza GAZAOn the evening of May 30, 2010, I awoke to a text message from a Gaza-based international activist saying that the Freedom Flotilla was being instructed by the Israeli Navy to halt its course to the Gaza Strip. The vessels were more than 70 miles from Gazas coast. I wasnt surprised. In every one of the nine Free Gaza trips from Cyprus to Gaza, the Israeli Navy commanded boats in international or Palestinian waters to turn around. Five voyages succeeded in ignoring the Israeli Navys threats and sailing on through international waters into Palestine. Earlier that day, Gaza had been preparing for the arrival of the flotilla. A sea demonstration had ventured a couple of kilometres out; an Israeli gunboat patrolled another kilometre or so out and had been shooting on some poor fishing trawler. In…

Freedom Flotilla Activists: “Beaten on the ship and at the airport”
Palestine Monitor: 4 Jun 2010 – The six Italian activists, part of the Flotilla headed to Gaza and attacked by Israeli commandos while in international waters, are back in Italy. Manolo Luppichini arrived yesterday at Ciampino airport (Rome). Palestine Monitor had the chance to interview him soon after his arrival. He reported that victims of the Israeli assault on the Freedom Flotilla number 19 people and not 9, as declared until today. Luppichini did not see directly the dead bodies but his source is Australian Jennie Campbell, one of the nurses present on the boat. Campbell, who was on the Mavi Marmara with her husband, told Luppichini she counted 19 bodies. In addition to the difficulty in tracking down the precise number of victims, there have also been conflicting reports about those still missing. Turkish PM Erdogan said today that nobody is missing from the passenger manifests, even if some people are still hospitalised in Israel….

Rachel Corrie To Arrive in Gaza Within Few Hours
Palestine Monitor: 4 Jun 2010 – MP Dr Mustafa Barghouthi called on Friday Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Maguire, who along with other civilians in on the MV Rachel Corrie en route to Gaza. Speaking via phone link with the Irish Nobel Peace and other activists on the Freedom Flotilla, Barghouthi reported that the MV Rachel Corrie is currently on its way to Gaza and hopes to arrive Saturday morning. The world is watching went on Dr Barghouthi, calling upon the international community to ensure the safe passage of the MV Rachel Corrie; he urged the EU representatives to take immediate and concrete steps in pressuring Israel to refrain from blocking the Rachel Corrie. I commend this courageous action of brave international civilians who are carrying essential medical, education and construction materials denied by Israeli suffocating and illegal siege on Gaza. It is vital that they have maximum support by the international community! Contacts: Dr….

Sea Blockade of Gaza Was ‘Temporary’ – 15 Years Ago
Palestine Chronicle: 4 Jun 2010 – By Stuart Littlewood London I must have got it all wrong. I thought the first duty of a government was to protect its citizens from assault while going about their lawful business. “There is no greater priority, no more important responsibility than the safety of all our citizens…” Didn’t our previous prime minister, Gordon Brown, say so? To my way of thinking, that means protecting from armed thugs any British subjects sailing peacefully and lawfully on the high seas. The Israelis advertised their threats. The government had plenty of warning. So where was the Royal Navy? Probably horsing around in the Gulf protecting foreigners who would rather be left alone. Or chasing pirates along the Somali coast. Or cruising the Caribbean showing the flag. Brown had also promised Royal Navy ships to thwart arms smuggling into Gaza, so if the flotilla was suspected of carrying arms youd think jolly…more

Rachel Corrie Returns – A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 4 Jun 2010 – By Richard Jones If you once thought that when you crushed her bones and stopped her mouth with sand and stone murder would bring silence, then think again. If you once counted on distance in time and space to wear away the memory and in its place leave blank acceptance, then think again. If you once believed that your great lie could hold back the tide until by virtue of its growing old it could be taken for the truth, then think again. See how proudly she breasts a merciful sea, defiant of your tanks and jets and mines, laden with the best in all of us, full of love for Palestine. – Richard Jones is an American poet. He contributed this poem to PalestineChronicle.com.more

A Call to Conscience, in the Name of Humanity
Palestine Chronicle: 4 Jun 2010 – By Susan Abulhawa In yet another of Israel’s ‘operations’ against unarmed civilians, Israel went at least 50 miles into international waters and boarded a global humanitarian flotilla from the Free Gaza Movement, which was carrying food, medicine, school supplies, and building material to the besieged and hungry people of Gaza. The human toll thus far is 16 unarmed civilians, murdered. Israel has refused to release their names and over 680 have been taken to unknown locations. By holding the only witnesses to this crime, Israel is stealing precious time to disseminate its propaganda and spin the story to its advantage. Before anyone had a chance to react, Israeli PR and spokespeople were busy feeding stories and giving interviews. Their claim amounts to this: Rioters from all over the world left their homes, jobs and families to gather on a boat in order to lure Israeli commandos into international waters and…more

What Qualifies a State for ‘Rogue’ Status?
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Jun 2010 – By Joseph Levine As I write this, not all the facts are in. For the most part we’ve only heard Israel’s version of th
e events surrounding the killing of peace activists aboard the Freedom Flotilla bound for Gaza. There are reasons to think this version is misleading, to say the least. But in a way this doesnt matter. Even if the particular events on the boat unfolded exactly as Israeli authorities claim, Israel has revealed itself, yet again, to be among the worlds top rogue states. And to Israels charge that they are treated by the world community according to a different standard, I say absolutely. What qualifies a state for rogue status? The basic idea is that rogue states are those that violate agreed norms of international behavior seriously enough to threaten international peace. That said, lets look at the double standard charge. Consider the officially designated rogue states:…more

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