VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 5 June, 2010: Popular Anger Grows As World Leaders Let Flotilla Killers Off The Hook

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Israeli forces commandeer MV Rachel Corrie; seize humanitarian aid and arrest 11 aid workers
IMEMC – 5 Jun 2010 – The last ship in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, the MV Rachel Corrie, was captured by the Israeli navy early Saturday morning in international waters about 35 miles off the coast of Gaza. The ship was in sight of the crowd of desperate Gazans who had gathered on the port to welcome its arrival when the Israeli navy boarded the ship, took it over, and brought it to the port of Isdud (Ashdod) in what is now Israel.

While Israeli Navy surrounds flotilla ship, right-wing Israelis harass Arab journalists in Isdud
IMEMC – 5 Jun 2010 – Around 35 miles off the coast of Gaza, at least three Israeli naval ships have blocked the passage of the MV Rachel Corrie, a humanitarian aid ship trying to deliver aid, to the Gaza Strip. The Navy says they will force the ship and its passengers to re-route to the Israeli port of Isdud (Ashdod), where international media have assembled, and right-wing Israelis have arrived to harass members of the Arabic-language press.

Communication cut with MV Rachel Corrie ship; hundreds rally outside Israeli consulate in Dublin
IMEMC – 5 Jun 2010 – As the Irish-Malaysian aid ship MV Rachel Corrie approaches within 25 miles of Gaza, communication with the passengers and crew has been cut. This development occurred just after 6:30 am Saturday morning, after passengers on board the ship notified their support team in Cyprus that they were being followed by the Israeli navy.

Israeli Court Orders Expulsion of 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 the High Court ordered their expulsion from the city by the end of this month.

Ma’an News

MV Rachel Corrie arrives in Israeli port
6/5/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The Gaza bound aid boat arrived at the Israeli port of Ashdod on Saturday afternoon, after it was intercepted by Israel’s navy mid-day, having earlier defied the navy’s requests. The Israeli army said no violence was reported during the takeover of the MV Rachel Corrie, following Monday’s deadly nighttime raid that left nine….

Israeli-Swedish activist to sue over flotilla attack
6/5/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Israeli-Swedish peace activist and artist Dror Feiler will file suit against Israel, following its fatal attack of a civilian aid boat intercepted in international waters, for assault and false imprisonment, he said Saturday. Feiler, chairman of the Swedish Jews for Israeli-Palestinian Peace organization, said he had tried to speak with soldiers on board….

Gaza residents march to no-go zone
6/5/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Palestinians marched toward Israel’s imposed buffer zone in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday, beginning east ofAsh-Shuja’iyeh near the Karni crossing toward the borders. The rally was organized by the Popular Resistance Campaign, and was attended by several Palestinian officials including Ziad Jargon, a member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of….

UNs Pillay: Gaza blockade is illegal
6/5/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Saturday Israel’s blockade of Gaza is illegal and should be lifted, and reiterated calls for an investigation into Israel’s deadly attack on a Gaza bound aid flotilla, news agencies reported.”International humanitarian law prohibits starvation of civilians as a method of warfare and….

Jewish anti-siege activists prep for July voyage
6/5/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – In a harbor in the Mediterranean a small vessel is waiting for a special mission. She will be sailing to Gaza during the second half of July. In order to avoid sabotage, the exact date and name of the port of departure will be announced only shortly before her launch.” Our purpose is….

Israel releases Free Gaza chief Huwaida Arraf
6/5/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israeli forces have freed the chairwoman of the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla, her husband said Saturday. 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 dead. Arraf was detained at Friday’s anti-wall demonstration in….

Israel detains Chilean activist in Beit Ummar
6/5/2010 – Hebron – Ma’an – Israeli forces detained a Chilean activist participating in the weekly anti-wall and settlement rally in Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, on Saturday, participants said. Israeli military sources confirmed the detention, saying he had attempted to assault a soldier, and was transferred to Israeli police custody. However, a spokesman for Israel’s police operating in….

US urges Gaza aid ship to alter course
6/5/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The US National Security Council is calling on the crew of an aid boat bound for Gaza to alter its course to avoid “confrontation” with Israel, but expressed concern over Israel’s Gaza siege, which he called “unsustainable.”NSC spokesman Mike Hammer said in a statement Friday that Israel “has stated its desire to….

Gazans take advantage of open Egypt border
6/5/2010 – Tel Aviv – IRIN – Gazans have been streaming through the Rafah border with Egypt over the past two days following an order from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to open the crossing “indefinitely”. ”It was a humanitarian gesture meant to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians after the Israeli attack [on Turkish aid ships],” Murad Muwafi, the Egyptian….

Army source: Aid ship will not reach Gaza
6/5/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israel’s military will not permit an international aid ship to dock in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, an army official said, before navy forces made first contact with the vessel demanding that it change course. The official told Ma’an that the MV Rachel Corrie “will not reach Gaza,” countering reports that navy vessels….

Gaza boat defies orders to change course
6/5/2010 – Jerusalem – Ma’an – The seventh vessel traveling with the Freedom Flotilla, delivering aid to Gaza, has been ordered to change course and dock at Ashdod, the Israeli army said Saturday. However, organizers say the ship remains en route to Gaza, choosing to ignore the navy’s request that it unload the aid on board at Ashdod, which….

Israel message to latest
Gaza aid boat

6/5/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – According to the Israeli military, its navy conveyed a message to the MV Rachel Corrie asking it to change course. The ship was expected to make landfall Saturday.”This is the Israeli Navy. You are approaching an area of hostilities which is under a naval blockade. The Gaza area, coastal region and Gaza….

Abbas says talks with Israel difficult
6/5/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Ongoing proximity talks with Israel, mediated by the US, have proved difficult, said President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, as he welcomed Palestinians from refugee camps across the Middle East in Ramallah.”There is no doubt that we are holding arduous talks; there is no doubt that there are obstacles and hardships that you….

Blair says Gaza trade forced into tunnel industry
6/5/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Gaza’s business and commercial sectors are not allowed to act legitimately as a result of Israel’s siege on the coastal enclave, the The Quartet’s Middle East envoy, Tony Blair, reportedly said Saturday. Speaking to the Saudi Arabian daily Al-Watan, Blair said “I have met people in Gaza who want to be legitimate businessmen….

Fatah on 1967 war anniversary
6/5/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Marking the 43rd year since the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Fatah said it would continue adhering to popular resistance and national struggle as a means of achieving a sovereign Palestinian state. A party statement issues Saturday said Fatah would “hold to Palestinian constants, national goals, as well as….

PIC generates $655 million in pledges
6/5/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The second Palestine Investment conference generated some 665 million US dollars in pledges, grants and initiatives for economic development, a US State Department statement read Saturday. Arab business leaders and members of the international community attended PIC June 2-3 in Bethlehem, as well as a US presidential delegation led by Middle East….

Ministry urges Israel to ensure Malaysian safety on flotilla
6/5/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Malaysia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry urged Israel to ensure the safety of all humanitarian activists, including six Malaysian nationals, on board an aid vessel diverted to the port of Ashdhod on Saturday by the Israeli navy. A statement issued by Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman demanded that Israel “not take….

Gaza ministry urges PA to solve passport crisis
6/5/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – The Gaza government’s Interior Ministry has called on its Ramallah counterpart to swiftly resolve an ongoing passport issuance problem affecting the coastal enclave’s residents, an official said. A de facto ministry representative said the Palestinian Authority must “lift its siege on passports.”Palestinian passports are issued in Ramallah, and require PA ministry approval….

Official says Hamas response to PA delegation perplexing
6/5/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Senior Fatah official Jibril Ar-Rujoub described Hamas response to Palestinian Authority’s decision to send a delegation of officials to Gaza as “perplexing” on Saturday. The PA announced that it would be sending PA and PLO representatives to Gaza to move toward ratifying a unity deal, shortly after Israel attacked an aid vessel transporting….

Palestine Note

Of Heroes, Villains and Shades of Grey
Palestine Note 5 Jun 2010 – People love to have their good guys and bad guys neatly defined. That is a central point in the debate over the narrative of last weekend’s disastrous Israeli raid of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. I’ve seen…

US Navy being sent to Israel
Palestine Note 5 Jun 2010 – I’m not in the habit of reporting hearsay, but this one comes from the source itself. A confidential source just told me that a US Naval Officer he spoke with told him they just received sudden…

US should talk to Hamas
Palestine Note 5 Jun 2010 – U.S. should include Hamas in peace efforts The Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla has put the United States in a difficult position. But it has also given Washington an opening for a game-changing action….

Israel jails Rachel Corrie passengers
Palestine Note 5 Jun 2010 – New York – Israeli authorities jailed and interrogated the 19 passengers and crew onboard the latest aid ship seized off the coast of Gaza on Saturday. According to Israeli media, the group are being held in…

WATCH: Smoke grenade thrown at Tel Aviv peace rally
Palestine Note 5 Jun 2010 – New York – Thousands of left-wing Israelis marched in Tel Aviv on Saturday denouncing Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and the deadly attack on the Gaza aid flotilla this week. Israel’s mass-distribution Yedtioh…

UN human rights chief: Gaza blockade is illegal
Palestine Note 5 Jun 2010 – New York – Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip is illegal and should be lifted, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Saturday. Pillay also reiterated a call for an investigation into Israel’s…

‘Rachel Corrie’ proves Israel doesnt need commandos or shootings
Palestine Note 5 Jun 2010 – So no Irish activists were shot this morning as the Israeli navy – during daylight, from boats, not helicopters – boarded the Gaza-bound ship ‘Rachel Corrie.’ Hooray. If only this sensible strategy had been used a…

Brad Sherman (D-CA): Prosecute Flotilla Americans: NY Jewish week says just bomb ships (Iran Too)
Palestine Note 5 Jun 2010 – Brad Sherman (D-CA) is probably (possible exception Shelley Berkley of Nevada) the most pro-Likud Democratic member of Congress. (No, not pro-Israel. You can’t support policies that cause the whole world to turn against Israel and use…

Israel admits it altered flotilla audio
Palestine Note 5 Jun 2010 – By Jared Malsin New York – The Israeli military admitted on Saturday that it had released a misleadingly altered audio recording of a radio transmission with the “Freedom
Flotilla” aid convoy in which activists are allegedly…

Max Blumenthal on why the Israeli government cannot Investigate the Flotilla disaster
Palestine Note 5 Jun 2010 – (Please visit the site to view this media) original clip — video released by the IDF on May 31) Max Blumenthal has been working over time to challenge the Israeli government claims and releases on what…

Why did they shoot so many in the head?
Palestine Note 5 Jun 2010 – I don’t understand the Israeli government defense of the ‘shoot to kill’ behavior of commandos that stormed the Turkish flotilla going toward Gaza. The protesters used primitive weapons — bats, slingshots, etc. Even if it is…

Turkey PM reportedly considers Gaza visit
Palestine Note 5 Jun 2010 – Washington – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is considering a possible visit to the Gaza Strip as a gesture toward “break[ing] the Israeli blockade,” Lebanese newspaper al-Mustaqbal reported Saturday. The Turkish flag has become synonymous…

Malaysia: warns Israel over MV Rachel Corrie raid
Palestine Note 5 Jun 2010 – Washington – Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman released a statement demanding Israel ensure the safety of the Malaysian citizens onboard the MV Rachel Corrie, The Free Gaza Movement reported Saturday. The MV…

Norway, Sweden freeze out Israel
Palestine Note 5 Jun 2010 – Washington – Israel is getting an icy reception from Nordic countries following its high-seas raid of a Gaza-bound aid convoy Monday. The Swedish Port Workers’ Union (SPWU) has imposed a weeklong blockade on Israeli ships and…

Report: Vietnam postpones Israeli premier’s visit
Palestine Note 5 Jun 2010 – Washington – Officials in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi have asked Israeli President Shimon Peres to reschedule his visit to Vietnam following Israel’s high-seas raid of a Gaza Strip-bound aid convoy Monday, Ynet News reported Saturday….

Israel arrests, releases ISM co-founder
Palestine Note 5 Jun 2010 – Washington – Friday news agencies reported Friday that Israeli forces had arrested International Solidarity Movement co-founder Huwaida Arraf at an anti-wall rally in Bil’in, West Bank; Arraf has since been released, Ma’an News Agency reported Saturday….

Abbas makes promises to refugees
Palestine Note 5 Jun 2010 – Washington – Despite the difficulties of proximity talks with Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas felt confident enough to promise refugees at a convention in Ramallah, “The next time your return will be permanent, holding with you…

Captured aid vessel enters Ashdod
Palestine Note 4 Jun 2010 – Rachel Corrie boarded in international waters By Jared Malsin New York -The MV Rachel Corrie , the latest vessel in the Gaza-bound “Freedom Flotilla” carrying aid to the besieged Palestinian territory entered the Israeli port of Ashdod…

Aljazeera

Gaza aid ship taken to Israeli port
AlJazeera 5 Jun 2010 – Rachel Corrie commandeered by troops in international waters and forced to head to Ashdod.

Egypt targets marriages to Israelis
AlJazeera 5 Jun 2010 – Court upholds ruling calling for stripping of men’s citizenship on national security grounds.

Flotilla activists ‘shot 30 times’
AlJazeera 5 Jun 2010 – Turkish official tells UK daily that Israeli troops shot nine victims at close range.

Palestine News Network

Israeli Troops Attack Anti Wall Protest In Southern W.B. Village
PNN – Ghassan Bannoura PNN – Israeli troops used tear gas to suppress an anti wall protest on Saturday midday at the village of Beit Umer near Hebron in the southern part of…

Turkey Investigate The Attack Of Gaza Flotilla
PNN – Bethlehem PNN – Turkey had started to collect testimonies from activists who were on board the Free Gaza aid Flotilla that was attacked by Israel on Monday. The Turkish state attorney…

Free Gaza: Israel’s Military Lies About Radio Transmissions
PNN – By Greta Berlin – Radio transmissions released by the Israeli military which allegedly document provocative and offensive remarks by Mavi Marmara crewmembers are fraudulent according to other members of the Freedom Flotilla….

Israeli Troops Take Over MV Rachel Corrie
PNN – Gaza – PNN- Israeli troops took control of the Free Gaza movement MV Rachel Corrie aid ship while its sealing to the Gaza Strip to deliver aid and break the Siege. According…

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

Ban calls for int’l raid inquiry
Jeruslalem Post 5 Jun 2010 – UN secretary general proposes New Zealand, Turkey, Israel probe raid.

Govt drowning the public, Tel Aviv protest charges
Jeruslalem Post 5 Jun 2010 – Thousands rally against occupation, Gaza blockade.

Israel may allow future aid ships into Gaza after inspection
Jeruslalem Post 5 Jun 2010 – Commandos stop Rac
hel Corrie peacefully.

Erdogan plans to sail to Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 5 Jun 2010 – Turkish PM may personally try to break blockade.

Gaza flotilla: Go back to Auschwitz
Jeruslalem Post 5 Jun 2010 – Organizer tells Gaza crowd: Everything is heading towards Islam.

‘Mavi Marmara’: Go back to Auschwitz
Jeruslalem Post 5 Jun 2010 – Organizer tells Gaza crowd: Everything is heading towards Islam

‘Free Gaza’ to shut Cyprus office
Jeruslalem Post 5 Jun 2010 – Ban on Gaza-bound ships leads group to consider move to London.

Reaction to new Gaza ship capture
Jeruslalem Post 5 Jun 2010 – Protest in Tel Aviv, groups respond to “Rachel Corrie” boarding.

US couple accused of aiding Hizbullah
Jeruslalem Post 5 Jun 2010 – 2 Lebanese-Americans from Ohio charged with terror money laundering.

Navy boards ‘Rachel Corrie’ off Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 5 Jun 2010 – IDF forces dock ship in Ashdod, none harmed.

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli military forcibly stops aid boat to Gaza – again
6/5/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Free Gaza Movement – (Off the Gaza coast, 5 JUNE) Just before 9am this morning, the Israeli military forcibly siezed the Irish-owned humanitarian relief ship, the MV Rachel Corrie, from delivering over 1000 tons of medical and construction supplies to besieged Gaza. For the second time in less then a week, Israeli naval commandos stormed an….

Action Alert: Israeli forces sieze MV Rachel Corrie
6/5/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Just before 9am GMT this morning, the Israeli military forcibly seized the Irish-owned humanitarian relief ship, the MV Rachel Corrie, from delivering over 1000 tons of medical and construction supplies to besieged Gaza. For the second time in less then a week, Israeli naval commandos stormed an unarmed aid ship, brutally taking its passengers hostage….

Ha’aretz

Leftist and rightist Israelis clash at Gaza flotilla protest in Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – Smoke grenade hurled at left wing protesters from unknown source; demonstrators carry banners saying ‘the government is drowning us all.’

Hamas officials given one month to leave Israel
Ha’aretz – Jerusalem police confiscate Israeli identity cards of 4 Hamas Legislative Council members who refuse to give up membership in the organization.

UN proposes former New Zealand PM head Gaza flotilla probe
Ha’aretz – UN chief Ban Ki-moon hands Israel proposal for international committee of inquiry into raid on Gaza-bound aid flotilla; senior government officials recommend responding favorably to the committee because Turkey will…

Israel: We will not apologize to Turkey over Gaza flotilla deaths
Ha’aretz – Top official in Foreign Ministry says Turkish demand for an official apology was mainly an excuse to allow Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s to cut diplomatic ties with Israel.

Sources: Barak to okay panel for Gaza flotilla probe
Ha’aretz – Defense Ministry officials tell Army Radio that Ehud Barak will agree to creation of investigatory committee; State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss to open probe of decision-making process that led to raid.

Netanyahu: Israel will not allow establishment of Iranian port in Gaza
Ha’aretz – PM says passengers on Gaza bound ship Rachel Corrie were peace activists, as opposed to violent clashes with ‘Islamic radicals’ on Gaza flotilla earlier this week., Turkish PM may visit…

Report: Israeli leaders suspects in Turkish probe over Gaza flotilla raid
Ha’aretz – According to Turkish newspaper Zaman, the Istanbul Bakirkoy Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation into Monday’s IDF raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

World agrees on Iran nuclear sanctions, Medvedev says
Ha’aretz – Diplomacy is still the preferred path to resolve the issue, Russian leader says in joint press conference with German Chancellor Merkel.

Thousands demonstrate across the world against Israel’s Gaza flotilla raid
Ha’aretz – Week-long ban is initiated by Swedish Port Workers Union, who says act is reaction to the ‘unprecedented criminal attack on the peaceful ship convoy.’

Gaza-bound ship Rachel Corrie arrives at Israeli port
Ha’aretz – Army says peaceful takeover takes place after Free Gaza ship reportedly ignored IDF calls to change course.

Report: Autopsy shows Gaza activists were shot a total of 30 times
Ha’aretz – Nine Turkish activists killed 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…

Thousands demonstrate across Arab world against Israel’s raid on Gaza flotilla
Ha’aretz – Largest demonstration took place in Alexandria, Egypt, where 15,000 people called for cutting ties with Israel, closing Israeli embassies across Arab world.

Erdogan reveals his plans to visit Gaza soon
5 Jun 2010 – Gaza, June 5, (Pal Telegraph) The “future” Lebanese newspaper said today that the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is thinking about heading himself into Gaza to break the siege impo
sed by the Israeli occupation army and that he had expressed this idea to the official nearby sectors.

Gazans are demanding their rights of free travelling
5 Jun 2010 – Gazans are wondering when will it be possible for them to travel through the Rafah border easily and freely without having a pretext to travel but the need of traveling. After five days passed on the sudden open of the Rafah Crossing by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Gazas were more optimistic and started dreaming of travelling freely very soon. …

Reports allege that MV Rachel Corrie is stopped by Israel, towed to Ashdod port
5 Jun 2010 – Gaza, June 5, Sources and news are reporting that MV Rachel Corrie has been surrounded by Israeli naval boats and is being towed to Ashdod Port now. Eyewitnesses at Gazas port confirm that they can see MV Rachel Corrie moving in the sea but they dont know its destination.

Aid ship ‘intercepted’ by Israeli troops: Gaza committee
5 Jun 2010 – Gaza, June 5, 2010 (Pal Telegraph- AFP) – Israeli troops intercepted an international aid ship headed for the Gaza Strip on Saturday just five days after a deadly raid on similar vessels, according to the Gaza-based committee awaiting the vessel. The report was completely denied by the Israeli military, however. “The Rachel Corrie has been intercepted 35 miles off Gaza,”…

Uruknet

Turkey signals change in military ties with Israel
Uruknet June 5, 2010 – Turkey is looking to find a new partner for joint defense projects as relations with Israel, which had for a long time been one of Turkeys major allies in the defense industry, are seriously strained following a bloody raid by Israeli commandos on an aid ship en route to the blockaded city of Gaza earlier…

Yet another glaring contradiction in Israeli account of flotilla massacre
Uruknet June 5, 2010 – The last few blog posts have focused on the contradictionsthat is, fabricationscoming out of the “IDF” Press Office and Israeli Foreign Ministry about the flotilla massacre. Here, I focus again on the IDF effort to paint the humanitarian activists as terrorists. The point is not new; it has been making the rounds on the blogosphere,…

We Will Be Back
Uruknet June 5, 2010 – Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the peaceful outcome to the operation when they seized our ship in international waters in direct violation of maritime law. Through his speech writer, he said: “We saw today the difference between a ship of peace activists, with whom we don’t agree but respect their right to a…

Gaza occupation and siege are illegal
Uruknet June 5, 2010 – Israel’s deadly attack on the Gaza “Freedom Flotilla” was flagrantly illegal. The flotilla, carefully searched for arms before disembarkation, enjoyed the right of free navigation in international waters, and Israel had no legal justification to interrupt its peaceful mission. Flotilla passengers were entitled to defend themselves against Israel’s forcible boarding of the Mavi Marmara, whether…

Israel admits it altered flotilla audio
Uruknet June 5, 2010 – – The Israeli military admitted on Saturday that it had released a misleading audio recording of a radio transmission with the “Freedom Flotilla” aid convoy in which activists are allegedly heard telling Israeli soldiers to “shut up, go back to Auschwitz.” The military released a statement indicating that a recording it made public on June…

The other side of the Gaza blockade
Uruknet June 5, 2010 – Ramzi al Burai knows better than most what it means to be imprisoned. This week’s botched commando raid on the flotilla of pro-Palestinian aid activists trying to reach Gaza has swung the global spotlight on the Israeli-imposed blockade as never before, but the Al Burai family have been living that reality for the past three…

Turkish PM mulls over joining Gaza aid flotilla backed by Turkish Navy
Uruknet June 5, 2010 – TURKISH Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was considering sailing to the Gaza Strip as part of an aid flotilla backed by the Turkish Navy. Lebanese newspaper al Mustaqbal quoted security sources as saying that Mr Erdogan was pondering the move in order to break the barrier imposed against Gaza by Israel. It said that “as…

Action Alert: Israeli forces sieze MV Rachel Corrie
Uruknet June 5, 2010 – Just before 9am GMT this morning, the Israeli military forcibly seized the Irish-owned humanitarian relief ship, the MV Rachel Corrie, from delivering over 1000 tons of medical and construction supplies to besieged Gaza. For the second time in less then a week, Israeli naval commandos stormed an unarmed aid ship, brutally taking its passengers hostage…

Israeli Commando Who Killed Six Aid Workers to Receive MedalStaff Sergeant Brags of Role in Massacre
Uruknet June 4, 2010 – …Additional information is also coming in in the form of a report from an unnamed Israeli staff-sergeant, who claims proudly to have single-handedly killed at least six of the civilian aid workers. The staff-sergeant says he has no doubt everyone on board was a “terrorist” and claimed there were secretly dozens of “hardcore mercenaries” on…

‘Mad Dog’ Diplomacy: Cornered Israel Baring Its Teeth
Uruknet June 4, 2010 – Moshe Dayan, Israel’s 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, an expression in his typically blunt fashion of the…

Israel, Nazi propaganda chief Gebbels would have been proud of you
Uruknet June 4, 2010 – As the true nature of the massacre on the Mavi Marmara becomes apparent now that witnesses can speak out, so too is the scale of the pre-planned propaganda blitz conducted by the Israelis, a blitz that was launched in tandem with the armed attack. Clearly planned well in advance of the attack (right down to…

ISRAELI MILITARY FORCIBLY STOPS AID BOAT TO GAZA – AGAIN
Uruknet June 5, 2010 – Just before 9am GMT this morning, the Israeli military forcibly siezed the Irish-owned humanitarian relief ship, the MV Rachel Corrie, from delivering over 1000 tons of medical and construction supplies to besieged Gaza. For the second time in less then a week, Israeli naval commandos stormed
an unarmed aid ship, brutally taking its passengers hostage…

Erasing International Law in Israel’s Gaza Flotilla AttackRogue State Politics
Uruknet June 4, 2010 – There has been much intense discussion of Israels recent attack against a flotilla of aid ships that was travelling to Gaza, intent on violating the blockade imposed by Israel against the government of Hamas and the Palestinian people. Much of the debate, unfortunately, has taken place under limited, propagandistic pretenses. The Israeli attack took place…

You will have no protection
Uruknet June 4, 2010 – My heart is breaking; but I do not mind. 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…

Freedom Flotilla Bloodbath: No one loves a lunatic
Uruknet June 4, 2010 – 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 helpless and bereaved. Hiding in the comfortable shade of…

The National

Israel stops Irish aid ship
The National 5 Jun 2010 – Navy boards the Rachel Corrie without meeting resistance as Turkish prosecutors launch an inquiry into flotilla deaths.

Israel’s effort to regulate information on ship raids backfires
The National 5 Jun 2010 – Israel’s version of the events is now increasingly being questioned as eyewitness accounts trickle out from activists who were deported in the past few days.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

Thousands Demonstrate across the World against Israel’s Gaza Flotilla Raid
WAFA – PARIS, June 5, 2010 (WAFA)- Several thousand people demonstrated in Paris on Saturday to show solidarity with the Palestinians and denounce an Israeli raid on a Turkish aid boat bound for Gaza,

Gaza Flotilla Raid Focus of Talks between UN, Lebanese Official
WAFA – BEIRUT, June 5, 2010 (WAFA)-The deadly Israeli military interception of an aid convoy bound for the Gaza Strip topped talks Friday between the top United Nations envoy to Lebanon and the countrys

UN Special Committee on Israeli Practices to Visit Egypt, Jordan and Syria
WAFA – GENEVA / NEW YORK, June 5, 2010 (WAFA) The UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territory will

Armed Settler Chases Palestinian Boy
WAFA – HEBRON, June 5, 2010 (WAFA)-Palestinian of At-Tuwani village at South Hebron Hills reported an aggression against a Palestinian boy, aged 14, committed during the afternoon by a Jewishi settler armed

The Guardian

Israel’s seizure of Gaza aid boat Rachel Corrie sparks further condemnation
The Guardian 5 Jun 2010 – Nobel peace laureate Miread Corrigan among 11 passengers held following ‘violent act’ in international waters Israel risked a fresh wave of international condemnation yesterday as its troops detained a boat carrying humanitarian aid attempting to break…

Israeli forces board the Rachel Corrie
The Guardian 5 Jun 2010 – Navy commandos forcibly divert aid ship away from Gaza Move risks further international isolation for Israel Israel risked a fresh wave of international condemnation today when its troops boarded a boat attempting to break…

Hamas must reshape itself | David Hearst
The Guardian 5 Jun 2010 – Fatah is too weak to deal with Israel Palestine needs a strong leadership that is ready to negotiate Military planners have taken to using the language of landscape gardeners. They talk disturbingly of shaping the…

Relief Web

UK gives 19 million for Gazan refugees
Relief Web 5 Jun 2010 – Source: Department for International Development

OPT: Gaza blockade illegal, must be lifted-UN’s Pillay
Relief Web 5 Jun 2010 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet

Israel shadows new Gaza-bound ship -activists
Relief Web 5 Jun 2010 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet

Israel boards Gaza aid ship, blockade criticised
Relief Web 4 Jun 2010 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet

Inter Press Service

A Global Civil Society Campaign to De-Legitimise Israel?
IPS UNITED NATIONS, Jun 4 (IPS) – If, as expected, the U.N. Security Council remains politically impotent and refuses to penalise Israel for the killings of nine pro-Palestinian civilians on a ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, what is the next course of action?

EUROPE: Flotilla Raid Fires Up Israel Lobby
IPS BRUSSELS, Jun 4 (IPS) – Within three days of Israels attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla Monday, the pro-Israel lobby in Brussels was already seeking to deflect attention from the killing of nine peace activists in international waters.

Stop The Wall

Massive march in Wad Rahal in solidarity with the Freedom Flotilla
Stop The Wall – In keeping with the many other protests that erupted throughout the Occupied West Bank since the Israeli affront to the multilateral humanitarian effort for Gaza, the march carried a model ship towards the Wall, but Israeli military prevented the protesters from reaching their land. [

Mother of nine dies after being run over by settlers in Hebron
Stop The Wall – On May 31st, 52-year-old Palestinian Fatima Hamdan Khalil and her 57-year-old hus
band Abdel-Fattah Shihda Sabarneh were run over by Israeli settlers on Route 60 next to a cemetery at the entrance of their village. [

YNet News

Irish group condemns ship ‘hijacking’
YNet News – Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign slams military takeover of aid ship en….

Northerners sail in support of IDF
YNet News – As Navy takes over Gaza-bound Rachel Corrie vessel, boats and kayaks take to….

Report: Turkish PM wants to visit Gaza
YNet News – Lebanese newspaper al-Mustaqbal says Erdogan considering going to Strip himself….

‘Rachel Corrie’ ignores Navy request to stop
YNet News – (Video) IDF warns Irish-owned vessel not to approach blockaded Gaza, invites….

Rightists slam ‘stinking Tel Avivians’
YNet News – Jew against Jew: Dozens of rightist activists, including fans of the Betar Jerusalem Soccer Club, clashed with locals in Tel Aviv Saturday in the wake of the leftist …….

Smoke grenade at leftist rally
YNet News – Thousands of leftist activists marched in Tel Aviv Saturday evening to mark “43 years of occupation,” while taking the opportunity to slam recent IDF raids on Gaza-bound …….

Helen Thomas: Jews, go back to Poland
YNet News – WASHINGTON – Veteran White House Correspondent Helen Thomas has provoked a storm in the US after saying the Jews must “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home” to …….

Palestinian Information Center

Pillay: The siege on Gaza is illegal and must be ended
PIC 5 Jun 2010 – Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip is illegal and should be lifted.

Bardawil: Hostile forces wish to save Israel
PIC 5 Jun 2010 – Dr. Salah Bardawil believes that the U.S. and Israel along with the Fatah authority in Ramallah are planning to free Israel of global anger for the Freedom Flotilla massacre.

Palestinian official expects Erdogan to visit Gaza
PIC 5 Jun 2010 – Ahmed Yousef, the foreign undersecretary in the Gaza Strip, has said that Turkish premier Recep Erdogan might visit Gaza soon on board the Freedom Flotilla-2.

IOF troops quell two anti-wall marches
PIC 5 Jun 2010 – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Saturday quelled two peaceful anti wall marches in north and south of the West Bank that also denounced the IOF violent takeover of the Freedom Flotilla.

European campaign: Sufficient evidence to bring Israel to international justice
PIC 5 Jun 2010 – The European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza has taken initial steps to file lawsuits against the Israeli authorities for the acts of violence it committed against the international activists.

Hamas to world community: Let vessel continue its trip to Gaza
PIC 5 Jun 2010 – Hamas asked the world community in a statement on Saturday to pressure the Israeli occupation authority to release the Irish ship “Rachel Corrie” and to ensure a safe passage for it to Gaza Strip.

Vietnam calls off Peres visit, Norway cancels seminar for Israeli participation
PIC 5 Jun 2010 – The Vietnamese government has called off a visit for Israeli president Shimon Peres in protest at the Israeli commandos’ massacre at international waters.

Abu Zuhri: Intercepting “Rachel Corrie” targets the solidarity movement
PIC 5 Jun 2010 – Israel’s interception of the Irish aid vessel “Rachel Corrie” is in line with its “barbaric piracy” in international waters, Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said on Saturday.

Nasrallah: Israel exposed before the world
PIC 5 Jun 2010 – Hasan Nasrallah, the secretary general of the Lebanese Hizbullah party, has said that Israel’s brutal attack on the unarmed Freedom Flotilla in international waters had exposed it before the world.

Los Angeles Times

Israel intercepts another Gaza protest vessel
LA Times 6 Jun 2010 – No violence is reported in the latest encounter after worldwide condemnation of Israel’s deadly raid of a Turkish ship. Israel says aid supplies onboard the Rachel Corrie will be forwarded to Gaza. Learning hard lessons from Monday’s deadly raid of a pro-Palestinian aid flotilla, Israel’s navy Saturday seized without incident a second protest vessel trying to reach the shores of the Gaza Strip.

New York Times

Israeli Military Boards Gaza Aid Ship
New York Times 5 Jun 2010 – The Israeli military said it boarded an Irish-owned vessel carrying supplies and a group of pro-Palestinian activists.

Washington Asks What to Do About Israel
New York
Times 5 Jun 2010 – In the administration and in policy circles, a tricky problem: Addressing the possibility that Netanyahus policies hurt America.

Misc

Popular Anger Grows As World Leaders Let Flotilla Killers Off The Hook
Palestine Monitor – With as many at least nine young lives taken in international waters and the Middle East once again plunged into crisis, the so-called leaders of the world have done nothing but petition Israel to investigate and punish itself. Reporting from Aaron Dearborn. As attention now shifts…

Flotilla Activists Interviewed: “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…

(Gulp) Israel deploys nuclear cruise missiles near Iran
Mondoweiss – The other day on Russian TV , Norman Finkelstein said Israel is a lunatic state and it has a bunch of nukes. Well the Times of London says: Three German-built Israeli submarines equipped with nuclear cruise missiles are to be deployed in the Gulf near the Iranian…

NYT opens inflammatory discussionIsrael as strategic liability
Mondoweiss – Wow. The Times is beginning to open the door. It has a big Week in Review piece by Helene Cooper asking, “Washington Asks: What to Do About Israel” that begins with the disclaimer, this is an “inflammatory” subject. (Guess what, we’ve been talking about it anyway.)…

The Helen Thomas moment
Mondoweiss – I was surprised as anyone by the Helen Thomas video that came out the other day showing the veteran White House correspondent saying that the Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine,” and she wasn’t talking about the occupied territories. She said they should go…

Questions Ethan Bronner could have asked
Mondoweiss – The New York Times lately published a story on the flotilla raid , by Ethan Bronner and Sabrina Tavernise. Finkelstein’s interpolations are in shaded segments : In Israel, ideas on how to halt the boats sabotage of propellers or engines, the use of ropes or chains …

Judah Magnes is rolling in his grave
Mondoweiss – Judge Goldstone’s removal from the board of governors of Hebrew University is quite possibly the greatest in a long history of grave insults to the legacy of Judah Magnes, founder of the Hebrew University. Magnes, who warned of the totalitarian path his ostensible country was about…

Misc 2

Beln Fernndez Turks curtail nationalism, decide they are Palestinian
Palestine Think Tank – Palestinian flag outside funeral ceremony for Turkish activist contradicts Netanyahu’s claim that “this was not a love boat” (Photo: Jasmin Ramsey) This afternoon at Istanbuls Beyazt Mosque, the funeral ceremony was held for Turkish humanitarian aid activist Cevdet Kllar , one of 9 victims of the Israeli…

Paolo Barnard Israel’s Policy of Killing Civilians
Palestine Think Tank – Italian journalist and political analyst Paolo Barnard Translated in English from Italian by Gulagnik’s Diego Traversa for http://gulagnik.wordpress.com and www.palestinethinktank.com Killing civilians has been State policy in Israel since 1948 (and, prior to that, of Zionism). Its not about tragic mistakes, theres no deep regret…

Seized aid ship taken to Israel
BBC – An aid ship boarded by Israeli forces while trying to break the blockade of Gaza arrives in the Israeli port of Ashdod.

A Global Civil Society Campaign to Delegitimize Israel?
Antiwar.com – If, as expected, the U.N. Security Council remains politically impotent and refuses to penalize Israel for the killings of nine pro-Palestinian civilians on a ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, what is the next course of action? A global civil society campaign to delegitimize Israel? Formal…

Flotilla Raid Fires Up Israel Lobby
Antiwar.com – BRUSSELS Within three days of Israels attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla Monday, the pro-Israel lobby in Brussels was already seeking to deflect attention from the killing of nine peace activists in international waters. The European Friends of Israel, a grouping of parliamentarians, issued a…

Israeli Military Forcibly Stops Rachel Corrie Boat Again
Sabbah report – (Off the Gaza coast, 5 JUNE) Just before 9am this morning, the Israeli military forcibly siezed the Irish-owned humanitarian relief ship, the MV Rachel Corrie, from delivering over 1000 tons of medical and construction supplies to besieged Gaza. For the second time in less then…

Articles


Doubts Grow Over Israels Value as US Ally
Jim Lobe, Antiwar.com6/4/2010
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 other than the head of Israels vaunted foreign-intelligence agency, Mossad.
Noting, among other things, the disappearance of the Soviet and Western blocs with the end of the Cold War, Mossad chief Meir Dagan told members of the Israeli parliaments Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tuesday that “Israel is gradually turning from an asset to the United States to a burden.”
That view was emphatically re-asserted the following day by one of Washingtons most highly respected and centrist Middle East analysts in an essay entitled “Israel as a Strategic Liability?” that instantly became must-reading for regional specialists both in and outside the administration of President Barack Obama.
“At the best of times, an Israeli government that pursues the path to peace provides some intelligence, some minor advances in military technology, and a potential source of stabilizing military power that could help Arab states like Jordan,” wrote Anthony Cordesman, a long-time fixture of the foreign policy establishment at the Center for Strategic and
International Studies (CSIS).
“It is time Israel realized that it has obligations to the United States, as well as the United States to Israel, and that it (has to) become far more careful about the extent to which it test(s) the limits of U.S. patience and exploits the support of American Jews,” he went on….more..e-mail

Israel under fire for doctoring flotilla recordings
Mya Guarnieri, Maan News Agency6/5/2010
Tel Aviv – Israels military came under intense scrutiny Saturday after releasing a new, heavily edited version of a video it had distributed to journalists in the days following its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid convoy.
Initially distributing footage of its navy radioing the Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara prior to a raid that left nine dead Monday, the military released a new version Friday that it said proves its claims that many aboard were religious extremists.
The audio includes two lines meant to demonstrate fanaticism on the part of Muslim passengers on board the ship, many of whom Israels army has claimed had “terrorist” ties. “Shut up. Go back to Aushwitz,” one man purportedly tells a navy officer via radio before another, with a heavy Southern accent, states that “Were helping Arabs go against the US. Dont forget 9/11 guys.”
Bloggers soon picked up on discrepancies between the two. Maan also investigated, approaching the army early Saturday and confirming with Huwaida Arraf, a Palestinian activist and chair of the Free Gaza Movement, that her voice was used in the recording. She is heard speaking normally via radio.
Saturdays version supposedly came from the Marmara, at least according to the military. But Arraf was actually a passenger on another of the flotillas boats, the Challenger 1.
Under mounting pressure, the army ultimately released yet another version of the recording late Saturday, bringing to three the total number of different takes on what the military insists is the same event.
The army issued what it called a “clarification/correction,” explaining that “There have been questions regarding the authenticity of the recording as well as its attribution to a communication with the Mavi Marmara,” a statement said.more..e-mail

Flotilla Fallout: Are Teams Right to Refuse to Play Israel?
David Zirin, Dissident Voice6/4/2010
[We are] saddened by the mixture of politics and sports.
So said a spokesperson for the Israeli Football Association in response to Mondays news that the Turkish U-19 (under 19) soccer team canceled its match in Israel. Turkeys team made the move following the Israeli Navys attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla that left at least 10 dead and scores injured. Then on Tuesday, the Swedish Football Association announced that it would formally request European soccers governing body to cancel Swedens U-21 game in Israel later this week.
The SFA said that they felt morally compelled to make the move following the flotilla attack and the harsh responses to those events in Sweden and around the world. SFA President Lars-Ake Lagrell said, Like all human beings, we deplore violence and are shocked at what we sawIts not pleasant to play in Israel at this juncture. On Wednesday it appeared that the game would, in fact, go forward as planned, with Lagrell saying, Since the United Nations has not decided on any sanctions against Israel we are obliged to go ahead with the match under [European football association] rules.
This certainly wont be the last time we hear about countries, teams, or players holding up the flotilla killings as reason to ostracize Israel in the realm of international sport. The question, to pick up the ball from the Israeli Football Association, is whether it should sadden us to see politics and sports so brazenly intertwined? Should Israeli sport actually be safe space from how its government conducts itself?
In my mind, the answer is a simple one: hell, no. Israel committed an act of state terror on an aid ship in international waters whose passengers included an 85-year-old holocaust survivor, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and hundreds of activists committed to delivering the most basic kinds of food and medicine to the Gaza Strip. Its actually dangerous, in such a situation, to just shut up and play as if there is nothing to see behind the royal blue curtain.more..e-mail

Gaza occupation and siege are illegal
Electronic Intifada: 5 Jun 2010 – Israel’s deadly attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla was flagrantly illegal. The Flotilla, carefully searched for arms before disembarkation, enjoyed the right of free navigation in international waters, and Israel had no legal justification to interrupt its peaceful mission. George Bisharat comments.

Popular Anger Grows As World Leaders Let Flotilla Killers Off The Hook
Palestine Monitor: 5 Jun 2010 – With as many at least nine young lives taken in international waters and the Middle East once again plunged into crisis, the so-called leaders of the world have done nothing but petition Israel to investigate and punish itself. Reporting from Aaron Dearborn. As attention now shifts from the high seas to closed door meetings in Washington, Ankara and the Hague, there is a growing frustration as politicians and spin doctors ingloriously try to manage the diplomatic fall-out of the pre-dawn massacre. In many ways, this response is telling. Such hesitation and gross spinelessness from our elected leaders in confronting Israel was what necessitated the Freedom Flotilla in the first place. But with demonstrations against the brutality of the IDF taking place around the world, it is now the credibility of Arab and Western governments themselves that stands in the firing line. Civilians have been attacked. Civilians have been massacred. Civilians…

Flotilla Activists Interviewed: “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 nurs
es 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….

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