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June 2nd, 2010 Cyprus, June 1, 2010, 6:30 am


Under darkness of night, Israeli commandoes dropped from a helicopter onto the Turkish passenger ship, Mavi Marmara, and began to shoot the moment their feet hit the deck. They fired directly into the crowd of civilians asleep. According to the live video from the ship, two have been killed, and 31 injured. Al Jazeera has just confirmed the numbers.

Streaming video shows the Israeli soldiers shooting at civilians, and our last SPOT beacon said, "HELP, we are being contacted by the Israelis."

We know nothing about the other five boats. Israel says they are taking over the boats.

The coalition of Free Gaza Movement (FG), European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza (ECESG), Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH), the Perdana Global Peace Organisation , Ship to Gaza Greece, Ship to Gaza Sweden, and the International Committee to Lift the Siege on Gaza appeal to the international community to demand that Israel stop their brutal attack on civilians delivering vitally needed aid to the imprisoned Palestinians of Gaza and permit the ships to continue on their way.

The attack has happened in international waters, 75 miles off the coast of Israel, in direct violation of international law.

Source: Free Gaza.

Brave Israeli Commandos Slaughter Aid Activists at Sea


June 2nd, 2010

Even America's major media can't duck a crime this grave - attacking and slaughtering up to 20 Gaza Freedom Flotilla activists and injuring dozens more.

New York Times writer Isabel Kershner headlined "At Least 10 Killed as Israel Intercepts Aid Flotilla, saying:

"The Israeli Navy raided a flotilla carrying thousands of tons of supplies for Gaza in international waters on Monday morning….The incident drew widespread international condemnation, with Israeli envoys summoned to explain their country's actions in several European countries….The killings also coincided with preparations for a planned visit to Washington on Tuesday (June 1) by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu."

Late word is it's postponed.

The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times carried similar reports, trying, but hardly able to downplay a major crime.

The UK-based Stop the War Coalition called it "Yet another act of Israeli barbarism" in announcing an "emergency demonstration" at 2:00PM near the prime minister's Downing Street residence, saying spread the word and come.

In Gaza, thousands protested, expressing anger, outrage and sympathy, carrying banners condemning willful crimes, and calling for Arab solidarity. Similar demonstrations turned out in Amman, Cairo, Damascus, Tehran, Ankara, Istanbul, Beirut and other regional cities.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak blamed the Flotilla organizers for inciting the attack, while his deputy, Danny Alalon said they were connected to international terrorist organizations and were trying to smuggle in arms. Weapons were found on board, he claimed.

At a hastily called news conference, sparsely attended, he referred to "the armada of hate and violence in support of the Hamas terror organization," accusing peaceful activists of a "premeditated and outrageous provocation," saying "The organizers are well known for their ties with global Jihad, Al Qaeda and Hamas. (Their) intent was violent, their method was violent, and the results were unfortunately violent."

Shameless lies from a criminal caught red-handed, Haaretz's Gideon Levy saying:

"The Israeli propaganda machine has reached new highs (distributing) false information. It embarrassed itself by entering a futile public relations battle….There is nothing to explain, certainly not to a world that will never buy (its) web of explanations, lies and tactics."

In Washington, of course, they're echoed along with toned down pious indignation publicly, but privately, assurances of solid US-Israeli relations are affirmed.

On May 31, White House spokesman William Burton said:

"The United States deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries sustained, and is currently working to understand the circumstances surrounding this tragedy," stopping short of condemning crimes too grave to ignore and demanding harsh measures in response to premeditated slaughter.

Much the same from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (a reliable Israeli ally) stating:
"It is vital that there is a full investigation to determine exactly how this bloodshed took place. I believe Israel must urgently provide a full explanation," stopping short of demanding it and full accountability.

Saying he "deplored in the strongest terms the killing of civilians," Italian Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, like his EU counterparts, said it was "indispensable that there be an inquest to ascertain the facts, which are still not clear."

They're very clear. Israeli forces planned and executed a premeditated attack against peaceful humanitarian activists, trying to deliver essential to life aid to Gazans under siege - to break Israel's attempt to suffocate and starve them.

The Wall Street Journal online headlined "More than 10 Dead After Israel Intercepts Gaza Aid Convoy," saying (like most US media reports) that "An Israeli military spokesman said later in the day that some activists 'appeared' to be armed with guns, and fired at the Israeli soldiers, though it wasn't clear who fired first."

The activists, in fact, were unarmed civilians, delivering vitally needed humanitarian aid to 1.5 million Gazans, trapped under siege for three years this month. Without provocation, they were maliciously and willfully attacked in international waters by armed Israeli commandos with orders to open fire if the convoy failed to abort its mission.

The best Journal writer Joshua Mitnick could say was "whether the military action was warranted or not (it) threatens to further sully Israel's international reputation, after a series of recent diplomatic setbacks."

No mention of the Gaza war, daily West Bank and East Jerusalem incursions, the three-year siege, a 43-year occupation, daily killings, targeted assassinations, homes bulldozed, mass arrests, torture, and Palestinian communities throughout the Territories and in Israel threatened by daily terror.

No mention by European nations either, the EU merely calling for a full inquiry, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner (a staunch Israeli supporter) saying he was "deeply shocked by the 'tragic' consequences of Israel's military operation (against) a humanitarian initiative," but little else. The same hypocrisy echoed from most European capitals, much like already from Washington.

Turkey's Communist Party's press statement, in contrast, said:

"The pirate commandos trained by Israel Naval Forces mounted an operation this morning to capture the flotilla carrying aid to Gaza and slaughtered unarmed civilians in the course of this outrageous operation."

Calling the attack "barbarous," it "demanded" immediate deportation of Israel's diplomatic mission, cancellation of Turkish-Israeli military and other agreements, and Israel held fully accountable for its crime against humanity - its specialty against civilians and nonviolent activists.

Al Jazeera reported that "Thousands of Turkish protesters tried to storm the Israeli consulate in Istanbul soon after the news (shouting) 'Damn Israel' as police blocked them."

It also said Israeli radio confirmed at least 19 were killed and dozens injured, quoting IDF spokeswoman, Avital Leibovich, saying, "This happened in waters outside Israeli territory, but we have the right to defend ourselves," - the usual response from scoundrels caught red-handed.

Video footage on board the Turkish passenger ship Mavi Marmara showed Israeli commandos opened fire during the assault, activists saying it began immediately after storming on board.

Al Zazeera's Jamal Elshayyal, on the ship, said "a white surrender flag was raised (and) there was no live fire coming from the passengers."

The Free Gaza Movement reported that "Under darkness of night, Israeli commandos dropped from a helicopter onto the Turkish passenger ship, Mavi Marmara, and began to shoot the moment their feet hit the deck." No action on board provoked it. It was premeditated, willful slaughter.
The Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement expressed sorrow in denouncing the attack, citing it as further "proof that despite claims to the contrary, Israel never 'disengaged' from the Gaza Strip but rather continues to control its borders - land, air and sea….hermetically (cutting off) 1.5 million human beings (from) access to the outside world" and vitally needed humanitarian aid.

Netanyahu's spokesman, Mark Regev, claimed "They initiated the violence," and the IDF insisted it responded when its forces "were attacked with knives, clubs, and even live fire." Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said soldiers were forced by violent acts to respond with live fire.

They lied.

Viewing the video footage, Al Jazeera's Ayman Mohyeldin reported that:

"All the images being shown from the activists on board those ships show clearly that they were civilians and peaceful in nature, with medical (and other humanitarian) supplies on board."

Other footage showed black-clad commandos descending from helicopters, then immediately opening fire on deck against peaceful activists.

Israeli forces seized the ship and a smaller one, took them to Israel's port of Ashdod, and censored all information on the assault.

The Flotilla, with 700 activists, left Cyprus at 3:00PM (1200 GMT) Sunday, on the last leg of their journey, heading for Gaza, hoping to arrive by daylight. Six hours after departure, three Israeli missile boats left Haifa to interdict it, according to reporters on board before being ordered to turn off their cell phones.

The convoy hoped to break the siege and deliver over 10,000 tons of vitally needed aid, including food, medicines, educational, construction, and other materials. Israel warned it would intercept and abort the mission, giving no details except to say ships would be seized, then taken to Ashdod.

A May 31 Gaza Freedom March.org press release called for a "global response to killings on the Freedom Flotilla," saying:

"We, Gaza based Palestinian Civil Society Organizations and international activists, call on the international community and civil society to pressure their governments and Israel to cease the abductions and killings….against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla….and begin a global response to hold Israel accountable for the murder of foreign civilians at sea and illegal piracy of civilian vessels carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza."

"We, from Gaza, call on you to demonstrate and support the courageous men and women on the Flotilla and join the many now murdered on a humanitarian aid mission. We insist on severance of diplomatic ties with Israel, trials for war crimes and the international protection of the civilians of Gaza. We call on you to join the growing international boycott, divestment and sanction campaign of a country proving again" to be an international outlaw. "Join a growing critical mass around the world with a commitment to the day when Palestinian are entitled to the same rights as (all) other people, when the siege is lifted, the occupation over and the 6 million Palestinian refugees are finally granted justice."

Stand in solidarity for their freedom in peace, and demand nothing less, including full accountability for Israeli officials responsible for high crimes of war and against humanity.

On board the Flottilla are over 700 activists from 40 countries, including 35 politicians and a Nobel Peace laureate, Mairead McGuire, who protesting with Bil'in village activists against Israel's Separation Wall, in April 2007, was shot and injured with a rubber bullet, then tear-gassed, overcome, and had to be taken by stretcher to an ambulance.

Again, she and 700 others risked their lives to deliver vitally needed aid. In solidarity, people of conscience everywhere must support them and demand full accountability for the latest Israeli crimes too grave to ignore.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour

CONCLUSION?


Unfortunately for 'progressive minds,' lying Islamists, their duped supporters, and the blind humanists who would like to believe that they merit a 'do-gooders' badge for their support of the Palestinians' false cause, the videos that expose the real truth about the 'attack' on the flotilla are still widely available on the internet and will continue to reveal the truth for many years--if not until the end of time as we know it!

Here are a few other facts that help the discerning reader realise why the present situation came as no surprise to most Israeli's - and those who know the real Islamic agenda pursued by Hamas and their blind lackeys:

Israel wisely destroyed the runway of Gaza International Airport on January 10, 2002, because they pre-empted the obvious terrorist use Hamas would put it to!  Just how many missiles, guns and armaments could they have flown in to continue their atrocities against the civilians of Israel if they had been allowed?

If Gaza is similar to a WWII ghetto, as the loony anti-Semites claim, how is it that Gaza's population of future terrorists has one of the highest birth rates in the world, increasing by 3.5% per year?  Since when did history record an increase in birth-rate in the Nazi death ghettos?

Before Israel pulled out of Gaza, Jewish farmers of Gaza were exporting fruit and vegetables all over the world. The produce that the greenhouses of Gaza produced comprised a large percentage of Israel's total agricultural exports and a majority of its organic exports worth $60 million per year.  Now, under Hamas, what has happened to this source of world class food production?  The Jewish farmers left the greenhouses in perfect condition and there was no blockade following the pullout so the Arabs did not even need to 'beat their swords into ploughshares.'  The Jews left everything in excellent working order but the Muslims chose to destroy the greenhouses and concentrate on importing weaponry to kill the neighbours who had left them such a huge legacy for prosperity - only then was the blockade imposed.

Perhaps the best retrospective summary of this debacle that we have read was forwarded by The Berean Call:

SHOULDN'T WE ALL BE ISRAELIS NOW? [Excerpts]


By Kyle-Anne Shiver

I've been on vacation, purposely avoiding news of any kind as I sought to refresh my soul. The very first thing I read upon resuming my vigil on the world's affairs was a report describing those despicable Israelis cold-bloodedly murdering a group of innocent peace activists, bringing much-needed aid and comfort to the Israeli-victimized Gazans and a companion piece filled with the world's condemnation of Israel.

Having followed Middle East events rather conscientiously for a number of years, I immediately suspected that there was a great deal more to this story. Having watched a Western press grow more and more willfully blind and downright anti-Semitic over three decades greatly increased my skepticism. Seeing my American president blink, blink, and blink again while blathering more inanity about irrelevancies, unable to discern right from wrong, brought me to the brink of gut-wrenching nausea.

What has happened to us?  The West, I mean, and more specifically, America?

The Israeli Defense Forces are not stupid, for one thing. They had clear video of individual soldiers legally enforcing a two-nation naval blockade for purely defensive purposes. The boat boarded by the IDF had multiple warnings and were peacefully informed that the ship would need to be boarded and inspected for weapons before it could pass to deliver the aid purportedly on board. All perfectly in accordance with international law. Instead of "peace activists," the soldiers -- not drones or missiles or mechanized artillery, mind you, but real men, sons, brothers, husbands, fathers -- were met by an army of savages wielding steel pipes, who overwhelmed the soldiers and beat them without mercy.

The savage gang was fired upon, and nine of them were killed. It was called an Israeli-perpetrated massacre.

A Chicago police officer attempting to inspect a car trunk for illegal drugs who is surrounded by a gang and beaten with steel pipes certainly has the right to use his gun and depend upon his partner to do so. An American soldier disarming people by law in the wake of Katrina, if met by a gang wielding clubs against him, would fire in self-defense. Would we have the same difficulty condemning the real law-breakers? I don't think so.

Figuring out who is right and who is wrong in this situation is not hard stuff.  It's not the kind of moral dilemma which anyone over the age of twelve ought to have difficulty resolving. No, it isn't Auschwitz, at least not yet. It isn't the blueprints for massive "ovens," at least not yet, but the leaders of Israel's enemy states have publicly declared over and over again their intentions to perpetrate Holocaust II at the first opportunity.     

No, understanding the Israeli position as the only morally defensible one in the region is not difficult.  It's the kind of elementary morality that any good parent hopes to have instilled in his children before they reach middle school.

So again, I ask myself, what has happened to us as a civilization?

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/06/shouldnt_we_all_be_israelis_no.html


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Postscript!

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Turk admits flotilla activists started clashes


JERUSALEM - The Israel Defense Forces did not open fire on activists aboard a Hamas-supporting flotilla until the soldiers' lives were endangered by those on the now infamous ship, admitted a Turkish journalist who was on the flotilla.

Some participants in the Turkish flotilla, named the Mavi Marmara, had claimed in news media interviews Israeli troops indiscriminately opened fire upon boarding the ship from a helicopter. Nine activists were killed in the clashes that ensued.  Turkish journalist Sefik Dinc admitted:

"I saw with my own eyes that when the soldiers came on helicopters and started landing on the ship, they did not fire.  It wasn't until the soldiers were met with resistance and realized that some of their friends' lives were in danger that they began using live ammunition."

Dinc, who wrote a book about his experiences on the flotilla, was speaking in an interview with Israel's Channel One. The interview was translated into English by the
Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center and is consistent with video footage and testimonies of the Israeli soldiers who had boarded the ship.  Dinc also admitted that the flotilla activists used iron bars against the IDF troops -  again consistent with previous reports that, prior to its violent confrontation with Israeli commandos, the commander of the flotilla announced participants were planning to use "resistance" and declared the ship's activists wanted to die as "martyrs" more than they wanted to reach the Gaza Strip (this was also admitted on Hamas television!).

Again, previous video footage showed flotilla activists shouting anti-Jewish battle cries and speaking of using "resistance" against Israel and one participant stated that she saw only two possible outcomes for the boat occupants:  "Either martyrdom or reaching Gaza."

Obama cronies backed violent Gaza flotilla


The group behind the Gaza flotilla counts friends and associates of President Obama among its top supporters, e.g. the founders of the
Weather Underground terrorist organization, William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, and Jodie Evans, the leader of the radical activist organization Code Pink.

Working with the IHH (Turkish 'Humanitarian' Relief Foundation), the flotilla was organized by the
Free Gaza Movement, a coalition of leftist human rights activists and pro-Palestinian groups engaged in attempts to break a blockade imposed by Israel on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Ayers, Dohrn and Evans'
Code Pink have led several recent Free Gaza Movement initiatives, including attempted marches into the Gaza Strip. Dohrn was reported to be in the Middle East just last month on behalf of the movement.  Ayers and Dohrn were close associates for years with President Obama, while Evans was a fundraiser and financial bundler for Obama's presidential campaign.

In January, Ayers, Dohrn and Evans were reported as being involved in provoking chaos on the streets of Egypt in an attempt to enter Gaza with the
Free Gaza Movement to join in solidarity with the territory's population and leadership.  The three helped to stir riots after the Egyptian government refused to allow a large number of protesters to enter neighbouring Gaza.  Eventually, the protesters accepted an Egyptian offer to allow about 100 marchers into Gaza and, once in the territory, the marchers were reportedly met on the Gaza side by Hamas' former Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

At the time of the march, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., wrote a letter in support of a "humanitarian delegation from Massachusetts" to Gaza. Members of Ayers', Dohrn's and Evans' group documented on their blogs how Kerry's letter was used at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo in an attempt to pressure Egypt to let their group into Gaza.

Images of the letter were also posted on the
Electronic Intifada website run by Ali Abunimah, who was with Evans' group in Egypt and who was previously reported to be a speaker at pro-Palestinian events in the 1990s alongside Obama. In one such event, a 1999 fundraiser for Palestinian "refugees," Abunimah recalled introducing Obama on stage.

Apparently, Kerry's office previously met with
Code Pink members and Sarah Roche-Mahdi of Code Pink  is also a member of the United for Peace and Justice Palestine Task Force, which met with Kerry's staffers.  Kerry last year became the most senior U.S. politician to visit the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, although at the time he did not meet with Hamas leaders.

Dohrn later wrote on a blog that she was briefly detained at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo following the January protests there by her group:  "Bill and I went to the American Embassy at 10 a.m. and asked to see the ambassador. We were ushered into a holding pen a block away from the embassy building where we joined 35 people already there, surrounded by Egyptian soldiers."


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Based on reports by Aaron Klein [Jerusalem-based author, journalist, columnist and U.S. radio and television commentator known for his close contacts with Middle East leaders and the Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily, WND].

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Post-Postscript - July 2011!


Flotilla 2 sinking fast!

Posted by P. David Hornik on Jul 8th, 2011


P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator in Beersheva, Israel and he blogs at:

http://pdavidhornik.typepad.com

On Thursday, 7th July, 2011, a possibly last, straggling member of this years' abortive flotilla, a French yacht called the
Dignity, set sail - against all odds - for Gaza. Its dignity was soon compromised when, trying to refuel in Crete, the Greek coast guard detained it. The yacht had all of eight passengers on board.

For Israelis the flotilla's failure has been an encouraging spectacle. On the diplomatic front, Israel successfully got the points across that: there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza; anyone who wants to provide supplies to it can do so through Israeli and Egyptian land routes; and the "second flotilla" was simply a malign provocation. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  called it "neither necessary or useful"; Britain, France, and the Netherlands issued travel advisories against it; Greece, Cyprus, and even Turkey worked to restrain it.

Regarding Israel's naval arms embargo of Gaza, the Middle East Quartet - consisting of the U.S., the EU, the UN, and Russia and by no means necessarily understanding of Israel's challenges - went so far as to cite Israel's "legitimate security concerns that must continue to be safeguarded."  The Quartet also called for an end to the "deplorable five-year detention of Gilad Shalit" (kidnapped by Lebanese jihadists to provoke war with Israle and whose terrible plight is not exactly high on the list of the purportedly humanitarian flotillistas!).

On the legal front, Israel's independent
Shurat Hadin legal centre waged a valiant and successful campaign, deterring insurance companies from underwriting what was clearly a leftist-jihadist, Hamas-supporting venture.

The Jihadist Lies:

Israeli commandoes dropped from a helicopter … and began to shoot the moment their feet hit the deck. They fired directly into the crowd of civilians asleep.

The attack has happened in international waters … in direct violation of international law.

… attacking and slaughtering up to 20 Gaza Freedom Flotilla activists and injuring dozens more.

… Defense Minister Ehud Barak blamed Al Qaeda and Hamas ... (Their) intent was violent, their method was violent, and the results were unfortunately violent … Shameless lies from a criminal caught red-handed … The Israeli propaganda machine has reached new highs (distributing) false information. It embarrassed itself by entering a futile public relations battle….There is nothing to explain, certainly not to a world that will never buy (its) web of explanations, lies and tactics

For an even fuller - and total - refutation of these pathetic, or simply misinformed, re-hashed 'arguments,' read the superb, thorough, irrefutable booklet (60 pages PDF format):

DAVID MEIR-LEVI: BIG LIES. Demolishing The Myths of the Propaganda War Against Israel



Unfortunately for 'progressive minds,' lying Islamists, their duped supporters, and the blind humanists who would like to believe that they merit a 'do-gooders' badge for their support of the Palestinians' false cause, the videos that expose the real truth about the 'attack' on the flotilla are still widely available on the internet and will continue to reveal the truth for many years - if not until the end of time as we know it!

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