Israel’s Specialty: Targeting Civilians

Professor Jeremy Salt teaches political science at Ankara, Turkey’s Bilkent University. He’s also the author of The Unmaking of the Middle East: A History of Western Disorder in Arab Lands. On January 9, 2009, during Israel’s war on Gaza, he wrote “A Message to the brave Israeli Airmen,” asking:

What’s it like, firing missiles at people you can’t see?

Does that help, that you cannot see who you are killing?

Does it ease your conscience that you are not deliberately targeting civilians, when, in fact, you are under Israel’s Dahiya Doctrine to use enough “disproportionate force (to inflict) damage and met(e) out punishment” against civilian infrastructure, “economic interests and the centers of civilian power,” willfully slaughtering noncombatant men, women and children;

How does this sit on your conscience?

Do you sleep well at night or do you have nightmares of the women and children you killed in their homes, in their beds, in their kitchens and living rooms, in their schools and mosques?

Do you really believe they threaten your security — farmers in their fields, mothers with their children, teachers in classrooms, imams in mosques, children at play, the elderly, frail or disabled?

Do you ever question what you’ve done and why? Have you no shame, no sense of decency, no idea of the difference between right and wrong? Will you follow orders blindly and do it again and again, mindless about crimes of war and against humanity you, your superiors, and government officials are accountable for under fundamental international law?

“Brave” Israeli airmen, soldiers, sailors, and other security force personnel have acted lawlessly for decades, including committing appalling human rights crimes — a snapshot of some victims follows.

Persecuting Mazin Qumsiyeh

Qumsiyeh teaches and does research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities in the West Bank. Earlier he taught at Yale, Duke, and the University of Tennessee. Interested mainly in media activism and public education, he’s been a board, steering, and executive committee member of numerous activist organizations, and is President of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People and coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Apartheid Wall and Settlements in Beit Sahour. His most recent book is titled, “Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment.”

On the morning of May 6, Qumsiyeh and three others were arrested, handcuffed, and taken to an unknown destination. He explained what happened.

In Al-Wallaja, his “ten hour ordeal” began at 8:30AM. The village is near the Green line. Israel’s Separation Wall route will encircle it. It’s already lost much of its land. Residents fear losing the rest, so to prevent it they resist.

Israeli bulldozers have demolished numerous homes. Heroic villagers inspired others, “including Internationals and Israelis to join them in their popular resistance…. Today’s started as we came through the woods and sat in front of the bulldozer.”

“As the soldiers gathered their forces around us, you could feel (them) preparing themselves for attack. We remained calm and peaceful. They dragged us one by one forcefully from the bulldozed lands. They picked the four of us for arrest for no obvious reason” — Qumsiyeh, two Palestinian brothers, and a Canadian activist.

They beat, clubbed, rifle-butted, and pepper-sprayed the two brothers. All four were then taken to a military checkpoint, told to sit and wait, then ordered “to sign a paper claiming… we were not beaten or mistreated.” 

They refused, then taken to “the investigation offices near Qubbit Raheel (Rachel’s tomb), (and) locked up in a metal container.” Hours later, they were interrogated individually, asked, but refused, to sign other papers. Painfully handcuffed, they were returned to the container.

Next on to Talpiot police station to be fingerprinted and photographed. “It was now nearly 5:30 and we were starving…. Finally they br(ought) us some bread, each a slice of cheese and a small packet of jam.” Together they were “dragged in front of a new investigator who asked us to sign a release form that says we are told to stay away from the wall… for 15 days and if we don’t we will (each) have to pay” about $1,200. They signed, were released, but not given their ID cards. Later they got them. “Life goes on in the land of Apartheid. Stay tuned.”

As coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Apartheid Wall and Settlements in Beit Sahour, Qumsiyeh leads Palestinian grassroots resistance against “Israeli occupation and colonization” as well as “stopping and dismantling” what the International Court of Justice (ICJ) called illegal, ordering the Wall’s demolition and for Israel “to make reparation for all damage caused by the construction… including in and around East Jerusalem.”

As the “main national grassroots body mobilizing and organizing resistance against” the Wall, the Campaign “coordinates the work of 54 popular committees in communities” targeted for (or now being) destroyed by its construction.

Strategies against it include raising awareness internationally; national and community resistance; mobilizing solidarity among affected communities, the Arab world, civil society, and unions; calling for global boycott, divestment and sanctions; and enlisting international popular support for justice.

Attacking Disabled Palestinians in Gaza

Besides the occupation, siege, regular incursions, and overall reign of terror against 1.5 million people, Israel targets the disabled, explained by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) in a December 2009 report titled, “Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Disabled Persons in the Gaza Strip,” from September 1, 2003-November 30 2009.

It covers willful assaults against disabled civilians, and others incapacitated by attacks. Of most concern was Operation Cast Lead’s 23-day assault from December 27, 2008-January 18, 2009, inflicting massive numbers of deaths and injuries, as well as widespread destruction, mostly against civilians, their homes, mosques, businesses, factories, farms, schools, and hospitals — clear non-military targets. The siege’s effect on health, education, and other vital services was also addressed.

During the reporting period, 31 disabled Palestinians were killed, including four women, and six children. Another 600 sustained permanent disabilities, mostly physical. In addition, because of inadequate or unavailable food, medicines, medical equipment, fuel, clean water, sanitation, and the ability to leave or enter freely, the negative impact has been enormous. 

“At the same time, foreign medical and technical personnel have not been able to enter (Gaza) to help the disabled and provide them with necessary medical and rehabilitation services.” As for the overall effect of the siege, the longer it continues the more harm it inflicts on those least able to cope. Precisely Israel’s strategic aim — to strangle and smother all Gazans, the elderly, infirm and disabled the most vulnerable.

Amnesty International (AI) on Israeli War Crimes

In its 2010 annual report, AI accused Western nations of shielding Israel from accountability during the Gaza war and for nearly three years of siege, depriving the population of vital essentials to survive and endure. At the same time, it praised the Goldstone Commission for heroically telling the truth. 

In documenting Israeli crimes of war and against humanity, AI said:

“Among other things, (Israel) carried out indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks against civilians, targeted and killed medical staff, used Palestinian civilians as ‘human shields,’ and indiscriminately (used) white phosphorous (and other illegal weapons) over densely populated residential areas.” As a result, the toll was devastating.

In response, the US State Department downplayed the accusations, saying it “supports the need for accountability for any violations that may have occurred in relation to the Gaza conflict by any party,” ignoring Israel’s premeditated aggression, willfully attacking civilians and committing horrendous war crimes. 

AI also condemned America’s human rights abuses, saying:

In the counter-terrorism context, accountability for past human rights violations by the USA remains largely absent, particularly in relation to the CIA programme (sic) of secret detention. In litigation, the US administration continues to block remedy for victims of such human rights violations. 181 detainees remain in Guantanamo despite President Obama’s commitment to close the detention facility by January 2010. A new Manual for Military Commissions released by the Pentagon in April confirmed that even if a detainee is (uncharged or) acquitted by a military commission, the US administration reserves the right to continue to hold them in indefinite detention.

Obama Administration’s Brazen Lawlessness

The latest example comes from a just revealed September 2009 secret directive about expanded covert military activity in the Middle East, Central Asia, the Horn of Africa or anywhere in the world to counter alleged threats. In other words, the Obama administration reserves the right to send US forces anywhere clandestinely, with or without host nation approval, to “penetrate, disrupt, defeat or destroy” designated targets by state terrorism, war, or any other means on the pretext of defending national security — a justification only scoundrels would invoke.

Italian New Weapons Research Committee (NWRC) Accuses Israel of Contaminating Gaza Soil

In its May 11 press release, NWRC (a group of independent scientists and doctors) said Israel’s 2006 and 2009 bombings left a high concentration of toxic/carcinogenic metals residue in soil and human tissue, likely to cause tumors, fertility problems, and serious harm to newborns, including deformities and genetic mutations.

Of particular concern were “wounds provoked by weapons that did not leave fragments in the bodies of the victims, a peculiarity that was pointed out repeatedly by doctors in Gaza. This shows that experimental weapons, whose effects are still to be assessed, were used.”

Some elements found are carcinogenic, including mercury, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, nickel and uranium (from weapons with depleted uranium). Others are potentially carcinogenic, including cobalt and vanadium, and still more are fetotoxic (harmful to fetuses), including aluminum, copper, barium, lead, and manganese. All of them in high enough amounts produce genetic mutations as well as pathogenic effects on human respiratory organs, kidneys, skin, neurological development, and other bodily functions.

The combination of environmental contamination, direct wounds or inhalations, aggravated by dire living conditions, presents a serious risk to large numbers of people, worsened by repeated armed incursions. According to Paola Manduca, NWRC’s spokesperson: “Our study indicates an anomalous presence of toxic elements in the soil (and human tissue). It is essential to intervene at once to limit the effects of the contamination on people, animals and cultivations.” 

Thus far, Israeli-Western collaborators still prevent 1.5 million Gazans from getting the critical help they need, while Moshe Kantor, president the European Jewish Congress, equated NWRC’s research to “ancient blood libels against the Jewish people, when rumors were spread about Jews poisoning wells. Today we are seeing a recurrence of all the worst excesses of anti-Semitism and diatribes that we perhaps naively thought had remained in the Dark Ages.”

The pro-Israeli NGO Monitor’s Gerald Steinberg called the accusations “designed to stigmatize Israel and erase the context of mass terror, (similar to other) false or unverifiable claims.” These are typical responses from rogues and their defenders caught red-handed.

But clear evidence they deny can’t be hidden. Nor can the growing disenchantment of young American Jews, a phenomenon Steven Rosenthal discussed in his 2001 book Irreconcilable Differences: The Waning of the American Jewish Love Affair with Israel, citing policies that transformed the relationship from uncritical “Israelotry” to disapproval and distress. The 1982 Lebanon invasion, repressive occupation, Intifada, regular incursions, and greater concern about home-grown issues shattered American Jewish unanimity, diluting Israel’s next generation support.

On May 10, 2009, The Forward and Brandeis University Professor, Jonathan D. Sarna, asked why, noting “a critical difference between support for Israel in the past and today. For much of the 20th century, the Israel of American Jews — the Zion that they imagined in their minds, wrote about and worked to realize — was a mythical Zion, a utopian extension of the American dream.”

They imagined a “social commonwealth,” an “outpost of democracy, spreading America’s ideals eastward in a Jewish refuge where freedom, liberty and social justice would someday reign supreme.” Utopias, of course, are illusions, now dispelled to reveal “unlovliest warts.” Today, bloom is off the rose, unsurprising given convincing reasons to remove it.

A Final Comment

On May 26, Nobel Peace Laureate, Mairead Maguire, paid “Tribute to the People of Gaza,” saying:

“I never cease to be amazed at the power of the human spirit to survive…. In a triumph of hope over adversity and tremendous suffering, love still abides…. Gaza’s people have suffered an Israeli occupation for over 40 years,” enduring wars and current medieval-type siege.

Lives have been shattered, crops destroyed, soil poisoned, and sustainability comprised, so “Where is the hope? Where is the love in the midst of such suffering and injustice?” In the will to survive; in growing worldwide solidarity; in the “Freedom Flotilla” defying the blockade to deliver aid, Maguire on it, “inspired by the people of Gaza whose courage, love and joy in welcoming us, even in the midst of such suffering gives us all hope. They represent the best of humanity,” no amount of Israeli repression can extinguish, nor their redoubtable “nonviolent struggle for human dignity, and freedom.”

Stephen Lendman wrote How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War. Contact him at: lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. Also visit his blog site and listen to The Global Research News Hour on RepublicBroadcasting.org Mondays from 11AM-1PM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests. All programs are archived for easy listening. Read other articles by Stephen.

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  1. bozh said on May 30th, 2010 at 8:54am #

    We do not have evidence that jews 0r hebrews were so cruel as today’s ‘jews’ [read, socalled jews; modern 'jews' not being a people but a multi-ethnicity]

    All we know is that hebrew priests have commanded hebrews to slay all canaanites + their animals. But whether hebrews were that stupid, we don’t know.

    It appears most likely that jebusites, hittites, et al were not utterly slain, if at all.
    So, please let’s not blame hebrews or equate them with euro-asian cultists.
    Euro-asian ‘Jews’ are composed of dozens of peoples.

    ?All ‘jews’ insist on calling this admixture of 100+ ethnicities “jews”. I wonder why?
    Well, as A PEOPLE and descendants of jews of judea they have an inalienable right to not only judea but entire canaan +.

    So, how does lendman differ from chomsky, avnery? Not a bit, i think. He, like all other ‘peace activists’ are out to minimize or control he damage to the idea of a state for ‘jews’ only!
    Lendman, as far as my memory goes, does the same thing chomsky did: forever describing events but never ever say what they are for?
    Is it because they also want a state for ‘jews’ only in all of excanaan +?
    Nothing surprises me any more! In recent interview on ICH, he said that he now supports israel.
    I have not heard him say that because my audio does not always work! Can any one confirm it, please? tnx

  2. mary said on May 30th, 2010 at 9:26am #

    They have no qualms about threatening the lives and well being of the 800 civilians aboard the Free Gaza/Tirkish Muslim Brotherhood flotilla of ships that has now left Cyprus, arriving tomorrow.

    They have named their proposed operation Winds of Heaven- sick bucket time! Masked marine commandos – I ask you! Mentalists, krazies, barbarians , cruel Occupiers. They just make themselves a laughing stock.

    http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2090499&Language=en

  3. Mulga Mumblebrain said on May 30th, 2010 at 2:55pm #

    Funny, is it not, how every Zionist abomination, for example organ stealing, the massacres at Sabra and Shatilla and the use of novel and hideous weapons against defenceless civilians, is always labeled by the apologists for Zionist terror as ‘blood libels’. It makes me wonder just how much truth there might have been in all the other ‘blood libels’ of the past, because many of today’s Jews,but by no means all,of course, just the rotten fraction, seem to take a psychopathic delight in murdering defenceless civilians, especially children, and there are, moreover, many influential and powerful Judaic ‘religious’ groups who give theological justification and incitement for these wicked crimes.

  4. Rehmat said on May 30th, 2010 at 3:51pm #

    When has to give credit to the Zionist Jews – they don’t differentiate between their benefactors and their enemies when its comes to their interests – whether they be Americans who have contributed over 3,000 billion to Israel since 1970s or a Palestinian doctor who have saved thousands of Jewish lives in Israel.

    Dr. Izseldin Abuelaish 54, a Hebrew-speaking Gaza-born Israeli doctor at Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv and peace activist, was getting ready to join his new posting at the University of Toronto – but his dream of living a safe place with his eight children was smashed by the Israel Occupation Force (IOF) shelling of his house in Jabaliya during the final days of Israel’s 23-day attack on Gazzah, world’s most crowded place with 1.5 million Muslim and Christian Palestinian natives living on a small piece of land surrounded by Israel and its Arab collaborators. As result of Israeli shelling, Dr. Abuelaish’s three daughters, Bisan 20, Mayar 15, and Aya 13 along with their cousin, Nour 14, were martyred while seriously injured one sister Shatha 16. Dr. Abuelaish’s wife, Nadia, had died of leukemia before the Israeli attack……

    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2009/11/17/in-memory-of-my-three-daughters/

  5. hayate said on May 30th, 2010 at 6:21pm #

    “Nor can the growing disenchantment of young American Jews, a phenomenon Steven Rosenthal discussed in his 2001 book Irreconcilable Differences: The Waning of the American Jewish Love Affair with Israel, citing policies that transformed the relationship from uncritical “Israelotry” to disapproval and distress. The 1982 Lebanon invasion, repressive occupation, Intifada, regular incursions, and greater concern about home-grown issues shattered American Jewish unanimity, diluting Israel’s next generation support.”

    It’s interesting, Jeffery Blankfort claims that roughly 1/3 of american Jewish people are active supporters of israel – israel firsters. The rest are pretty much indistinguishable from non-Jewish americans in their views on israel, IE: some for, some against, but not a whole lot a strong emotion about it either way. From what Lendman wrote here, I would suspect the youinger people tend to favour the less fanatic views of israel rather than those of the israel-firsters.

  6. mary said on May 30th, 2010 at 11:20pm #

    The bloody bastards have satisfied their lust for human blood again. They boarded the Turkish ferry in international waters, 60 miles out, and in the fighting two people have been killed and 30 injured.

    I am crying for those good decent people whom I was watching on the live streaming yesterday, happy and relaxed, some laughing, some being interviewed, all concerned for the people in Gaza they wanted to help. The ill named exercise ‘Winds of Heaven’ have carried the souls of two people away. Retribution surely follows.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/10195838.stm

    The Israelis know no law.

  7. mary said on May 30th, 2010 at 11:46pm #

    This e-mail received from Greta Berlin Free Gaza last night illustrates how it must have felt for those on board the MAVI MARMARA.

    Sunday, 30 May, 2010 21:05:54[GazaFriends] Urgent: Received at 11:00 pm
    From: Irish View
    To: Free Gaza Coordinators ; FG free for all discussion group ; fg-medialist ; gazafriends

    ——————————————————————————–

    lubna: greta urgent we have threat from israel (check out the HELP button on http://www.witnessgaza.com)

    me: Lubna. What is happening?

    lubna: two israeli ships coming toward us me: So glad to see you here

    Me: Please try to stay on this so I can tweet it

    lubna: they contact the ship asked who we are and dissappeared now they getting close to the ship we can see them stay here 3 boats are coming not two 3 israeli boats we are 78 mile from israel

    me: I’ll keep writing

    lubna: people here put their life jackets every body preppering here

    me: OK. You are the lifeline to our TWITTER account

    lubna: we may loose the wirless, we didnt expect them now, we thought they will arrive at the morning, please stay in touch with the other boats

    Sent at 10:50 PM on Sunday

    me: We can’t reach anyone

    Sent at 10:52 PM on Sunday

    me: where are you? Are you there?


    Greta Berlin, Co-Founder
    +357 99 18 72 75
    witnessgaza.com
    freegaza.org
    flickr.com/photos/freegaza

  8. mary said on May 31st, 2010 at 1:13am #

    The update is that 10 people were killed. The ship was 65 km from shore and very definitely in international waters. In the dead of night, masked commandos descended from helicopters and started firing live ammunition as soon as they were on board. Some reports say that they fired on people asleep.

    What will Obama and Clinton have to say about this premeditated massacre, carried out with the use of US funded helicopters and gunships?

    So far there has not been a peep from the milksops in No 10 Downing Street, Cameron and Clegg. Hague, the Foreign Secretary, became a Friend of Israel at the age of 15. A strange action by a youth. Showing signs of psychopathy at an early stage in his life?

    This is George Galloway speaking from Houston, Texas this morning.
    http://ipad.io/KIN

  9. hayate said on May 31st, 2010 at 2:24am #

    Thanks for the info, Mary, I just found a few minutes ago about this israeli act of terrorism and piracy. The country of israel is a herpes spot on the buttocks of the world and needs to be eradicated completely.

  10. Charlie said on May 31st, 2010 at 2:34am #

    Mary, the reaction of the American government will be swift and predictable. In fact, I suspect Obama is already on the phone with the Israelis getting his instructions on what to say.

    Obama will feign concern. He will use terms like “unfortunate” and “patience” and “troubling” but never, ever will he call it “murder” or “terrorist act” as he should. Clinton too will pretend to be concerned, but her real concern will be making sure that Americans are fed a steady diet or pro-Israeli claptrap.

    The American media are already reporting that the peace activists “attacked” the Israeli soldiers. Most Americans will cheer the deaths because they are so steeped in the brainwashing and blood flowing from the Zionist-controlled media and government that they no longer understand any reality of Israeli aggression.

    This attack on unarmed civilians in international waters underscores the deep and all-consuming arrogance of the Zionists. They believe, and perhaps with good cause, that they can murder with impunity. When has Israel ever been held accountable for its crimes against humanity?

  11. Don Hawkins said on May 31st, 2010 at 2:43am #

    Mary I listened to George Galloway and now will Israel give the reason’s for doing this? I saw pictures of the people on those ship’s this morning good people I can tell and now well dressed fool’s with there confident ideologies will get on the air waves and go through the motions and there purpose is? If the truth be known they don’t have a purpose anymore just what is it they are trying to win?

  12. Mulga Mumblebrain said on May 31st, 2010 at 3:34am #

    You are correct mary.Part of the motivation for every one of these Israeli massacres is a perverted religious observance. No doubt the terrorist pirate killers were psyched up by fundamentalist Rabbis beforehand, as happened in Gaza, with brainwashing that they represented the ‘sons of light’, or some such gibberish, acting against the ‘sons of darkness’. I suppose the victims of this piracy will be autopsied in Israel, in the well-known fashion, and their bodies returned sans all saleable vital organs. Oops! I forgot! That’s just a ‘blood libel’, despite the overwhelming evidence,like every other factual depiction of Israeli crimes against humanity.
    There’s more than perverted religion and intense race hatred involved here, though. As the Zionists have made plain for some time, they intend changing the entire basis of international humanitarian law simply by committing greater and greater atrocities, and getting away with it. As Israel recognises no international, goyish, authority, not the UN, not the International Criminal Court, not the Geneva Conventions or any other article of international humanitarian law, they are capable of any crime, knowing that Jewish money power and the total control it has over Western politics, media and finance, gives them total impunity. They intend to substitute Judaic law, which, as various fundamentalist Rabbis, ‘Torah sages’ and clerico-fascist politicians have announced over and over again, allows, in fact demands, the murder of civilians and the killing of children and sneers at currently existing humanitarian law as ‘Christian morality’. Israel is a state capable of any crime because it is a theocratic terror state,impelled by a perverted doctrine of absolute superiority to all other human beings and which views all other humans as enemies or servants. I would say that the stories of ‘provocations’ or ‘attacks’ by the passengers would almost certainly be lies, as those making these claims are known to me and the world as conscienceless, recidivist,liars.

  13. hayate said on May 31st, 2010 at 3:35am #

    News from Al Jazeera:

    Israel attacks Gaza aid fleet

    Monday, May 31, 2010
    12:58 Mecca time, 09:58 GMT

    (excerpts)

    Free Gaza Movement, the organisers of the flotilla, however, said the troops opened fire as soon as they stormed the convoy.

    Our correspondent said that a white surrender flag was raised from the ship and there was no live fire coming from the passengers.

    Before losing communication with our correspondent, a voice in Hebrew was clearly heard saying: “Everyone shut up”.

    Organisers of the flotilla carrying 10,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid then diverted their ships and slowed down to avoid a confrontation during the night.

    They also issued all passengers life jackets and asked them to remain below deck.

    Al Jazeera’s Ayman Mohyeldin, reporting from Jerusalem, said the Israeli action was surprising.

    “All the images being shown from the activists on board those ships show clearly that they were civilians and peaceful in nature, with medical supplies on board. So it will surprise many in the international community to learn what could have possibly led to this type of confrontation,” he said.

    Sheikh Raed Salah,a leading member of the Islamic Movement who was on board the ship, was reported to have been seriously injured. He was being treated in Israel’s Tal Hasharon hospital.

    Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, officially declared a three-day state of mourning over Monday’s deaths.

    Turkey, Spain, Greece, Denmark and Sweden have all summoned the Israeli ambassador’s in their respective countries to protest against the deadly assault.

    Thousands of Turkish protesters tried to storm the Israeli consulate in Istanbul soon after the news of the operation broke. The protesters shouted “Damn Israel” as police blocked them.

    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/05/201053133047995359.html

  14. Deadbeat said on May 31st, 2010 at 3:39am #

    It’s now up to 20 people killed.

  15. hayate said on May 31st, 2010 at 3:55am #

    19 die in Israeli navy attack

    May 31, 2010 14:02 Moscow Time

    At least 19 people died and up to 50 others are said to have been wounded in an Israeli navy attack on a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid convoy. The Israeli military has confirmed the death of 10 people aboard the Turkish ship that Israeli commandoes boarded. The operation was mounted earlier today in the Mediterranean, south of Cyprus, whence the convoy with European human rights activists and 10,000 tons of cargo was making for the Gaza Strip. The humanitarian mission organizers sought to call attention to the three-year long blockade of the Palestinian enclave. The European Union has condemned the Israeli action and has called for lifting the blockade. The Foreign Ministries of Turkey, Greece Spain and some other countries have summoned Israeli ambassadors for explanations. The Arab League is calling an emergency meeting on Tuesday.

    http://english.ruvr.ru/2010/05/31/8782434.html

  16. hayate said on May 31st, 2010 at 4:12am #

    This blog is continually updating info on the attack and the reaction to it from around the world.

    Aftermath of Israel’s attack on Gaza flotilla By Gregg Carlstrom on May 31st, 2010

    http://blogs.aljazeera.net/middle-east/2010/05/31/aftermath-israels-attack-gaza-flotilla

  17. hayate said on May 31st, 2010 at 5:20am #

    The moment of the Attack on the freedom Flotilla in international waters

    There are 3 videos here, filmed as israel attacked the ship. Part of the 2nd video is in English.

    http://palestinevideo.blogspot.com/2010/05/moment-of-attack-on-freedom-flotilla-in.html