Israeli War Crimes: From the U.S. Liberty to the Humanitarian Flotilla

Israel Crimes on the High Seas

On June 8, 1967, two squadrons of Israeli warplanes bombed, napalmed and machine-gunned the US intelligence-gathering ship, USS Liberty, in international waters, killing 34 US sailors and wounding another 172. The assault took place on a sunny afternoon, with the US flag and identifying markers clearly visible. The Israelis targeted the antennae to prevent the crew from broadcasting for help and shot up the lifeboats to ensure no survivors. There were, however, survivors who rigged up an antenna and radioed their distress, a call for help that reached Washington D.C. In an unprecedented act of betrayal, President Johnson, in close liaison with powerful American Jewish Zionist political backers, covered up the mass murder on the high seas by issuing orders first to recall Mediterranean-based warplanes from rushing to assist their besieged comrades, then threatening to court-martial the survivors who might expose the deliberate nature of the Israeli assault and finally by repeating the Israeli line that the attack was a matter of mistaken identity, a lie which numerous military leaders later rejected.

Almost to the day, 43 years later, on May 31, 2010, Israeli warships, helicopter gun ships and commandos assaulted a convoy of humanitarian ships carrying ten thousand tons of aid to Gaza in international waters. Prior to the aid mission Turkish authorities had examined the passengers and the ship to ensure no weapons were on board. The Israelis, nevertheless, came on board shooting and clubbing the unarmed passengers, killing up to 19 and wounding dozens. Despite subsequent Israeli and Zionist claims to the contrary no weapons were found, apart from sticks used by some of the victims attempting to fend off the murderous premeditated assault planned, directed and defended by top Israeli leaders and the entire leadership of the major Zionist organizations in the US and elsewhere. The invading Israeli storm troopers systematically destroyed all cameras, videos and tape recorders that had documented their savage assault, in order to subsequently spread their brazen lies about their being subject to armed resistance.

The World Response

Within hours of Israel’s bloody act of piracy, nations, political leaders, human rights organizations and the vast majority of the international community condemned the Israeli state for its violation of international law. Turkey, Spain, Greece, Denmark and Austria summoned their Israeli Ambassadors to protest the deadly assault. The Financial Times (June 1, 2010) referred to the Israeli assault as a “brazen act of piracy … hurtling into lawlessness” rooted in its “illegal blockage of Gaza”. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdogan called the Israeli assault an act of “state terrorism” which would have “serious consequences”. Israel’s attacks on ships flying Turkish, Greek, and Irish flags on the high seas were described by legal experts as an “act of war”. The UN Security Council, NATO, and the Secretary General of the UN demanded Israel cease its aggression while tens of thousands of demonstrators marched denouncing Israel’s blatant act of state murder and wounding of pacifists, humanitarians and protestors from 60 countries. UN experts demanded that Israeli leaders “must be held criminally responsible”. Only the Obama regime refused to condemn the Israeli act of state terror, merely expressing “concern and regret”. The Israeli state defended its murderous assault, promised more in the future and insisted on maintaining its blockade of Gaza, even after the US suggested it might be loosened.

The Israeli Defense of Piracy and State Terror

As news of the Israeli massacre slipped out and the international community reacted with horror and anger, the Israeli government “sought to flood the airwaves with their versions of events … more importantly, the authorities ensured that their narrative gained early dominance by largely silencing the hundreds of activists who were on board during the attack.”1 The Jewish state held all the prisoners alive, wounded, and dead incommunicado, seized their mobile phones and prohibited any interviews, barring all journalists. Like most terrorist states, the Jewish state wanted to monopolize the propaganda media. The Israeli propaganda machine via its state sponsored journalists and news media employed several ploys typical of totalitarian regimes.

1. Israeli storm troopers invading the ship were turned into victims and the humanitarian pacifists were turned into aggressors.2
2. Israel’s act of piracy in international waters was declared legal by a Professor Sabel of the Hebrew University.
3. The humanitarian organizers were accused of having ties to terrorists according to Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon, though no evidence was presented.3 The organizers including the Turkish human rights group accused by Ayalon were cleared by the Turkish intelligence agency, the military and the Erdogan government, a member of NATO and for many years (in the past) a collaborator with the Israeli Mossad. The other 600 plus human rights volunteers, included pacifists, parliamentarians, former diplomats, as well as current members of the Israeli parliament.
4. While dozens of human rights people were shot, killed and maimed, Israeli propagandists doctored video releases portraying one of the Israeli assailants on the deck, cutting out the preceding sequence of attack.4
5. The Israeli sea and airborne assailants were described as the victims of a “Brutal Ambush at Sea.”5
6. The terrorized human rights workers were accused of being a “lynch mob”, attacking the Jewish commandos who were firing automatic rifles wildly across the deck and at cornered victims. The few courageous individuals who fought back to stop the murderous attack were slandered by the Zion-prop, which itself is as monstrous as the crimes they perpetrated.

Once the Israeli propaganda machine started spewing out its gutter lies, the entire leadership of the Zionist Fifth column swung into action … first and foremost in the United States.

The US Zionist Power Configuration: In Defense of the Massacre

Just as the entire leadership of the 51 principle American Jewish organizations defended every Israeli war crime in the past, from the bombing of the US Liberty, to the Occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza so too did these most honorable apologists repeat verbatim the lies of the Israeli state regarding the assault of the humanitarian flotilla.

The Daily Alert (May 31-June 2, 2010), the official public propaganda organ of the Presidents of the Major American Jewish Organizations, published every scurrilous Israeli state lie, about the Israeli commandos being ‘lynched’, ‘attacked’ and the human rights victims being responsible for the death of their comrades … at the hands of Israeli commandos. Not a single deviation, not a single word of criticism. Not even a single mention of even the superficial Israeli critics who faulted the execution, the use of deadly weapons, the assault in international waters, and the public relations fiasco. The vast majority of Israeli Jews and organized Zionists in the US supported the bloody massacre and were opposed by a small minority who has no access to the mass media. Zionist control over the mass media was once again demonstrated by the reporting through “Israel’s eyes” (FAIR, June 1, 2010). Essentially, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, CBS, NBC presented the Israeli commandos attacking the humanitarian boat as being … “assaulted and beaten.”6 The New York Times (June 1, 2010) gave credence to the Israeli claim that its act of piracy on the high seas was legal. For the US mass media the problem is not Israeli state terror, but how to manipulate and disarm the outrage of the international community. To that end the entire Zionist Power configuration has a reliable ally in the Zionized Obama White House and US Congress.

The Obama Response to Israeli State Terror

There is only one basic reason why Israel repeatedly commits crimes against humanity, including the latest assault on the humanitarian flotilla: because it knows that the Zionist Power Configuration, embedded in the US power structure, will ensure government support, in this case the Obama White House.

In the face of the world-wide condemnation of Israel’s crime on the high seas, and calls from the international community for legal action, the Obama regime absolutely refused to criticize Israel. A White House spokesman said “The United States deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries sustained and is currently working to understand the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.”7 An act of state terrorism does not evoke “regrets” – it normally provokes condemnation and punishment. The power which caused “loss of life and injuries” has a name – Israel; the persons who suffered death and injuries during the Israeli assault – have a name – humanitarian volunteers. It was not simply a “loss of life” but a well planned premeditated murder which is openly defended by Prime Minister Netanyahu and his entire Cabinet. The “circumstances” of the murders are clear: Israel assaulted an unarmed ship in international waters, opening fire as they boarded the ship. The Obama regime’s obscene political cover-up of a deliberate criminal act in violation of international law is evident in his description of a serial homicide as a ‘tragedy’. Premeditated state terror has no resemblance to a tragic noble ruler forced by circumstances into a criminal act against their closest allies.

Washington, pressed to participate at a UN Security Council meeting, spent 10 hours eliminating all references to Israel’s illegal criminal act, ending in a resolution which merely calls for an “impartial” investigation, with Washington pushing for an Israeli investigatory committee. To the world at large, including the Turkish government, the Obama regime and the US government, by refusing to condemn Israel, are “accomplices to a mass murder”.

To understand why the Obama regime brought shame and infamy to itself in the eyes of the world, one need look at the Zionist composition of the Obama White House and, equally important, the direct power and access that the principle Jewish-Zionist organizations have over the US political system. In the week preceding Israel’s announced assault on the humanitarian flotilla, (pro-Israel) Jewish leaders met with over a third of US senators to pressure them to pass harsher sanctions on Iran by June. Among the key operatives attending were the Jewish Federation of North America, AIPAC and the rest of the Israeli Fifth Column (Jewish Telegraph Agency, May 26, 2010). The following day a squadron of leaders from the Jewish Federations flew into Washington to meet with top Obama administration officials, to ensure that the White House and Congress did not in any way or form publicly express any criticism of Israel’s settlement policy. No doubt the Zionist apologists for Israeli war crimes extended their agenda to include no public criticism of the Israeli assault on the flotilla. Rahm Emmanuel, top US Presidential aide, was in Tel Aviv as a guest of top officials of the Israel Defense Force a few days before the IDF launched the assault, no doubt having filled Rahm in on the details. The Israeli-American aide to Obama no doubt assured the war criminals of Washington’s unconditional political and military support for Israel’s acts of aggression.

From within the Obama Administration and without, the aggressive pressure from the 51 principle organizations of the American Zionists have guaranteed Israeli war criminals immunity from any War Crimes Tribunal, or even serious political condemnation by the UN Security Council. The Zionized White House’s tactic is to deflect attention from immediate consequential condemnation let alone sanctions, hoping that over time, aided by the blanket mass media apology in the US, the mass indignation and protest overseas will gradually wither away. Obama and his Zionist cohort are already in a belly crawl mode with Israel. Part of Rahm’s mission to Israel was to hand Netanyahu an invitation to the White House, during the week of the slaughter at sea. The only reason Netanyahu did not come to Washington was because he rushed back to Israel to buttress the Foreign Office’s defense of the slaughter in the face of world-wide outrage. But in a phone conversation, Obama promised Netanyahu a prompt new invitation – assuring the Jewish statesman that violating international laws and bloodying dozens of humanitarian activists is of no consequence, especially since it insures continued financial support by Obama’s Zionist backers.

Like Lyndon Johnson with the cover-up of the USS Liberty, Obama’s apology of Israel’s war crimes, is the price for ensuring the backing of billionaire Zionist financiers and media moguls, the tens of thousands of pro-Israel Jews and the 51 President of the Major American Jewish Organizations.

In the face of Washington’s complicity with Israeli war crimes, the only road is to intensify the world-wide boycott, disinvestment and sanctions campaign against all Israeli products, cultural activities and professional exchanges. Hopefully, the Islamic led mass protests will find echo in the wider anti-Zionist Christian and Jewish communities – especially, when Israeli apologists for state terror make public appearances. Even more important each and every Israeli involved in the mass assault should be subject to criminal prosecution wherever they visit. Only by making the Israelis understand that they will pay a high price for their serial homicides and violations of international law will reason possibly enter their political narrative. Only by moving beyond symbolic protests, like recalling diplomats, and taking substantive actions, like breaking relations, will the international community isolate the perpetrator of state terrorism. All Americans should send loud and clear to President Obama – NEVER AGAIN. Otherwise, with the Zionist Power Configuration active 7/24, the Obama regime, true to the Zionist agenda, will once again focus attention on attacking Iran. Israel’s action today with US complicity is a prelude of the kind of deadly force it has in store for sabotaging the recent Turkey-Brazil-Iran diplomatic agreement.

This is dedicated to the brave Turkish martyrs on the Mavi Marmara, May 31, 2010, and to the 34 murdered American sailors on the USS Liberty, June 8, 1967 – all victims of an unrepentant criminal state – Israel.

  1. Financial Times, June 2, 2010, p2. []
  2. “Israeli Soldiers Met by Well-Planned Lynch Mob” Jerusalem Post, March 31, 2010; “Israeli Soldiers Attacked” IDF, March 31, 2010. []
  3. Ha’aretz, May 30, 2010. []
  4. Financial Times, June 2, 2010, p. 2. []
  5. Ynet News, June 1, 2010. []
  6. Washington Post, June 1, 2010. []
  7. AFP May 31, 2010. []

James Petras is author of The End of the Republic and the Delusion of Empire, Extractive Imperialism in the Americas: Capitalism's New Frontier (with Henry Veltmeyer), and The Politics of Empire: The US, Israel and the Middle East. Read other articles by James, or visit James's website.

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  1. Ismail Zayid said on June 5th, 2010 at 1:35pm #

    The two attacks on the USS Liberty and Gaza Flotilla are only two of the many war crimes that Israel has been committing and contiues to comit. These include, the extra-judicial assassinations that are a regular Israeli practice in foreign countries and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and the violation of virtually every article of the Fourth Geneva Convention, including demolition of homes, torture of prisoners, Collective Penalties, expropriation of illegally occupied territory and creation of illegal colonies [‘settlements’], amongst other war crimes..

    This goes on with the traditional complicity of the US and other allies, including Canada and other Western nations.

  2. kalidas said on June 5th, 2010 at 3:14pm #

    Other allies include a few Arab nations and a few Asian ones as well.

  3. David Silver said on June 5th, 2010 at 4:02pm #

    Than you brother Petras for another contribution to the ant-
    imperialist and anti-racist struggles

    Dave Silver

  4. hayate said on June 5th, 2010 at 5:48pm #

    Cheers to Mr. Petras.

  5. hayate said on June 5th, 2010 at 6:00pm #

    Turkish Gaza Aid Ship Survivors Speak
    by Anita McNaught 05.06.10

    http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2010/mcnaught050610.html

    Includes partial transcript from an Al Jazeera interviews of the survivors and excerpts from a couple of guardian articles detailing the the Turkish autopsies on the dead.

  6. hayate said on June 5th, 2010 at 6:35pm #

    I’ve no doubt the israelis carried out their terrorist attack exactly in the manner intended. They intended to kill Turks and offend the nation of Turkey to send Turkey the message that you don’t ever criticize israel, or zionism, and get away with it. The israelis, and their american quislings, came to the conclusion Turkey was moving outside their control some time ago. Turkey’s refusal to allow the israeloamericans to launch their war of aggression against Iraq from Turkish soil was the wake-up call that Turkey was escaping. Certainly after Turkish reaction to israeli terrorism in Gaza last year, they must have come to the conclusion Turkey had escaped. And worse than that, the Turkish guv had recently quashed the coup plotters israeloamerica had set-up for just this contingency.

    Since they cant coup Turkey, like they’ve done a few times in the past when Turkey got a little too independent, they decided to outright attack Turkey. Which is exactly what that israeli terrorist act of piracy was. And so was that simultaneous attack in Turkey. Now we will see israeloamerican covert ops and “color revolution” agents go into high gear. Naturally, the israeli occupied western media will do its duty and start demonising Turkey non-stop like they do Iran now.

    The Turks are not wasting any time on putting their own defensive strategy into motion:

    Erdogan invites Russian Putin to conference in Turkey Russian Prime Minister Putin expressed his sorrow over killing of nine people during the raid. Friday, 04 June 2010 11:29

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister Erdogan invited his Russian counterpart to the conference on “Cooperation in Asia and Confidence-Building Measures” in Istanbul on June 8.

    Prime Minister Putin accepted the invitation and the two leaders agreed to hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the conference.

    http://www.worldbulletin.net/news_detail.php?id=59479

  7. hayate said on June 5th, 2010 at 6:39pm #

    A bit of irony here is that israeli/zionist dominance of american foreign policy is bringing together two nations who have been opponents for literally 100’s of years.

  8. Deadbeat said on June 5th, 2010 at 11:02pm #

    To understand why the Obama regime brought shame and infamy to itself in the eyes of the world, one need look at the Zionist composition of the Obama White House and, equally important, the direct power and access that the principle Jewish-Zionist organizations have over the US political system.

    And with all those books he wrote the “world leading intellectual” just happens to overlook the rising influence of Zionism over the U.S. political system.

  9. mary said on June 6th, 2010 at 12:37am #

    Turkish prosecutors go after Israeli politicians – Israel’s prime minister, defense minister and chief of General Staff are among the prime suspects in an investigation initiated by the İstanbul Bakırköy Prosecutor’s Office into Monday’s military operation against a Gaza-bound civilian aid flotilla that left nine peace activists, all of whom were Turkish citizens, dead.

    The İstanbul Bakırköy Prosecutor’s Office has started a probe into Israel’s attack. Commandos stormed one of the main ships in the six-vessel flotilla, killing nine and injuring dozens of unarmed civilians in international waters. Prosecutor Mehmet Taştan, who serves at the Ankara Prosecutor’s Office Directives Bureau, is also aiding the Bakırköy prosecutors. He listened to the testimonies of some of the wounded who were brought to Ankara by a Turkish air ambulance.

    Among the prosecutors’ evidence are the autopsy reports of the eight Turkish citizens and one US-Turkish dual citizen who were killed in the attack. If the prosecutor’s office can compile enough evidence against Israel at the end of its probe, it will charge Israeli officials with various crimes, including murder, injury, taking hostages, attacking Turkish citizens on the open seas and piracy. The main suspects in the investigation thus far are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi.

    continues/….
    http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/news-212202-turkish-prosecutors-go-after-israeli-politicians.html

    ~~~~~

    There is also a mystery about the provenance of one of the 30 bullets found embedded in the eight dead Turkish and one dead US citizens. The Israeli military use 9mm ammunition but one was different. The question is – Was there anyone amongst the masked Pirates of the Mediterranean of a foreign nationality or a dual nationality and if so, who and why?

  10. jon s said on June 6th, 2010 at 1:16am #

    Non of the fatalities on the ship were “peace activists”. They all were part of an organized group of men, possibly mercenaries hired by the IHH, who attacked the soldiers with iron bars, knives and guns. Some “peace activists”.

  11. hayate said on June 6th, 2010 at 2:00am #

    You sure they were not aliens from Mars, b-plug?

  12. Deadbeat said on June 6th, 2010 at 3:55am #

    Since the Israeli attacked the vessel in INTERNATIONAL WATERS the crew and passengers of the vessel HAD EVERY RIGHT to DEFEND themselves in the high seas. This is the semantic problem with the notion of “non-violence”. It’s been rhetorically distorted to mean no violence especially when oppressors use it to means acquiescing to their violence.

  13. jon s said on June 6th, 2010 at 4:28am #

    1. If the IDF had waited until the boat was in territorial waters – would the boarding then be ok in your view? I doubt it.
    2.I’ve seen lots of protest events that were, indeed, non-violent -meaning that the police and military are resisted passively – and we all know the techniques. You don’t try to kill them.

  14. mary said on June 6th, 2010 at 5:04am #

    Wondered where you had been lurking jon s! Have Hasbara called out the reinforcements because Israel is losing the PR battle. The human beings on those boats (some of them my friends) are not ‘terrorists’, ‘activists’,
    ‘mercenaries’ or any other derogatory term you are instructed to use. They are humanitarians trying to help their brothers and sisters and the children in Gaza who have been living under a merciless siege.

    On another post you referred to the existence of video and audio as irrefutable evidence of an attack on innocent Israelis commandos. So innocent that they come abseiling down ropes wearing balaclavas and armed on to an aid ship in the middle of the night in International waters. Some 30 of their bullets have killed 9 humans, one with four bullets in his head. Some reports say that anyway they were firing down at the passengers at the start.

    Ref the authenticity of these video and audio recordings, have you seen this one? Most amusing.

    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=289874

    PS And please nothing back from you about Shalit and rockets. We have heard it all before.

  15. AaronG said on June 6th, 2010 at 5:12am #

    jon s

    My short reply to your rants: WTF???

    My longer reply to your rants: You’ve just fulfilled James Petras’ 1st ploy of totalitarian regimes – blaming the victim. You’re starting to sound like that well-dressed, elocuted, “Western looking and sounding” Israeli spokesman Mark Regev. Just cut out all the clever, circular talking and recall the facts:
    1. Some innocent people are being starved to death
    2. Some other innocent people are trying to help them with aid
    3. Some religious fanatics killed some of the latter group quickly (and are killing the former group slowly)

    You may agree with these comments (like the other 90% of mankind), but keep on defending their murderous actions if you like.

  16. AaronG said on June 6th, 2010 at 5:28am #

    Petras wrote: “There is only one basic reason why Israel repeatedly commits crimes against humanity, including the latest assault on the humanitarian flotilla: because it knows that the Zionist Power Configuration, embedded in the US power structure, will ensure government support, in this case the Obama White House.”

    I agree. However, I think it goes deeper than this. When people commit crimes in the name of religion there is an air of irrationality about it. We (including Petras) analyse their actions using the secular model as if they were, say, Sweden or something. We are shocked that they don’t care about world opinion, UN resolutions and international law etc. However, this group of people are acting in line with their dangerous religious idealogy and we don’t factor that into our analysis. We need to view these people as “armed, religious and dangerous”. They must be stopped.

    As a side note, imagine the White House spokesman releasing this statement on Sept 12 2001: “The United States deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries sustained and is currently working to understand the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.”

  17. hayate said on June 6th, 2010 at 7:00am #

    Report: Turkish PM May Sail to Gaza Himself
    Erdogan Would Bring New Flotilla, Turkish Navy With Him

    by Jason Ditz, June 05, 2010

    http://news.antiwar.com/2010/06/05/report-turkish-pm-may-go-to-gaza-himself/

  18. t4too said on June 6th, 2010 at 4:57pm #

    Aaron G, that is a very good point. I’m totally impressed with Prof Petras’ statement & analysi of what happened, and I agree with the essence of the paragraph you quoted, but I think the good professor was a little hasty in putting his words together. What he cited might more accurately be called something like “the primary necessary condition”… no, that’s not quite right either.
    The meaning of the word “reason” partakes of either “cause” or of “motivation”, or both, but Petras is not speaking of what caused or motivated the Israelis to do what they did, but of the reason they could get away with it, why Mr Obama and the rest of the US political establishment would roll over and play dead.

    Your post supplies, at least in part, what Petras did not, and that is insight into why the Israelis chose this particular course of action when others were available to them.

    The key point we must recognize is the degree of power the Israel Power forces wield over American governmental policy decision making. Dr Petras great virtue is that he has done so much to make this fact clear. Conversely, Dr Chomsky’s great sin is that he has done so much to OBSCURE the true facts about this problem.

    If ever America is to make a course correction, to stop acting on the international stage in ways that are NOT in the national interest, the first thing that must be done is to draw the fangs of the Israel Lobby and its allies.

    I confess I have no idea how this could be accomplished, or whether such a thing is possible at all. But the first step is to recognize what the problem is, and make an indepth investigation of it. Yes?

  19. Deadbeat said on June 6th, 2010 at 7:37pm #

    jon s writes …

    1. If the IDF had waited until the boat was in territorial waters – would the boarding then be ok in your view? I doubt it.

    You point is irrelevant because that didn’t happen. What DID happen is that Israel commit a crime on the high seas.

    2.I’ve seen lots of protest events that were, indeed, non-violent -meaning that the police and military are resisted passively – and we all know the techniques. You don’t try to kill them.

    The point is that Israel committed an illegal act and the passengers and crew had EVERY RIGHT to defend the ship by any and ALL means necessary.

  20. bozh said on June 6th, 2010 at 9:27pm #

    AaronG, yes
    Let’s think of ‘jewish’ religion as the koreshi religion; and all ‘jews’ as all koreshis.
    Koreshis have died rather than abandondon their arms and their cult. ‘Jews’ are just like members of koreshi cult.
    I think that most leading christians know this and thus want to destroy this perilous cult. Unless, of course, the cult possesses WMD. tnx

  21. mary said on June 6th, 2010 at 10:05pm #

    Hurrah for George.

    George Galloway announces new convoys to break the siege of Gaza

    http://tinyurl.com/39twn4x

    Viva Palestina (www.vivapalestina.org/) founder George Galloway,
    speaking to a crowd of around 20,000 protesting outside the Israeli embassy in London, revealed the latest plan to bring about the end of the siege on Gaza.

    Two simultaneous convoys – one by land the other by sea – will set forth on SUNDAY 12 SEPTEMBER bound for Gaza. Viva Palestina, the International Committee to break the Siege on Gaza and any allies who will join us will organize the two convoys.

    The land convoy will leave from London and travel across Europe to Turkey, Syria and ultimately through the Rafah Gate into Gaza. Cooperation will be offered and sought with all relevant governments and agencies. It is expected the convoy will pick up vehicles and volunteers in each country through which it passes. The target is to enter Gaza with 500 vehicles.

    The sea convoy will travel around the Mediterranean gathering ships, cargo, volunteers from each country. The target is to enter Gaza with 60 ships.

    The aim will be to arrive on Gaza’s frontiers at the same time. And to enter
    with the world’s largest ever aid convoys. And to thereby render the siege null and void.

    Please get in touch if you need further information. Please also sign up to the Viva Palestina mailing list (vivapalestina.org/alert.htm)

    Please pass this email on to everyone you think might be interested in
    supporting the new convoy.

    Visit George’s official website (www.georgegalloway.com)

  22. mary said on June 6th, 2010 at 10:20pm #

    Israel hasbara fails again: Photos show Mavi Marmara passengers protecting, aiding Israeli soldiers

    Captured, disarmed hijackers did not face “lynching” as Israel claimed

    The website of Turkish newspaper Hürriyet published a gallery of photos showing Israeli soldiers captured after their attack on the Mavi Marmara in international waters in the early hours of 31 May.

    The predictable response of the Israeli army, as quoted in Haaretz, was that the “published pictures serve as clear and unequivocal proof of Israel’s repeated arguments that aboard [the Mavi Marmara] were mercenaries who intended to kill Israeli soldiers.” Israeli spokespersons and media in recent days have also claimed the soldiers faced “lynching,” a provocative term which originated to describe the deliberate mob murders of African Americans by white supremacists in the United States.

    The photos indicate nothing of the sort; if anything they show the opposite…..

    http://aliabunimah.posterous.com/blog-post-israel-hasbara-fails-again-pics-sho

  23. hayate said on June 6th, 2010 at 11:09pm #

    Mary

    What it looks like is the aide workers aboard the Mavi Marmara gave aide to several israeli soldiers and later the israeli soldiers who occupied the ship refused aide to several critically wounded aide workers who died because of this. typical.

    From the story, and previous news, it appears the sequence of events was the israelis attacked the ship from boats and a helicopter, shooting, firing tear gas, killing 1 or 2 of the Mavi Marmara aide workers. Then apparently their first attempt to board resulted in a temporary defeat. They then sent in another wave and apparently ruthlessly murdered any they saw initially. I’ve not seen the latest news on survivor trestimony, so this speculation is probably wrong but it’s the impression I have right now.

  24. mary said on June 7th, 2010 at 3:22am #

    There has to be a deep sickness in the Zionist psyche if the likes of Regev, the Israeli spokesman, thought that this was funny.The video was put out just three days after the killings on the Mavi Marmara.

    Israel forced to apologise for YouTube spoof of Gaza flotilla
    Israeli government press office distributed video link featuring Arabs and activists singing

    Rachel Shabi in Jerusalem guardian.co.uk, Sunday 6 June 2010 22.44 BST

    The Israeli government has been forced to apologise for circulating a spoof video mocking activists aboard the Gaza flotilla, nine of who were shot dead by Israeli forces last week.

    The YouTube clip, set to the tune of the 1985 charity single We Are the World, features Israelis dressed as Arabs and activists, waving weapons while singing: “We con the world, we con the people. We’ll make them all believe the IDF (Israel Defence Force) is Jack the Ripper.”

    It continues: “There’s no people dying, so the best that we can do is create the biggest bluff of all.”

    /…..

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/06/israel-youtube-gaza-flotilla

    It also belittles the original Live Aid’s campaign to ‘Feed the World’ however worthy or not that campaign turned out to be.

  25. mary said on June 7th, 2010 at 7:51am #

    This is a straightforward factual testimony by one of the passengers on the Mavi Marmara. It is chilling to read especially about the detention and the deportation and the loss of all his possessions, passport and $1500. Outrageous treatment of a British citizen and not one finger lifted to help him by our Zionist loving government, as Zionist loving as the last one.

    http://blogs.aljazeera.net/middle-east/2010/06/06/kidnapped-israel-forsaken-britain

  26. mary said on June 7th, 2010 at 9:19am #

    And another from Theresa McDermott, a Scottish postal worker who was on another boat. She was told of these cold blooded assassinations on board the Mavi Marmara.

    ‘Separated throughout from the men, in the jail we began to get news from the other women of what had happened on the Marmara. Some of the stories were horrific..One Turkish woman had lost her husband. In our cell there was also an Indonesian woman whose husband was a Turkish journalist on board.

    He had described how when the Israeli soldiers came to the press room on the half deck of the Marmara, they walked straight up to the Turkish man whose job it was to coordinate facilities for the journalists, put a gun to his head and shot the man dead at point-blank range.

    Two people who worked in the medical area on the Marmara also said they had at least three bodies, who had been shot in the head in what looked like an execution style.’

    http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/world-news/fear-pain-and-propaganda-an-activist-s-story-1.1033113

  27. Deadbeat said on June 7th, 2010 at 12:08pm #

    jon s writes …

    Of course there were genuine humanitarians on the flotilla, but there was also a group of men –the ones who “greeted” the IDF soldiers – who were anything but.

    The bottom line is that Israel ILLEGALLY boarded a Turkish flagged ship in the HIGH SEAS. Which is technically an ACT OF WAR. Israel VIOLATED International Law thus the passengers and crew had EVERY RIGHT to defend their vessel.

  28. hayate said on June 7th, 2010 at 12:26pm #

    I would like to thank jon s for representing israeli/zionist interests on this site. Without her dedicated hasbara efforts, it would be more difficult for the rest of us to expose the grotesque barbarity which zionists/israel represents. Thank you jon s.

  29. mary said on June 7th, 2010 at 12:40pm #

    Moral Propriety and the Law – Does Israel Care?

    http://johnhilley.blogspot.com/2010/06/moral-propriety-and-law-does-israel.html

    Answer – No, not one jot.

  30. jon s said on June 7th, 2010 at 1:21pm #

    Hayate, You’re welcome. Actually, I’m a “he”, not a “her”, and
    I certainly don’t represent the present Israeli government. Just trying to inject a measure of sanity and balance into the discussion.

  31. hayate said on June 7th, 2010 at 7:09pm #

    Mary

    “Answer – No, not one jot.”

    As long as the ziofascists got america under their thumb, they don’t have to worry. In a few years, though, with america in decline, the other ziofascist quislings, the eu, also in decline and China and its friends in the driver’s seat, there will be some changes. Without big bro defending them, the israelis will be like bugs on a windscreen.