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Muslim Islamic NewsIsrael Strikes Once Again, This Time in International Waters

America's Blue-Eyed Monster defies world outrage, kills 19 and arrests 610 peace activists after a deadly raid by its navy on an aid flotilla bound for the blockaded Gaza StripOn 6th May we had carried information about a turkish organisation arranging aid for the Palestinians here: The Road to Gaza is open: take part in breaking the illegal and cruel siege

By Aamena Khan

The Milli Gazette

01 June 2010

One ship of the six ship-flotilla carrying hundreds of activists and 10,000 tonnes of aid to Gaza came under attack from the Israeli Defense Force early on Monday in international waters, in what the Israelis are calling an act of self defence. Anywhere between 10-20 activists have been killed, and many more injured.

The ships, popularly known as the Gaza Freedom Flotilla were aiming to break Israel's three year blockade, and were carrying humanitarian aid including building materials, medical supplies and educational goods which are not allowed by Israel under the blockade. Israel claims it allows about 15,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid into Gaza every week. But the UN says this is less than a quarter of what is needed. Gaza is falling apart with almost no reconstruction taking place after the December 2008 incident, in which Israel broke the ceasefire and mercilessly bombarded Gaza for weeks. Homes, schools, mosques, and UN centers were all targeted by Israel.

The ship, a Turkish passenger ferry called the Mavi Marmara was one of the three provided the IHH Insani Yardim Vakfi, a Turkish aid organisation.

The passengers on board the Mavi Marmara were mostly Turkish, but other nationalities in the flotilla inlcuded Algerian, Australian, Belgian, Brazilian, Canadian, German, Greek, Irish, Israeli, Kuwaiti, Malaysian, Norwegian, Dutch, Palestinian, Polish, Serbian, Spanish, Swede, British, Italian, Tunisian, Scottish, Danish and American, including over 30 parliamentarians from various countries and other notables such as Hedy Epstein, a holocaust survivor and Mairead Corrigan Maguire, an Irish Nobel laureate.

According to Israel the IDF opened fire after its soldiers landed on the Mavi Marmara and came under attack from the activists on board the ship, with Israeli spokesperson Mark Regev claiming on the BBC that had the activists' purpose been peaceful they would have been allowed to pass, but that the Mavi Marmara was carrying extremists, and even went on to claim that the IHH supports terrorists and has links with Al-Qaida. "Unfortunately this group were dead-set on confrontation," he told the BBC.

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said that the flotilla of ships "was an armada of hate and violence," and expressed regret for loss of lives but shrugged off responsibility saying that the organizers were solely responsible for the deaths and claimed they did all they could to avoid this outcome.

"This flotilla was anything but a humanitarian mission," Israel's deputy UN ambassador Daniel Carmon claimed. "What kind of peace activists use knives, clubs and other weapons to attack soldiers, who board a ship in accordance with international law?" he said.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, in his first public comments after the incident went on to say, "They were mobbed. They were clubbed, they were beaten, stabbed. There was even a report of gunfire and our soldiers had to defend themselves, defend their lives or they would have been killed."

The attack has led to world wide uproar and protests, with many countries and organizations including the UN demanding an explantion and an inquiry with UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon expressing shock on hearing reports of killings and injuries and urging investigation. UN Security Council has issued a statement calling for an impartial inquiry into Israel's raid on a flotilla of Gaza-bound aid ships. The attack has naturally led to a strain in Israelis ties with many of its allies, specially its lone Muslim ally, Turkey.

Even as international condenmation poured in with Turkish foreign ministry warning Israel of irreparable damage to bilateral ties and talking of recalling the Turkish Ambassador from Tel Aviv and French President Sarkozy condemning the disproportionate use of force, President Obama failed to condemn the attack and merely expressed regret for the loss of lives, as Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu cancelled a visit to Washington which was scheduled for today, and headed back to Israel after cutting short a visit to Canada.

Israel has directed all the ships to Ashdod where the activists have been detained and are being questioned and the injured are being treated. According to reports 50 have agreed to be deported and the rest will be kept in detention centers. Israel says it will deliver the ships' aid cargo to Gaza by land after putting it through checks and making sure nothing reaches Gaza which can help Hamas become stronger.

For now Israel has imposed as information black out making it difficult to get first hand accounts from the campaigners activists .

The above report has been compiled using various sources.

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For more information on the Flotilla

IHH's official website is not accessible.

IHH Facebook page IHHtr

A facebook group Peoples in Solidarity with Ships to Gaza gives out latest updates.

A facebook group BOYCOTT ISRAEL

A facebook page The Freedom Flotilla

A facebook page Shame on you Israel !!

A facebook page Save Palestine from the Israeli occupation
Google News: Flotilla


Tags: Human Rights Violation, Palestine, Israel, UN, America, IHH, Turkey, Humanitarian crisis, blockade, Gaza, siege, Palestinians, Occupation


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