Israeli Piracy

Israeli Raid On Gaza Flotilla – Videos



World outraged about Gaza blockade – US complicity.

… The raid provoked ferocious international condemnation of Israel, raised questions at home, and appeared likely to increase pressure to end the blockade that has deepened the poverty of the 1.5 million Palestinians in the strip. …

The pro-Palestinian flotilla had been headed to Gaza with tens of thousands of tons of aid that Israel bans from Gaza. After days of warnings, Israel intercepted the flotilla under the cover of darkness early Monday, setting off a violent melee that left nine activists dead and dozens of people, including seven soldiers, wounded. Most of the dead were believed to be Turks. …


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  1. worzzz Says:

    Israeli Raid On Gaza Flotilla – Videos

    World outraged about Gaza blockade – US complicity.

    … The raid provoked ferocious international condemnation of Israel, raised questions at home, and appeared likely to increase pressure to end the blockade that has deepened the poverty of the 1.5 million Palestinians in the strip. …

    The pro-Palestinian flotilla had been headed to Gaza with tens of thousands of tons of aid that Israel bans from Gaza. After days of warnings, Israel intercepted the flotilla under the cover of darkness early Monday, setting off a violent melee that left nine activists dead and dozens of people, including seven soldiers, wounded. Most of the dead were believed to be Turks. …

  2. worzzz Says:

    ‘Israel is a Lunatic State’ – Finkelstein on Gaza Flotilla Attack

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    Mossad Chief Meir Dagan said on Tuesday that Israel is progressively becoming a burden on the United States.


    Report: Israel to deploy nuclear-armed submarines off Iran coast.

    Sunday Times quotes IDF official saying the 3 German-made long range submarines will gather intelligence, act as deterrent and potentially land Mossad agents.

  4. worzzz Says:

    Boarding someone’s ship in international waters is an attack.” – The ship’s passengers, therefore, “had every right to attack armed men attempting to board their ship,” – “Israel had no right to be there.”

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    Kucinich Circulating Letter to Colleagues Regarding Mavi Marmara Incident

    … The attack on the Mavi Marmara requires consequences for the Netanyahu Administration and for the State of Israel. Those consequences must be dealt by the United States. …

  6. worzzz Says:

    The national body of Jewish Democrats urged lawmakers not to join a letter by U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich calling on President Obama to penalize Israel for its deadly raid on an aid flotilla.

    “The State of Israel’s conduct, attacking a Turkish ship in international waters, constitutes an act of belligerence against Turkey,” says the letter to Obama that Kucinich (D-Ohio), …


    Barney Frank Compares Israel’s Gaza Blockade to Sanctions Against Apartheid.


    Israel Apologizes For Circulating Spoof Video Mocking Gaza Flotilla (VIDEO)


    Orly Taitz. the founder of the “birther movement” sought Republican Jewish support for her candidacy for California secretary of state. … Taitz, who was born in Moldova, lived for a time in Israel.

  7. worzzz Says:

    Israel’s almost complete lack of empathy …

    … our conflict with the Palestinians is separating us, not only from our moral faculties, but also from the rest of our senses. … This hardening of the heart is not limited to our leaders. They, after all, merely reflect popular attitudes. …

  8. worzzz Says:

    Israel cannot investigate itself.

    Israel announces internal Gaza flotilla raid probe panel; ….

    Two foreign observers will take part in the committee’s deliberations. The statement released by the Prime Minister’s Bureau did not say what their powers would be. The first observer will be William David Trimble, a Northern Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

    Trimble joined the “Friends of Israel” initiative launched in Paris some two weeks ago, in which Israel’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Dore Gold, was also involved. Gold is considered a close associate of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The second international observer will be Ken Watkin, former military judge advocate general from Canada. …

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    The European Union’s council of foreign ministers’ issued a statement on Gaza on Monday, demanding an impartial inquiry into the flotilla with international representation, an end to the Gaza blockade


    Israel’s violent attack on the Freedom Flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza shocked the world.
    By Noam Chomsky.

    EU: Lift Gaza siege immediately.

    European Union’s Foreign Affairs Committee urges unconditional opening of Strip’s crossings for humanitarian aid, goods; states that ‘situation in Gaza cannot continue’,7340,L-3905153,00.html


    Assembly of Jews: Confronting Racism & Israeli Apartheid.


    ME conflict poses economic threat to Israel.

    “The ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict disrupts Israel’s economic stability, limits its social development, draws on the energies of its political leadership, undermines the IDF’s legitimacy and isolates Israel in the international arena.” So states a report by the Adva Center for Information on Equality and Social Justice in Israel, released last Tuesday. …

    “The Israeli-Palestinian conflict in general and the occupation in particular, weaken Israel’s international standing, cast doubt on the legality of its actions and hurt its status as a democratic country committed to human rights, in the eyes of international public opinion,” writes Swirsky. This, he said, has led to the boycott movement in the West.

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    Lawmakers seek to bar flotilla activists from U.S.


    Israel to EU: Stop your citizens from joining flotillas

    At least 10 vessels expected to try to break Gaza blockade by October. Security forces prepare for first vessel expected from Lebanon soon …,7340,L-3905357,00.html

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    Push To Sanction Backers of Gaza Flotilla Gains Steam in U.S.

    Washington — Jewish groups, working with congressional leaders, are pressing to designate one of the main organizers of the humanitarian flotilla that sought to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza as a terrorist group. …

    New York-area Congress members and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York are also urging the administration to deny visas to passengers on the Mavi Marmara who have been invited to speak in the United States about what they experienced.

    “The people who were on that flotilla should not be allowed to come to the United States and spill their propaganda and hatred and terrorist rhetoric,” said Rep. Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat. Rep. Jerrold Nadler added: “It is the responsibility of our government to ensure that terrorists, and those who support terrorist activities, not be allowed to enter the United States.” …

    ‘This has nothing to do with terror,” he said. “It has to do with powerful politicians in this country trying to silence any criticism of what’s going on in Israel.” …

    Like the State Department list of terrorist groups, the Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists includes groups and individuals judged to be involved directly in terror. But it sets a lower threshold by also including groups that “assist in, sponsor, or provide financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services” to support terrorism. The Treasury Department’s sanctions against such groups are limited to freezing their assets and blocking their bank accounts. Still, once a group gets included on either list, financial institutions around the world often refuse to deal with it.


    UN screening of ‘one-sided’ Gaza flotilla film spurs Israeli complaint

    Smuggled video shows Israeli snipers aiming, firing at Gaza Flotilla activists.


    German Activists File War Crimes Complaints.

    Public prosecutors in Germany are looking into a war crimes complaint filed against Israel by two members of parliament with the far-left Left Party and a human rights activist who were on board the Mavi Marmara when Israeli troops stormed it 11 days ago.,1518,700127,00.html


    Independent journalists dismantling Israel’s hold on media narrative

    …. Israel’s campaign to spin the attack, distort the facts and quell an outraged public was already in full swing. …

    From the time the Israeli military apparently jammed the flotilla’s communications, and for the next 48 hours as survivors were held incommunicado, their cameras and potentially incriminating footage seized, Israel’s account of the raid dominated international headlines. …


    … Throughout Europe, “intellectuals I speak with believe that the very establishment of Israel was a mistake. The ‘moderates’ believe it’s a mistake they have to live with.

    They interpret all Muslim hate toward the West as deriving from Israel’s establishment.” …

  12. worzzz Says:

    Israel’s Flotilla Raid Commission Is Criticized for Its Scope and Its Members

    As Israel attempts to stave off international pressure to put in place a United Nations investigation of its deadly flotilla raid, the credibility and transparency of its efforts have been called into question. …

    “The deck is stacked against a credible report,” Van Esveld said. “For it to be taken seriously, it not only has to do justice, it also has to appear to be doing justice. And right now, it isn’t.”

    Ever since the May 31 raid, Israel has been involved in a concerted diplomatic effort to fend off calls for an international investigation. Traumatized by the Goldstone Report — the last international attempt to look into Israeli military actions, which alleged that Israel and Hamas committed war crimes during the Gaza conflict — the Netanyahu government adopted a clear stand against handing over inquiry authority to the international community.

    Israel was aided in this effort by the Obama administration’s work among United Nations Security Council members that led to an ambiguous statement calling only for a “prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to international standards.” An offer put forward later by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, for an inquiry committee headed by a former New Zealand prime minister and shared by Israeli and Turkish representatives, was turned down by Jerusalem.

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    Clearly, the reason for Israel’s blockage of Gaza is not fear of crude Palestinian weaponry. Israel’s goal is to make life in Gaza so unbearable that Palestinians flee the country . – Land-grab has always been the Zionist top objective ….


    Israel to UN: We reserve the right to stop Lebanon Gaza-bound flotilla.

    Lebanon aid ship Miriam to set sail to Gaza Sunday; Israel’s UN envoy says Israel will use all necessary means to prevent ships from violating the naval blockade on Gaza.


    Delegitimization delegation.

    Israel is gearing up for the arrival of a number of new flotillas – representing the new strategy of using NGOs as a way of bringing down the state in the world’s eyes ….


    Israel threatens to arrest and try passengers of international ships bound for Gaza.,7340,L-3907369,00.html


    UN Secretrary General Decries Israeli Investigation of its Gaza Flotilla Attack.

    After a drumbeat of criticism against the Israeli investigation of the Gaza flotilla attack, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has joined in, noting the Israeli panel does not rise the level of a credible international inquiry.

    Ban also reinforced the criticism of the Israel siege of Gaza, saying the announcement of an easing of the blockade is insufficient to satisfy the world’s concern for easing Gaza’s suffering. …

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    … International agreements require Egypt to keep the Suez open even for warships, but the armada, led by the USS Truman with 5,000 sailors and marines, was the largest in years. Egypt closed the canal to fishing and other boats as the armada moved through the strategic passageway that connects the Red and Mediterranean Seas.

    Despite Egypt’s reported refusal to block the canal to Iranian boats, the clearance for the American-Israeli fleet may be a warning to Iran it may face military opposition if the Iranian Red Crescent ship continues on course to Gaza.

    The warships may exercise the right to inspect the Iranian boat for the illegal transport or weapons. … The move might be in connection to U.S. self-inflicted embargo against Iran aimed at inspecting Iran bound ships for suspected goods related to the country’s nuclear program.” …

    Israel has warned U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that Israel will use force, if necessary, to stop the boats, one of which is carrying approximately 70 women passengers and crew …

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    Israel doesn’t seem to want to really probe Gaza flotilla raid.

    … the committee is barred from examining the government’s preparations for the flotilla’s arrival. …

    Soldiers won’t be questioned in Gaza flotilla probe.

    Turkel’s demand for wider powers comes amid widespread media criticism that has painted the committee as being designed mainly to retroactively justify the blockade of Gaza.

    Turkel even threatened to resign if his demands were not met. …


    ‘Israel licensed to destroy with impunity’.

    Amid “illegal” Israeli plans to destroy Palestinian homes, a former US congresswoman says Tel Aviv has “impunity” for the aggressive efforts of the pro-Israel lobby in the US …

    ….. According to University of Chicago professor John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt from the Harvard University, AIPAC is a “de facto agent for a foreign government,” whose “success is due to its ability to reward legislators and congressional candidates who support its agenda, and to punish those who challenge it.”


    Chocolate and ketchup flow into Gaza, but still no cement.

    Israel is still deciding exactly what it will and will not allow into Gaza under a new approach towards the enclave, which it has blockaded for four years.

    … Israel has defined such construction materials as “dual use”, meaning militants can use them for military purposes such as building bunkers and rockets to fire into Israel.


    The settlement stain.

    Our rule in West Bank will make our fate similar to that of South Africa

    Israelis don’t always understand the meaning of the settlements in the eyes of the world: Outside Israel, the continuation of the settlement enterprise is no less than the ultimate proof that the Jewish State does not really belong to the enlightened world.

    After all, those who look at us from the outside believe that while Israel’s government talks about two states, it does everything in its power to perpetuate its rule in the territories, where the Jews have the right to vote and the Arabs do not – Just like it used to be in South Africa. …,7340,L-3913636,00.html


    … AIPAC and its friends are counting on organizing Congressional resistance so that the Obama administration will back down and accept Netanyahu’s plans to expand settlements. Yesterday, Netanyahu said, “The building in Jerusalem — and in all other places — will continue in the same way as has been customary over the last 42 years.” …

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    Dockworkers, Worldwide, Respond to Israel’s Flotilla Massacre and Gaza Siege.

    Three weeks after the massacre on the Freedom Flotilla, ILWU dockworkers in the San Francisco Bay area delayed an Israeli Zim Lines ship for 24 hours, the Swedish Dockworkers Union began a week-long blockade of Israeli ships and containers, dockers in the Port of Cochin, India, refused to handle Israeli cargo, and the Turkish dockworkers union Liman-Is announced their members would refuse to service any Israeli shipping. In South Africa, Durban dockers had already boycotted a Zim Lines ship in response to the invasion of Gaza last year. On the 5th Anniversary of the United Palestinian Call for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, Israel faces the prospect of targeted industrial action to implement boycotts. …


    The Hypocrisy Of Preaching Nonviolence To Palestinians

    When oppressed, militarily occupied people resist, let’s recognize that it’s not our place to tell them what means they should or should not use — and certainly not when our own nation is contributing so much to their oppression.


    Israeli Military Shoots Palestinian Prisoner.


    Lybian vessel headed for Gaza via Egypt..


    Conservatives launch group to attack Obama on Israel – Emergency Committee for Israel.

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    Israel braces for arrival of hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists.

    Around 600 police officers will deploy at Ben-Gurion International Airport to stop the hundreds if not thousands of pro-Palestinian activists arriving on flights today. The protesters are coming by air in lieu of the stymied Gaza flotilla. ….

    Israel instructs foreign airlines to prevent departure of 300 pro-Palestinian activists.

    … The Transportation Ministry requested that foreign airlines report to Israeli authorities if any of the blacklisted passengers appear on their flights to Israel in the next 24 hours, stressing that these people will not be granted entry into Israel. …

    The activists’ fly-in / Stop the Israeli isolationist flotilla.

    This is what the world sees: Israel is becoming the old Albania, a fortified destination with a thought police at its gates and a demonstrations police on its borders.

    The danger is tangible. It is approaching our shores at alarming speed. It is approaching us from the air, from the sea and from the land and nobody can stop it. Someone must do something, quickly. Warning, danger! Israel is losing its senses. …

    the police commissioner promised that “we won’t treat them gently.” …

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