June 3, 2010
Israel continues to be beaten up over the flotilla massacres
The news is not dying down as Benjamin Netanyahu expected and hoped. Instead, the drumbeat continues, and probably will, as he makes his frequently absurd statements of twisted fact. The latest, reported in the Washington Times today, is that "The flotilla was seeking to challenge the blockade, not to bring aid to Gaza. if the blockade had been broken, it would have been followed by dozens, hundreds of boats. Each boat could carry dozens of missiles." So, at netanyahu's direction, the flotilla was forcibly stopped in international waters and seized with considerable loss of life by a group of inept commandos who were nearly scared off by firehoses and broomsticks--before simply starti ng to shoot unarmed civilians.
Other sources are reporting....
(Washington Post) U.S. citizen among those killed in Israeli flotilla raid
JERUSALEM -- A U.S. citizen of Turkish origin was among the nine people killed in a botched Israeli effort to stop a Turkish aid ship from reaching the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, a Turkish official said Thursday. The American citizen was identified by the Anatolia news agency as Furkan Dogan, a 19-year-old student. His body had four bullet wounds to the head and one to the chest, the news agency reported. The killing of nine Turks has created enormous tensions in the relationship between Israel and Turkey. (Read the Rest of the story here)
(Jerusalem Post) ERGODAN: Israel to lose closest ally.
Turkey is incensed over the deaths inflicted on its citizens last weekend and has made it clear by removing its ambassador that relations are going south for a long time. Even a call from President Obama did not apparently reduce the anger being felt in Ankara by both the Government and its parliament. (Read the story here)
MEANWHILE, the international community had demanded an investigation of the circumstances, which Israel has rejected out of hand, and has said that any investigation will be condicted impartially by Israel, probably with the help of its US ally.
(Christian Science Monitor) Israel rejects international investigation of Freedom Flotilla raid
Tel Aviv, Israel
As the Mo nitor reports, "Israeli leaders on Thursday rejected growing calls for an international investigation of its fatal intercept of the Gaza-bound "Freedom Flotilla." But they are weighing whether to include foreign observers in a domestic probe, a move that would help deflect international criticism after Israeli commandos killed nine pro-Palestinian activists. "
The article continued, "A decision to include international involvement would mark an evolution from last year, when, in the wake of the three-week offensive in Gaza, Israel resisted calls to set up its own independent investigation committee and refused to cooperate with the United Nations inquiry headed by Richard Goldstone
But part of the shift may be an Israeli perception that its prospects for vindication are greater this time around. An investigation of the isolated flotilla operation is seen as likely to be more straightforward than those that looked into the 2008-2009 Gaza war or Israel's 2002 invasion of a Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin that killed dozens.
(al-Jazeera) The Day the World became Gaza
"Since Israel's invasion and massacre of over 1,400 people in Gaza 18 months ago, dubbed Operation Cast Lead, global civil society movements have stepped up their campaigns for justice and solidarity with Palestinians."
"Governments, by contrast, carried on with business as usual, maintaining a complicit silence. Israel's lethal attack on the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza may change that, spurring governments to follow the lead of their people and take unprecedented action to check Israel's growing lawlessness."
"One of the bitterest images from Operation Cast Lead was that of smiling European Union heads of government visiting Jerusalem and patting Ehud Olmert, the then Israeli prime minister, on the back as white phosphorus still seared the flesh of Palestinian children a few miles away.Western countries sometimes expressed mild dismay at Israel's "excessive" use of force, but still justified the Gaza massacre as "self-defence" - even though Israel could easily have stopped rocket fire from Gaza, if that was its goal, by returning to the negotiated June 2008 ceasefire it egregiously violated the following November."
Read the whole story here.
AT THE END.......Both sides of the ocean (except, of course, that part that includes the Washington DC area) have spoken out loudly that this foolishness and lawlessness of the Israeli's must stop if there is to be real peace. Both sides have much to atone for, but the people of Gaza are the mostly innocent pawns that feel the pain.
perhaps this will all end someday.