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Face to Face with the Gaza Freedom Flotilla 2

By ICTV Victoria

Activist and humanitarian Kevin Neish returns to Face to Face to talk about his most recent journey to the Middle East as a crew member of the Freedom Flotilla 2. Mr. Neish talks about how the Greek government — working at the behest of the Israeli government — continually frustrated the Flotilla’s attempts to leave port in order to make their way to Gaza.


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Israel bombing Gaza with Drones

Gaza Under Attack From A Swarm Of Drones

By Julie Webb-Pullman
Scoop.NZ

The whole of Gaza City is under air attack with Israel Defense Force (IDF) drones and other aircraft roaming the skies firing rockets and dropping bombs on the Palestinian population.

For Scoop, Julie Webb-Pullman reports from within Gaza that there are swarms of strike aircraft: “There was at least one explosion, then sirens. I can still hear drones , more sirens, lots of sirens, more explosions.”

From one vantage point, she can see a lot of smoke emitting from near Gaza City’s university.

From her rooftop, Julie Webb-Pullman reports: “It looks like a massive airstrike – the city of Gaza is under a pall of acrid smoke. The drones still droning. I can’t tell where the strikes were, but definitely in the middle of town, as well as further out.”

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Israeli Navy Attacks International Monitoring Vessel in Gaza Waters

By Julie Webb-Pullma
Scoop NZ

GAZA July 15, 2011: The Israeli navy today attacked international monitoring vessel Oliva and several Palestinian fishing boats in Gazan waters, for the second time in two days.

The Oliva, which monitors and documents Israeli attacks against Gaza fishermen, began its operations on 20 April 2011 under the auspices of the Spanish Civil Peace Service. The monitoring team is comprised of activists from Italy, Sweden, USA and the UK.

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Israel says Flotilla poses “threat” by 87-yr-old Holocaust survivor and by poet Alice Walker

By Electronic Intifida

In a move intended to convince skeptics to finally accept Israel’s claims that the Gaza Freedom Flotilla 2 poses a real danger, the Israeli military spokesperson’s office has issued photographic evidence in a blog post titled “Flotilla II Seeks Provocation, Poses Threat to Israel.”

Well, it turns out that the “threat” is none other than Pulitzer Prize-winning American author and poet Alice Walker whose fearsome and terrifying smile can be seen in the Israeli-issued image. But the danger to Israel does not end there. As the “IDF” Spokesperson explains:
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Obama Wants More Dead Rachel Corries to Boost Standing with AIPAC

By Craig Murray
Former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan

I am proud to call Ray McGovern a friend. He is a retired senior member of the CIA, and was so valued as an analyst that he used to give the US President his daily intelligence briefing. Ray and I both had senior government service careers, in the course of which you make personal friendships that last, hopefully as long as you do. So sometimes we both get told things from the inside of government.

As Ray sets out on the US Gaza peace flotilla ship, he has been warned in the starkest of terms that the Obama administration will do nothing to protect their US flagged vessel, or the US citizens on board, against attack by the Israelis.

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Egypt lifts blockade: Gaza gets gateway to the world


By Nasser Najjar
Gulf News

Gaza: Hundreds of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip flocked to enter Egypt via the Rafah border crossing as it reopened Saturday after a four-year closure.

Among the first to cross the coastal enclave’s only border post not controlled by Israel were two ambulances ferrying patients from the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip for treatment in Egypt, as well as a bus carrying 50 visitors.

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Israel Attacks Humanitarian Ship to Gaza in International Waters

By Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research

Montreal, 12.30 AM EST, May 16, 2011

Global Research has been in contact with the Spirit of Rachel Corrie, a Malaysian ship carrying a humanitarian aid cargo to Gaza, which has been attacked in international waters by Israel.

The vessel left the Port of Piraeus, Greece on Wednesday, May 11 carrying 7.5 kilometers of UPVC (plastic) sewage pipes to help restore the devastated sewerage system in Gaza. The humanitarian initiative is sponsored by Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) and participating in this mission includes anti-war activists and journalists, consisting of 7 Malaysians, 2 Irish, 2 Indians and 1 Canadian.

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Turkey Flotilla Inquiry: Activists Killed ‘Execution Style’

By Richard Silverstein

furkan dogan executed aboard mavi marmaraFurkan Dogan, 19 year old Turkish-American, killed execution style by IDF after being wounded (All Voices)

Turkey’s investigation of the Mavi Marmara massacre contains troubling findings that two victims were killed before any IDF soldiers boarded the ship, in fire from helicopters, that the youngest victim, a Turkish-American, was killed execution style after being wounded in the leg, and that a photographer was killed with a laser-guided weapon while taking photographs:
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Father of teen killed in Gaza flotilla raid seeks American justice

By Natasha Mozgovaya
Haaretz

Professor Ahmet Doğan, whose 19-year-old son Furkan was killed aboard during the Israeli army raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla from Turkey in May, is in Washington in an attempt to convince American officials to open an investigation into the raid.

Furkan was an American citizen who was born in the U.S. His father will be meeting with Congress members Tuesday and on Wednesday speak with members of the State Department and the Ministry of Justice.

Professor Ahmet Doğan

Professor Ahmet Doğan: If my son was an Israeli who was shot by Turks in international waters, how would the U.S. react?

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Desmond Tutu: We Must Boycott and Isolate Israeli Universities

By Sabbah Report
via SOTT

The University of Johannesburg’s Senate will next week meet to decide whether to end its relationship with an Israeli institution, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, on the grounds of that university’s active support for and involvement in the Israeli military. Archbishop Desmond Tutu supports the move.

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Archbishop of Wales calls Israel treatment of Gaza apartheid

By BBC News

The Archbishop of Wales has urged church members to speak out on the ‘injustice’ of Gaza

In an address to a formal meeting of the Church in Wales, he compared the current stalemate between Israel and Palestine to apartheid in South Africa. He was also critical of Israel’s decision not to extend its ban on settlement building in the West Bank. 

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Raw Footage of Israeli Murders on Mavi Marmara, Gaza aid ship

Filmmaker smuggles out hour-long video of the deadly siege

By Cultures of Resistance

In the predawn hours of Monday, May 31, showing a terrifying disregard for human life, Israeli naval forces surrounded and boarded ships sailing to bring humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip. On the largest ship, the Mavi Marmara, Israeli commandos opened fire on civilian passengers, killing at least 9 passengers and wounding dozens more. Others are still missing. The final death toll is yet to be determined.

Cultures of Resistance director Iara Lee was aboard the besieged ship and has since returned home safely. Despite the Israeli government’s thorough efforts to confiscate all footage taken during the attack, Iara Lee was able to retain some of her video recordings. Below is the unedited footage from the moments leading up to and during the Israeli commandos’ assault on the Mavi Marmara. You can also download this footage by clicking here.

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David’s Slingshot

By Robert C. Koehler

“All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” — 1 Samuel 17:47

I’ve heard the Palestinians called “Hitler’s last victims.” That starts to get at the history of all this — the seed that sprouts anew every generation. Israel, born of the Holocaust, brings to the world not some new way of envisioning a nation, not an experiment in compassion between and among peoples, but the old cruelty, the old wish to be rid of an inconvenience, to grind a defenseless “enemy” out of existence.

Maybe the Gaza blockade, which has wreaked economic devastation on the region, destroyed its infrastructure and kept one and a half million people “food insecure” for the last year and a half, will now be broken by world opinion. Let us hope so, for Israel’s sake as well as the Palestinians’.

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Blowback – Israeli Raid on the Mavi Marmara Ship

TURKEY: CRISIS AT SEA: ISRAEL ATTACKS GAZA AID FLOTILLA, Daily News, Ankara, June 1

“It should be known that we will not stay silent and unresponsive in the face of this inhuman state terror,” Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan.

From Ankara:

Turkish PM calls Israeli raid on Gaza flotilla ‘state terror’
Netanyahu gives ‘full backing’ to raid on aid flotilla
Raid on flotilla puts final nail in coffin of Turkish ties with Israel
Thousands rally in Istanbul to protest Israeli raid on flotilla

Around the world:

Ship clash leaves Israel in diplomatic hot water, Reuters, June 1
Murder on the High Seas, Arab News, June 1
Barak: Flotilla Organizers to Blame, Jerusalem Post, May 31
MESS Report / How will Israel explain Gaza flotilla raid to the world? Haaretz, June 1
Gaza flotilla attack: world unites in condemnation of Israel’s actions, Guardian, June 1
Israeli Raid Complicates U.S. Ties and Push for Peace, New York Times, May 31
UNSC slams Israeli raid on flotilla, Times of India, June 1
Israeli deadly assault on aid ships sparks worldwide outcry, RT (Russia), June 1

Action Alert: Gaza photo exhibition threatened with closure

MuzzleWatch 02/15/10

Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East just sent out this action alert. The video features some of the photos in the exhibit.

Dear Friends,

On Monday, Feb. 15th, Cinema du Parc received an email insisting that CJPME’s Photo Exposition, Human Drama in Gaza, be immediately removed from the Cinema.  Continue reading

BREAKING: Israel Attacks Gaza

By Ayman Quaider and Sameh Habeeb

Gaza, January 8, 2010 (Pal Telegraph)- A massive explosion took place a few moments ago in western Gaza City, in the Tal Al Hawa neighborhood. Eyewitness reported that Israeli F16s launched an aerial attack at midnight. The attack was followed by a series of air raids.

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The Iron Wall: Egypt’s role in the Gaza blockade

By Uri Avnery

Something odd, almost bizarre, is going on in Egypt these days.

About 1,400 activists from all over the world gathered there on their way to the Gaza Strip. On the anniversary of the ‘Cast Lead’ war, they intended to participate in a non-violent demonstration against the ongoing blockade, which makes the life of 1.5 million inhabitants of the Strip intolerable.

At the same time, protest demonstrations were to take place in many countries. In Tel-Aviv, too, a big protest was planned. The ‘monitoring committee’ of the Arab citizens of Israel was to organise an event on the Gaza border.

When the international activists arrived in Egypt, a surprise awaited them. The Egyptian government forbade their trip to Gaza.  Continue reading

Israeli repression wave targets activists

By The Real News Network

Israel’s recent wave of repression led to arrest of Jamal Juma’, coordinator of Stop the Wall Campaign.

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The Devil and Mr. Obama

By Joe Bageant

Barack promised change — and sure enough, things changed for the worse.

Well lookee here! An invite from my limey comrades to recap Barack Obama’s first year in office. Well comrades, I can do this thing two ways. I can simply state that the great mocha hope turned out to be a Trojan horse for Wall Street and the Pentagon. Or I can lay in an all-night stock of tequila, limes and reefer and puke up the entire miserable tale like some 5,000 word tequila purged Congolese stomach worm. I have chosen to do the latter.

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ISRAEL-US: Goldstone Rejects Netanyahu Remarks

white phosph“Without some form of truth-telling, there cannot be an enduring peace,” he said, citing his experiences in South Africa, as well as in the trials on Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.  “Truth-telling and acknowledgement to victims can be a very important assistance to peace,” he added.

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