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Monday, May 31, 2010
Governments of several countries condemn Israeli attack on aid ship
IMEMC - 31 May 2010 - The government of Turkey recalled its ambassador to Israel Monday, and a number of countries issued strong condemnations of the Israeli attack on humanitarian aid ships that left 19 people dead, according to the latest count. Greece, Sweden, France, Austria, Spain, China and Russia all condemned the Israeli attack and summoned the Israeli ambassadors in their respective countries to provide an explanation of Israel's actions.

Emergency protests organized around the world in response to Israel's murder of 19 aid workers
IMEMC - 31 May 2010 - Hundreds of protests were organized Monday calling on the world's governments to hold Israel accountable for carrying out an unprovoked attack on civilian ships in international waters.

Israel tows aid ships to Ashdod, detains 700 activists including Parliament members and dignitaries
IMEMC - 31 May 2010 - After attacking a group of humanitarian aid ships, killing up to 19 passengers, Israeli naval vessels transported the ships to the port of Ashdod (formerly the Palestinian city of Isdud) in what is now Israel, 16 hours after the initial assault. There, the humanitarian aid workers were placed in a makeshift prison camp prepared in advance by the Israeli military, where they await deportation to their respective countries.

Palestinian Woman Killed by Settler's Car
IMEMC - 31 May 2010 - A Palestinian woman died of wounds suffered when a settler hit her with his car Sunday, Palestinian medical sources in Hebron reported. Hey husband was also wounded in the attack.

Flotilla attacked; 10 dead, dozens arrested
6/1/2010 - Jerusalem - Ma'an - Thirty-two anti-siege activists were detained from the Freedom Flotilla ships after Israeli naval ships escorted the boats to shore after a violent attack in international waters that saw at least 10 killed by Israeli forces. The European Campaign Against the Siege said 13 of its members were either injured or detained, and early....

US journalist injured by Israeli border guards at Qalandiya
5/31/2010 - Jerusalem - Ma'an - An American journalist sustained an injury to the eye as Israeli border guards attempted to disperse a women's rally protesting the killing of 10 activists on board the Freedom Fleet, near the Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem.The woman, identified as 21-year old Emily Henochowicz, was injured after a sound bomb launched to disperse the crowd struck her in the face. Onlookers said Henochowicz was taken to Ramallah Hospital and then later to a specialist eye clinic for fear that she may lose her eye. First aid paramedic Fadi Al-Obeidi told Ma'an that Henochowicz was transferred to the Hadassa Hospital in Jerusalem, describing her injury as serious. A spokesman for the Israeli border guards said he would look into the report. A statement from the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) said Henochowicz began surgery to remove her left eye, following the demonstration in Hadassa. Related: US activist loses eye after being shot in face with tear gas canister

Woman dead after settler runs couple over
5/31/2010 - Hebron - Ma'an - Red Crescent medics said that an Israeli settler ran over a couple in their fifties at the Beit Ummar junction north of Hebron on Sunday night, killing one woman. The two were identified as Fatima Sabarneh, 55, who as seriously injured and was transferred to the Al-Ahli Hospital's intensive care unit, where she....

Palestinian denied entry into Hebron over hijab
5/31/2010 - Hebron - Ma'an - Israeli forces reportedly denied a Palestinian peace activist with Israeli citizenship access to Tal Rumeida in Hebron's city center on Sunday, for refusing to remove her head scarf, witnesses said. The woman, who preferred to remain anonymous, was apparently given the choice of removing her hijab or being barred from entering Tal Rumeida....

Obama wants ’all the facts’ on Gaza raid
6/1/2010 - Tel Aviv - Ma'an - US President Barack Obama has informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he wants "all the facts" surrounding Israel's attack on an aid flotilla in international waters a day earlier." The President expressed deep regret at the loss of life in today's incident, and concern for the wounded, many of whom are....

Israeli forces detain 3 from Hebron village, 3 students
5/31/2010 - Hebron - Ma'an - Israeli forces detained three Palestinians overnight Sunday from the Dura village south of Hebron after raiding the village and storming several homes, a security source told Ma'an. Those detained were identified as Ismail Amr, Maher Abdel Aziz Ar-Rujoub, and Ala' Al-Hrebat. Meanwhile, Israeli media reported that six "wanted Palestinian terror suspects" were detained....

Rights expert says attacks hard to justify under law
5/31/2010 - Behlehem - Ma'an - Human rights exterts say the attack on the ship was likely illegal according to international law and the customary law of the sea, noting that Israeli justifications in claims that the activists were armed do not render their actions legal."In international waters, the crew of a ship have the right to prevent....

Israel: Gaza faction launches mortar into western Negev
6/1/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - A projectile fired from Gaza landed in Israel late Monday, the Israeli military reported. The army announced that a mortar landed in the western Negev desert in southern Israel. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage....

At least 12 nations summon Israeli ambassadors
6/1/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - As international condemnation over the killing of at least 10 activists by Israeli forces as they raided an aid convoy en route to Gaza, a host of governments have summoned Israeli ambassadors to provide a full explanation on the assault. The countries include:AustriaBelgiumBulgariaCyprusDenmarkEgyptFranceGreece IrelandJordanSpainSwedenChina and Russia deeply condemned the move, but have....

Report: Israel carries out mock air raid over southern Lebanon
5/31/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Israeli war planes reportedly carried out a series of mock air raids on Sunday over villages in southern Lebanon. According to the sate-run National News Agency, Israeli war planes preformed mock air raids while flying at medium altitude over Nabatiyeh, Khiam and Marjayoun, with Lebanon's Daily Star news site reporting that Israeli....

Hundreds in Tel Aviv protest attack on Gaza flotilla
6/1/2010 - Tel Aviv - Ma'an - Hundreds of Israeli citizens gathered in Tel Aviv en masse Monday night in front of the country's Ministry of Defense protesting Israel's attack on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza. The demonstration followed an earlier protest by the Israeli left in Ashdod, where an estimated 200 went to support activists attacked by....

World outcry over Israeli flotilla attack
5/31/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - As several European countries summon their Israeli ambassadors, a chorus of condemnation has been voiced by world leaders and governments over Israel's raid on an aid convoy destined for Gaza, in which at least 10 activists were killed on Monday morning. A statement issued by the UK's Foreign Secretary William Hague called on....

Israel says Sheikh Salah in ’good health’
5/31/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sheikh Raed Salah was not seriously hurt during an Israeli raid of an aid convoy en route to Gaza which saw at least 10 activists killed, describing reports of critical injuries as "rumors."Ministry spokesman Ofer Gendelman told Ma'an that Salah sustained minor injuries and said three....

Turkey withdraws envoy to Israel, calls urgent UN meeting
5/31/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Turkey's deputy prime minister said the country was withdrawing its ambassador to Israel, canceling three joint military exercises and calling on the UN Security Council to meet urgently over Israeli action against Gaza aid ships, news outlets reported. Bülent Ar? nç said Turkey was withdrawing its ambassador on Monday, saying....

Discord in East Jerusalem over Israeli fleet raid
5/31/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Clashes broke out in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on Monday between Palestinian residents and patrolling Israeli border guards, as rallies were held in Palestinian villages in Israel, as well as in Gaza, terming the Israeli raid on the Freedom Flotilla a war crime. Slight injuries were reported as a result....

Wake for slain activists to be held at Gaza port
5/31/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - A wake for the activists killed during an Israeli raid of an aid convoy en route to Gaza will be held at Gaza's port on Monday, the de facto government's Undersecretary Ahmed Yousef announced. Yousef said journalists, security officers, ambulances and Palestinian leaders arrived at the port in the early morning hoping to....

Haniyeh announces general strike in Gaza
5/31/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - De facto government Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh announced a day-long general strike on Monday, and a Gaza-wide national day called Freedom Day to commemorate the death of Flotilla activists."The day is to mourn the martyrs of the flotilla," Haniyeh said in a statement, naming 31 May Freedom Day and calling on the....

Strike, rallies declared in Jerusalem, Hebron
5/31/2010 - Jerusalem - Ma'an - Following a meeting in Jerusalem to discuss taking action after Israeli forces killed 10 activists on board the Freedom Flotilla, Islamic and national forces announced a general strike in the city on Tuesday in response. A sit in will also be held in front of the American Consulate in East Jerusalem, officials said....

Hamas condemns ’Israeli crime’ against Flotilla
5/31/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an -Deputy of the Gaza Foreign Affairs Ministry Ahmed Yousef issued a statement Monday afternoon, condemning the Israeli attack on the Flotilla in international waters."The killing and injuring of as yet an unknown number of peace activists in international waters for attempting to deliver humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza underlines the....

UN Security Council convenes for emergency session
5/31/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - The United Nations Security Council will meet on Monday afternoon for an emergency session to discuss Israel's storming of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, Security Council diplomats told Reuters. Diplomats told the news agency that the meeting would begin at 5pm GMT but gave no further details. Meanwhile, an emergency session of the....

PA cabinet condemns assault on Freedom Flotilla
5/31/2010 - Ramallah - Ma'an - Reiterating Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's earlier statement, the Palestinian Authority cabinet condemned what it termed the "Israeli criminal attack" on the Freedom Flotilla and called for the immediate lifting of the blockade on Gaza. Convening in Ramallah, the cabinet issued instructions to the PA Foreign Ministry for immediate and enhanced diplomatic contacts with....

NATO to hold emergency session at Turkey’s request
5/31/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - NATO will hold emergency talks on Tuesday at Turkey's request after an Israeli commando unit stormed an aid convoy en route to Gaza, killing at least 10 passengers, spokesman James Appathurai said." Planning is underway for a meeting. . . at the request of the Turkish authorities tomorrow afternoon," Appathurai told the Agence France-Presse....

PLO calls for isolation of Israel, investigation of attack
5/31/2010 - Ramallah - Ma'an - The Palestinian leadership in Ramallah set out a six-point plan in the wake of Israel's attack on the Freedom Flotilla ships Monday morning, involving calls to isolate Israel and investigate the death of at least 10 activists at top levels. Member at the Fatah Central Committee Mohammed Dahlan said an emergency meeting in....

Gaza police announce state of alert
5/31/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - The de facto government announced a state of alert on Monday following an Israeli attack on a ship carrying humanitarian aid and peace activists en route to Gaza, which saw at least 10 killed. The state of alert was declared to facilitate the movement of Gaza residents, a statement read, and have ordered....

Israelis told to avoid Turkey, but not everybody takes heed
Ha'aretz - Some 150 passengers were scheduled to fly on flight 787, which took off at about 3:20 P.M. from Israel to Turkey; there were no cancellations reported.

ANALYSIS / Israel has forgotten the lessons of the Exodus
Ha'aretz - Israel played into Hamas' hands by storming the boats of the 'Freedom Flotilla.'

Obama withholds condemnation of Gaza flotilla clashes, calls for clarification of 'facts'
Ha'aretz - U.S. President Obama says he deeply regrets loss of life, plans to reschedule meeting with Netanyahu.

Video: Israel Navy troops storming Gaza flotilla
Ha'aretz - IDF troops said they were forced to open fire after the activists attacked them as they boarded the ship.

IAEA: Iran is expanding atom work, bomb fear remains
Ha'aretz - Iran has added a second set of centrifuges -- nuclear enrichment machines -- for refining uranium to 20 percent purity, but they are not yet operational., There is no other fitting or proper way to clarify the circumstances of the incident, which began as an act of protest and ended with dead demonstrators and a grave international crisis.

Israel clearing passengers from Gaza flotilla now docked in Ashdod port
Ha'aretz - Israel detains at least 32 activists upon arrival, dozens hospitalized; Turkish-flagged ship stormed by Israel Navy last to arrive at port.

ANALYSIS / Whatever Turkey does, it will be bad for Israel and good for Hamas
Ha'aretz - One thing is already clear - the raid on the Gaza flotilla has dealt Turkey-Israel ties an official, public blow.

UN Security Council members urge Israel to lift Gaza siege
Ha'aretz - Security Council convenes for emergency meeting session over Gaza flotilla deaths; Palestinians and Arabs call for independent probe.

'The images we saw this morning were devastating for the country I love so much'
Ha'aretz - At 'Democracy and its Challenges' conference sponsored by the French Embassy in cooperation with Haaretz, Bernard-Henri Levy rebukes Israel for action over Gaza flotilla.

Netanyahu: I regret Gaza flotilla deaths, but Israeli troops had right to self-defense
Ha'aretz - PM cancels meeting with Obama, promises to keep him updated on developments in aftermath of incident; Barak: Organizers of Gaza flotilla to blame for deadly clashes.

Turkey recalls envoy over Gaza flotilla deaths, accuses Israel of 'state terrorism'
Ha'aretz - Egypt summons Israeli ambassador after nine activists killed in Israel Navy raid; Arab League urges member states to 'reconsider dealings with Israel'; Abbas: Israel committed 'massacre'.

Protesters from U.S., Paris to Istanbul denounce deadly Gaza flotilla raid
Ha'aretz - CNN-Turk and NTV televisions protesters scuffling with Turkish police guarding consulate building in central Istanbul.

Israel Navy commandos: Gaza flotilla activists tried to lynch us
Ha'aretz - Nine activists on board Gaza-bound flotilla killed in violent clashes when Israel Navy commandos boarded ships; 7 commandos hurt, 2 seriously.

Obama promised to bolster Israel's strategic capabilities, Jerusalem officials say
Ha'aretz - Obama offered Netanyahu guarantees that the U.S. would not let any decision made during the recent NPT review conference 'harm Israel's vital interests.'

Turkey threatens action; Israel on alert
Uruknet May 31, 2010 - Turkey has threatened Israel with unprecedented action after Israeli forces attacked an aid vessel, killing 10 peace activists headed to Gaza. Israel said 10 people died while those on the ship said at least 15 were killed. A shocked world has responded with outrage. Turkey recalled its ambassador to Israel and warned of unprecedented and...

International solidarity and the Freedom Flotilla massacre
Uruknet May 31, 2010 - ...It is unclear how anyone could credibly adopt an Israeli narrative of "self-defense" when Israel had carried out an unprovoked armed assault on civilian ships in international waters. Surely any right of self-defense would belong to the passengers on the ship. Nevertheless, the Freedom Flotilla organizers had clearly and loudly proclaimed their ships to be...

Gaza's real humanitarian crisis
Uruknet May 31, 2010 - The Israeli government has, for weeks, insisted that the 10,000 tonnes of supplies on board the Gaza aid flotilla are not necessary. Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's foreign minister, reiterated that claim on Friday, telling reporters "there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza". "Israel is conducting itself in the most humanitarian manner, and allowing the entrance of...

Israel reveals its true faceThe murder of these peace activists will count. Sanctions must surely be the price
Uruknet May 31, 2010 - This will count. A flotilla of relief boats attacked in international waters. Armed commandos boarding a vessel carrying supplies for a besieged civilian population. More than 10 peace activists reported killed. This has to be made to count. The dead have joined Rachel Corrie, Tom Hurndall, James Miller and Brian Avery in giving up their...

Raid on the Gaza FlotillaIsrael's Attack on Us All
Uruknet May 31, 2010 - It is quite astounding that Israel has been able to create over the past 12 hours a news blackout, just as it did with its attack on Gaza 18 months ago, into which our main media organisations have willingly allowed Israeli spokespeople to step in unchallenged. How many civilians were killed in Israel’s dawn attack...

US activist loses eye after being shot in face with tear gas canister
Uruknet May 31, 2010 - An American solidarity activist was shot in the face with a tear gas canister during a demonstration in Qalandiya, today. Emily Henochowicz is currently in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem undergoing surgery to remove her left eye, following the demonstration that was held in protest to Israel’s murder of at least 10 civilians aboard the Gaza...

US journalist injured by Israeli border guards at Qalandiya
Uruknet May 31, 2010 - An American journalist sustained an injury to the eye as Israeli border guards attempted to disperse a women's rally protesting the killing of 10 activists on board the Freedom Fleet, near the Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem. Emily Holow Mobays' injury was reportedly sustained after a sound bomb launched to disperse the crowd struck...

PFLP condemns the murderous crimes of the Israeli pirates and salutes the heroes of the Freedom Flotilla
Uruknet May 31, 2010 - The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine condemns the latest Israeli massacre on the high seas, in international waters, the brutal assault on the international Freedom Flotilla to Gaza on May 31, 2010. The Israeli state terror pirates, said the Front, attacked the humanitarian aid and international solidarity ships with firearms and commandos; the...

Brave Israeli Commandos Slaughter Aid Activists at Sea
Uruknet May 31, 2010 - ...Netanyahu's spokesman, Mark Regev, claimed "They initiated the violence," and the IDF insisted it responded when its forces "were attacked with knives, clubs, and even live fire." Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said soldiers were forced by violent acts to respond with live fire. They lied. Viewing the video footage, Al Jazeera's Ayman Mohyeldin reported...

Footage of IDF siege
Uruknet May 31, 2010 - This Al Jazeera footage of the IDF's seige includes English-language commentary, confirming that the ship didn't even enter Israel's exclusion zone, that it was in international water, and that the IDF deliberately targeted civilians...

Call from Gaza for global response to killings on the Freedom Flotilla
Uruknet May 31, 2010 - We Gaza based Palestinian Civil Society Organizations and International activists call on the international community and civil society to pressure their governments and Israel to cease the abductions and killings in Israel’s attacks against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla sailing for Gaza, and begin a global response to hold Israel accountable for the murder of foreign...

International activists cause their own deaths by attacking nonconfrontational Israeli commandos
Uruknet May 31, 2010 - At a press briefing this morning following the massacre by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) commandos of passengers on board the Mavi Marmara, one of the boats pertaining to the Freedom Flotilla attempting to break the siege of Gaza, IDF spokeswoman Avital Liebovitch claimed that the passengers had engaged in "severe violence against our soldiers." According...

PRC condemns Israel Crimes against “Freedom Flotilla”Israeli attacks are crimes against Humanity
Uruknet May 31, 2010 - The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) in London condemns the Israeli piracy attacks against the civilians on boards of Freedom Flotilla. PRC, a co-founder of European Campaign to End Siege (ECESG) which is a partner in the freedom flotilla suggests that Israel reached the top stage of state lawlessness regarding International law. Majed al Zeer, General...

“Criminal pirate” Israel makes a fool of the OECD* only days after it clasped the viper to its bosom
Uruknet May 31, 2010 - This morning I’m hearing reports of 20 or more dead and dozens injured after Israeli forces attacked the Free Gaza flotilla in international waters and gunned down unarmed crew and passengers. This is no surprise. Israel had been threatening for weeks to use violence, as is its style, to intercept the peaceful mission. And I...

PCHR Condemns Israeli Attack on Gaza Freedom Flotilla
Uruknet May 31, 2010 - The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the crime perpetrated by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) earlier this morning, 31 May 2010, when Israeli Naval Forces attacked the "Gaza Freedom Flotilla" in international waters as it was sailing towards the Gaza Strip. IOF used excessive and lethal force in its attack on the ships,...

Sheikh Raed Salah shot in head, critical
Uruknet May 31, 2010 - Sheikh Raed Salah was critically injured by Israeli forces that attacked the Freedom Flotilla Monday morning, and was receiving treatment at Israel's Tel Hashomer Hospital for gunshot wound to head, sources said. Israeli military sources said Salah was injured but not critical, and claimed he was not carrying identification. Salah is the leader of the...

Eroding Free Expression in Israel
Uruknet May 31, 2010 - ...An Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel April 29 press release discussed Israeli human rights groups' response to a proposed Knesset bill to suppress information exposing serious international law breaches, calling it a danger to democracy. At issue is a proposed Associations (Amutot) Law (Amendment - Exceptions to the Registration and Activity...

Turkey withdraws ambassador to Israel over deaths
Uruknet May 31, 2010 — Turkey's deputy prime minister says Turkey is withdrawing its ambassador to Israel, canceling three joint military drills and calling on the U.N. Security Council to convene in an emergency session about Israel.The moves come after 10 pro-Palestinian activists on an aid flotilla were reported killed and dozens wounded by Israeli forces. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent...

Israel’s Actions Amount To Piracy!
Uruknet May 31, 2010 - The international community and the EU representatives cannot be silent on this heinous aggression toward international activists, unarmed civilians challenging a criminal siege which is suffocating Gaza’s population!", said Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative. "Israel is continuing its repression policy on Palestinians as well as on international activists and is...

Israel kills at least 16 and injures 30 peace and justice activists on Flotilla to Gaza
Uruknet May 31, 2010 - ...I came to Gaza by boat in November 2008, and while I expected we could be stopped, abducted and deported by Israeli pirates in naval boats, I never thought they would actually kill us, despite recent history [the countless Palestinians killed, the international activists and reporters killed]. And even last night, despite the Israeli war...

Fayyad: IOF committed crime against peace activists
31 May 2010 - West Bank, May 31, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad condemned the Israel occupation forces' attack of the Gaza aid ships and issued a statement saying, "The Israeli occupation forces, in broad daylight, committed a crime against international peace activists taking part in the freedom sail." "The government vehemently condemns this crime, which once again illustrates Israel's...

The world responses to Israel's massacre of freedom
31 May 2010 - Gaza, May 31, (Pal Telegraph) After the massacre of freedom that Israel committed by attacking the peaceful un armed fleet of freedom, the world started responding. Among those who were injured was Sheikh Raed Salah, The head of the Islamic movement in the Palestinian occupied lands of 48.

Abbas declares three-day mourning for flotilla victims
31 May 2010 - West Bank, May 31, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced three-day mourning for flotilla victims who were killed by Israeli occupation naval forces today, Palestinian sources reported. President Abbas described the deadly Israeli raid on a fleet of ships carrying aid to Gaza as a massacre. About 16 activists were reported killed 60 other were injured when...

Protests in Gaza against Israeli attack on ''Freedom Flotilla''
31 May 2010 - Gaza, May 31, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Thousands of Palestinians protested in different parts of Gaza Strip Monday morning against the Israeli attack on the “Freedom Flotilla” which resulted in killing 16 activist and wounding another 60 so far. The Palestinians protesters carried banners condemned the Israeli crime committed against the pro-Palestinian activists who were on board the ships.  ...

New USS Liberty: Israel kills peace activists
31 May 2010 - Gaza, May 31, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation forces massacred 16 activists on board the Gaza-bound “Freedom” flotilla Sunday overnight and Monday, according to the Israeli TV. 60 other people were also injured. Early reports said that 10 activists were killed.

Apartheid State of Israel massacres peace activists
31 May 2010 - Gaza, May 31, (Pal Telegraph) The death toll from the Israeli navy's takeover of a Gaza aid convoy has risen to more than 20 while Israel carefully censors reports on the casualties from the attack.

World unites to condemn attack on Gaza convoy
The National 31 May 2010 - Turkey leads the international protests against the Israeli attack on the flotilla carrying aid to Gaza as the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, pulls out of a meeting with Barack Obama to deal with the diplomatic fallout.

Protests across Arab world as leaders express outrage
The National 31 May 2010 - Around 600 protesters gathered in front of Kuwait's parliament last night to condemn Israel's attack on aid ships near Gaza which were carrying 16 Kuwaitis.

Netanyahu flies home to a crisis
The National 31 May 2010 - Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, yesterday cancelled a highly anticipated meeting with the US president as he attempted to limit the damage to Israel's image after the attack on aid ships.

Israel’s kent state
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - Having worked on the issue of Israel and its myriad conflicts for many years, one gets used to tragedy and even to stunningly abhorrent behavior. And indeed, I have seen more than enough of both from...

AIPAC silent on flotilla assault
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - New York - The US' largest pro-Israel lobby group, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was conspicuously silent on Monday amid international furor over Israel's raid on an aid convoy in the Mediterranean that left at...

Flotilla aftermath: US fails to condemn Israel
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - Washington - Both the US Department of State and the US Mission to the United Nations gave statements in response to the Israeli attack on the Gaza aid convoy in international waters Monday morning, and while...

IN PHOTOS: Flotilla protests around the world
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - New York - From Islamabad to Istanbul to Washington, DC, demonstrators took to the streets on Monday to denounce Israel's attack on the "Freedom Flotilla" carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. Palestinians in the occupied territories and...

Israeli commandos kill dozens on Gaza flotilla during confrontation
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - This frame from a Sky News video appears to show flotilla passengers attacking Israeli troops with clubs after the troops rappelled onto the ship from helicopters. Israeli forces raided six ships carrying pro-Palestinian activists and humanitarian...

ICG: Flotilla assault a 'symptom of failed US policy'
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - New York - The global think tank The International Crisis Group (ICG) said on Monday that the US, EU, and Quartet are complicit in policies that culminated in Israel's deadly attack on a convoy of ships...

Israel opens fire on Gaza aid ships, 10+ dead
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - (Please visit the site to view this media) Over 10 are dead, including a Turkish parliamentarian, are dead after Israel opened fire on a flotilla of Gaza aid ships that departed from Turkey. Israeli naval commandos...

Live coverage: Israel's flotilla raid
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - Turkish protesters in Istanbul wave Palestinian flags. (Photo: AFP) We'll be live-blogging the latest updates following Israel's attack on the Gaza aid flotilla, including international reaction, photos and video. Early Monday morning, Israel attacked a flotilla...

Make up with Benjamin Netanyahu
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - Israel's disastrous commando operation against the Gaza relief flotilla delays and complicates - but does not entirely derail - the kiss-and-make-up session that would have played out at the White House on Tuesday, had Prime Minister...

Death at Sea: Noam Sheizaf live blogging as the Gaza flotilla affair unfolds
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - 11:42 PM : Weapons found by IDF on Mavi Marmara: knifes and sticks ( IDF spokesperson picture here ). 11:05 PM: It seems that the government and the army got their message through, at least here in Israel. The...

UN: Presidential statement, no resolution on Gaza convoy
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - New York - Initial reports from an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York indicate that the body is drafting a presidential statement on Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound aid convoy on...

Gaza convoy passengers offloaded at Ashdod; Al Jazeera crew attacked
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - New York - Israeli authorities offloaded passengers from six ships in a Gaza-bound aid convoy that was stormed by Israeli commandos early on Monday. The largest ship, the Turkish Mavi Marmara, was the last of six...

Attacking freedom
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - Once again I find myself glued to the TV; watching the breaking news on Al Jazeera, jumping to the BBC, then CNN, then the Israeli TV channels and back again. It has become a sadly familiar...

Brave Israeli commandos slaughter aid activists at sea
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - Even America's major media can't duck a crime this grave - attacking and slaughtering up to 20 Gaza Freedom Flotilla activists and injuring dozens more. New York Times writer Isabel Kershner headlined "At Least 10 Killed...

UK: Israel must lift Gaza closure
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - New York - Britain condemned Israel's attack on an aid convoy in the Mediterranean on Monday and urged Israel to end its three-year-old blockade of the Gaza Strip. "I deplore the loss of life during the...

Report: US activist loses eye after shot by Israeli troops
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - New York - International activists said Israeli soldiers shot an American woman in the face at a demonstration in the West Bank on Monday in response to Israel's storming of a Gaza-bound aid convoy. The International...

Israeli commandos raid Gaza aid Flotilla, Netanyahu cancels meeting with Obama
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - The Associated Press reports that " Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday, killing at least 10 passengers in a predawn...

Israel attacks Gaza freedom Flotilla
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - I woke up this morning in Amman, Jordan, to the alarming news that things had turned bloody in the Mediterranean. The latest reports are indicating that Israeli forces have killed some 16 humanitarian activists and injured...

Israel defending the indefensible
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - Israel's use of force against the Gaza aid flotilla will prove self-defeating, says Marwan Bishara. The Israeli military attack on the 'break the siege of Gaza' flotilla in international waters, 65km off the shores of Gaza,...

Gaza civil society responds to flotilla killings
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - Civil society organizations in Gaza sent out the following statement Monday morning: We Gaza based Palestinian Civil Society Organizations and International activists call on the international community and civil society to pressure their governments and Israel...

Peace now's Yaariv oppenheimer on Gaza Flotilla debacle: Israel's moral decadence
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - Israel's moral decadence Yariv Oppenheimer | May 31, 2010 (published in Maariv , Hebrew only) Even if the fleet to Gaza is irritating and outrageous, a sovereign state cannot treat every act of protest as a terror event...

UN Security Council holds emergency session over flotilla killings
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - New York - The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Monday afternoon to discuss Israel's deadly raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, diplomats told Reuters. Diplomats said the meeting would start at 1...

WATCH: Worldwide protests following flotilla raid
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - New York - Pro-Palestinian activists called a series of demonstrations in world cities on Monday following Israel's deadly raid on a convoy of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. Organizers posted a central list of demonstrations...

Israel: Flotilla activists attacked navy
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - Washington - The Israeli military has released a video, which they say demonstrates Israeli naval personnel being attacked by "Freedom Flotilla" activists on board Turkish convoy vessel the Mavi Marmara, the Huffington Post reported Monday. This...

Haniyeh tells Abbas: Stop negotiations with Israel
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - Washington - Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Hanieyh has called on Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to terminate indirect negotiations with Israel after the flotilla attack, saying, "it is not reasonable to continue talks in light of this...

Netanyahu-Obama visit cancelled after 10 killed by Israel on Gaza-bound humanitarian aid ship
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - Update: Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has cancelled his visit to President Barack Obama today after the Israeli military’s embarassing middle-of-the-night raid on humanitarian aid ships bound for Gaza left at least 10 people dead and...

Israel's Kent State: After Flotilla Massacre, Netanyahu Cannot Come
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - UPDATE: Obviously Netanyahu must not be invited to the White House after this. What more is there to add? The Israelis attacked in international waters and they attacked people who were heading to territory that in...

Jerusalem clashes after Israeli offensive
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - Washington - Clashes broke out in East Jerusalem between Palestinian residents and Israeli border guards in response to Israel's high-seas raid of the Gaza aid convoy, Ma'an News Agency reported Monday. Shops like this one in...

Global outcry at Gaza convoy deaths
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - Netanyahu cancels Washington visit; Turkey recalls envoy from Israel Washington - The world community condemned a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid convoy on Monday. At least 10 and as many as 16 civilians were...

International actions to lift the siege on Gaza today
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - I am convinced more than ever that the end of Israeli apartheid is close. No other system in the world today exists with this much social pathology and spiteful anger. It is lashing out without much...

Israel helps the Gaza flotilla's PR team
Palestine Note 31 May 2010 - We haven't remarked yet on the flotilla of cargo ships making their way from the Turkish coast towards the Gaza Strip. The boats left international waters around Cyprus this afternoon; they expect to reach Gazan waters...

Sheizaf: Two more families face eviction in Sheikh Jarrah; hundreds attend protests
Palestine Note 30 May 2010 - Two more Palestinian families from East Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood received this week eviction orders. According to Haaretz's report , the families were ordered to leave their houses within 45 days. No alternative residency was offered to...

Report: Israel deploys nuclear-armed submarines near Iran
Palestine Note 30 May 2010 - New York - The Times of London reported on Sunday that Israel has stationed three submarined armed with nuclear cruise missiles in the Persian Gulf off the coast of Iran. According to the report, Israel sent...

Deadly Israeli raid on aid fleet
AlJazeera 31 May 2010 - At least nine people killed after troops storm flotilla of ships trying to break Gaza siege.

Palestinian Human Rights Council Condemns Israel’s Unlawful and Violent Attack on International Humanitarian Aid Flotilla
Alternative Information Center - The Palestinian Human Rights Council condemns the unlawful assault by the Israeli navy on a flotilla of international ships bringing aid to Gaza early this morning. The assault is unprecedented and illegal...

AIC Background Information: Freedom Flotilla to Break Israeli Siege on Gaza Strip
Alternative Information Center - Free Gaza Flotilla: AIC Interview with Palestinian organiser Lubna Masarwa: http://alternativenews.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2606:free-gaza-flotilla&catid=152:jerusalem-diaries&Itemid=899   The Freedom Flotilla set sail determined, once again, to challenge...

Dr Erakat: “What We Have Seen This Morning is a War Crime”
Alternative Information Center - Chief Palestinian Negotiator Dr. Saeb Erakat has strongly condemned this morning’s “brutal attacks” of Israeli forces against the Gaza Flotilla. The Gaza Flotilla is an international effort to break the Israeli siege on Gaza, bringing tons...

Israel Commits Massacre, Piracy in International Waters against Freedom Flotilla
Alternative Information Center - This morning, 31 May 2010, the Israeli navy perpetrated a new crime against humanity when it attacked the Freedom Flotilla, bound for Gaza, sailing in international waters. On the boats were 750 people from 40 different...

Activists from Israel Denied Right to Enter Ashdod Port, Demonstrate Nearby
Alternative Information Center - More than 60 activists from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv were denied entry into the port of Ashdod, to where the Israeli army announced it was bringing the ships and the hundreds of international activists from the...

Call from Gaza for Global Response to Killings on the Freedom Flotilla
Alternative Information Center - We Gaza based Palestinian Civil Society Organizations and International activists call on the international community and civil society to pressure their governments and Israel to cease the abductions and killings in Israel’s attacks against the Gaza...

Palestine at the US Social Forum 2010
Alternative Information Center - As part of the US Social Forum, the Palestine Track is organizing more than 20 workshops and People's Movement Assemblies related to Palestine. They will also be hosting a huge Palestine Tent where more...

Israeli Navy Murders at Least 10, Injures Dozens of Freedom Flotilla Activists
Alternative Information Center - Hundreds of Israeli navy commandos stormed the Freedom Flotilla ships, murdering at least ten unarmed activists and injuring dozens.   Activists in Israel are organizing...

Popular Protests, Strikes Called in West Bank, Israel in Protest of Israeli Killing of at least 15 Freedom Flotilla Activists
Alternative Information Center - Palestinian popular committees and parties from across the political spectrum have called for popular demonstrations to be conducted at 2pm today (31 May) in the centres of West Bank cities in protest...

Israeli Authorities Exploit Indictments to Raid East Jerusalem Village of Issawiya
Alternative Information Center - Israeli police began blocking an entrance to the East Jerusalem village of al-Issawiya today (30 May). The entrance, located next to the Hebrew University, is being blockaded with large...

Palestinian Woman Killed by Settler's Car
PNN - Hebron – PNN - A Palestinian woman died of wounds suffered when a settler hit her with his car Sunday, Palestinian medical sources in Hebron, southern West Bank, reported. Hey husband was...

Gaza And The Sea
PNN - By: Nadia Harhash - Is it just a new-fangled scenario that adjoins our grieve? Is it an added collection of martyrs ? Should we rejoice the joining of International martyrs to the flock...

The EU Condemns Israel's Attack On The Gaza Aid Flotilla
PNN - Bethlehem – PNN - High Representative/Vice-President Catherine Ashton deeply regrets the loss of life as a result of the Israeli military operation against the Flotilla sailing to Gaza. In a press statement...

Israel's Military Prevents Media From Covering Assault On Humanitarian Flotilla
PNN - Bethlehem – PNN - Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the censorship attempts that accompanied today’s deadly assault by Israel on a flotilla that was carrying humanitarian aid, 750 pro-Palestinian activists and several...

MADA: Israel Responsible For The lives Of Press Crews
PNN - Ramallah – PNN - The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) strongly condemns the Israeli attack against the International fleet for breaking the siege on Gaza Strip. The attack, that...

Bethlehem Protests Against Flotilla Deaths
PNN - Bethlehem - PNN - Around 100 Internationals and Palestinians gathered today in Bethlehem's Nativity Square to demonstrate against Israeli attack on the Free Gaza Ships. the attack left up to 19 activists...

Israel faces int'l fury over flotilla
Jeruslalem Post 1 Jun 2010 - Turkey leads condemnation efforts, recalls ambassador.

Questions abound over planning of sea op
Jeruslalem Post 1 Jun 2010 - Did IDF exhaust its options before deciding to send Flotilla 13, inexpert at crowd dispersion.

Turkey demands int’l inquiry c’tee
Jeruslalem Post 1 Jun 2010 - Accusing Israel of murder, Ankara pushes for UNSC censure.

Vicious conflict aboard ‘Mavi Marmara’, 5 other ships swiftly commandeered
Jeruslalem Post 31 May 2010 - Dozens wounded, including 10 soldiers, in pre-dawn battle at sea; Israel says its commandos were brutally attacked before opening fire.

The flotilla fiasco
Jeruslalem Post 31 May 2010 - Why did IDF so underestimate hostility of those it called terrorists?

Mass left-wing protest in TA
Jeruslalem Post 31 May 2010 - Protestors decry Gaza flotilla 'massacre' at demonstration in Tel Aviv.

FM 'boarding legal under int. law'
Jeruslalem Post 31 May 2010 - Lieberman: 'flotilla unacceptable attack on Israel's sovereignty'.

Lieberman: 'Flotilla violence planned in advance'
Jeruslalem Post 31 May 2010 - Deputy Prime Minister calls ships' passengers 'terrorist supporters.'

Israeli lawyers: Ship seizure violates int'l law
Jeruslalem Post 31 May 2010 - Prosecution charges that Israel engaged in acts of piracy.

Netanyahu cancels White House meeting
Jeruslalem Post 31 May 2010 - PM, in Canada, to cut upcoming White House trip short, returning to Israel.

Commando soldier: 'It looked like the Ramallah lynch"
Jeruslalem Post 31 May 2010 - Watch IDF-released footage of demonstrators aboard the Mavi Marmara using violence against Israel Navy soldiers.

Israel issues travel warning to Turkey
Jeruslalem Post 31 May 2010 - Counter-Terrorism Bureau: "Violent outbreaks" likely after raid.

Barak: Gaza flotilla organizers are responsible for 15 activists killed
Jeruslalem Post 31 May 2010 - Defense minister says soldiers tried to disperse protesters peacefully; deputy FM makes first official Israeli response on IDF raid; PM updated in Canada.

Abbas slams 'slaughter' at sea
Jeruslalem Post 31 May 2010 - PA president: 3 days of mourning for Gaza flotilla; Salah goes in for surgery.

IDF: Soldiers were met by well-planned lynch
Jeruslalem Post 31 May 2010 - At least 10 activists killed, six soldiers wounded in violent Israeli takeover of Gaza flotilla

Obama’s NPT deviation
Jeruslalem Post 31 May 2010 - Democracies must single out Iran for condemnation.

B’Tselem: Open immediate investigation into Action to Gain control of Flotilla to Gaza
WAFA - TEL AVIV, May 31, 2010 (WAFA)- The Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem demanded that an immediate, independent and effective investigation be made into the circumstances of the military

Local YMCA Condemns Israeli Massacre against Unarmed Civilians
WAFA - JERUSALEM, May 31, 2010 (WAFA)- The Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine strongly condemned the Israeli  massacre against unarmed civilians of Freedom

Obama Expresses Regret at Loss of Life of Freedom Flotilla
WAFA - WASHINGTON, May 31, 2010 (WAFA) - The U.S. President Barack Obama “expressed deep regret at the loss of life in today's incident” of the Israeli assault on Freedom Flotilla, and “concern for the

RSF Condemns Censorship Accompanied Assault on Flotilla
WAFA - PARIS, May 31, 2010 (WAFA)- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) strongly condemned the censorship attempts that accompanied today’s deadly assault by Israel on a flotilla that was carrying humanitarian

Blair Shocked at Tragic Loss of Life
WAFA - LONDON, May 31, 2010 (WAFA) - Quartet Representative Tony Blair expressed deep regret and shock at the tragic loss of life, obviously has to be a full investigation into what has

Friends of Humanity Condemns Israeli Aggression on Freedom Flottila
WAFA - VIENNA, May 31, 2010 (WAFA) -Friends of Humanity International Friends Of Humanity International, Human Rights Organization ,Menschenfreunde International Gesellschaft Fuer Menschenrechte, Monday,

Ashton Deeply Regrets Loss of Life by Israeli Military against Flotilla
WAFA - BRUSSELS, May 31, 2010 (WAFA) – EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said she is deeply regretted the loss of life as a result of the Israeli military operation against the Flotilla sailing to

We Are Shocked by Killings, & Injuries on Boats Carrying Supplies for Gaza, UN Says
WAFA - NEW YORK, May 31, 2010 (WAFA)- UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry s and Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency Filippo Grandi said “We are shocked

MIDEAST: Israeli Navy Storms Humanitarian Flotilla, Kills 16
IPS RAMALLAH, May 31 (IPS) - Israeli naval commandos shot dead 16 people and wounded over 30 on Monday morning, as they attacked an unarmed humanitarian and civilian flotilla - in international waters - trying to bring desperately needed aid to Gaza.

Difficult Times Call for Dangerous Jobs
IPS GAZA CITY, May 30 (IPS) - Life can be hard working in these tunnels, and it is always at risk. But many have no choice but to work in them, particularly since mid-2007, when Israel and Egypt, with the help of the international community, imposed a siege of staggering severity...

Stop the Wall: Israeli declared war against international solidarity
Stop The Wall - The Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign is saddened and outraged by Sunday night’s attack on the Free Gaza flotilla. Israeli elite navy corps stormed the ships filled with 700 civilians, killing up to 16 according to reports and injuring dozens. [

Israelis Kill at least 10, Injure Dozens in Assault on Gaza Ship Convoy Carrying Humanitarian Aid
5/31/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - Action Alert: Israeli military attacks Gaza Freedom Flotilla, deaths confirmed - Israeli commandos surround convoy, fire live ammunition upon Mavi Marmara, with hundreds of aid workers and activists aboard. Raw video from the ship during the assault below. - 10 PM CST: Solidarity activists aboard one of six relief vessels traveling to Gaza with humanitarian report that....

Action Alert: Israeli military attacks Gaza Freedom Flotilla, 10 deaths confirmed
5/31/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - Free Gaza Movement - Israel Murders at Least 9 Unarmed Civilians on Aid Flotilla to Gaza, Dozens Injured - (Cyprus, June 1, 2010, 6:30AM local) Under darkness of night, Israeli commandos from at least 14 warships and military helicopters boarded the Turkish passenger ship, Mavi Marmara, and began shooting. According to live video from the ship....

Call from Gaza for global response to killings on the Freedom Flotilla
5/31/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - Gaza Civil Society - We Gaza based Palestinian Civil Society Organizations and International activists call on the international community and civil society to pressure their governments and Israel to cease the abductions and killings in Israel's attacks against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla sailing for Gaza, and begin a global response to hold Israel accountable for the....

US activist loses eye after being shot in face with tear gas canister
5/31/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - US citizen Emily Henochowicz was shot directly in the face with a tear gas canister as she non-violently demonstrated against the Flotilla massacre - An American solidarity activist was shot in the face with a tear gas canister during a demonstration in Qalandiya, today. Emily Henochowicz is currently in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem undergoing surgery to remove her left eye, following the demonstration that was held in protest to Israel’s murder of at least 10 civilians aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters this morning. 21-year old Emily Henochowicz was hit in the face with a tear gas projectile fired directly at her by an Israeli soldier during the demonstration at Qalandiya checkpoint today. Related: US journalist injured by Israeli border guards at Qalandiya

Israelis told to avoid Turkey, but not everybody takes heed
Ha'aretz 31 May 2010 - Some 150 passengers were scheduled to fly on flight 787, which took off at about 3:20 P.M. from Israel to Turkey; there were no cancellations reported.

ANALYSIS / Israel has forgotten the lessons of the Exodus
Ha'aretz 31 May 2010 - Israel played into Hamas' hands by storming the boats of the 'Freedom Flotilla.'

Obama withholds condemnation of Gaza flotilla clashes, calls for clarification of 'facts'
Ha'aretz 31 May 2010 - U.S. President Obama says he deeply regrets loss of life, plans to reschedule meeting with Netanyahu.

Video: Israel Navy troops storming Gaza flotilla
Ha'aretz 31 May 2010 - IDF troops said they were forced to open fire after the activists attacked them as they boarded the ship.

IAEA: Iran is expanding atom work, bomb fear remains
Ha'aretz 31 May 2010 - Iran has added a second set of centrifuges -- nuclear enrichment machines -- for refining uranium to 20 percent purity, but they are not yet operational., There is no other fitting or proper way to clarify the circumstances of the incident, which began as an act of protest and ended with dead demonstrators and a grave international crisis.

Israel clearing passengers from Gaza flotilla now docked in Ashdod port
Ha'aretz 31 May 2010 - Israel detains at least 32 activists upon arrival, dozens hospitalized; Turkish-flagged ship stormed by Israel Navy last to arrive at port.

ANALYSIS / Whatever Turkey does, it will be bad for Israel and good for Hamas
Ha'aretz 31 May 2010 - One thing is already clear - the raid on the Gaza flotilla has dealt Turkey-Israel ties an official, public blow.

UN Security Council members urge Israel to lift Gaza siege
Ha'aretz 31 May 2010 - Security Council convenes for emergency meeting session over Gaza flotilla deaths; Palestinians and Arabs call for independent probe.

'The images we saw this morning were devastating for the country I love so much'
Ha'aretz 31 May 2010 - At 'Democracy and its Challenges' conference sponsored by the French Embassy in cooperation with Haaretz, Bernard-Henri Levy rebukes Israel for action over Gaza flotilla.

Netanyahu: I regret Gaza flotilla deaths, but Israeli troops had right to self-defense
Ha'aretz 31 May 2010 - PM cancels meeting with Obama, promises to keep him updated on developments in aftermath of incident; Barak: Organizers of Gaza flotilla to blame for deadly clashes.

Turkey recalls envoy over Gaza flotilla deaths, accuses Israel of 'state terrorism'
Ha'aretz 31 May 2010 - Egypt summons Israeli ambassador after nine activists killed in Israel Navy raid; Arab League urges member states to 'reconsider dealings with Israel'; Abbas: Israel committed 'massacre'.

Protesters from U.S., Paris to Istanbul denounce deadly Gaza flotilla raid
Ha'aretz 31 May 2010 - CNN-Turk and NTV televisions protesters scuffling with Turkish police guarding consulate building in central Istanbul.

Israel Navy commandos: Gaza flotilla activists tried to lynch us
Ha'aretz 31 May 2010 - Nine activists on board Gaza-bound flotilla killed in violent clashes when Israel Navy commandos boarded ships; 7 commandos hurt, 2 seriously.

Obama promised to bolster Israel's strategic capabilities, Jerusalem officials say
Ha'aretz 31 May 2010 - Obama offered Netanyahu guarantees that the U.S. would not let any decision made during the recent NPT review conference 'harm Israel's vital interests.'

Gaza: From blockade to bloodshed | Editorial
The Guardian 31 May 2010 - Nothing has done more to establish Israel's status as a pariah state among its neighbours than the actions of its armed forces If an armed group of Somali pirates had yesterday boarded six vessels on the...

Letters: Attack on the Gaza aid flotilla
The Guardian 31 May 2010 - We write to express our deep shock and horror at the unjustified atrocities perpetrated by the Israeli authorities in boarding an aid flotilla headed for Gaza and opening fire, killing innocent people. The Green party of...

Israel reveals its true face | Ahdaf Soueif
The Guardian 31 May 2010 - The murder of these peace activists will count. Sanctions must surely be the price This will count. A flotilla of relief boats attacked in international waters . Armed commandos boarding a vessel carrying supplies for a besieged...

Israel accused of state terrorism after assault on flotilla carrying Gaza aid
The Guardian 31 May 2010 - At least nine activists killed and dozens more wounded by Israeli naval commandos Israel was engulfed by a wave of global condemnation tonight after a botched assault on a flotilla carrying aid and supplies to the...

Q&A: The Gaza Freedom flotilla
The Guardian 31 May 2010 - What were the flotilla's goals, and did Israel violate international law? What was the aim of the Gaza Freedom flotilla? The Free Gaza movement says it was intended to deliver aid to Gaza to get around...

Israeli publicity machine cranks into gear over raid on Mavi Marmara
The Guardian 31 May 2010 - Activists on board flotilla remain silent following Israeli commando assault on convoy From Jonah's Hill, a lookout point 50m above the Israeli port of Ashdod, the view out to sea on Monday was one of implausible...

Israeli attack on Gaza flotilla sparks international outrage
The Guardian 31 May 2010 - Israeli navy stormed the Mavi Marmara, the flagship of a flotilla of vessels crewed by pro-Palestinian activists They came by sea and air, shattering the peace of a Mediterranean night. Shortly after 4.30am yesterday, in international...

Gaza protesters: 'We have close friends on the boat and we're waiting for news'
The Guardian 31 May 2010 - Hundreds turn out in central London to protest killing of pro-Palestinian activists by Israeli forces Emotions ran high at a protest in central London today where hundreds of people turned out to condemn the killing of...

Israeli military: 'errors of judgment' and civilian deaths
The Guardian 31 May 2010 - From torpedoing a US ship in 1967 to killing 12-year-old Muhammad al-Dura, Israel has made fatal mistakes The Israeli military has nurtured a reputation as a formidable force while constantly proclaiming that no army does more...

Video: Israeli military footage of flotilla assault
The Guardian 31 May 2010 - IDF releases thermal images soldiers storming aid flotilla, along with captions giving its description of event

Haaretz publisher: Self-censorship is greatest threat to press freedom
Ha'aretz - Amos Schocken tells conference sponsored by the French Embassy in Israel in cooperation with Haaretz that many journalists are concerned about alienating their readers.

Is being media savvy and having a camera enough to be a journalist?
Ha'aretz - At the 'Democracy and its Challenges' conference sponsored by the French Embassy in cooperation with Haaretz, journalists express opinions on news in the age of the internet.

Knesset throws out bill to ban free newspapers
Ha'aretz - Legislative committee's rejection of proposed bill is victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ally Sheldon Adelson, owner of no-cost daily Israel Hayom

Israel: Full, Impartial Investigation of Flotilla Killings Essential
Relief Web 31 May 2010 - Source: Human Rights Watch

Statement of John Holmes, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, on the 'Free Gaza' Flotilla Crisis
Relief Web 31 May 2010 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OPT: Israeli killings of Gaza ship activists must be investigated
Relief Web 31 May 2010 - Source: Amnesty

Nine dead as Israel storms aid ship, sparks outcry
Relief Web 31 May 2010 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet

Obama urges Netanyahu to get facts on Gaza ship raid
YNet News - White House says US president told Israeli PM he deeply regrets loss of life in....

IAEA: Iran expands atom work
YNet News - UN nuclear watchdog says Iran stockpiled twice amount of uranium needed to make....

'Marmara' ship docks in Ashdod; video shows attack on troops
YNet News - (Video) After deadly IDF takeover Turkish flotilla ship arrives in military pier....

Riots in Umm al-Fahm over naval raid on Gaza aid flotilla
YNet News - Two police officers lightly hurt from stones thrown at them during riots; Arab....

Livni explains PR efforts
YNet News - Opposition leader speaks to foreign press in effort to minimize blow to Israel's....

Istanbul rally: Israel will drown in blood
YNet News - Some 10,000 protestors hold demonstrations in Turkey's main cities following....

PM cancels White House meeting due to Gaza flotilla events
YNet News - (Video) Netanyahu calls off meeting with Obama to deal with crisis over lethal....

Hospitals treat 42 people injured in Gaza sail raid
YNet News - Six hospitals across Israel take in soldiers, activists injured in lethal Gaza....

Fatah official: Israel world's most despicable country
YNet News - Hundreds of Palestinians protest near Ramallah against lethal raid on Gaza aid....

Israel to UN: Flotilla participants not peace activists
YNet News - The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting Monday evening, less than 24 hours after the deadly naval raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. During the meeting, .......

FM says won't recall ambassador from Turkey
YNet News - Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Ynet Monday that despite recent events and Ankara's recall of its ambassador from Tel Aviv, he has no plans of making a similar .......

Netanyahu on Gaza ship raid: Soldiers acted in self defense
YNet News - "Gaza has become a base for terrorists backed by Iran," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday in the aftermath of the naval raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, .......

At least nine dead as Israel storms aid ship, sparks outcry
Daily Star 31 May 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza on Monday and at least nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed, triggering a diplomatic crisis and an emergency session of the UN Security Council .European...

A stone's throw from Nile, Egypt's taps are running dry
Daily Star 31 May 2010 KIRDASA, Egypt: Six months into her pregnancy, Tahani Rabia continues to ignore doctor's orders and rises before dawn every morning, praying that when she turns on the tap the water will flow.But more often than not,...

Senior Algeria Al-Qaeda man surrenders
Daily Star 31 May 2010 ALGIERS: A senior member of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Athmane Touati, alias Abou al-Abbes, has surrendered to the security services in Algeria, a security source said Monday.The security services "succeeded on May 25, 2010...

Iran producing higher-enriched uranium, IAEA report reveals
Daily Star 31 May 2010 Iran is pressing ahead with its controversial atomic program, producing enriched uranium at higher levels of purification and installing more machinery, a restricted UN report revealed on Monday.And the UN atomic watchdog says it remains concerned...

Al-Qaeda chief behind Iraq embassy attacks arrested
Daily Star 31 May 2010 BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces on Monday announced the arrest of Al-Qaeda's Baghdad military chief, who stands accused of planning attacks against the capital's hotels and embassies that have killed dozens this year. Abbas Najem Abdullah al-Jawari,...

Embarrassed Israel spreads disinformation, lies, to justify flotilla massacre
PIC 31 May 2010 - Israel, embarrassed by its naval forces’ bloody interception of Gaza-bound ships carrying humanitarian relief materials for besieged Gazans, has been spreading disinformation and outright lies

Pakistan echoes with pro Freedom Flotilla demonstrations
PIC 31 May 2010 - The highly offensive and unprovoked Israeli attack and killing of dozens of aid workers carrying food and medicines evoked strong response from all religious quarters in Pakistan..

International campaign preparing new aid flotilla to Gaza
PIC 31 May 2010 - Majed Al-Zeer, the director general of the Palestinian return center, has revealed that the international campaign to end the siege on Gaza has started preparing a new aid flotilla to Gaza Strip.

Israel declares full alert at borders
PIC 31 May 2010 - The IOF troops were put on full alert on the borders with Lebanon, Syria, and Gaza in anticipation of any retaliation to the IOF bloody hijacking of the Freedom Flotilla earlier on Monday.

Mishaal calls for ending Gaza siege once and for all
PIC 31 May 2010 - Khaled Mishaal, the supreme Hamas leader, held a series of contacts with Arab leaders and officials to discuss the Freedom Flotilla massacre committed by Israel against the defenseless convoy.

Halayqeh: Israel unveiled its usual devilish face
PIC 31 May 2010 - Hamas lawmaker Samira Halayqeh said that Israel’s aggressive attack on Freedom Flotilla aid convoy reflected its usual devilish face and unprecedented piracy against all international laws and norms.

Haneyya: The victims of Freedom Flotilla are the Palestinian people’s martyrs
PIC 31 May 2010 - Premier Ismail Haneyya on Monday described the victims of Freedom Flotilla as “the Palestinian people’s martyrs and declared Monday as “the day of freedom.”

Hamas: Israel fully responsible for its brutal attack on Freedom Flotilla
PIC 31 May 2010 - Hamas held Israel fully responsible for its brutal aggression on the Freedom Flotilla ships and the passengers aboard and described it as a new crime against humanity and the Palestinian people.

Sheikh Raed Salah seriously injured in the IOF assault on Freedom Flotilla
PIC 31 May 2010 - Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic movement in the 1948 occupied Palestinian lands, was seriously injured in the IOF assault on the Freedom Flotilla at dawn Monday, Hebrew media reported.

Khudari calls for stopping Israel’s massacre against Freedom Flotilla activists
PIC 31 May 2010 - MP Jamal Al-Khudari called on the international community and the countries whose nationals were aboard the Freedom Flotilla ships to stop the Israel from completing its massacre against the convoy.

Israel criticized over raid on Gaza flotilla
LA Times 31 May 2010 - Accused of using disproportionate force, Israel defends its raid, saying its soldiers were ambushed as they boarded an aid ship in international waters. Activists say any skirmish was self-defense. Israel faced a global diplomatic firestorm Monday over its deadly raid on a protest flotilla carrying humanitarian aid that was attempting to break through an Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Israel flotilla raid deals a blow to ties with Turkey
LA Times 31 May 2010 - Longtime ally Turkey recalls its ambassador and calls off joint military exercises as Turks protest the aid flotilla raid. Ties had been deteriorating since the Gaza assault in 2008-09. Turkey, a longtime ally of Israel, recalls its ambassador and calls off joint military exercises as Turks take to the streets in protest. Ties had been deteriorating since the Gaza assault in 2008-09.

Nuclear equipment missing from Iranian lab, IAEA report says
LA Times 31 May 2010 - An apparatus that could be used to extract plutonium for an atomic bomb is gone, the United Nations watchdog agency says. International arms control inspectors say sensitive equipment that could be used to extract plutonium for an atomic bomb has gone missing from a Tehran laboratory months after the apparatus was disclosed to a United Nations watchdog agency, according to an official report released Monday.

Israeli Raid Complicates U.S. Ties and Push for Peace
New York Times 31 May 2010 - The deadly operation on a flotilla trying to break a blockade of Gaza introduced a new strain into already tense relations between the United States and Israel.

Deadly Israeli Raid on Aid Flotilla Draws Condemnation
New York Times 31 May 2010 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel canceled his plans for meeting with President Obama after a raid on ships carrying supplies for Gaza left at least 10 people dead.

U.N. Report Says Iran Has Fuel for 2 Nuclear Weapons
New York Times 31 May 2010 - The report appears likely to bolster the Obama administration’s case for a fourth round of economic sanctions against Iran.

Palestinian Human Rights Council Condemns Israel’s Unlawful and Violent Attack on International Humanitarian Aid Flotilla
Alternative Information Center 3 - The Palestinian Human Rights Council condemns the unlawful assault by the Israeli navy on a flotilla of international ships bringing aid to Gaza early this morning. The assault is unprecedented and illegal...

Popular Protests, Strikes Called in West Bank, Israel in Protest of Israeli Killing of at least 15 Freedom Flotilla Activists
Alternative Information Center 2 - Palestinian popular committees and parties from across the political spectrum have called for popular demonstrations to be conducted at 2pm today (31 May) in the centres of West Bank cities in protest...

Israeli Navy Murders at Least 10, Injures Dozens of Freedom Flotilla Activists
Alternative Information Center 2 - Hundreds of Israeli navy commandos stormed the Freedom Flotilla ships, murdering at least ten unarmed activists and injuring dozens.   Activists in Israel are organizing...

Palestine at the US Social Forum 2010
Alternative Information Center 2 - As part of the US Social Forum, the Palestine Track is organizing more than 20 workshops and People's Movement Assemblies related to Palestine. They will also be hosting a huge Palestine Tent where more...

Israeli Authorities Exploit Indictments to Raid East Jerusalem Village of Issawiya
Alternative Information Center 2 - Israeli police began blocking an entrance to the East Jerusalem village of al-Issawiya today (30 May). The entrance, located next to the Hebrew University, is being blockaded with large...

Israel's Actions Amount To Piracy!
Palestine Monitor - Ramallah: “The international community and the EU representatives cannot be silent on this heinous aggression toward international activists, unarmed civilians challenging a criminal siege which is suffocating Gaza's population!”, said Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative. “Israel is continuing its repression policy...

Shock And Anger Follows Flotilla Massacre
Palestine Monitor - At least 14 activists were killed and up to 60 injured by live fire from the Israeli navy as they staged a pre-dawn raid on the Mavi Marmara today. The Turkish passenger ship, was carrying around 600 civilians when it was attacked in international waters 75...

Call from Gaza for Global Response to Killings on the Freedom Flotilla
Alternative Information Center 1 - We Gaza based Palestinian Civil Society Organizations and International activists call on the international community and civil society to pressure their governments and Israel to cease the abductions and killings in Israel’s attacks against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla sailing for Gaza, and begin...

Activists from Israel Denied Right to Enter Ashdod Port, Demonstrate Nearby
Alternative Information Center 1 - More than 60 activists from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv were denied entry into the port of Ashdod, to where the Israeli army announced it was bringing the ships and the hundreds of international activists from the Freedom Flotilla, brutally attacked by the Israeli navy earlier this...

Israel Commits Massacre, Piracy in International Waters against Freedom Flotilla
Alternative Information Center 1 - This morning, 31 May 2010, the Israeli navy perpetrated a new crime against humanity when it attacked the Freedom Flotilla, bound for Gaza, sailing in international waters. On the boats were 750 people from 40 different countries, among them 44 parliamentarians and politicians. Based on the...

Dr Erakat: “What We Have Seen This Morning is a War Crime”
Alternative Information Center 1 - Chief Palestinian Negotiator Dr. Saeb Erakat has strongly condemned this morning’s “brutal attacks” of Israeli forces against the Gaza Flotilla. The Gaza Flotilla is an international effort to break the Israeli siege on Gaza, bringing tons of humanitarian aid to help the 1.5 million...

AIC Background Information: Freedom Flotilla to Break Israeli Siege on Gaza Strip
Alternative Information Center 1 - Free Gaza Flotilla: AIC Interview with Palestinian organiser Lubna Masarwa: http://alternativenews.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2606:free-gaza-flotilla&catid=152:jerusalem-diaries&Itemid=899   The Freedom Flotilla set sail determined, once again, to challenge...

Israel apologists and the Israeli national will
Mondoweiss - Depending on ones view of Israel, the deaths that occurred on the decks of the Mavi Marmara early today are either reprehensible, tragic, regrettable, or — a cause for celebration. Someone just wrote to me: “Too bad you weren’t on that ship with the rest of...

Turkish jurisdiction
Mondoweiss - A comment on the legal aspects of Israeli attack from Craig Murray, ex UK Ambassador and one time Foreign Office specialist on maritime law. From his website : "A word on the legal position, which is very plain. To attack a foreign flagged vessel in international waters...

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