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Israel Attacks Freedom Flotilla, Massacres 19

Von: Dan Clore (clore@columbia-center.org) [Profil]
Datum: 01.06.2010 03:50
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Israel Attacks Gaza Aid Ships, Killing At Least 19
Ships Were Towed to Haifa to Avoid Media Coverage
by Jason Ditz, May 31, 2010

Israel had telegraphed its move for weeks. They had promised to stop the
aid ships at all cost, they had promised to use force against the aid
workers. Somehow, no amount of official bellicosity could prepare anyone
for the carnage that unfolded.

At least 19 aid workers were killed and dozens of others wounded when
Israeli commandos, backed up with helicopters, boarded the Mavi Marmara,
one of the six aid ships, and opened fire on the passengers.

It was by no means the largest massacre of civilians in Israeli history,
or even recent Israeli history, but unlike the others there was no way
to couch the deliberate attack on a civilian aid vessel in international
waters as Hamas’ fault, or an example of human shields, or even a narrow
miss of the real target.

Indeed it has spawned what must be among the lamest attempts at hasbara
(public explanation) in Israel’s sordid history, as one of the commandos
in the region’s most heavily armed military explained opening fire on
civilians by saying “they beat us up with metal sticks.”

Metal sticks notwithstanding, the aid flotilla was violating no
international laws in trying to deliver medicine and food to civilian
victims of an Israeli blockade. Israel on the other hand was most
assuredly violating international law in attacking an unarmed aid ship
on the open sea.

There has been talk in the past of Israel running afoul of international
piracy laws for capturing previous aid ships. Say what you will of that,
but in the previous engagements Israel didn’t massacre the crew, they
just took them captive and held them on dubious charges.

Even Israel’s right-far-right coalition seems to have some sense of
wrongdoing here, even if they would never admit so publicly. After
making a big deal of setting up Ashdod as a “welcoming” facility to
process the 700 soon-to-be-captives and loading it up with favorable
media, Israel re-routed the ships to Haifa, to escape scrutiny of their

The reaction to the massacre has already been enormous. At least five
countries have already summoned Israeli ambassadors to demand
explanations for the massacre, while thousands of protesters in Istanbul
stormed into the Israeli consulate just after the story broke.

A top Fatah official predicted the massacre would enhance the ongoing
boycott against Israel and would cause an increasing number of European
states, many of whom had MPs on the aid ships, to turn against them.
While it is too soon to gauge the level of international outrage it
cannot but be noted that people have said the same thing about previous
Israeli atrocities, only to find that international support runs far
deeper than anyone had imagined.

Dan Clore

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