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Freedom Flotilla Invasion - Footage the Mainstream Media Censors by Omission

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Witness: No one armed on Gaza flotilla

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Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 -- 8:48 am

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Berlin - Three visibly shaken Germans, who experienced a deadly raid by the Israeli military on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza, denied on Tuesday that anyone on board was armed.

"The Israeli government justifies the raid because they were attacked. This is absolutely not the case," former member of parliament Norman Paech, 72, wrapped in a blue blanket, told reporters in Berlin.

"This was not an act of self-defence."

His comments were backed up by two others on board the convoy when it was raided at dawn on Monday in international waters, MPs Inge Hoeger, 59, and Annette Groth, 56.

"We felt like we were in a war, like we were being kidnapped," Hoeger said.

"We wanted to bring aid to Gaza. Nobody had a weapon."
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Does Israel Rule the World?



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Yesterday, the Israeli military attacked and boarded one of the Turkish aid ships sailing to Gaza as part of a flotilla, killing 19 and injuring many more. As this occurred in international waters, it is not only an act of piracy but could also be construed as an ‘act of war'. This attack on unarmed civilian men and women illustrates the moral depths to which the Jewish state has sunk. An Al Jazeera reporter on board the vessel says the Israelis fired live bullets even after a white flag was hoisted. This atrocity and the potential fall-out should merit loud condemnation from the international community ... but don't hold your breath! We have yet to witness the extent of Turkey's response.

Why are so many nations bending to Israel's will or staying silent on its crimes? What is it about this minuscule country that enables it to have so much control on decisions made by larger and more powerful nations? It refuses to abide by international laws and treaties. It illegally occupies great swathes of Palestinian land and it's imposing an illegal blockade on Gaza. Moreover, it is the only country that could get away with assassinating its enemies on foreign soil.

If any other country or territory with a smaller population than New York behaved as outrageously as Israel, it would be isolated, boycotted and, perhaps, even invaded. Yet, Israel gets away with ignoring a long list of UN Security Council resolutions — as opposed to Saddam's Iraq, which was invaded, plundered and occupied on those same grounds.

Israel has a stockpile of undeclared nuclear weapons and, as documentation recently released by Pretoria confirms, was prepared to sell nuclear warheads and technology to South Africa during apartheid; a reality that counters US claims that Israel is a responsible democracy that would never supply weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to rogue states. Iran, on the other hand, which does not have nuclear weapons — and, unlike Israel, is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) — is being subjected to UN sanctions.

Last Friday, all 189 signatories to the NPT — including the US — agreed to hold a conference during 2012 "on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons ..." Sounds good! President Barack Obama has espoused the idea of a nuclear-free Middle East. The entire Arab world has been pushing for a nuclear-free Middle East and Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has long called for a nuclear-free region.

But wait! The usual suspect, Israel, is none too pleased because it believes it is being singled out. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described the call as "deeply flawed and hypocritical", while his office has issued a statement that reads: "As a non-signatory state of the NPT, Israel is not obligated by the decisions of this conference, which has no authority over Israel".

No surprise there! But then Obama promptly does an about-turn, saying, "We strongly oppose efforts to single-out Israel and will oppose actions that jeopardise Israel's security". His message begs the question, how on earth can the region ever be free of nuclear weapons if Israel is kept out of the equation when it is the only nuclear country in the area?

Change of heart

Now here's a turn of events that makes me wonder whether America's capital city is actually Tel Aviv. When the proposed uranium swap between Iran and Brazil that is slated to take place on Turkish soil was recently announced, the White House dismissed it as a delaying tactic on the part of Tehran and began to pressurise UN Security Council members to agree to a new round of anti-Iranian sanctions. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says a proposal that buys time for Iran "makes the world more dangerous, not less".

In response, the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the US and its allies of "lacking a fair and sincere approach". He is absolutely right and it appears that the Brazilian president agrees with him.

In a break from protocol, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has leaked a letter he received from his US counterpart in April this year in which Obama warmly supported the uranium swap, provided Iran were to agree to Turkey holding its low-enriched uranium "in escrow" for up to a year.

"Iran has never pursued the ‘escrow' compromise and has provided no credible explanation for its rejection," Obama wrote. Now that Tehran has rubber-stamped the very procedure Obama advocated in the missive, it seems that he is unable to take ‘yes' for an answer. Could it be because Netanyahu has denounced the fuel deal as "trickery" intended to avoid international sanctions?

The US is far from being the only country allowing Israel to call the tune. Greek Cypriot authorities attempted to prevent a group that included 17 Irish, Bulgarian and Swedish members of parliament from travelling on small ferry boats to join the aid flotilla attempting to break the siege of Gaza in order to protect the island's "vital interests".

When much of the western world bows and scrapes in front of the Israeli standard, those aboard ships in the Flotilla should be applauded for risking their lives to do what is right. It's beyond time that the international community grew a backbone and followed suit!

Linda S. Heard is a specialist writer on Middle East affairs. She can be contacted at: [email protected]. Some of the comments may be considered for publication.

Source: Gulf News, 1 June. 2010
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Gaza flotilla: How Israel’s ministry of foreign affairs fakes photos of seized weapons

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On the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs’ Flickr page, the pictures of the so-called weapons seized on the ships taking part in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla provide ample evidence of the deviousness of those darned anti-semitic terrorists. Be forewarned: the following pictures are not for the faint-hearted.
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The EXIF data on the photos presented by Israel as "proof" that the Gaza aid flotilla was smuggling weapons were actually taken in 2006!
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Brilliant cartoon on Netanyahu!

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Turkey's response to Israel over flotilla attack: Don't test our patience (SUBTITLED)

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800,000 kids bearing brunt of Gaza blockade

Monday 7th June, 2010


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While the world bickers over the rights and wrongs of the Israeli blockade on Gaza, hundreds of thousands of children continue to bear the brunt of it.

Save the Children says 800,000 children are included among the population of 1.5 million in Gaza, a number supported by UNICEF. The CIA in fact records the median age of the entire population at just 17.5 years. 44% of the population it says is under 14.

Humanitarian agencies are being kept busy throughout Gaza in the wake of the blockade imposed by Israel in June 2007, which is now approaching its fourth year. The ghetto-type conditions in Gaza have been exacerbated by the three-week-long war that took place in late 2008 and early 2009, which according to UNICEF killed more than 1,400 Palestinians, of which 350 were children. Thirteen Israelis also died during the hostilities, including 3 civilians.

"Thousands of families are still living amid rubble and crumbling infrastructure due to the blockade that bars everything but limited supplies of essential humanitarian goods. Only 41 truckloads of construction materials (0.05 per cent of pre-blockade flows) have been permitted entry since the Gaza War," says UNICEF.

"Throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories almost 12,000 children under five years old still die from preventable causes each year, as do more than 1,800 children under 12 months old," UNICEF said in a statement on its Web site. "Two thirds of households are not connected to a sewage network, meaning water is discharged into the environment partially or totally untreated. The education system has suffered with learning outcomes plummeting for the past two years."

The United Nations has been critical of the blockade saying it violates articles 33 (prohibition on collective punishment) and 55 (duty to provide food and health care to the occupied population) of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights
in the Palestinian territories, says Gaza has been brought to the brink of collapse.

Education of Gazan kids was severely disrupted by the Gaza War. UNICEF says some 280 schools were damaged or destroyed, along with critical water and sanitation infrastructure and almost half of all health facilities.

A United Nations Development Program report published last month says three-quarters of the damage inflicted on Gaza during the war remains unrepaired and unreconstructed. The report says 82.50% of the education facilities damaged or destroyed during the conflict are yet to be repaired or reconstructed.

While Israel is usually singled-out as the country that has imposed the blockade on Gaza, Egypt also shares some responsibility. "Egypt shares responsibility for the collective punishment of Gaza's civilian population due to its own closure of Gaza's southern border," a Human Rights Watch report published last month says. "Except in limited circumstances, Egypt refuses to allow the passage of goods or people through the border crossing it controls at Rafah."

Human Rights Watch is one of a number of local and international humanitarian organizations at work in Gaza. Save the Children, an independent humanitarian aid organisation which is heavily involved, is also working in Israel, as are other organizations.

Save the Children, founded nearly ninety years ago, is more focused than others on children and is credited with assisting millions of children in need in more than 120 countries. The organization says it abhors terrorism of all kinds, including attacks on Israeli families. "Our work to assist children in Gaza in no way means we support terrorism," a statement on its Web site says.

"We believe we have an obligation to assist children in great need regardless of race, religion or politics. In the Middle East, where we have worked since 1953, we have sought to assist children throughout the region including children in Israel, where we still work," the Save the Children statement said.

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Australian student tells of his flotilla ordeal

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Israeli forces have taken over the Irish aid-ship Rachel Corrie bound for Gaza.
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Passengers grabbed Israeli weapons to stop the killing

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June 06, 2010 — After seeing passengers shot at close range they tried to grab the weapons to stop the killing. Kenneth Nichols O'Keefe was later beaten by the Israelis.

A US war veteran said yesterday he confronted Israeli commandos when they raided a Gaza-bound aid ship which he had boarded as a peace activist, Anatolia news agency reported.
Kenneth Nichols O'Keefe, his face bruised and still stained with blood, flew to Istanbul from Tel Aviv, on his way to Ireland, the report said.
"We overpowered three Israeli commandos. They looked at us... They thought we would kill them, but we let them go," O'Keefe said, adding he took the weapon of one of the soldiers and emptied it, according to Anatolia.
The ex-marine said he saw five people being killed on board the Mavi Marmara.
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PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORKERS HONOUR THE MARTYRS OF THE FREEDOM FLOTILLA

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Anti-Israel protest in CT

2010-06-03 15:18

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Cape Town – About a thousand demonstrators gathered in the Cape Town city centre to protest against Israel’s attack a Gaza bound flotilla carrying aid workers, police confirmed on Thursday.
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Anti-Israeli protesters pelt US consulate

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Protesters opposed to the Israeli blockade of supplies for the Gaza Strip burnt American and Israeli flags on Auckland's Customs St.

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Thousands of anti-Israel protesters take to streets across Europe

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'We want justice for our comrades killed!' says Berlin protester. 'We insist on an end to the insane blockade of Gaza and freedom for our brother Palestinians.'
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Senegal holds anti-Israeli protest, burn Israeli flags

June 06, 2010

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Hundreds of rights activists, academics, students and religious leaders in Senegal on Friday held a mass anti-Israel protest in the capital of Dakar.

The march which started at Dakar's main mosque was to show solidarity with the Palestinians and to protest against Israeli attack on Gaza aid, Flotilla.

Protesters held banners and placards with statements such as "Freedom for Palestine", "Enough is enough". They also chanted anti-Israel songs and called on the Muslim world to 'retaliate for the deliberate murder by Israel.

The protesters called on the Senegalese authorities to sever diplomatic relationship with Israel and close down the Israeli embassy "as soon as possible."

Senegal is one of the few predominantly-Muslim states to maintain diplomatic relations with Israel. Israel has been playing a key role in enhancing Senegal's agricultural sector mainly through aid.

In 2008, head of the Mouride Brotherhood, the largest Islamic sect in Senegal, called on the Senegalese government to deport the Israeli ambassador in the country following Israeli attack on Gaza.

In a separate protest in Dakar, dozens of students and pro- Palestine activists in Senegal assembled outside the Israeli embassy in Dakar to express their anger at the Flotilla attack.

They chanted anti-Israeli songs and called Israel "a nation of criminals and murderers" amidst heavy security in the area.

None of the embassy staff came out to meet the protesters and None of them agreed to talk to the media.

The Israeli forces on Monday attacked the aid ships when trying to stop the flotilla from reaching Gaza, killing at least 10 and wounding more than 30 others.
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Anti-US, Israel protests in New Zealand cities

Wellington, June 5, 2010


An unidentified Bahraini boy is seen silhouetted behind a banner with the legend, translating to read, "No to the blockade" on Friday, during an anti-Israel protest following midday prayers in Budaiya, Bahrain, outside the capital of Manama. Photo: AP.

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Pro—Palestinian protestors set fire to flags of Israel and the United States, and hurled shoes at the US consulate in Auckland on Saturday to protest against the blockade of Gaza.

The throwing of shoes has become a symbol of opposition to US and Israeli policy in the Middle East, following the example of an Iraqi journalist who threw one at then—president George W Bush during a press conference in December 2008.

Maoris’ traditional insult

“The sole of the shoe is dirty and holding it up that to a person or a place is an insult,” John Minto, protest leader of the Global Peace and Justice organisation, told reporters. He said it was the Middle East equivalent of the biggest traditional insult of New Zealand’s indigenous Maoris — baring the buttocks.

Up to 300 protestors marched through Auckland urging the government to expel Israel’s ambassador in protest at last week’s action by Israeli forces against a peace flotilla en route to Gaza.

Similar demonstrations were reported in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
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Toronto protest against Israeli flotilla attack

June 5, 2010

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Anti-Israel protests on the streets of Ankara

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Germany: Tens of thousands protest as Israel hijacks another aid ship

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Protesters across Europe on Saturday marched against the deadly Israeli raid on an aid fleet earlier this week. Earlier Saturday, Israeli troops peacefully intercepted and seized another aid ship headed to Gaza.

Tens of thousands protested across Europe on Saturday, marching against Israel's three-year-old blockade of the Gaza Strip and its deadly interception of a Turkish aid ship earlier in the week, as Israeli troops peacefully intercepted another aid ship headed to Gaza earlier in the day.

Protesters took to the streets in France, Ireland, Turkey, Germany and the United Kingdom, chanting anti-Israeli slogans and demanding that the blockade be lifted.

In France, 20,000 people rallied in Paris, Nice, Marseille and several other French cities, waving Turkish and Palestinian flags. In London, thousands gathered outside the prime minister's official residence at Downing Street, urging the British government to step up pressure on Israel, before marching to the Israeli embassy waving signs saying: "Gaza End The Siege" and "For Freedom We Sail."

In the northwestern German city of Duisburg, some 5,000 protestors took part in a demonstration organized by Milli Gorus, an Islamist movement with Turkish roots. Both Palestinians and Turks took part in similar protests took place in Duesseldorf, Nuremberg and Frankfurt.

An estimated 10,000 people gathered in Istanbul, some shouting slogans accusing Israel of murder. The raid on a Turkish aid ship by Israeli commandos on Monday left nine activists dead.

Saturday's takeover of an Irish-owned aid ship by Israel prompted indignation from the Dublin-based Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. "This has been another brazen act of Israeli piracy on the high seas," said campaign coordinator Kevin Squires.

Hundreds of people marched through the Irish capital, heading for the country’s Foreign Ministry, to protest against the seizure of the vessel. "It shows that people in Ireland are very angered by the latest Israeli outrages of the last week," Squires told the news agency Agence France-Presse.

'A peaceful resolution'

Israel said its troops boarded the Irish-owned aid ship earlier on Saturday without meeting any resistance, forcing the ship to change course for the southern Israeli port of Ashdod.

The 11 Pro-Palestinian activists, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire, and eight crew members were transferred to Ben Gurion International Airport for deportation on Sunday, according to an Israeli spokeswoman.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the navy forces had followed the same procedures as earlier in the week. He claimed that the compliance of those on board the ship had led to a peaceful resolution.

"We saw today the difference between a ship of peace activists, with whom we don't agree but respect their right to a different opinion from ours, and a ship of hate organized by violent Turkish terror extremists," Netanyahu said.

The deadly Israeli raid earlier this week triggered international criticism of Israel. Israel said its commandos were attacked with weapons and opened fire in self-defense, but activists on the ship said troops shot at them without provocation.

The passengers of the seized aid ship, the Rachel Corrie, include Irish and Malaysian activists, four Indonesian crew members and a Scottish captain. The ship is carrying hundreds of tons of aid, including wheelchairs, medical supplies and cement.

The cargo ship is named after a 23-year-old American peace activist who was killed as she attempted to block an Israeli bulldozer from destroying a Palestinian home in 2003.

Authors: Richard Connor, Martin Kuebler (AP/AFP/Reuters)
Editor: Nigel Tandy

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Thousands protest flotilla deaths, clashes in Athens

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In Athens, some 3,500 protesters rallied outside the Israeli embassy, chanting "Hands off Gaza" and "Free Palestine." Several hundreds clashed with police, throwing chunks of marble, stones and bottles. Police fired teargas to disperse them.

"Demonstrators set barricades on fire, police chased them, there were a lot of stones and teargas and a few people had blood on their heads," a Reuters witness said, adding he saw four people injured. Police said they detained five protesters.

The Israeli marines' action in the eastern Mediterranean sparked street protests and government ire in Turkey, long Israel's lone Muslim ally in the region, and thousands of followers of an anti-U.S. cleric took to the streets in Baghdad.

Across Egypt, which in 1979 became the first Arab state to sign a peace treaty with Israel, up to 8,000 Egyptians protested to demand the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador in Cairo and called on the government to open its Rafah borders with Gaza.

The protests were organised by the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's biggest opposition group which is affiliated to Hamas, the Islamist group that took control of the Gaza strip in 2007. Two Brotherhood parliamentarians were on board the convoy ships.

"Hamas you are the canon and the Brotherhood is your voice," chanted thousands of Egyptians protesting in Cairo. The Brotherhood routinely organizes protests demanding the lifting of the Israeli blockade on Gaza.

Police used teargas in Paris when about 2,000 people demonstrated near the Israeli embassy, hurling stones, waving Palestinian and Turkish flags and brandishing banners saying "Long live free Palestine" and "Criminal Israel."

Small, peaceful anti-Israel demonstrations were held in Rome and other Italian cities. "The Italian government needs to immediately call back its ambassador from Israel as other countries in Europe have done," said Paolo Cento, a leftwing politician among the demonstrators.

"This is extremely serious and has no precedent whatsoever in the history of international diplomacy."

Swedish police said more than 5,000 protesters marched from a central Stockholm square toward the Israeli embassy, carrying banners and shouting slogans.

Chanting "Boycott Israel," they held banners saying "Free Gaza," "Put Israel on Trial, "Israel to The Hague" and "Gaza Bleeds."

(Reporting by Yannis Behrakis, Yiorgos Karahalis and Renee Maltezou in Athens, Cristiano Corvino in Rome, Sudip Kar-Gupta in Paris, Marwa Awad and Dina Zayed in Cairo, writing by Ingrid Melander; editing by Tim Pearce)

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