Australian reporter Paul McGeough reported the initial contacts with the Israeli navy just before these events. McGeough was on a different aid ship and as of 2 AM Central, contact with him had not been re-established.
Within minutes of the reports of the killings of the aid activists, the Israeli PR machine started spreading tales – claiming the activists were violent, attacked the Israelis and more. Yet, as “Audrey Bomse, a spokesperson for the Free Gaza Movement, which is behind the convoy, told the BBC“:
All reports place the ships outside Israeli waters making the attack a violation of international navigation laws and, in effect, piracy.
… Israel’s actions were disproportionate.
“We were not going to pose any violent resistance. The only resistance that there might be would be passive resistance such as physically blocking the steering room, or blocking the engine room downstairs, so that they couldn’t get taken over. But that was just symbolic resistance.”
So, will Obama cancel the “friendly” meeting with Netanyahu this Tuesday planned by Rahm who is currently in Israel? Will NATO challenge Israel over this act of piracy against one of its member companies?
Emergency demonstrations will be held around the world to protest this crime – you can find one near you on this map.