The reports that two of the foreign flagged ships planning to be part of the ten vessel Freedom Flotilla II experienced similar forms of disabling sabotage creates strong circumstantial evidence of Israeli responsibility. It stretches the imagination to suppose that a sophisticated cutting of the propeller shafts of both ships is a coincidence with no involvement by Israel’s Mossad, long infamous for its overseas criminal acts in support of contested Israeli national interests.
|By: Richard Falk Wednesday July 6, 2011 1:28 pm|
|By: David Dayen Saturday May 28, 2011 11:00 am|
It’s a big moment, not only because it ends the blockade on the Palestinian people. It’s a big moment for Egypt as well. This is a country just 3-4 months from revolution, and it’s their second major foreign policy decision. They brokered the deal between Fatah and Hamas, and now they’ve opened the border crossing.
|By: Siun Thursday June 17, 2010 10:02 am|
The Prime Minister’s Office issued a press release in English following the meeting, which was also sent to foreign diplomats, was substantially different than the Hebrew announcement – according to the English text, a decision was made to ease the blockade, but in the Hebrew text there was no mention of any such decision.
|By: David Dayen Friday June 11, 2010 12:30 pm|
You can call this craven or disgusting if you want, but I’ll go with stupid: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) would rather look tough than smart when it comes to Gaza.
|By: emptywheel Friday June 4, 2010 3:55 pm|
I think there’s more to America’s defense of Israel’s attack on the Free Gaza flotilla than simply more blind support for Israel. By defending Israel’s attack, members of the US elite are also defending a problematic legal stance–one that the US has adopted in its own counterterrorist efforts.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday June 2, 2010 4:45 pm|
The Israeli flotilla massacre has put the United States and its leaders in a tough position, for a variety of reasons. The entire world has united in condemnation of the incident in international waters, and in the larger view, the blockade of Gaza, an unacceptable, poorly crafted, and possibly illegal action taken by the Israelis to basically starve out 1.5 million people. American pols don’t want to talk about the blockade, but it sits at the crux of the entire matter.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday June 2, 2010 9:30 am|
You don’t often get a piece of cable TV this good, so it’s worth transcribing and posting in its entirety. In a rare and contentious eight minute cable news segment, Glenn Greenwald decided to set the record straight with Eliot Spitzer on MSNBC regarding the Gaza flotilla.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 1, 2010 3:20 pm|
The massacre on a humanitarian aid boat sent toward Gaza to highlight the blockade which is slowly starving the 1.5 million residents of the Palestinian strip of land shows every sign of sparking a larger and more deadly set of incidents.
|By: Siun Monday May 31, 2010 6:30 am|
Last night, Israeli commandos attacked a flotilla of humanitarian aid ships headed to Gaza. They killed at least 15 civilians on these boats during their attack according to numerous media outlets. We are now waiting for a response from the Obama administration, while emergency demonstrations protesting this attack are being organized around the world.
|By: Siun Sunday May 30, 2010 6:00 pm|
Israel is threatening to use force to block an international humanitarian aid shipment to Gaza.