By Umer Sultan
Israel attacked the aid ship directed towards Gaza, leaving about 19 people dead and 60 wounded. The Israeli Defense Forces used live ammunition on the ship at the unarmed solidarity activists, mostly from Turkey.
The stormed ship (Mavi Marmara) was leading five other aid ships and had solidarity activists, aid leaders, and journalist from different countries aboard. At this moment there is no news as to who is dead and wounded. 2 Pakistani journalists [video] are among those missing and one of them is Talat Hussein from Pakistani AAJ TV, a very critical, outspoken and respected journalist in Pakistan.
Turkey, the long friend of Israel got really ticked off at the military strike by Israel and has pulled Turkish ambassador from Israel. Turkey has also threatened Israel, even with a possibility that Turkey will send more aid ships with the escort of Turkish Navy…you know what that could mean right! Greece has cancelled its joint military exercise. Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said:
“It should be known that we will not stay silent and unresponsive in the face of this inhuman state terror,” Press TV.
President Obama has only this to say:
US President Barack Obama “expressed deep regret at the loss of life in today’s incident, and concern for the wounded” in a phone call to Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister.
“The president also expressed the importance of learning all the facts and circumstances around this morning’s tragic events as soon as possible.” Al Jazeera English
Arab League as usual, called an urgent meeting to have a common response (after over 60 years of occupation they still have to do this!). Egypt, another friend of Israel, is under pressure to lift the blockade of Gaza from its border.
Pakistan is mad too. Politicians and journalists are in outcry and protesters gathered in Islamabad.
As usual, in many parts of the world, people are out in the streets protesting- Boston, Washington, Istanbul, Ankara and probably more protests will be coming who knows.
Attempting to tow a slightly less absurd line of argument was Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev, who told the BBC that the aid convoy was to blame for the violence, because “unfortunately this group were [sic] dead-set on confrontation.” Except, of course, the aid convoy was not going to Israel, but to Gaza (you know, where we’re told Israel’s occupation ended years ago). So, unless Regev wants to suggest that Israel was acting to protect Gazans from a confrontation with the aid convoy, he should come to terms with the obvious fact that it is Israel’s unlawful siege on someone else’s land which is “dead-set on confrontation” with a world that has lost patience for a policy of mass devastation and economic strangulation of an entire people. Wrote Omar Baddar at the Huffingston Post
Israel is on high alert. Hezbollah has said that the Lebanese people on the ships will be considered as hostages…you know what that could mean right!!
Providing Humanitarian Aid to Humans species called Gazan is a crime and thus all those evil people aboard those ships must be brought to the Courts of Israel were they will have 1 choice- Sign a paper saying they will not do anything against the God’s Zion. If they choose not to, then they will be indicted for their satanic acts!!! Long live the Zion.
On-board video of Gaza Freedom Flotilla storm, aid workers & Israeli troops clash:
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