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Israeli tanks, bulldozers attack Deir al-Balah in central Gaza Strip

Israeli tanks and bulldozers have carried out an incursion into the city of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, injuring a Palestinian during the attack.

Did Netanyahu's office distribute a fake video against Gaza flotilla?

Following the YouTube video’s release, U.S. blogger Max Blumenthal found that the recording, which was distributed by Israeli government employee Neil Lazarus on his Facebook page, was a hoax, and that the man who appears in it was actually an Israeli entrepreneur and public relations expert named Omer Gershon.

BREAKING NEWS: Israel Attacks Humanitarian Ship to Gaza in International Waters

10:57pm ET, Gaza 5:57am: One Israeli warship coming to us very fast! We are in international waters, therefore they have no right to attack us. We are still sailing ahead.

10:59pm ET, Gaza 5:59am: They are opening fire across our ship! We are still sailing ahead.

Israel lays Gaza-like siege on West Bank village

In a move akin to the four-year-long economic blockade against the occupied Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers have closed the six entrances to the village of 17,000 inhabitants and have imposed a widespread prohibition policy against all major imports and exports from the village -- including gasoline, produce, raw industrial materials and basic supplies. Ambulances have also been prevented from entering or exiting the village.

Egypt, Israel, Gaza Tinderbox

UN Fact-Finding Mission Says Israelis "Executed" US Citizen Furkan Dogan

The report of the fact-finding mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla released last week shows conclusively, for the first time, that US citizen Furkan Dogan and five Turkish citizens were murdered execution-style by Israeli commandos. [...]

Although the report's revelations and conclusions about the killing of Dogan and the five other victims were widely reported in the Turkish media last week, not a single story on the report has appeared in US news media.

Interview with Ken O'Keefe

The world is full of illusions that are used by the rich and powerful to manipulate and control the people. The greatest illusion, and the one with the most devastating consequences, is that the American people and the Israeli, and the British, and numerous others, vote in their governments and hold them to account. Those who really control the governments are those powerful few who control the banking systems, the major multi-national corporations and, of course, the mass media. If you look beyond the faces of the presidents, prime ministers and politicians you will see that these governments' policies remain virtually the same, no matter who is 'leading' these countries. These 'leaders' do not answer to the people they have pledged to serve; they answer to those who remain behind the scenes.

Boats reach Gaza despite blockade

Human rights activists reach Hamas-ruled strip by sea, despite Israeli blockade.

Two vessels carrying 46 international human rights activists have reached the Gaza Strip, despite Israel's strict 14-month siege of the Palestinian territory.

The end of the mission to symbolically break the siege came after Israel backed down from an earlier warning to the 'Free Gaza' protest group not to breach the blockade.

Al Jazeera's Ashraf Amritti in Gaza said: "The arrival of these two boats is a very symbolic gesture for the Palestinian cause, to end the siege, end the occupation.

In fact, those phrases are written across the peace boats which carry flags from more than 70 nationalities."

Army chief: We have right to impose siege

Israel has 'natural right' to inspect ships heading to Gaza, army chief says, stresses Strip must not turn into Iranian port; addressing lethal raid on Turkish ship, Ashkenazi says: I salute fighters, they operated exceptionally well.

YNet News, 22 June 2010

The Gaza Strip must not be allowed to turn into an Iranian port, IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said Tuesday.

Gazans demand a complete lift of siege, as Israel decides to ease it

GAZA -- Dozens of Palestinians demonstrated on Sunday in front of the closed Karni commercial crossing on the border between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel, calling for Israel to completely lift the blockade and reopen all crossings.

Saud Abu Ramadan and Emad Drimly, Xinhua, 20 June 2010

Israel Closes Gaza Trade Crossings

Despite Israel’s Thursday decision to “ease restrictions on Gaza”, the Israeli Authorities closed all trade crossings leading to the coastal region. The closure, unless extended, will last until Sunday.

IMEMC & Agencies, 19 June 2010

Smuggled video shows Israeli snipers aiming, firing at Gaza Flotilla activists

Smuggled raw footage of the Israeli commandos' assault on Gaza Freedom Flotilla, taken by an eyewitness, has been published online. Activist Iara Lee has kept the recordings despite the Israeli government's efforts to confiscate all footage of the attack.

Smuggled video shows Israeli snipers aiming, firing at Gaza Flotilla activists

Gaza still waiting for relief

RAMALLAH - Under intense international pressure, Israel declared last week it would ease its crippling blockade on Gaza by permitting an additional but limited number of daily items, including food, into the coastal enclave.

Mel Frykberg, Asia Times, 17 June 2010

Red Cross: Gaza blockade illegal

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has described Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip as a violation of the Geneva Conventions and called on the Israeli government to lift it.

Al Jazeera, 14 June 2010

Gaza: Time to end, not 'ease' the siege

The visit by Amr Moussa, the secretary-general of the Arab League, to Gaza is the first serious attempt by an Arab official to break the Israeli-imposed siege on the tiny Strip.

It took a war, the lives of 1,400 Palestinians, and nine Turks, killed during a lethal Israeli interception of an aid flotilla, for Arab states to finally move against the blockade.

There is no doubt that the visit will send an important message to the international community that the siege can no longer be tolerated.

United Nations asked for Gaza Flotilla to break blockade

It was the United Nations that asked for the Gaza Flotilla to happen!


British survivor of Gaza flotilla raid: 'Israelis ignored SOS calls' Sarah Colborne said pleas for aid were dismissed by the troops who fired live rounds at the activists and handcuffed medical staff.

The first British survivor of the assault on the Mavi Marmara   to return to London has told of her terror as Israeli troops ignored SOS calls for medical aid and continued to fire live rounds at activists.

UN - United Nations asked for Gaza Flotilla to break Blockaide on Gaza

Israeli Attack on the Mavi Marmara - Raw Footage

On the night of Sunday, May 30, showing a terrifying disregard for human life, Israeli naval forces surrounded and boarded ships sailing to bring humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip. On the largest ship, the Mavi Marmara, Israeli commandos opened fire on civilian passengers, killing at least 9 passengers and wounding dozens more. Others are still missing. The final death toll is yet to be determined. Cultures of Resistance director Iara Lee was aboard the besieged ship and has since returned home safely.

Israeli Attack on the Mavi Marmara // Raw Footage

Palestinian-American, co-founder of ISM on the flotilla massacre

Palestinian-American human rights activist, co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement and currently chair of the Free Gaza Movement, Huwaida Arraf was on board Challenger 1, one of the six siege-breaking ships ferrying desperately needed humanitarian supplies to Gaza when the flotilla was murderously attacked in international waters by Israeli commandos on 31st May 2010 - nine other human rights activists aboard the Turkish ship, Mavi Marmara were murdered in cold blood.

Part 1: Huwaida Arraf interviewed 7-06-2010.wmv

Defenders of the Mavi Mamarra - Beaten in Israel.

I have for many years understood that we, people of conscience, are the true holders of power in this world. Frustratingly however we have largely relinquished that power and failed to reach our full potential.  Our potential to create a better world, a just world.  Nonetheless I have conspired with others of like mind to reveal and exercise our true power.  In 2002 I initiated the TJP Human Shield Action to Iraq because I knew that the invasion of Iraq had been planned well in advance, that it was part of a ‘Global Spectrum Dominance’ agenda as laid out by the Project For A New American Century.

Gaza Aid Convoy Attack Reveals the Real "Axis of Evil " Facing the World

The last member of the international aid convoy, the Rachel Corrie MV, has not made it to its Gaza destination at the scheduled time mid-morning Saturday, according to local media reports.

Finian Cunningham, Global Research, 5 June 2010

Jewish flotilla to break Gaza siege

German Jewish group prepares flotilla to protest Israel's blockade on Gaza. 'Activists frightened, but not by Hamas,' member of organization says.

YNetNews, 06 June 2010

MV Rachel Corrie prisoners to arrive home tomorrow

Free Gaza Movement - June 6th 2010 - The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign has just recieved word that the five Irish prisoners from the MV Rachel Corrie, which was hijacked yesterday by Israeli forces, are due to arrive in Dublin airport at 11.20am tomorrow morning. There will be a welcoming committee to meet them and press conference to follow at 3pm in The Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dulin 2. Included among the five returning are Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Ireland and Denis Halliday, former UN Assistant Secretary General, Ireland.

'Israelis threw 4 injured into the sea'

Activist Idris Simsek, who was on board one of the six ships of the Freedom Flotilla during the Israeli attack, claims that four wounded activists were thrown into the sea.

The Israeli troops also put immense psychological pressure on the activists of the Freedom Flotilla, the Turkish daily Today's Zaman quoted Simsek as saying in an article published on Saturday.

Simsek said they expected some harassment from the Israeli forces but did not expect an armed attack.

Israeli Pirates Attack Humanitarian Aid Ships in International Waters *PARODY...sort of*

Nine Martyrs Dead, Many Hostages Still Held - Second Attack in a Week - International Outcry!
 
For the second time this week, heavily armed pirates from Israel have captured a legally registered humanitarian aid ship in route to Gaza City. Today, the MV Rachel Corrie was captured in a bold daylight raid. This came unexpectedly, as the pirates are cowards, and previously used the cover of darkness to hide their barbarous acts.
 

Gaza flotilla activists were shot in head at close range

Nine Turkish men on board Mavi Marmara were shot a total of 30 times, autopsy results reveal.

The Guardian, 5 June 2010

Turkish activists' bodies riddled with bullets, says autopsy report

Autopsy results on the nine Turkish activists killed in Monday's raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship showed they had been shot a total of 30 times, many at close range, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported on Saturday.

France 24, 5 June 2010

Swedish ports to block Israel ships & goods

Week-long ban is initiated by Swedish Port Workers Union, who says act is reaction to the 'unprecedented criminal attack on the peaceful ship convoy.'

Haaretz, 5 June 2010

Swedish dockworkers will launch a weeklong blockade of Israeli ships and goods arriving in the Nordic nation to protest Monday's attack on a Gaza-destined aid flotilla.

Israeli troops 'board Rachel Corrie Gaza aid ship'

Israeli troops have taken control of an aid ship trying to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military says soldiers boarded the Irish-owned vessel from the sea and did not meet any resistance.

It says the ship is now being taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod. There has been no word from those on board.

It comes days after nine people died in clashes when Israel troops boarded a Turkish aid ship, triggering international condemnation.

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