Muslim Matters' Statement:
For those who were following the flotilla of ships carrying aid for besieged Palestinians in Gaza, the events unfolding last night were horrifying and unimaginable. A group of peace activists carrying aid in the form of reconstruction material and necessities for rebuilding Gaza, were intercepted and fired upon by Israeli naval forces in a blatant and disproportionate use for force.
We at Muslim Matters strongly condemn and question the basis on which Israeli forces opened fire on peace activists, particularly as the flotilla was still situated in international waters. The brutal killing of sixteen people (or nineteen, as some reports suggest; officially, ten) of different nationalities, as well as injuring dozens more, cannot and should not be trivialized.
We also question the allegation of the Israeli government and army spokespersons that they had 'come under attack' from the peace activists and we call for a full investigation into the incident. Based on Israel's history of carelessly unleashing its military power upon unarmed civilians, this latest incident only stands to worsen its image in the eyes of the Muslim world. Judging also from the condemnation beginning to pour in, from all quarters of the globe, it is hoped that the spotlight has finally begun to turn upon Israel's atrocious crimes as well as disregard for international laws and UN resolutions.
UPDATE#4 (6/1/10 12:00PM EST):
- Pictures Yusuf Smith of Blogistan took at the demo outside Downing St, London, after the Israeli massacre of people on the aid flotilla on 31st May 2010 have been posted on Facebook
UPDATE#3 (5/31/10 4:00PM EST):
Finkelstein, our hero on it:
UPDATE#2 (5/31/10 4:00PM EST):
- Why The Gaza Boat Deaths Are A Huge Deal @ FP (new)
- Marc Lynch: Obama Cannot Ignore This @ FP (new)
- THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT @ HuffPo
- Israel's Kent State: After Flotilla Massacre, Netanyahu Cannot Come @ HuffPo
- Gaza Freedom Flotilla Shows Awesome Power of Nonviolent Resistance @ HuffPo
- Israel's unwinnable war @ AltMuslim
- Israel massacres unarmed peace activists @ Dailykos
- Israel's attack tests NATO Doctrine @ Dailykos
- The deadly last moments of the Gaza flotilla
- Israel's deadly Gaza flotilla raid sparks diplomatic crisis
- Netanyahu gives 'full backing' to raid on aid flotilla
- Vatican decries Israeli raid on 'Freedom Flotilla'
- Secretary-General 'shocked' by deadly raid on Gaza aid flotilla
- Does Israel rule the world?
- An Israeli War Crimes Tribunal (ICTI)
- Israeli outrage over ship deaths directed at activists (News Feature)
- Thousands of Iraqis protest Gaza aid ship deaths
- The flotilla forms part of a peaceful movement by a group that is working to mobilize support to lift the Israeli siege on Gaza
- The flotilla was carrying aid for reconstruction of Gaza and had been declared clear of weaponry at several ports before approaching Israel
- The aid aboard the flotilla did not compose of water, food or medicines, which were the only types of aid Israel was offering to take through via the land route
- The flotilla was intercepted by Israeli ships while it was still in international waters
- The flotilla did not have just Muslims aboard but peace activists from many Non-Muslim countries, as well as journalists
- Israel alleges its (heavily-armed) commandos came under fire from the activists – however, no Israeli commando was killed in the events that followed
Previous News and updates:
- CNN: 10 dead as Israeli forces storm Gaza aid envoy
- CNN: World reaction to Israel's pre-dawn raid
- BBC: Deaths as Israeli forces storm aid ship
- BBC: Reaction to Gaza ship deaths
- Israel faces world ire over handling of incident, atrocities committed
- AP: Turkey withdraws ambassador to Israel over deaths
- Guardian following the events on its blog
- Spanish EU presidency condemns Israel for attack on humanitarian aid fleet
- Turks rally against Israeli attack
- Guardian: Did Twitter censor the #flotilla hashtag following the Israeli attack?
- The mystery of the disappearing #flotilla on Twitter
- Hostages being taken to Israeli port of Ashdod, flotilla under Israeli naval control
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