Editors Note: Adam Shapiro Director of ISM (International Solidarity Movement) and member of www.freegaza.org confirmed 16 killed, with over 60 injured.
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The Associated Press has finally corrected its earlier report, which claimed that only 2 people had been killed. It now reports that 10 have been killed, although other news reports say that at least 16 to 20 were killed.
Moreover, AP neglects to tell readers that the attack consisted of an assault by Israeli gunships, helicopters, and commanders.
In addition, AP’s report makes it appear to readers that the Israeli soldiers were the victims – despite the fact that the boats contained nonviolent humanitarian volunteers, members of parliament, and a Nobel Peace Laureate; and that it was Israeli forces, members of the 4th-5th most powerful military on earth, who attacked the aid ship in international waters.
None of this information was contained in the AP report, which largely repeats Israeli military spin.
AP also fails to report that the flotilla contains a US Navy survivor of Israel’s attack on a US ship, the USS Liberty.
AP also neglects to mention the extreme need in Gaza that motivated people on board the flotilla to try to bring aid to Gaza. A recent Amnesty International report stated that Israel’s siege on Gaza has created a humanitarian crisis in which four out of five Gaza residents need humanitarian assistance, hundreds are waiting to to be allowed out for medical treatment, and 28 already have died.
“Mass unemployment, extreme poverty, food insecurity and food price rises caused by shortages left four in five Gazans dependent on humanitarian aid,” said the 2010 report, released Thursday. “The scope of the blockade and statements made by Israeli officials about its purpose showed that it was being imposed as a form of collective punishment of Gazans, a flagrant violation of international law.”
The AP story can be read here.
PressTV Reporting 20 Killed
There is a massive demonstration in progress in front of the Israeli consulate in Istanbul.
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CNN Turkey video:
- send Israeli ambassadors packing,
- send the navy to open Gaza for navigation,
- seize and hang the pirates, including the pirate “president” Peres and pirate “prime-minister” Netanyahu.
- No diplomatic relations, no place in the UN, no place in the international community for the murderers.
– Israel Shamir
A few hours ago, Israeli warships surrounded the unarmed flotilla bringing
humanitarian aid to the besieged people in Gaza. Israeli masked gunmen
descended from a helicopter on the IHH Turkish ship and immediately opened
fire on unarmed civilians.
It is beyond imagining that any civilised state would resort to such
unprovoked violence full-well knowing that the boats are carrying hundreds
of civilians amongst them parliamentarians, journalists, lawyers, doctors,
activists from some 50 countries as well as 10,000 tonnes of aid. It is
without a doubt an act of piracy and a crime against humanity. Israel has
shown once again that it is prepared to defy international law and just
plain human decency with impunity.
The international community must respond. Such criminal acts cannot be
allowed to continue and cannot go unanswered. Please contact your
government and media urgently and demand an official condemnation of
Israel’s actions. The Turkish cabinet is in an emergency meeting now to work
out how to respond to what has been done to the civilians on this ship.
Our deepest condolences go out to all those who are grieving for the loss of
those brave souls who risked their lives to bring some much-needed relief to
the suffering people of Gaza.
Editor: Australians for Palestine
Please ask our own government to condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms
Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Hon Stephen Smith