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May 31, 2010

May 31 13:17


May 31 13:15

The Palestine Journal of Ellen Stark (Gaza Freedom Flotilla Activist)

All conversations in the West Bank are leading to the Gaza Freedom Flotilla these days, as seven boats and over 700 people attempt to break the Israeli siege on Gaza. Several friends of mine are on the boats, which are to be met by over half of Israel's navy sometime today. Chances are if you're in the U.S., you haven't been exposed to much media coverage of the Freedom Flotilla. U.S. media are engaged in a nearly universal boycott of Flotilla coverage, and skimming the New York Times is alarming enough that I thought I would send the press release issued by the Freedom Flotilla.

May 31 13:08

This is Emily Henochowicz's Blog Post (The US Girl That Lost an Eye in the Flotilla)

An art student at Cooper Union in New York, Emily Henochowicz has lost an eye after being hit by an IDF tear gas canister while on board the Free Gaza flotilla boat. She's 21 years old.

This is her blog.

May 31 12:46

The Gulf Oil Spill Tracker

A great way to track what's really going on in the Gulf:

The Gulf Oil Spill Tracker.

Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
May 31 12:43

Netanyahu cancels Obama meeting amid raid furore

Israel’s prime minister has cancelled a planned meeting with President Obama to deal with the escalating international crisis over an attack by the Israeli military on civilian aid ships that left at least 10 dead.

Binyamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, is in Canada and had been due to visit the White House tomorrow after a series of increasingly fractious meetings with the US over the stalled Middle East peace process.

But after Israeli naval commandos stormed the ships of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla overnight, killing up to 19 according to some reports and leaving dozens wounded, Mr Netanyahu has found his country the target of international condemnation and protest.

May 31 12:25

US activist loses eye after being shot in face with tear gas canister

An American solidarity activist was shot in the face with a tear gas canister during a demonstration in Qalandiya, today. Emily Henochowicz is currently in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem undergoing surgery to remove her left eye, following the demonstration that was held in protest to Israel’s murder of at least 10 civilians aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters this morning.

May 31 12:25

President Obama Will Skip Memorial Day Visit to Arlington National Cemetary

Yeah Obama show the families how much you care!!!

Dirty Rotten Scoundrel!!

May 31 12:24

The U.S., Brazil and Turkey: how to lose friends and estrange allies

But where are the tough sanctions of yester-week? Where’s Hillary, the iron-brained lady, for whose sake Barack, I ween, Lost his principles and went all shady?(Apud François Villon’s “Ballade des femmes des temps jadis”)

May 31 12:18

German President Horst Köhler Resigns

German President Horst Köhler, under fire for controversial comments he made about Germany's mission in Afghanistan, resigned with immediate effect on Monday in a shock announcement that comes as the latest in a series of blows to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

May 31 12:18

Attack against Freedom Flotilla is a terrorist act and a crime against humanity

Neurosis can make people say stupid things. Given the nonsense coming out from Zionist propaganda both in Palestine and in Europe, the Israeli establishment must be freaking out.

May 31 12:17



This Monty Python video is probably what the IDF used to train
their troops!


May 31 12:15






May 31 12:11

RICHARD FALK - Gaza aid convoy killings: “Those responsible must be held criminally accountable”

Richard Falk (UN Rapporteur for Palestine)

This incident should serve as a wakeup call for a complicit international community. There are three political imperatives that need to emerge with a sense of urgency: condemnation of the Israeli attack and an accompanying demand for the immediate end of the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, appropriately by a decision in the UN Security Council; an authoritative launching of an investigation of war crimes allegations against Israel by the International Criminal Court; the widest possible endorsement and strengthening of the already growing worldwide boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign directed at Israel’s occupation policies in Palestinian Territories.
GENEVA – The UN Special Rapporteur for the Occupied Palestinian

May 31 12:10


May 31 12:09

You GOTTA be joking!!!!!!!!!! - Israeli propaganda hits a new low.

May 31 12:08

Martin: Irish citizens 'kidnapped' in international waters

May 31 12:06

Israel Attacks Gaza Aid Ships, Killing At Least 19

At least 19 aid workers were killed and dozens of others wounded when Israeli commandos, backed up with helicopters, boarded the Mavi Marmara, one of the six aid ships, and opened fire on the passengers.

May 31 12:05


LIES! LIES!! LIES!!! …. and then some!!!!

Just look at the lead stories in Israel’s media outlets….

May 31 12:00


Use channel 3.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The ambassadors were milling about and talking among themselves and just about to take their seats, when the camera focused on the entry of the highly articulate Turkish Foreign Minister Almet Davutoglu as he entered the chamber.

This am he left Ankara to travel to New York just to attend the emergency session of the Security Council.

At midnight tonight (EST) the 31 of May/1st of June his country begins to set the entire agenda of the Security Council.

May 31 11:57

Rally today at 3:00 at Israel Embassy and at 5:00 at White House for locals here in District of Criminals

From my email group. Show up if you can:

Israeli criminal navy attacks humanitarian ships in international waters. Reports of 10-16 humanitarian activists killed and 50-60 injured. Ships taken to Haifa to avoid press at Ashdod.

"By now you have probably heard of this atrocity. CodePink, WIAMEP, DCMetroBDS, ANSWER, ISM, and others are asking all who can to assemble at the Israeli Embassy, 3514 International Drive NW (VAN NESS METRO STOP) at 3pm TODAY, moving to the White House at 5pm. If you can join either of both of these protests, please assemble with us.

May 31 11:22


Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a close look at the photo in the article claiming to show one of the activists with a knife fighting off the Israeli attackers.

The Israelis attacked the flotilla at 4AM. Look at the window in the back of the photo. It's a DAYTIME picture!

May 31 11:17

Israel's Latest War Crime

Peace flotilla attacked bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza.

May 31 11:15

How the MSM is reporting the attack on Gaza aid ships

CBC down plays the number to 9 people killed and claims Israel was acting in self defense
Israeli raid of ships was self-defence: Netanyahu

CNN down plays the number dead to 9 people and claims self defense

Fox head line read Self Defense ...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ABCNNBBCBS stands there with their hair on fire and insists they cannot smell any smoke. This explains why less than 10% of America gets their political news from the TV networks and why the blogs' readership is exploding.

May 31 11:13

The Gaza Flotilla – Your Move, Mr. President

President-elect Obama stayed silent when, back in December of last year and January of this year, Israel declared war on the Palestinian people of the Gaza Strip prison camp. (In my view that was a demonstration of naked Israeli state terrorism). As I write from America, with the drama and implications of Israel’s murderous attack on the Gaza Flotilla still being played out, I find myself wondering if President Obama will have the balls to say to Israel, “Enough is enough”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has attacked and seized US-flagged ships in international waters. This is not only an attack on the United States this is an attack against NATO itself.

No more straddling the lines. Obama is either the President of the United States, or he is Israel's slave. He cannot be both.

In judging Obama's reaction to the Israeli attack on US-flagged ships in international waters, just ask yourself, what would Teddy Roosevelt have done?

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

May 31 11:08

Turkey to Assume UN Security Council Presidency in June

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Payback will be a bitch!

May 31 10:58

9 dead as Israeli forces storm Gaza aid convoy

The international community on Monday condemned an Israeli naval commando raid on a flotilla carrying aid for Palestinians in Gaza, leaving 9 people dead.

Israel claimed it was defending itself, with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) saying the soldiers' lives were in danger after they were attacked with "severe physical violence, including live fire, weapons, knives and clubs."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Israel and all your mindless drone trolls.

Attacking foreign-flagged ships in international waters is not "defending" yourself; it is an act of war and such foreign-flagged ships in international waters, when attacked, can reasonably be expected to defend themselves.

Now then to ABCNNBBCBS and all the rest. If IRAN had attacked US-flagged ships in international waters, how would you cover the story?

May 31 10:52

Don't wait for America: Send another flotilla- This time escorted

The world is ready to face Israel. The world is awakened and angry. The world cannot wait for America. It will take the world outside of America to help awaken Americans to their governments one-sided stance on Middle Eastern affairs. This time others must do what American politicians are too weak to do - send more ships to Gaza - this time escorted.

May 31 10:28

Check out what the Israeli government is passing off as "A left-wing activist on board the Gaza flotilla holding a knife"

Look at the picture of the knife wielder. Do you see anything strange about it? It's daytime, for one.

"A left-wing activist on board the Gaza flotilla holding a knife after Israel Navy commandos boarded their ship on May 31, 2010."

May 31 10:14

Netanyahu: I regret Gaza flotilla deaths, but Israeli troops had right to self-defense

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that he regretted the loss of life sustained by international activists after Israel Navy commandos stormed a flotilla bringing aid to the Gaza Strip, but said the Israeli troops who opened fire were justified for defending themselves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Self-defense", my astrolabe!

So, Prime Minister Netanyahu, let me get this straight: the people on those boats, with desperately needed supplies bound for Gaza, had utterly no right to attempt to defend themselves or their comrades, after being attacked in international waters by Israeli commando/thugs?

Sir, you have managed to make a colossally bad political decision magnitudes worse by pathetically attempting to blame the victims.

Thinking people in the world that this is a standard Israeli ploy, but this time, the world won't fall for it.

This is simply desperation on the cusp of madness in an attempt to defend the indefensible.

The Israeli government, yet again, has managed to allow its paranoid hubris to control its political/military decision making, and the unintended consequences of these actions are going to have the absolute opposite outcome to whatever Israel hoped to accomplish with this horrendous act.

May 31 10:12

Again, Zionists Setting Up Jews for Holocaust

Israel is the primary source of anti-Semitism in the world today, and jeopardizes the security of all Jews. Proclaiming itself the "Jewish State" but acting as a rogue state, Israel exposes all Jews to revulsion and retribution.

The murder of Gaza peace activists provides more evidence that the actual goal of Zionism is not to protect Jews from anti-Semitism but is, in fact, to create anti-Semitism.

The purpose is to make Jews a pariah unto the nations with no choice but to follow Zionist dictates.

May 31 10:11

The Problem With Powerful People

May 31 10:11

Raid on flotilla puts final nail in coffin of Turkish ties with Israel

As details slowly emerge in the wake of Israel’s deadly attack on a flotilla of aid ships bound for the Gaza Strip, leaders from Turkey’s ruling and opposition parties raise their voices to condemn the action. It is the latest and worst incident in a long line of troublesome encounters over the last year and a half between the two NATO allies and some say this could be the final act. ‘Our relations will never be the same,’ says a member of the ruling AKP

May 31 10:10

Families of those attacked on Turkish aid ship devastated

The families of those on the Gaza aid flotilla that was attacked by Israeli soldiers early Monday morning have rushed to the building of the Humanitarian Aid Foundation in the hopes of receiving good news about their loved ones. Some are relieved to see their relatives alive after the operation, although others are preparing for the worst. The wait has been particularly anxious, especially since no contact has been established with those on board

May 31 10:06

Scientists warn of unseen deepwater oil disaster

Gee Ya Think?

May 31 10:05

Middle East Fury: Angry Protests as Israel Attacks Gaza Freedom Flotilla

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel attacked ships flying the flag of the United States of America.

Israel attacked ships flying the flag of the United States of America.

Israel attacked ships flying the flag of the United States of America.

And all those who screamed for war on nations that had NOT attacked us, such as Afghanistan and Iraq, remain silent!

May 31 10:03

Gaza Aid Convoy Attack: Israel’s Murderous Sea Piracy a Horrendous Moment of Truth for US Policy

This time, the Israeli war machine may have gone too far for international public opinion to stomach. In the early hours of 31 May, before daybreak, Israeli commandos stormed the international civilian aid convoy heading for Gaza. Between 20-24 volunteers onboard have been killed and at least 50 injured, according to various reports, but the number of casualties has risen rapidly from the initial reports of two dead. The final death toll could be greater.

May 31 10:00


Israeli troops reportedly killed several people as they lay asleep aboard the Turkish-registered Mavi Marmara, according to eye witensses.

May 31 10:00

Protests erupt across the world after Israeli raid

Tens of thousands of people joined angry protests across the world Monday after a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, demanding retaliation and showing support for the Palestinians.

May 31 09:59

Erdogan: Aid ship raid is Israeli state terrorism

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused Israel of state terrorism after Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza.

"This action, totally contrary to the principles of international law, is inhumane state terrorism. Nobody should think we will keep quiet in the face of this," Erdogan told reporters from Chile, where he was cutting short an official visit to Latin America to deal with the crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel indulges in this kind of activities against Palestinians with cavalier impunity consistently; however, this time, they have been caught red-handed in their slaughter and maiming of humanitarian aid workers.

The world cannot just close a collective blind eye this time, and pretend it never happened.

And just how badly was this aid needed?

As reported on 15 November, 2008 at:


"The Israeli blockade of Gaza has led to a steady rise in chronic malnutrition among the 1.5 million people living in the strip, according to a leaked report from the Red Cross.

It chronicles the "devastating" effect of the siege that Israel imposed after Hamas seized control in June 2007 and notes that the dramatic fall in living standards has triggered a shift in diet that will damage the long-term health of those living in Gaza and has led to alarming deficiencies in iron, vitamin A and vitamin D.

The 46-page report from the International Committee of the Red Cross – seen by The Independent – is the most authoritative yet on the impact that Israel's closure of crossings to commercial goods has had on Gazan families and their diets."

As reported earlier this year at:


"The number of children under five years of age suffering from acute malnutrition in Gaza almost doubled between 2006 and 2008 from 1.4 to 2.4% (UNICEF). The World Health Organisation (WHO) also noted rising indicators for stunting, wasting, low body weight and anaemia among children and pregnant women. The ongoing blockade of Gaza has limited the availability of healthy foods and fresh fruit and vegetables on the local market and children’s health has further suffered."

Malnutrition destroys future generations; the Israelis are quite well aware of this, and this preventing of the foods coming into Gaza that would forestall malnutrition for this kids is official Israeli Government policy.

May 31 09:57

Welcome to Obama’s Jewish America

"The first-ever Jewish America Heritage Month celebration at the White House on Thursday underscored the Obama administration's determination not to be locked into Washington's conventional notions of Jewish leadership."

May 31 09:54

Activists determined to reach Gaza after boats 'tampered'

Hundreds of activists at sea in the eastern Mediterranean were determined on Saturday to break Israel's Gaza blockade after their boats were "tampered with," an organiser of the aid operation said.

Israel, which has branded the operation illegal, has warned that its navy will intercept the vessels.

"We are more determined than ever. These actions can be frustrating but in the end they are not going to stop us," Elize Ernshire of the Free Gaza Movement which organised the flotilla said.

May 31 09:53


May 31 09:51

South Korea dials back tough talk over Cheonan sinking

One day after China refused to take a stand against North Korea over the March 26 sinking of South Korea's Cheonan naval ship, South Korea appears to be moderating its rhetoric against the North over the Cheonan sinking.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The frame-up has collapsed.

May 31 09:47


"I am shocked by reports of killings and injuries of people on the boats carrying supplies for Gaza, apparently in international waters, in the early hours of this morning. I condemn this violence. We do not yet know the full facts yet."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, we do know the facts, Mr. Moon.

Israel attacked without provocation a flotilla of unarmed ships carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza. These ships were flying the flags of nations such as Turkey and the United States, which means they are not under the authority of Israel as long as they are in international waters. Israel has no legal right to issue orders to that flotilla, nor to board and seize the ships.

When one nation seizes the ships of another nation and kills the passengers and crew of said ship in international waters this is an act of war. And inasmuch as Turkey is a member of NATO, and NATO considers an attack on any member nation an attack on NATO as a whole, Israel has committed an act of war against NATO itself. Certainly Turkey cannot let this act of war pass without response.

Frankly, the credibility of the United Nations as a global governance body is on the line here. If they do not show the world they can stand up to Israel and hold Israel to international law, then the UN must be disbanded forthwith as a total waste of time and money.

May 31 09:36

Sublime Catharsis

The pages in this book fly like the U.S. Navy jets that should have flown, but never came that day. Thank you, Mr. McNamara, for your strike fighter support to our besieged LIBERTY. Where the hell were ya?

May 31 09:31

Children behind Israeli bars

Until this point, N's story sounded familiar to someone like me, who's been covering the conflict in Palestine for years. Beatings, humiliation, and mistreatment of Palestinian detainees, including minors, are regularly documented by human rights organisations.

The Palestine Chapter of Defence for Children International (DCI) has collected 100 sworn affidavits this year of Palestinian children, under the age of 18, who said they were mistreated by their Israeli interrogators. Fourteen of them say they were either sexually abused or threatened with sexual assault, including rape, if they didn't confess to what their interrogators accused them of.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to "normal" for Palestinian kids in Israeli jails.

Imagine, for one moment, that this kid was your kid.

Imagine the outrage you would feel as a parent, understanding the full implications of what the Israeli police had done to your son.

Wonder just what form that outrage might take.

May 31 09:27

Eye Witnesses: Israeli Troops Killed Several People As They Lay Asleep

As news Sunday reached the world that “participants in the international flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip held a memorial service at sea to commemorate the 34 Americans killed and 174 injured in Israel’s 1967 attack on the U.S.S. Liberty,” the Israeli navy hours later this morning attacked the six-ship convey, killing at least 16 unarmed people in international waters and injuring 30 as Americans celebrated Memorial Day weekend honoring fallen American troops and Marines.

Israeli troops reportedly killed several people as they lay asleep aboard the Turkish-registered Mavi Marmara, according to eye witnesses.

May 31 09:23

Barack Obama: Liar, Warlord and Corporate Shill

It shouldn't surprise because no one gets the top job or any government position of power unless they're safe, yet, naively, most people thought Obama was different. Many still do.

He promised peace and delivered war; real health and financial reform, not same old, same old; help for millions losing jobs, homes, hope and futures, not handouts to Wall Street and other industry favorites; regulatory oversight, not the usual incestuous government-industry ties, making disasters like in the Gulf possible, and when they happen conspiring with offenders in coverup, distortion, lies, and a total disregard for the environment, wildlife, and way of life for thousands - let alone permanent damage to a vital ecosystem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama has proven himself, and his administration, a disaster to both this country and the world.

His alleged "hope and change" morphed into shock and awe faster than the speed of light.

May 31 09:17

Sheikh Raed Salah shot in head, critical

Sheikh Raed Salah was critically injured by Israeli forces that attacked the Freedom Flotilla Monday morning, and was receiving treatment at Israel's Tel Hashomer Hospital for gunshot wound to head, sources said.

Israeli military sources said Salah was injured but not critical, and claimed he was not carrying identification.

Salah is the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. Massive protests are expected in the north, with Palestinian citizens of Israel already labeling the incident an attempted assassination.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at:


"The Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer HaShomer Hospital, is the largest hospital in Israel."

"The Sheba Medical Center also is a medical research powerhouse. At least 25 percent of all Israeli medical clinical research is conducted at Sheba. It is the main clinical trial venue for human health scientific studies conducted by the Weizmann Institute of Science, and Tel Aviv and Bar-Ilan universities; and it is a key partner with industry as an initiator, catalyst and testing center for Israeli medical technology and new drugs"

If in fact this is where the Israeli government has taken this man for treatment, they understand fully that if he dies, or is left in a vegetative state, there will be hell to pay.

May 31 09:12

Israel has attacked NATO!

The state of Israel, it seems, knows no limits, not moral ones, and not legal ones either. By attacking and seizing ships on the high seas, Israel has proved once again that it is not worthy of membership in the global community of states. Apart from the ugly crime of STATE PIRACY committed today by Israel against innocent unarmed civilians in an aid convoy bound to Gaza, Israel is also in grave violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the rules and customs of war, by upholding its illegal siege of Gaza continuously over the past couple of years.

May 31 09:11

International activists cause their own deaths by attacking nonconfrontational Israeli commandos

At a press briefing this morning following the massacre by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) commandos of passengers on board the Mavi Marmara, one of the boats pertaining to the Freedom Flotilla attempting to break the siege of Gaza, IDF spokeswoman Avital Liebovitch claimed that the passengers had engaged in "severe violence against our soldiers."

Apparently not satisfied with sporadic violations of logic, Liebovitch reiterated that the IDF had not desired a confrontation with the activists but that the justness of the confrontation— which she herself admitted occurred "not in Israeli territory"—had since been proven given the passengers’ alleged reaction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One knows immediately when Israeli spokespeople are lying; they open their mouths... and words come out of them!

May 31 09:09

Israel Attacks Unarmed Americans in International Waters

The Obama Administration has blocked all attempts to bring Israel to justice over it, making the U.S. complicit tonight in the possible murder of its own citizens.

They are citizens who in the bigger picture, stand heads and shoulders above the willfully ignorant politicians and citizens who endorse this butchery of human beings by the Jewish state.

These are doctors risking their lives to help people made to live in utterly reprehensible, deadly conditions by Israel.

The Israeli government very much resembles an organized crime syndicate when viewed in context with past deeds. Now it is time for the world to put its foot down.

May 31 09:08

Gaza Flotilla Attacked: Israeli troops storm aid ships, up to 20 killed

May 31 09:08

Israeli troops storm Gaza flotilla

May 31 09:07

Brave Israeli Commandos Slaughter Aid Activists at Sea

Defense Minister Ehud Barak blamed the Flotilla organizers for inciting the attack, while his deputy, Danny Alalon said they were connected to international terrorist organizations and were trying to smuggle in arms. Weapons were found on board, he claimed.

At a hastily called news conference, sparsely attended, he referred to "the armada of hate and violence in support of the Hamas terror organization," accusing peaceful activists of a "premeditated and outrageous provocation," saying "The organizers are well known for their ties with global Jihad, Al Qaeda and Hamas. (Their) intent was violent, their method was violent, and the results were unfortunately violent."

Shameless lies from a criminal caught red-handed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Ehud Barak: lying and blaming the victims will not work this time.

And if ever the Israeli government wanted to conjure up a 3rd intifata, they couldn't have done a better job than having signed off on this raid, particularly if it is true that these knuckleheaded commandos actually murdered the Muslim leader Raed Salah.

May 31 09:03

Israel: IDF Troops Who Murdered Innocent People Are ‘Brave Heroes’

May 31 09:03

Psychopaths United For Israel

It cannot be denied that many ‘so-called’ Christians drop the name of Christ like a rich kid drops his daddy’s name to get a good table at an expensive restaurant. When they say, “Christ paid for it all,” what they really mean to say is “Jesus’ll pick up the tab.”

May 31 09:00

Beijing Suspects False Flag Attack on South Korean Corvette

WMR's intelligence sources in Asia suspect that the March attack on the South Korean Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette, the Cheonan, was a false flag attack designed to appear as coming from North Korea.

One of the main purposes for increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula was to apply pressure on Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama to reverse course on moving the U.S. Marine Corps base off Okinawa. Hatoyama has admitted that the tensions over the sinking of the Cheonan played a large part in his decision to allow the U.S. Marines to remain on Okinawa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Beijing's suspicions are most probably correct in this case.

May 31 08:58

Gaza Aid Convoy Attack: Israel’s Murderous Sea Piracy a Horrendous Moment of Truth for US Policy

This time, the Israeli war machine may have gone too far for international public opinion to stomach. In the early hours of 1 June, before daybreak, Israeli commandos stormed the international civilian aid convoy heading for Gaza. Between 20-24 volunteers onboard have been killed and at least 50 injured, according to various reports, but the number of casualties has risen rapidly from the initial reports of two dead. The final death toll could be greater.

In attacking the Freedom Flotilla, Israel and the US are now in danger of losing whatever shred of credibility or pretence they may have had with regard to the roots of conflict in the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the folks in DC had any shred of intelligence, they would drop our "special relationship" with Israel like a stone as a consequence of this incident, immediately withdraw any aid to Israel, and completely and immediately disengage all military integration between Israel and the US.

Of course, those steps would be logical.

May 31 08:56


So here is the deal. Some of the people walking around Palestine, Gaza, and the West Bank are blood relatives of Jesus. Distant blood relatives, but still blood relatives. Given 2000 years, it is possible that the vast majority of present day Palestinians are remote relatives of Jesus.

Israel is killing them.

And YOU are paying for it, which means you share the guilt. YOU are paying for the weapons used to kill the modern day family of Jesus. The moment you sign that 1040 form, you sign a confession, admitting before all the world that you are an accessory in the murder.

Think you are going to get into heaven after an insult like that?

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May 31 08:54


Both boats are flagged and registered in the United States, which means they are U.S. territory.

Therefore we expect the U.S. government to intervene if U.S. property is wrongly confiscated by Israeli authorities as they have threatened. Israel has yet to return the Spriit of Humanity, registered under a Greek flag.

Please contact the American State Department and ask them what their plans are in case this happens. They can be contacted at Telephone No. (202) 647-4000 (24-hour number) or publicaffairs@panet.us.state.gov

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's actions against the aid flotilla are at the very least an act of piracy; at worst an outright act of war. Israel has attacked unarmed ships flying the flag of the United States of America in international waters.

There can be only one response to such an attack. Especially for a government that has already invaded both Afghanistan and Iraq, neither of which actually attacked the US.

The entire credibility of the federal government as protector of the people of the United States rests on whether or not they take decisive action (stress "action") in the face of this attack by Israel on unarmed ships flying the flag of the United States of America in international waters.

How would Teddy Roosevelt have handled this?

Call the State Department at Telephone No. (202) 647-4000 (24-hour number) or publicaffairs@panet.us.state.gov

Do it now. I will wait.

May 31 08:51

International activists cause their own deaths by attacking nonconfrontational Israeli commandos

At a press briefing this morning following the massacre by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) commandos of passengers on board the Mavi Marmara, one of the boats pertaining to the Freedom Flotilla attempting to break the siege of Gaza, IDF spokeswoman Avital Liebovitch claimed that the passengers had engaged in "severe violence against our soldiers."

May 31 08:50

Watch: LAPD caught kicking cyclist at anti-BP protest

The Los Angeles Police Department has launched an internal investigation after one of its officers was caught on camera apparently kicking a cyclist during a protest against oil giant BP on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though this is how the LAPD is interpreting "to protect and serve" these days.

May 31 08:47

The U.S. Economic Collapse Top 20 Countdown

So just how bad is the U.S. economy? Well, the truth is that sometimes it is hard to put into words. We have squandered the great wealth left to us by our forefathers, we have almost totally dismantled the world’s greatest manufacturing base, we have shipped millions of good jobs overseas and we have piled up the biggest mountain of debt in the history of mankind. We have taken the greatest free enterprise economy that was ever created and have turned it into a gigantic house of cards delicately balanced on a never-ending spiral of paper money and debt. For decades, all of this paper money and debt has enabled us to enjoy the greatest party in the history of the world, but now the bills are coming due and the party is nearly over.

May 31 08:43

Israel: IDF Troops Who Murdered Innocent People Are ‘Brave Heroes’

The government of Israel, aided by many quarters of the international media, is attempting to spin today’s deadly IDF assault on a humanitarian aid ship carrying supplies to Gaza as the fault of the murdered activists on board the vessel, ludicrously characterizing machine-gun carrying Israeli troops who killed over a dozen innocent people as the victims of the incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These men are not "brave heroes"; they are Israeli war criminals, period, end of discussion.

May 31 08:40

'Activists refuse to leave Gaza aid ships'

All activists on board the vessels have refused to leave the ships at the port of Ashdod because they want to fulfill their mission and deliver supplies to the people of Gaza, a Press TV correspondent reported on Monday.

Some of the injured activists have been transferred to Israeli hospitals, added our correspondent.

Israel stormed the Freedom Flotilla earlier on Monday, killing at least 20 people, mostly Turkish nationals and injuring 50 others, reported al-Aqsa television.

May 31 08:39

US House votes quadrupling of per-barrel oil tax

The US House of Representatives on Friday voted to more than quadruple a per-barrel oil tax that fills a special trust fund to pay for damages from major spills like the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

The measure called for raising the eight-cent-per-barrel tax to 34 cents, raising nearly 12 billion dollars over 10 years for the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which currently holds about 1.5 billion dollars.

The legislation, which passed by a 215-204 margin, also aimed to raise the cap on per-incident trust fund expenditures from one billion dollars to five billion dollars.

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Translation: BP is not going to be required to really take care of all the damage the Gulf spill has caused: you and I get to pick up the tab!

If this is passed by the Senate, it will absolutely "kneecap" any possible hope for any real recovery in this economy any time soon.

May 31 08:39


Here are the latest updates on the Flotilla situation….

May 31 08:33

Israeli ambassador suggests links between the Aid Flotilla and al-Qaeda

ccording to the Israeli ambassador to Denmark, Arthur Avnon, "before the fleet entered Israeli waters, rumors ran that the organizers (of this action) had connections with the terrorist network Al Qaeda."

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If there is one weakness that the Jewish people have shown throughout history is that they do not know when to quit. Israel has hoisted on their own petard by trying this lie, or to use a more current slang, they just "jumped the shark"
May 31 08:31

Powell: Sanctions Not Sufficient to End Iran’s Nuclear Program

With the Obama Administration still crowing about its claims to have gotten support for some level of new sanctions against the Iranian government, former Secretary of State Colin Powell says he doesn’t believe they will accomplish anything.

“I don’t see that this causes sufficient pain,” Powell insisted, though he did not suggest that an alternative littany of sanctions would convince Iran to abandon its civilian nuclear program either.

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Memo to former Secretary of State (lied to the US and UN to get us into the war with Iraq) Powell; sir, your credibility is shot to hell, and you do not speak for thinking people in this country who understand the following:

1. Iran is a signatory to the NNPT.

2. This means that all nuclear activity undertaken by Iran is under the watchful eye of the IAEA.

3. To date, the IAEA has not discovered that any nuclear material has gone missing, nor has any uranium been enriched past the point necessary to fuel a power plant.

4. Israel, which has nuclear weapons, refuses to become a signatory to the NNPT, and will not allow inspections of its nuclear facilities.

5. Since the passing of the Syminton Amendment into US law in 1976, the US is forbidden by that law to give any aid to any country which has nuclear weapons programs, but refuses to sign the NNPT.

6. Therefore, every cent of the 3 billion dollars spent annually by the US for to aid Israel is illegal, by our own laws.

7. I would, therefore, Mr Former (if at first you don't succeed, lie, lie again) Secretary of State Powell, that your focus would be better spent on holding Israeli accountable to this country and the world for its nuclear weapons program, not to mention having blown away and maimed a number of aid workers attempting to get desperately needed aid to Gaza this morning.

It is high time for the folks in Washington to rethink the US's "special relationship" with Israel, which has been a financial and geopolitical millstone around the neck of this country for far too long.

May 31 08:28

Mavi Marmara VIDEO: Footage From Israeli Raid On Gaza Flotilla

UPDATE: The Israeli Defense Force has released more video from the flotilla allegedly showing IDF naval personnel being attacked after they had boarded the flotilla.

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Any ship at sea in international waters, when confronted with an act of piracy or an act of war, has a right to try to defend themselves.

Israel is playing "blame the victim" here; trying to excuse the deaths and injuries with plaintive cries of, "They defended themselves against us, Israelis! They are not allowed to do that! We're Israelis!! They are supposed to surrender and lie down before us, because, after all, we're Israelis!!!!!"

May 31 08:22

Netanyahu faces protests in Canada

May 31 08:22

Gaza flotilla - Piracy

Earlier today an Israeli Ministry Foreign spokesman, Yigal Palmor, stated that : "The boats will not be allowed to enter "Gaza territorial waters." This, says Sabah Al Mukhtar, President of the Arab Lawyers Association: "Is exactly what piracy is." Further: "When you interfere in territorial waters, it is beligerancy." Israel, he holds, can claim no right of self defence. "Everything Israel is doing is contrary to international law anyway, from the (2008-2009 attack on Gaza) to (ignoring) the Goldstone Report."

May 31 08:20

Barack Obama's credibility hits rock bottom after oil spill and Sestak scandal

The combination of Obama's passivity over the Gulf oil spill catastrophe and his cynical political manoeuvrings could spell disaster for him, argues Toby Harnden

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And if Obama pussies out over the Israeli attack on the aid flotilla, he'll be the first President to have a rating less than zero!

May 31 08:18

IDF Raid on Peace Flotilla

May 31 08:16

Israel storms Gaza-bound aid ships

At least 10 people are dead and dozens are wounded after Israeli commandos stormed a flotilla of six ships trying to deliver aid to Gaza.

The pre-dawn raid happened more than 60 kilometres out to sea in international waters and the two sides are offering conflicting accounts of what happened on the ships.

Israel said their forces encountered unexpected resistance as they boarded the vessels. Dozens of passengers and at least five Israeli soldiers were wounded in the confrontation in international waters.

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I think this is the vital clue to what happened. Israel wasn't expecting the people on the ships to try to defend themselves.

Israel seems to have this arrogant attitude that because they are Israel, they can issue orders to foreign-flagged ships in international waters, and if those orders are not obeyed Israel has a "right" to board and seize those foreign-flagged ships in international waters , and that the people on board those foreign-flagged ships in international waters will not resist such an act of piracy because after all, the attackers are Israelis and therefore not confined by the laws of nations and men.

We saw the same attitude when Israel invaded Lebanon and ran into a brick wall, leaving the Israelis looking at each in puzzlement as if to say, "They are fighting back; are they allowed to do that?!?"

May 31 08:10

Deaths as Israeli forces storm Gaza aid ship

Israel says its soldiers were shot at and attacked with weapons.

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Attention Israel: When you invade a foreign flagged ship in international waters the people on board are likely to fight back. It's called "defending yourself from an act of piracy!" Given that Israel justifies everything it does, including dropping burning white phosphorus on the present day kinfolk of Jesus, on Israel's "right to defend itself", I find it enlightening that Israel seems so amazed that anyone would dare fight back against them when Israel attacks. We saw the same Israeli attitude in Lebanon, where so convinced of their own military superiority that any opposition at all was demoralizing!

May 31 08:06

Pentagon Officials Stress Long War Going Forward in Afghanistan

Over eight and a half years after the initial US invasion of Afghanistan the war is arguably the longest in American history. But despite the administration’s vague pretense of an exit strategy, Pentagon officials are emphasizing just how slow things are going.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal today conceded that the occupation of the tiny farming village of Marjah remains “a struggle,” nearly four months after it began. He also openly called for a rethink of President Obama’s July 2011 “handover” timetable, meaningless though that already was, adding that the war would continue “way beyond July 2011.”

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One wonders if some folks in the Pentagon are considering the "kill them all, God will find His own" strategy here.

There were two primary outcomes desired in this war. The first (upon which one can accurately comment, "mission accomplished") was the control of the drug trade, which the Taliban had, under their watch, successfully suppressed.

The second was the "pacification" of Afghan nationals to the point where oil pipelines could be installed with which to control Eurasian oil. Nearly nine years on, the US and NATO are no where near achieving that objective.

Looks as though the US and NATO will be in Afghanistan permanently, at this point.

May 31 08:02

Turkey has warned that further supply vessels will be sent to Gaza, escorted by the Turkish Navy

"A shocked world has responded with outrage. Turkey recalled its ambassador to Israel and warned of unprecedented and incalculable reprisals.

Two Turkish activists were reported to be among those killed in the flotilla. Ankara warned that further supply vessels will be sent to Gaza, escorted by the Turkish Navy, a development with unpredictable consequences."

May 31 08:02

World in shock at Israel's deadly Gaza ship raid

Shock and outrage swept the globe Monday after Israeli commandos stormed a flotilla of aid ships bound for Gaza, as Tel Aviv's foes and allies closed ranks in condemning the deadly raid.

Police struggled to hold back an angry crowd of hundreds outside the Israeli consulate in Turkey's biggest city Istanbul, while furious protesters shouted "Damn Israel" outside the residence of the Israeli ambassador in Ankara.

May 31 08:00

Pakistan condemns Israel over 'inhuman' flotilla siege

Pakistan on Monday condemned an Israeli commando attack on a flotilla of aid ships bound for the Gaza Strip, describing the killings of up to 19 activists as "brutal and inhuman."

A group of Pakistanis had been travelling with the flotilla, and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the government was urgently seeking information about their well-being.

"The killing of members of this humanitarian mission, which also included women, is brutal, inhuman and constitutes a flagrant violation of international law and norms," Pakistan's foreign ministry said.

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One has to wonder just how many women on the flotilla were either killed or maimed by the IDF.

May 31 07:59

News Agencies Call On Israel To Lift Media Blackout On Gaza Flotilla Attack

The Israeli Navy has jammed all communications aboard the ships of the Freedom Flotilla, blocking cell phone signals and internet connections aboard humanitarian aid ships. Scrambling the signals preceding the Israeli raid on the Flotilla, which involved special forces troops and the mobilization of one third of the Israeli Navy.

May 31 07:59

White House party to celebrate Jewish culture

And this week, Associated Press national writer Jocelyn Noveck reports, it's the Jewish community in Washington and beyond that's buzzing over who'll be on the list when Barack and Michelle Obama host the first-ever White House reception marking Jewish Heritage Month.

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How fucking special.

May 31 07:58

Live coverage: Israel's flotilla raid

Early Monday morning, Israel attacked a flotilla of aid ships bound for the Gaza Strip; at least 16 people were killed in the pre-dawn raid, according to organisers and media sources.

We'll be live-blogging the aftermath of this incident throughout the day; keep checking back for international reaction, news from our correspondents on the ground, photos and video. (All times are GMT, except where noted.)

May 31 07:56

After Monday's ocean bloodbath, Israel must work fast to prevent third intifada

If rumors are confirmed that Muslim leader Raed Salah is among casualties of Israel's raid on a Gaza aid convoy, the country's Arab population could explode.

The central story here is Israel's Arabs. If Salah is indeed among the casualties, the result could be a wave of riots led by Islamic Movement activists. Targeted provocations by Islamists and left-wing activists will now take on strategic significance. Under certain circumstances, and if both sides fail to take steps to calm the situation, this could even end in a third intifada, or Palestinian uprising. In military terms, this can be considered a "life-altering event."

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Memo to the Israeli government: welcome to the wonderful world of unintended consequences!!

May 31 07:53

Israel has just announced that it will prosecute the #Freedom Flotilla members who "attacked" its soldiers.

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Israel's arrogance is unbelievable. They attack the aid convoy in international waters and not they want to throw those who tried to defend themselves into prison!

The Federal Government is an accessory to this crime because the US taxpayer was forced to pay for the weapons used in this act of piracy.

May 31 07:53

Abbas condemns 'massacre' against activists

Hamas prime minister in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyeh, harshly condemned the Navy raid and called on the international community to intervene in order to save the international activists.

Haniyeh called an emergency cabinet meeting for Monday morning. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri described the Israeli operation as a crime reflecting the Israeli character. He called on Arab and Muslims worldwide to revolt against Israel's embassies in order to pressure the Israel Defense Forces to release the activists and help them reach Gaza.

May 31 07:51

Netanyahu cancels Obama meeting in wake of deadly Gaza flotilla clashes

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided Monday to cancel his visit to the United States, where he had been invited to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama, in the wake of the deadly clashes that occurred after Israel Navy troops stormed a convoy of international activists carrying aid to the Gaza Strip.

Israel has defended the Navy's decision to open fire on the activists during the interception of the boat. At least 10 of the left-wing activists were killed in the incident, and several more wounded. Seven of the Israeli soldiers were wounded during the clashes, two of them seriously.

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Memo to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: is it possible you could just stay away from the US permanently?!?

And this time, blaming the victims is not going to work.

May 31 07:50

Freedom Flotilla under attack in International waters

May 31 07:48

World in shock at deadly Gaza ship raid

EU foreign policy chief calls for comprehensive enquiry into deaths aboard aid ships seized by Israel's Navy. White House says examining circumstances of clash. Spain, Sweden and Greece summon Israeli ambassadors to their capitals to demand explanations.

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"...In Shock>>>"?!? You have to be kidding me. This is Israel's MO, pathologically and consistently.

That they didn't expect the massacre of aid workers attempting to get desperately needed aid to Gaza indicates that they just collectively haven't been paying attention (or preferred to turn a blind eye) to Israel's treatment of Palestinians since the beginnings of the Israeli state.

Ask any Gazan Palestinian about random killings, maimings, and intimidation: they'll tell you that for them, these are routine events in their lives.

That Europeans didn't believe it could happen to "some of their own" was a critically stupid misconception; they should have asked the parents of Rachel Corrie about how Israel deals with pro-Palestinian peace activists.

May 31 07:47

An Israeli War Crimes Tribunal (ICTI) May be the Only Deterrent to a Global War

The United Nations General Assembly must immediately establish an International Criminal Tribunal for Israel (ICTI) as a "subsidiary organ" under U.N. Charter Article 22. The ICTI would be organized along the lines of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY), which was established by the Security Council.

The purpose of the ICTI would be to investigate and prosecute Israeli war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the Peoples of Lebanon and Palestine--just as the ICTY did for the victims of international crimes committed by Serbia and the Milosevic Regime throughout the Balkans.

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And if the US Government tries to veto such a move, it should be seen by all loyal Americans as proof that the present government has sold us all out to Israel.

As I recall, this is what got Charles I into trouble.

May 31 07:45


The Israeli press, mouthpiecing the Israeli government, wants you to believe that those attacked were armed terrorists with connections to terrorist organisations.


May 31 07:44


The Freedom Flotilla in the face of the Nazis of our time

May 31 07:43


If your corporate media is not showing news on the Freedom Flotilla and Israel’s piracy, turn on Al Jazeera or scour the net.

May 31 07:42


Time to demonstrate everywhere and write to all you know and all you do not know (media, politicians etc). Organize your own event (in front of Israeli missions abroad, in front of government buildings, in public squares etc) or join any of the planned emergency demonstrations. In Bethlehem we gather at the Nativity Square and march to the apartheid wall at 2 PM.

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Israel has struck a blow against the very principles for which our military sacrificed their lives throughout the years; that all people have a right to decide their own government by vote, and the right to not have their homes stolen by force.

I can think of no more fitting memorial for those people who died in uniform than to take time today to protest Israel's act of piracy against the aid flotilla.

May 31 07:40

Ahmadinejad slams Israel convoy attack

Iran has condemned Israel's deadly attack on a flotilla carrying thousands of tons of supplies for Gaza, calling the regime in Tel Aviv a threat to global peace and security.

Calling for international efforts to save the Palestinian nation, the Iranian president said, "Supporting the people of Palestine is equal to supporting peace and freedom of every nation."

May 31 07:36

Jordan slams Gaza ship raid, summons Israeli envoy

Jordan harshly condemned the Israel Defense Forces' action against the Gaza-bound aid ships on Monday, and said "the horrible crime cannot be justified."

May 31 07:35

Egypt summons Israeli ambassador

Turkey announced Monday that it was recalling its ambassador to Israel after 10 international activists were killed when Israel Navy commandos stormed a ship bringing aid to the Gaza Strip. Egypt summoned Israel's envoy in Cairo in response to the incident.

May 31 07:33

Arab world condemns Gaza aid attack

The Arab world has united to condemn the Israeli forces' attack on a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian supplies to the besieged Gaza Strip.

Arab League (AL) Secretary General Amr Moussa slammed the Monday's deadly raid against the humanitarian mission as a "crime."

"We condemn this crime, taken against a humanitarian mission and people. They were trying to help people. They were not on a military mission. Everyone should condemn this," Moussa told AFP. The AL chief said that the 22-member organization was now contemplating its "next step" against Israel.

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One has to wonder just what the "next step" the Arab League might be contemplating.