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Israel kills 10+ on Free Gaza Flotilla taking aid to Gaza

IMCista | 08.06.2010 21:00 | Flotilla to Gaza | Palestine

At 4.30am local time, armed Israeli troops boarded one of the boats in the Free Gaza Flotilla which was carrying construction supplies, medical equipment and schoolbooks to Gaza, in an attempt to break the siege which Israel imposed on Gaza over 1080 days ago.

35 UK citizens were aboard the boats, which carried activists from over 50 countries. The boats were reportedly 80 miles off the coast of Gaza, and many on the boats were said to be asleep when Israeli troops opened fire with machine guns. Many wounded have reportedly been taken to Israeli hospitals. Israel is on a media offensive claiming that its troops were attacked first. Even if it were true, they would need to explain why they were boarding a ship flying a Turkish flag in International waters.

A demo was held outside Downing Street yesterday afternoon and Stop the War had already called a demo for this afternoon at 2pm outside Downing Street.

ISM London stated that they were "horrified" by the incident but also stated that "We’re not surprised that the attacks took place in International waters, or that they were a reckless, murderous over-reaction to unarmed ships carrying medical supplies and building materials. Israel routinely meets non violent Palestinian protest with lethal violence."

On the 31st May protests were held across the country with reports coming in from London, Cambridge, Bristol, Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester, and Galway. In London the protest moved on from Downing Street to the Israeli Embassy, whilst in Bristol a protest was held in solidarity with Palestinians and the two Bristolians aboard the attacked convoy. In Galway a protest was held inside Marks & Spencer in protest of their support of the occupation, and in Manchester protesters attempted to storm the BBC building in protest of biased reporting.

There is also news that Israel vows to attack next Flotilla boat - possibly tomorrow

Video: Call for action from activist Caoimhe Butterly (Gaza TV News)

31st May Protests: London: 1 | 2 | 3 Cambridge: 1 | 2 | 3 Bristol: 1 Birmingham: 1 Sheffield: 1 Galway: 1 | Manchester protesters try to storm BBC

UPDATE: On Tuesday 15th June two survivors of the attack, Alex Phillips and Osama Qashoo who were on board the Mavi Marmara spoke at a public meeting in Sheffield organised by the Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign.



Display the following 49 comments

  1. Also protest 11am Foreign Office, 5pm Manchester BBC — Andrew
  2. Demo Bristol hippodrome 3pm — .
  3. Oxford demo - Tuesday, 1pm, Cornmarket Street — Kit
  4. Vigil in Oxford this evening — Kit
  5. Resistance — Hermes
  6. War crime, piracy, murder, kidnapping — karlos Xardel
  7. Ignore comment advertising demo 1pm Oxford — Kit
  8. Call for action from activist Caoimhe Butterly (Gaza TV News). — freeGAZA
  9. Like a microcosm of the whole conflict — Hermes
  10. US activist loses eye in West Bank — Hermes
  11. Israel admits previous sabotage — -
  12. More confirmation of sabotage — -
  13. Help break the Pro-Israel censorhip on!!! — f
  14. Why 600 passengers? — loppy
  15. Why 600 passengers? — -
  16. 30 odd people are more than enough witnesses — loppy
  17. @ loppy — freeGAZA
  18. I am sorry to sound contrive my English isn't that good — loppy
  19. FreedomFlotilla, IDF-Pirates and International Law — (A)
  20. *owch* — Creation Dream Becomes Manifest With Extasy
  21. Sloppy Loppy — -
  22. Zionist Violation of International Maritime Law Concerning the Gaza Relief Ships — Owen Chase
  23. (A) — What the fuck do I know?
  24. propanganda, rogue states and international law — (A)
  25. Someone Seems Nervous — Owen Chase
  26. patience and nuclear wepons — (A)
  27. (A) — wtf
  28. War and peace, allies and foes — (A)
  29. Its time to call zionists for what they are, racist savages — Winston Churchill
  30. Swedish Port Workers Blockade Israeli Goods — Solidarity Forever
  31. Unfortunately — Hermes
  32. Zionism Is Racist and Wrong — Paul Robeson
  33. (A)tomic (A)pologist — -
  34. Sabotage delays the MV Rachel Corrie — -
  35. Oh come off it! — Realist
  36. Israeli nuclear PRopoganda — -
  37. Egypt fails to block Gaza tunnels — gar
  38. Oh come on, again! — Realist
  39. Nukes - a head up — jackslucid
  40. How does Israel maintain its arsenal? — Hermes
  41. Israel too poor to own nukes? — -
  42. Fear, pain and propaganda: an activist’s story — -
  43. contradicting witnesses — anon
  44. Witness reports are complimetary, not contradictory — -
  45. (A)pologist - your stock 'San Remo defence' demolished — -
  46. Bradford demo — jen
  47. Demolishing that stock 'San Remo defence'? - Failure. — (A)
  48. PS — (A)
  49. (a)pologist pseud — -