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Philip

With regards to the legality of intercepting the boats in international waters, a lot depends if you regard that a state of war exist between the Hamas government in Gaza and Israel. In other wars blockades are regularly enforced in international waters and vessels from neutral countries were subject to the blockades (as was the case in the first and second world Wars). Whether or not the conflict is officially a 'war' it is that in practice. Hamas can't complain about the incident being an act of war on one hand and thinking it their right to fire rockets at random on Israeli cities on the other.

Whitebread

Peace activists my a**

Faversham

This event did not occur in "international waters" the Israelis were justified in their actions.

Swalker

Hamas might not be able to complain, but the families of the people who were killed or injured might. Or the many Britons, Americans, Turks, Aussies and even a Kiwi who were on board when the event took place, who are now detained without being able to contact friends and family.
Simply for trying to aid fellow human beings who are far worse off than us.

Sure they may have known that their mission may not have been entirely peaceful, but IMO, that is no justification for their murder.

Philip

"Sure they may have known that their mission may not have been entirely peaceful, but IMO, that is no justification for their murder."

The same could be said of any combatant killed in war with the same justification (or lack of it) the activists killed were not killed because they were trying to break the blockade but because they were attacking the boarding Israelis.
I have little sympathy for them or the other activists pretending to be shocked by the turn of events which they instigated to try to embarass Israel.

John Boy

The problem is not being helped by the Zionists thinking they are inhabiting the promised land and dispensationalist Christians supporting them in that view. There are penty of Israelis and Palestinians who just want to be left alone so they can cohabit happily. Its all stuffed up by politics and in that area the Zionist movement is no better than Hamas. I know that if I was illegally kicked of my land I'd be pissed off about it.

Shane Ponting

John Boy if they weren't fighting each other they'd be coming after YOU. Think about it.....

Andy

PJTV:

Al Qaeda on board?

http://www.pjtv.com/?cmd=mpg&mpid=121&load=3675

"Passengers with bullet proof vests, night vision goggles. On 6 boats, only 1/4 of all the aid sent to Gaza from Israel in one day"

James

The video appears staged.Thoses "blows" with the metal rods look awfully pulled....real hits are much faster.

I call fake.

Annette Huang

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19501


"The precise details of the seizure and ensuing massacre remain vague. And for good reason: Israel, whose officials have for weeks been discussing diplomatic options for confronting the flotilla (whose approximately 700 participants are accompanied by some 10,000 tons of cargo), launched a media disinformation blitz parallel to the military operation. In a pattern reminiscent of the Gaza assault of 2008-9, communications from the flotilla were persistently disrupted, its satellite telephones entirely cut off just prior to the pre-dawn assault. Within Israel, the military censor moved almost immediately to prohibit reporting about details of casualties.[1] Having established a near monopoly on access to information, the Israeli government dispatched its spokespeople to tell their story." [more at link]

Raymond from Holland

What is the link with climatic change?
For the rest it is clear a Hamas profocation to me.

AcidComments

"I have little sympathy for them or the other activists pretending to be shocked by the turn of events which they instigated to try to embarass Israel."

Agreed.

What's more.

The Pathetic Limp wristed NATO and UN haven't been doing their jobs properly. When it comes to keeping illegal weapons shipments, etc out of Gaza and Lebanon.

Regardless of the rights or wrongs of this situation.
What choice do the Israelis have. Socalled 'Aid Supplies' have contained illegal weapons. 'Supplying Aid' is one of the oldest tricks in the book to try and get around arms embargoes/blockades!

Andy

@Annette Huang

"Having established a near monopoly on access to information, the Israeli government dispatched its spokespeople to tell their story."

Well here is a different angle from Biased BBC:

http://biased-bbc.blogspot.com/2010/06/today-flotilla.html

(not so) Silent

Dont worry Annette. "Journalists" from Reuters will be along shortly to provide the truth.
They are a bit busy right now helping Al Qaeda move some weapons to an ambush in Baghdad but wont be too much longer.

AcidComments

"They are a bit busy right now helping Al Qaeda move some weapons to an ambush in Baghdad but wont be too much longer."

Of Interest:

Report: US stopped Israel from targeting Hizballah missile shipment

The London Times on Thursday reported on evidence it was shown revealing the existence of Hizballah-run military bases in Syria where long-range surface-to-surface missiles are received and prepared for shipment to southern Lebanon.

Security sources told the newspaper that several of the arms depots exist, and are being supplied either directly by Syria or by Iran.

According to the report, Israeli forces were planning to bomb one of the missile convoys as it entered Lebanon, but called off the strike at the last minute as a result of US pressure. Disregarding Israeli security, Washington has insisted that Jerusalem continue to let failed diplomacy lead the way.

Earlier this month, US President Barack Obama chided Syria for continuing to aid Hizballah in violation of UN resolutions, but also decided to renew diplomatic ties with Damascus. Middle East observers said the American leader's behavior sends mixed signals to Arab leaders that ultimately make him look weak and his threats empty.

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/default.aspx?tabid=178&nid=21182

Andy

From the Daily Mash

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/international/israel-just-making-it-easier-for-guardian-readers-to-look-good-201006012778/

ozone monitor

This is really sad... so sad.

Swalker

I would like to see the full unedited version of this video. If eye witness accounts claiming that rounds were fired before the ship was boarded, these people would have been fearful for their lives. Even if they were mere warning shots, at a suprise 4am attack, you would be afraid for your life. After all, they were still in International waters. If a peaceful encounter was what Israel wanted, they shouldn't have attacked in the middle of the night.

Israel must have full footage of the entire event, so why just this edited sample?

Pete

How can it have been a surprise if they had already boarded five boats before the last one?
Maybe your eyewitness accounts are liars?
Looks like the Israelis were the ones attacked.

Andy

Another video
http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2010/06/israeli-attack.html

Note the "aid worker" repeatedly stabbing an israeli soldier with a knife.

Meanwhile, in NZ, "peace protesters" bring their children along to protest and burn the American flag

Useful idiots, to quote Lenin.

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