Attack on Gaza flotilla: Passengers’ accounts coming out, Israel faces political, diplomatic fallout

Posted: June 1st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: In the News, the US and us, war | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Passengers on board the Gaza flotilla are released by Israel, and their account of the raid is coming out. Here is Huwaida Arraf, and American citizen, talking to CNN:

the Crisis with Turkey: Both Yedioth and Maariv daily papers report today that the decision to release the detained passengers was also a result of a firm action by Turkey, who sent three military planes to Israel and demanded that they return with all their citizens, even the wounded ones. It was reported today that Israel decided to sent home family members of its embassy staff in Ankara because of the hostile atmosphere in the Turkish capital.

there are also reports that Turkey declared that future Gaza bound Vessels will have military escort. I haven’t seen this on any major media organization, and it sounds a bit exaggerated, but Israelis were speculating on such scenario in the last couple of days.

Nicaragua suspends diplomatic ties with Israel because of the attack on the flotilla.

Opinion Round-up:

New York Times editorial: The questions raised by an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla demand an immediate and objective international investigation.

David Ignatius (Washington Post): Israel has been unable to resolve the Gaza mess on its own; it should turn now to the Security Council for help. That begins with a U.N. investigation of what happened off the Israeli coast.

Robert Fist (Independent): Something has changed in the Middle East these past 24 hours – and the Israelis (given their extraordinarily stupid political response to the slaughter) don’t seem to have grasped what has happened.

Aluf Ben (Haaretz): The attempt to control Gaza from outside, via its residents’ diet and shopping lists, casts a heavy moral stain on Israel and increases its international isolation.

George Packer (New Yorker): The flotilla was bait, and Israel took it—a classic triumph of civil disobedience over state power.

Thomas Friedman (New York Times): both Israel and Turkey have gotten out of balance lately, and it is America’s job to help both get back to the center — urgently.

I also liked Ann Telnaes’ cartoon on the Washington Post.

4 Comments on “Attack on Gaza flotilla: Passengers’ accounts coming out, Israel faces political, diplomatic fallout”

  1. 1 anonymous said at 1:00 am on June 2nd, 2010:

    So they physically resisted on her ship as well? They didn’t use clubs but they fought.

    Do you believe her Noam? Do you believe that she was elbowed and thrown out of a car and passed out as a result? Does that sound to you like something the IDF would do, especially in this type of situation?

  2. 2 noam said at 3:04 am on June 2nd, 2010:

    anonymous – I can’t tell if she is saying the truth, but I certainly believe her as much as I believe the word of IDF spokesperson (who is known to lie, even on less important incidents). reason is simple: I’ve seen these things happen so many times here with my own eyes. I find the fact that you don’t believe the IDF is capable of pushing or beating someone just bizarre. We have seen that so many times!

  3. 3 The Dod said at 5:44 am on June 2nd, 2010:

    CNN is infuriating. Showing footage allegedly taken on *another* ship that contradict the [Arab named] witness, without any text saying, at least, “unrelated” (i’d also add “crredibility questioned”).

    About Turkey, this is not a myth. Was reported yesterday

    There’s even a funny video of MFA Mark Regev being surprised by this on BBC channel 4
    I think channel 4 is a major enough media org :)

  4. 4 anonymous said at 1:12 pm on June 2nd, 2010:

    no, I just think it would be unlikely that anybody on the ships that didn’t get into the fighting would be treated this way. I would think the order would be to leave them be.