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At Least 9 Internationals Killed As Israel Attacks And Hijacks Gaza Flotilla In International Waters

category international | rights, freedoms and repression | feature author Monday May 31, 2010 17:00author by Kev - IPSC Report this post to the editors

Concern for Irish passengers as communication lines cut

Report from ship during attack

At least 9 international human rights activists may have been killed and dozens more injured after Israeli commandos attacked the unarmed Gaza Freedom Flotilla early this morning in international waters, according to reports from the flotilla organisers, while Israeli military sources confirmed at least 9 dead. This attack is a clear breach of international law.

No word has been received on the condition of the three Irish passengers as the satellite phone on the Challenger 1 on which they were passengers is not contactable. The IPSC expresses its concern for these brave people we hope that they are safe.

Israel has imposed a gag order on reporting on the attack

Live-streaming video showed images of Israeli commandos descending from helicopters at around 4am this morning, and reports say that they proceeded to use live ammunition against the ships passengers. Video also showed casualties on the boat. The attack happened as the flotilla entered an arbitrarily imposed Israeli ‘military exclusion zone’ in international waters around Gaza, as the captain of the Turkish IHH ship the Mavi Marmara refused a military order to turn back.

Although reports remain unclear, with no line of communication to the boats, it appears that Israeli forces have now hijacked the flotilla and are some 30 miles away from the Israeli port of Ashdod where they will dock. The ships are due to reach the port in the next two hours. Other reports suggest that they may divert to the port of Haifa where there are no media. Upon arrival, the Israeli military have stated that all Israeli participants will be arrested, Palestinians will be questioned by Israeli secret police and internationals will be deported or held in a detention centre if they contest deportation.

On board the ship are hundreds of civilians – including parliamentarians - attempting to bring 10,000 tonnes of supplies and humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip which has been under an illegal Israeli-imposed siege for the past three years.

All the Palestinian factions were united in their condemnation, and the Palestinian Authority called it an act of piracy and declared a three-day state of mourning.

Mustafa Baraghout, an independent member of the Palestinian Legislative Council called the attack “a declaration of war on many countries, including Turkey, Sweden and Ireland”.

Dr. David Landy, Chair of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said: “This act of Israeli piracy is a clear breach of international law. The fact that Israel would allow its forces to kill and wound international human rights activists shows the world once again that Israeli is a rogue state that acts with impunity. It is high-time for this impunity to be ended and for Israeli to be brought to account for its disregard for international law.”
Dr. Landy continued: “Israel has claimed that it no longer occupies Gaza. If this is the case, then why did they prevent this humanitarian aid flotilla from reaching Gaza? The hypocrisy of the Israeli state is simply astounding, and it is time for the international community to take serious action against Israel. We demand justice both for those murdered today and the Palestinian people for whom such acts are, unfortunately, commonplace.”

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign has called a protest for this evening, (Monday 31st May) at 6pm, assembling at the Spire on O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 which will then march to the Israeli Embassy in Ballsbridge. Speakers at the event will be Aengus O Snodaigh TD and Chris Andrews TD, both of whom were refused access to the flotilla by the Cypriot authorities after coming under severe pressure from Israel. The IPSC is calling on people in Ireland to show their outrage at this murderous attack against unarmed solidarity activists by coming out on the streets tomorrow.

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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Press TV: Death toll from Gaza aid attack hits 20     TD    Mon May 31, 2010 08:59 
   Guardian Live Feed     Guardian Live Feed    Mon May 31, 2010 09:24 
   Indymedia Ireland Live Feed     Indymedia Ireland Live Feed    Mon May 31, 2010 09:28 
   Who will take away their right to kill?     Bazooka Joe    Mon May 31, 2010 09:32 
   Flotilla website     Flotilla website    Mon May 31, 2010 10:01 
   Workers Party Statement     Malachy Steenson    Mon May 31, 2010 10:02 
   Workers Party Cork Statement on attacks     Malachy Steenson    Mon May 31, 2010 10:05 
   Disgusted     Mel Lloyd    Mon May 31, 2010 10:21 
   Nazis     old codger    Mon May 31, 2010 10:42 
 10   Surprise, surprise     Claire    Mon May 31, 2010 11:05 
 11   No surrender     Bianco    Mon May 31, 2010 11:53 
 12   independent investigation     unabletospeak    Mon May 31, 2010 12:26 
 13   From Swords, Co. Dublin     Conor Murphy    Mon May 31, 2010 12:43 
 14   Sligo County Council condemns Israel     J. Dunne    Mon May 31, 2010 13:53 
 15   Republican Sinn Féin condemns action by Israeli commandos     RSF    Mon May 31, 2010 13:53 
 16   hows the irish citizens     francis hughes    Mon May 31, 2010 14:44 
 17   I support the call to expel the Amassador     Justin Morahan    Mon May 31, 2010 15:19 
 18   They just dont care     rianorr    Mon May 31, 2010 15:40 
 19   The state of Israel needs punishment     Rant in B minor    Mon May 31, 2010 16:09 
 20   Words of solidarity     Filmmakers    Mon May 31, 2010 16:20 
 21   Irish update     Irish update    Mon May 31, 2010 16:52 
 22   Hypocrisy an deceit     old codger    Mon May 31, 2010 16:55 
 23   disgusted     teresa o connor    Mon May 31, 2010 17:00 
 24   A picture's worth a 1000 words     pixel8    Mon May 31, 2010 17:13 
 25   Act Or Go.     opus diablos    Mon May 31, 2010 17:17 
 26   International calls of protest against Flotilla massacre and more info links     dunk    Mon May 31, 2010 17:22 
 27   Yes expel the Israeli ambassador at once     V for vendetta    Mon May 31, 2010 17:22 
 28   thank you pixel8     hb    Mon May 31, 2010 17:40 
 29   Spain summons Israeli ambassador over Gaza flotilla raid, hopefully we will see expulsion soon     old codger    Mon May 31, 2010 17:45 
 30   L5I statement on the murderous Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla     Darren C    Mon May 31, 2010 17:52 
 31   Suspend the Euro-Med Agreement     investor democrat    Mon May 31, 2010 17:54 
 33   JONATHAN COOK on the Media's blackout     investor democrat    Mon May 31, 2010 19:01 
 34   Re; the Bad nazi-ike Israeli photoshopping     hb    Mon May 31, 2010 19:25 
 35   Israel Forcing Choices On Palestinians     Forced choice    Mon May 31, 2010 20:13 
 36   Thanks hb     Gerard    Mon May 31, 2010 20:31 
 37   Mark Regev outdoes his previous lies about Gaza     hb    Mon May 31, 2010 21:08 
 38   A few simple facts for the Zio-racist trolls to digest     hb    Mon May 31, 2010 21:41 
 39   Palestine     CRIMINAL STATES    Mon May 31, 2010 22:39 
 40   the photospopped knife     hb    Mon May 31, 2010 22:45 
 41   Irish prisoners? (footage 53 secs)     Irish prisoners?    Mon May 31, 2010 23:16 
 42   photoshpped knife     johnjoe    Mon May 31, 2010 23:41 
 43   my apologies JohnJoe     hb    Mon May 31, 2010 23:47 
 44   end of night world feeling - Israel’s action condemned by both diplomatic friends and foes alike.     late night linker    Tue Jun 01, 2010 00:37 
 45   George Galloway on Israel attacking Freedom Flotilla headed to Gaza Strip - 16 Dead     vid    Tue Jun 01, 2010 00:40 
 46   Israel is a “Lunatic State”     Batterworld Now    Tue Jun 01, 2010 00:42 
 47   Is this for real...     ehyup    Tue Jun 01, 2010 01:13 
 48   It is not enough...     Tariq Ali    Tue Jun 01, 2010 01:59 
 49   Think for a minute     Joe Sheehan    Tue Jun 01, 2010 08:04 
 50   Mary Robinson, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu condemn massacre + Al-Jazeera live stream     dunk    Tue Jun 01, 2010 09:38 
 51   Rachel Corrie     Michael Gallagher    Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:10 
 52   Dublin demo report + Israeli Navy preparing for Rachel Corrie - 'Next time we'll use more force'     dunk    Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:46 
 53   Now Obama.....     Michael Gallagher    Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:49 
 54   great video     anon    Tue Jun 01, 2010 20:00 
 55   Mr     robin    Tue Jun 01, 2010 21:47 
 56   Sorry folks....     wageslave    Wed Jun 02, 2010 02:02 
 57   "What they are doing in Gaza is slow genocide" Derek Graham speaking from Rachel Corrie this mornin     linker    Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:58 
 58   Global Condemnation of Israeli Armed Attack on Gaza-Bound Freedom Flotilla     democracy now    Wed Jun 02, 2010 14:47 
 59   International reports coming in from survivors of Freedom Flotilla massacre     Viva Rachel Corrie    Wed Jun 02, 2010 15:08 
 60   MV Rachel Corrie     gay chavera    Wed Jun 02, 2010 15:24 
 61   Nicaragua suspends diplomatic ties with Israel     Latin America again taking decisive action    Wed Jun 02, 2010 16:04 
 62   In this critical moment if he's not going to play ball, f**k him, send the c**t home     Send Evrony home    Wed Jun 02, 2010 18:06 
 63   Swedish dock workers announces a blockade of all ships to and from Israel starting 15 June     TWITTERer    Wed Jun 02, 2010 20:11 
 64   South Africa to Recall Its Ambassador to Israel Over Gaza Flotilla Raid     Time for Zion Evrony to be shown the door    Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:59 
 65   Time?     opus diablos    Thu Jun 03, 2010 13:07 
 66   Israeli troops 'threatened life of a one-year-old Turkish child'     anti-semanticism    Thu Jun 03, 2010 14:03 
 67   British activists tell of abuse by Israelis     anti-semanticism    Thu Jun 03, 2010 14:13 
 68   SHOCKING - Sarah Colborne explains the Mavi Marmara massacre     free gaza    Thu Jun 03, 2010 18:54 
 69   large discrepancies in reported numbers of dead/Injured     anti-semanticism    Thu Jun 03, 2010 20:34 
 70   The turning tide and the breaking of a rotten siege     Dunk    Thu Jun 03, 2010 20:39 
 71   Al Jazeera's Jamal ElShayyals interviews - after and during the Mavi Marmara massacre     linker    Thu Jun 03, 2010 23:27 
 72   What's in a name? ...Rachel Corrie was a US citizen long before she was an "MV"..,     iosaf    Fri Jun 04, 2010 01:19 
 73   Some friendly info. for the bould iosaf...     FSB!    Fri Jun 04, 2010 01:53 
 74   A correction     FYI    Fri Jun 04, 2010 01:55 
 75   Fair 'nuff...     FSB!    Fri Jun 04, 2010 01:58 
 76   Dublin Gaza demo- live satellite connection with MV RACHEL CORRIE + embassy sleep out     dunk    Fri Jun 04, 2010 09:36 
 77   Petition...     Michael Gallagher    Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:09 
 78   Bloody Accounts of the massacre and fotos beginning to appear     linker    Fri Jun 04, 2010 15:33 
 79   6 peace activists are still missing - death toll of nine is likely to rise     ANGRY    Sat Jun 05, 2010 09:00 
 80   What might be happening now     Justin Morahan    Sat Jun 05, 2010 09:58 
 81   Rachel Corrie boarded     J    Sat Jun 05, 2010 10:55 
 82   Autopsies show that murdered activists were most likely executed     anti-semanticism    Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:03 
 83   Rachel Corrie finally borded, now will Martin expell Israel ambassador Zion Evrony     dunk    Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:26 
 84   Irish seems one sided     D. Glassman    Sat Jun 05, 2010 20:15 
 85   ¿where do the Rachel Corries, Gaza humanitarian needs & Hamas begin?     iosaf    Sat Jun 05, 2010 21:16 
 86   oh that's an easy one to answer     Zionism makes me want to vomit    Sun Jun 06, 2010 00:59 
 87   The Zionist Trolls are getting desperate     Zionism makes me want to vomit    Sun Jun 06, 2010 01:15 
 88   SMALL POINT,MR GLASSMAN     opus diablos    Sun Jun 06, 2010 12:14 
 89   No humanitarian crisis in Gaza?! UN relief agency worker Chris Gunness begs to differ     Free Gaza Blockade now    Sun Jun 06, 2010 13:42 
 90   19 KILLED - IDF Doctors Audio Tapes + US rock band The Pixies cancel Israel gig     TWITTERer    Sun Jun 06, 2010 15:13 
 91   where are the missing people?     anti-semanticism    Sun Jun 06, 2010 15:36 
 92   .     Michael Gallagher    Sun Jun 06, 2010 18:10 
 93   Jewish flotilla to break Gaza siege + 1 from london + Iran offering help + flotilla aid soldiers vid     VID smuggled out from massacre    Mon Jun 07, 2010 01:43 
 94   This is what Israels "terrorists" look like, talk like and fight for + TWEET Batch 3     Social and Climate Justice Caravan    Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:16 
 95   Mairead Corrigan Maguire - Port of Gaza has been closed off for 42 years     FREE GAZA - Open her port again, after the 42 year wait    Mon Jun 07, 2010 13:19 
 96   Australian Shot by Israelis and Left to Bleed     ABC    Mon Jun 07, 2010 19:55 
 97   VID (3 min) - Ken O'Keefe Interview Following Release from Israeli Jail     O'Keefe Interview    Tue Jun 08, 2010 08:13 
 98   Ken O’Keefe and the building of a Gandhi styel PEACE ARMY to break the siege of gaza     END THE SIEGE - ahimsa    Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:46 
 99   Speraking of Ghandi . . .     Anti-Semanticism    Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:47 
 100   Regarding: Photo of Knife wielding 'Jihadi', published above     Anti-Semanticism    Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:57 
 101   Many jews are absolutely opposed gaza siege and flotilla massacre + #FreedomFlotilla TWEET batch 4     climate caravan TWITTERer    Wed Jun 09, 2010 16:28 
 102   a minor critique     NOT Opus Diablos    Wed Jun 09, 2010 16:55 
 103   VID (3mins.41) - Australian Shot by Israeli Military Recalls Flotilla Ordeal     Australian shot -vid interview    Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:30 
 104   Israel may let new flotilla reach Gaza     Gaza flotilla    Thu Apr 14, 2011 08:39 

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