After seeing passengers shot at close range they tried to grab the weapons to stop the killing. Kenneth Nichols O’Keefe was later beaten by the Israelis.
A US war veteran said yesterday he confronted Israeli commandos when they raided a Gaza-bound aid ship which he had boarded as a peace activist, Anatolia news agency reported.
Kenneth Nichols O’Keefe, his face bruised and still stained with blood, flew to Istanbul from Tel Aviv, on his way to Ireland, the report said.
“We overpowered three Israeli commandos. They looked at us… They thought we would kill them, but we let them go,” O’Keefe said, adding he took the weapon of one of the soldiers and emptied it, according to Anatolia.
The ex-marine said he saw five people being killed on board the Mavi Marmara. Continue reading →
(Fox) – Video: Ron Paul – U.S. Shouldn’t Support Israel’s Gaza Blockade
(GlobalResearch) – Sabotaging Peace: The Real Motive Behind the Freedom Flotilla Attack – Read More Here
(GulfTimes) – Activists: IDF kidnapped Marmara Captain’s son as bargaining tool
“The Israelis just attacked us without warning after dawn prayer,” said Norazma Abdullah, a Malaysian who was among 124 activists who crossed into Jordan at about 7.30am.Read More Here
(GlobalResearch) – Israeli Murders, NATO and Afghanistan – Read More Here
(SouthLebanon) – Defending Israel: A How-To Guide
Today’s op-ed by the Wall Street Journal editorial board offers a fairly comprehensive list of the talking points which are de rigueur in defending Israel’s attack on civilian ships in international water. Read More Here
(JerusalemPost) – Israeli navy prepares to confront more ships – Read More Here
(NowPublic) – The New Gulf of Tonkin: South Korean Torpedo Sunk ROK Warship – Read More Here
(Guardian) – Gaza flotilla deaths: pressure builds on Israel for full inquiry – Read More Here
(MailOnline) – Video: Fears of new flashpoint as defiant Israel prepares for showdown with two more Gaza aid ships
Israel is facing another potentially explosive confrontation at sea as pro-Palestinian activists sent two more boats to challenge its blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Reports in Israel claimed the navy was prepared to use even more force to stop ships from breaking the blockade.View Video Here
(ABCNews) – Video: U.S. to Join South Korean Military Exercise Off North Korea Coast
The U.S. aircraft carrier USS George Washington will participate in a joint naval exercise with South Korea next week in the Yellow Sea, the same waters west of the Korean peninsula where North Korea is accused of sinking a South Korean warship last March, ABC News has learned.Read More Here
(HurriyetDaily) – Eight Turks, one US citizen shot dead in Israeli attack to aid ship, report says – Read More Here
(RussiaToday) – Video: Mckinney – ‘Israel bought the executive branch’
Worldwide condemnation has been flooding in since Monday when Israeli Defense Forces boarded a ship in the Mediterranean, setting off a melee that left nine activist’s dead and dozens wounded.The Pro-Palestinian activists intended on breaking a three year blockade of the Hamas ran Gaza strip. Cynthia Mckinney a former US Presidential candidate says that Pro-Israel lobbying has bought congress and the executive branch, which is why the US will not take action. View Video Here
Israel should fix its cameras if it wants to be taken seriously [pic] – View Pic Here
(Guardian) – Israelis opened fire before boarding Gaza flotilla, say released activists:
First eyewitness accounts of raid contradict version put out by Israeli officials – Read More Here
(IBN) – Gaza flotilla: How Israel’s ministry of foreign affairs fakes photos of seized weapons
On the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs’ Flickr page, the pictures of the so-called weapons seized on the ships taking part in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla provide ample evidence of the deviousness of those darned anti-semitic terrorists. Be forewarned: the following pictures are not for the faint-hearted. Read More Here
(PressTV) – US VP defends Israeli atrocity
US Vice President Joe Biden says Israel had an “absolute right” to attack peace activists on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla. Read More Here
(Creative-I) – Media Disinformation regarding Israel’s Murderous Assault in International Waters – The Role of the BBC – Read More Here
“Settlers attack West Bank mosque and burn holy Muslim books” was a London Times headline on December 11, 2009.
These attacks, together with the demolition of Palestinian homes, the uprooting of Palestinians’ olive groves, the innumerable checkpoints that prevent Palestinians from accessing schools, work, and medical care, the Israeli Wall that denies Palestinians access to the land stolen from them, and the isolation and blockade of the Gaza Ghetto, are part of the Israeli government’s policy of genocide for the Palestinians. Continue reading →
(JPost) – If world powers are not successful in efforts to contain the Iranian nuclear threat, an Israeli strike on Iran could become a reality, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said during a visit to Beirut, the Daily Telegraph reported Monday. Continue reading →
(NYTimes) – American intelligence agencies have concluded in recent months that Iran has created enough nuclear fuel to make a rapid, if risky, sprint for a nuclear weapon. But new intelligence reports delivered to the White House say that the country has deliberately stopped short of the critical last steps to make a bomb. Continue reading →
We all remember the brutal Israeli attacks against Gaza last year. Many of us were outraged by the killings of some 1,300 Gazan Palestinian, men, women, the disabled, the children, the sick and the maimed.Hospitals and schools were destroyed. Continue reading →
“By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy – indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction”
-William Osler Continue reading →
Paul J. Balles shows how the US media’s application of Joseph Goebbels’s dictum – that a lie, if audacious enough and repeated enough times, will be believed by the masses – has produced a plethora of anti-Arab bigots, from the likes of Steve Emerson, Alan Dershowitz, Caroline Glick and Ruth Conniff to the racist ranting of brainless lumpen on the internet. Continue reading →
Editor’s note: On November 9, 2007, investigative journalist Wayne Madsen wrote: “A State Department diplomat who recently returned from Iraqi Kurdistan revealed that ‘Israelis are everywhere in Kurdistan.’ Some are there for business reasons but a number are engaged in support for the PKK, PEJAK, and the MKO. This Israeli support, carried out with a wink and a nod from the neocon cabal in Washington, has strained Turkey’s relations with both Jerusalem and Washington.” Continue reading →
(Noam Chomsky) – A CNN headline, reporting Obama’s plans for his June 4 Cairo address, reads ‘Obama looks to reach the soul of the Muslim world.’ Perhaps that captures his intent, but more significant is the content hidden in the rhetorical stance, or more accurately, omitted. Continue reading →