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Irish aid boat heads for Gaza, crew ‘won’t resist arrest’

DUBLIN, Jun 03, 2010 (AFP) – An Irish aid boat is steaming towards Gaza where it hopes to deliver vital supplies at the weekend, but those on board will not resist arrest by Israeli forces, organizers said Thursday. The MV Rachel Corrie — carrying 15 people including a Nobel Prize…

Conservative pundits blame Obama for Israeli raid on flotilla

Kucinich: Flotilla raid jeopardizes US troops in Iraq Some conservative commentators and lawmakers are pointing the finger of blame at President Barack Obama over Israel’s raid on a Gaza-bound humanitarian flotilla that ended with the death of nine activists. On Tuesday, Sen. John McCain told Fox News that the Obama…

Irish aid vessel still sailing for Gaza, ‘most serious consequences’ promised if passengers harmed

Irish humanitarian aid ship the MV Rachel Corrie is still sailing for Gaza, in spite of Israel’s recent, devastating attack on other vessels in the Gaza aid flotilla, resulting in at least nine dead activists and hundreds of prisoners. The ship, named after 23-year-old U.S. peace activist Rachel Corrie —…

Witnesses deny that any of aid protesters were armed

BERLIN — Three visibly shaken Germans, who experienced a deadly raid by the Israeli military on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza, denied on Tuesday that anyone on board was armed, according to the news wire service AFP. “The Israeli government justifies the raid because they were attacked. This is…

Witness: No one armed on Gaza flotilla

Berlin – Three visibly shaken Germans, who experienced a deadly raid by the Israeli military on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza, denied on Tuesday that anyone on board was armed. “The Israeli government justifies the raid because they were attacked. This is absolutely not the case,” former member of…

Former US ambassador captured aboard Gaza aid ship to be sent home

A former U.S. ambassador aboard a Gaza aid ship seized by Israel commandos is on his way home, his wife said Monday evening. Edward Peck, 81, of Chevy Chase, Md., was among activists in the flotilla trying to get humanitarian aid to Gaza, said his wife, Ann Peck. She said…

In raw video, reporters claim Israelis fired on activists before boarding ship

Update: Turkey will reportedly send military escort with future Gaza aid boats In what could be a serious blow to Israel’s narrative on the killing of at least nine humanitarian activists making their way to Gaza through international waters, raw video by an Al Jazeera producer, who was filming during…

Israel releases footage of aid boat storming

JERUSALEM (AFP) – The Israeli army released footage on Monday of the resistance put up by pro-Palestinian activists as commandos stormed an aid ship headed to Gaza in an operation that has sparked a diplomatic furor. Video images showed troops rappelling down to the deck of one of the vessels…

Protests erupt across world after Israeli raid

(AFP) – Tens of thousands of people joined angry protests across the world Monday after a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, demanding retaliation and showing support for the Palestinians. In Turkey crowds took to the streets in several cities to vent fury after the storming of a…

Haaretz analysis: The government failed the test of results

“The government failed the test of results,” the editor at large for Israel’s oldest leading newspaper writes in a blistering analysis calling for a full scale investigation of the deadly raid of a Gaza flotilla: an “act of protest [which resulted in] dead demonstrators and a grave international crisis.” “Prime…

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