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Hamas has been working on a ‘crutch-a-pult’, Jon Stewart jokes

Israel insists that commandos had to intercept aid ships headed for Gaza because they could have been supplying weapons to Hamas. At least nine activists were killed in the raid. Israel said that they were forced to use live rounds because activists attacked them first. “The activists said they never…

Israel rejects international investigation of raid

Israel on Thursday rejected calls from the United Nations and others for an international investigation of its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla but left the door open to foreign involvement. Israel says the commandos used force, killing nine people, only after activists attacked them with knives, crowbars and…

Report: All aid flotilla victims shot dead

The nine activists who died in an Israeli raid on aid ships bound for Gaza were shot dead, the Anatolia news agency reported today. Forensic experts in Istanbul found bullet marks on the bodies of all the victims and determined that one was shot at close range. The experts said…

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…

Israeli raid ‘puts Obama stuck between a rock and a hard place’

WASHINGTON – The Obama team was caught Wednesday between a rock and a hard place as it tried to navigate between key allies Israel and Turkey following an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish ship, analysts said. U.S.-Turkish ties have already come under strain over Ankara’s diplomacy with Iran and…

Israeli ambassador calls raid ‘responsible,’ likens to US attacks in World War II

Likens Israel’s attack on aid ship to US attack on Germany, Japan Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, called his country’s raid on an aid flotilla en route to Gaza “perfectly legal, perfectly humane and very responsible” in an interview Tuesday with Fox News. Oren likened the attack…

Israel moves to expel activists as world urges probe

JERUSALEM -Israel moved swiftly on Wednesday to deport hundreds of activists detained during a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, as world pressure mounted for a full investigation of the fiasco. The accelerated deportations came after calls by global leaders on Israel to release the detainees taken off six…

Israel deports activists from Gaza-bound flotilla

AMY TEIBEL AP News Jun 02, 2010 06:53 EDT Israel on Wednesday began deporting the bulk of nearly 700 international activists detained during its deadly raid on an aid flotilla bound for Palestinians in the blockaded, Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. The raid that ended with Israeli soldiers killing nine activists has…

Israel rejects call for independent probe

Israel began deporting all the foreign activists detained during a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, as international pressure mounted for a full investigation of the incident. The Jerusalem Post reports, Israel on Tuesday night rejected international calls to end its naval blockade of Gaza and to launch an…

Ex-Mossad agent: Gaza flotilla raid ‘so stupid it’s stupefying’

While the United States has reserved judgment in the matter, a former Mossad agent is casting blame for the botched raid on a Gaza aid flotilla, pointing directly at Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for allegedly ordering forces to act without vital preparation. The former Mossad agent is Victor Ostrovsky,…

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