It is being reported on German and Turkish News that between 10 and 19 are dead at this point… all members of Free Gaza
Obama is waiting for his Israeli Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel (son of an Irgun Terrorist) and his AIPAC aligned Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to tell him what to do.
If we had a real PRESIDENT… US Marines would be ON THE GROUND AT THAT ISRAELI PORT PROTECTING OUR CITIZENS RIGHT NOW. GET OFF YOUR ASS OBAMA!
12:04 am Eastern – (I am taking a break. burned out) Russia has slammed what it calls Israel’s violation of international law
11:50 am Eastern - video clearly shows reporters talking during raid PRIOR to Israeli boarding of Turkish vessel. You can hear gunshots coming from the two Israeli boats. Reporter is talking about injured and shot activists PRIOR to Israel boarding from the helicopters. THEN Israeli commandos repel down to the deck of the ship…. and they are SURPRISED that they are met with physical resistance AFTER Israelis had shot and possibly killed activists?
Israel, Fox News, MSNBC… all forget to mention the first part of all of this. They forget to mention that activists had been already shot by Israelis before they started repelling down to the boat. They only focus on what happened after that point.
11:20 am Eastern – Turkish prime minister calls this an example of State Terrorism – briefing all NATO countries that the ship was located in international waters. Demands Israel returns Turkish dead and citizens immediately.
11:18 am Eastern – Israeli spin now calling the aid convoy “The Armada of Hate and Violence” - once again, Israel standing reality on its head.
11:05 am Eastern – Rumors that Turkey has informed Israel that they are sending further aid ships ESCORTED BY TURKISH WARSHIPS - “Two Turkish activists were reported to be among those killed in the flotilla. Ankara warned that further supply vessels will be sent to Gaza, escorted by the Turkish Navy, a development with unpredictable consequences.”
9:46 am Eastern Time – There is a video coming out from an Israeli gunship that looks as if they opened fire on the deck of one of the other ships. I will have that video out as soon as I can find it. They are showing it on Press TV as well as a protest in the UK
The earliest Israeli propaganda about the flotilla? “There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza”… notice that the video Israel shows about Gaza having food supplies is actually from 4 years ago and prior to the blockade.
8:18 am Eastern Time - the Daily Kos (huge Obama administration supporting website) is calling for President Obama to cancel his meeting with Israeli PM Netanyahu which is scheduled for tomorrow.
France says “Nothing can justify this violence”
White House says “They are trying to understand what happened during this “raid”
Ex-U.S. Ambassador to Israel claims this is “Piracy at Sea”
8:03 am Eastern time – Now that the flotilla is in Israeli control, there are few news reports coming out. Reports are that the activists are refusing to leave the ship in the Israeli port. reports are that there may be scuffles taking place in Israel.
Israel has detained hundreds of activists from the first boat and will not allow them to speak to the press. Israel will hold them for a few days, till the news cycle grows old, so they can’t tell their story to the press. The third boat in the flotilla held the press group. They have yet to have docked. When they are brought to the docks, they will be arrested?
check out WitnessGaza for a Google Map of where the attack took place.
“In International Waters, the Israeli special forces repelled down from the helicopters and had opened fire before they even landed on the deck of the ships… we don’t have any information on the fate of the other 5 ships. We only know the fate of the Turkish ship…. Israel has threatened to kill the organizers in the past” source from Greece
watch live broadcast al Jazeera
watch live broadcast Press TV
Israel is being WIDELY CONDEMNED FOR THE ATTACKS:
“UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said he “deplored” the loss of life on the flotilla and was seeking more information and urgent access to any UK nationals.
In a statement, he said: “There can be no better response from the international community to this tragedy than to achieve urgently a durable resolution to the Gaza crisis.
“I call on the government of Israel to open the crossings to allow unfettered access for aid to Gaza, and address the serious concerns about the deterioration in the humanitarian and economic situation and about the effect on a generation of young Palestinians.”
French President Nicolas Sarkozy accuses Israel of a “disproportionate use of force“.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he is “shocked by reports of killings and injuries” on the flotilla and says it is vital that Israel carries out a full investigation.” BBC News
Israel is lying about the orgaizers of the flotilla, calling them “terrorists”, and they are saying the flotilla had planned to attack Israeli soldiers with guns and other weapons. The Turkish government is saying that is a lie. Turkish officials had inspected the ships prior to them leaving port.
FOX NEWS ADOPTS ISRAEL’S “BLAME THE VICTIMS” POSITION
reports say that the ships were 65 km off the Gaza coast, well outside the Israeli 20 km blockade
Turkey is holding massive protests. Recalled their officials
Israel is blaming the victims AGAIN
Israel at first stated that the Free Gaza activists had guns hidden and attacked the Israeli soldiers first… THEN the Israeli spokesman changed his story and now they are saying they attacked IDF soldiers with “knives and axes”.;……
“Turkey, Greece and Sweden demanded explanations from their Israeli ambassadors. Hundreds of people of various nationalities were aboard the ships.” CNN
“It is an ACT OF ISRAELI PIRACY” al Jazeera English
“Two dead, at least 30 wounded” as Israel opens fire at Gaza activists - They seem to have opened fire on the boats from the Israeli helicopters (I guess the ones we paid for) 1:00am EDT
BBC is Confirming the Interception but no word on casualties yet – “Hamas says the interception took place in international waters, more than 150km (90 miles) off the coast of Gaza. Israel has made no comment”