Saturday, June 05, 2010

Israel's collapsing case regarding the aid flotilla

So it turns out that 30 shots were found in the nine victims of the Israeli assault on the flotilla trying to deliver goods to Gaza. Israel has claimed that they were acting in self-defense. This is absurd. They attacked a ship that was in international waters. The accounts of folks who were on the boat are coming in and they indicate that the initial violence came from Israel. From multiple accounts it seems that the Israelis timed the assault to coincide with morning prayers and that they first unleashed sound bombs and tear gas. They tried to board the boat from the side and found the humanitarian aid workers not particularly accommodating. That was why they then tried land via helicopter from above.

Another interesting tidbit not reflecting well on Israel is the claim that the footage that has been replaying repeatedly on American TV is pirated. It is allegedly footage confiscated from journalists who were held incommunicado by Israel after being brought to the Israeli port of Ashdod. This is not of such great concern as the blatant disregard for laws and international norms which Israel has flouted via this attack, but it's another instance reflective of the Israeli disregard for any law or norm they don't want to respect.

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