Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Flotilla: More Eye Witness Reports & Related Items

Iran to send 3 aid ships to Gaza ABNA.ir
The Iranian Red Crescent announced on Monday, June 7, it will send three aid ships to Gaza in the latest bid to break the blockade imposed on the Palestinian people by Israeli regime.

David A. Graham | Bibi Is the New Bush
Originally at Newsweek
Netanyahu always admired, courted and learned from George W. Bush. Bush validated Netanyahu always. Now Bibi carries on his mentor's work. SEE article here

See Glenn Greenwald's updated report: How Israeli propaganda shaped U.S. media coverage of the flotilla attack - GO here

How ISRAEL Buys the US Congress: here

Pro-Israel PAC Contributions to 2010 Congressional Candidates here

2009 Total Contributions: $ 1,139,692

Total Contributions (1978-2009): $48,989,535

Total No. of Recipients (1978-2009): 2,198


  1. Under Queen Rania's article in post above for June 11th and below title, find an informative continuation of events...

    "Man's Stupidity has no Bounds"
    By Felicity Arbuthnot GlobalResearch.ca
    June 11, 2010

    "Man's stupidity has no bounds at all." W.H. Auden.

    ...Also on board was a consignment of marbles, for the children of the tiny twenty five miles long, by seven mile wide, besieged territory. One could be forgiven for thinking there are some in high places in Israel, who have lost theirs.

    Ironically, Bristol Fire Brigade (UK) donated quantities of protective clothing and equipment, for Palestine's emergency authorities, tackling hazardous situations.

    The response from London and from America's Nobel Peace Prize winning President is still muted to mute. Israel's Ambassador to Britain, Ron Prosor has been given copious air time, to explain that his country was under constant threat, omitting its sixty plus year addiction to unprovoked threats and attacks on its neighbours and the lives, land, livelihoods and homes of its Palestinian citizens.

    The BBC which some allege increasingly resembles an outpost of Israeli State Radio, continues to reiterate endlessly that Hamas, elected under UN-monitored and approved polls, "seized power."

    The attack on Gaza by Israel, in December-January 2008/9, which left nearly fifteen hundred Palestinians dead and an estimated five thousand wounded, many maimed for life, and the subsequent blockade, denying rebuilding or repair of decimated infrastructure, was the flotilla's genesis...

    ...At the organization's media centre in Cyprus, the four (persons) manning the ever ringing telephones, twenty four hours a day,had a total age of two hundred and ninety six: NOTE: Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, 85, Greta, 69 and a 76 and 66 year old. (The)... "hard line terrorists", as Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev has told the BBC., were attempting the voyage to beleaguered Gaza's 1.5 million residents.

    "By sailing directly to Gaza, outside of Israeli waters, with cargo banned illegally by Israel ... the flotilla (was) exercising international law ...

    World leaders commenting on the (original) Israeli attack (on first flotilla ship) expressed: "shock"; "condemned", "deplored", cited a "terrorist act", a "massacre", a "grave act", and "state terrorism."

    International law expert Anis Kassi cites: "cold blooded assassination", and Sabah al Mukhtar, President of the Arab Lawyers Association, says it: ".. is the exact definition of piracy."

    Coincidentally, President Barack "Nobel" Obama, "Middle East Peace Envoy", Charles Anthony Lynton Blair, QC., and Israel's spokespeople, originally used the same inadequate word, limp and lacking as as their integrity and spine : "regret."

    (read rest of article at above stated source or look for continuation on another comment)

  2. "Man's Stupidity has no Bounds"
    By Felicity Arbuthnot GlobalResearch.ca
    June 11, 2010

    Continuation of the above comment - another excerpt from Arbuthnot's article

    ...Nilufer Cetin, with her one year old son and whose husband was engineer on the Marvi Marmara, described the "regrettable" violence as: "... extremely bad and brutal. The ship turned into a lake of blood.

    "I was one of the first victims to be released because I had a child. They confiscated everything, our telephones, laptops are all gone.

    "We were aware of the possible danger [in joining the trip] but there are thousands of babies in Gaza. If we had reached Gaza we would have played with them and taken them food."

    Ms Cetin would surely resonate with the people of Ramalla, who gathered in Al Manara Square, on the evening of the onslaught: "with a thousand paper ships, like we made when we were little kids, in support of the Flotilla .... in a silent, non-violent and non-political action."

    In an attempt at damage limitation, beyond laughable and bordering on the psychologically challenged - were the circumstances not so criminally tragic - Michael Oren, Israel's Ambassador to the US., likened vicious attacks - by armed Commandos in balaclavas, who, allegedly, also fired on the vessels before illegally boarding, murdering, injuring and committing grand theft - to the US fighting Nazis in World War 11. He told Fox News: "The US acted under similar international law when (they) fought the Germans and the Japanese in World War Two."

    A saner view might have been that the committed compassionate passengers, were today's equivalent of those who, at great personal risk, attempted to feed, aid and protect Jewish people, under threat in occupied Europe. Gaza has many times been described as today's Warsaw ghetto.

    It is Turkish Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, in an impassioned speech to his Parliament, who blazed the significance of Israel's actions: That ship, he said, might finally have done more than over sixty years of hollow condemnations of Israel's actions - which John Pilger has described as those of a "criminal state", with a near unique "record of lawlessness", defiance of numerous UN Resolutions, defiance of the right of Palestinians right to return to their homeland, affirmed : "...as 'the will of the international community'"...

    As Israeli Ambassadors, worldwide, were summoned by governments, to explain their country's actions, and protesters still daily, demanding the closure of Israel's Embassies, maybe finally Israel's successive governments' heartless, lawless behaviour toward citizens and neighbours are to be called to account.

  3. Continuation of "Man's Stupidity has no Bounds"
    By Felicity Arbuthnot GlobalResearch.ca
    June 11, 2010

    ...The currency of those who use the inhuman horror of the Holocaust's vast bloodstain on history, to get away with murder and deny the most basics of normality to others, maybe finally approaching bankruptcy.

    Incredibly, the passengers, hi-jacked at gunpoint, were asked to sign a document declaring that they had entered Israel illegally.

    ...the self-declared "only democracy in the Middle East", denies access to Barzilia Hospital in the Israeli city of Ashkelon, where still unaccounted for injured lie with: "every patient (having) a soldier next to the bed", according to spokeswoman, Leah Malul - it is people of Jewish origin, worldwide, who have been some of the most vocal in their condemnation of the attack.

    In the (London) Guardian, (3rd June) political and social commentator Adhaf Soueif writes: "... young Jewish Israeli activists told me they saw that the only hope for their country lies with the international community. Israel is on a path to self-destruction, they said, and it will take the region with it. It will not stop, they said, until the price it pays for its actions becomes too heavy. This price has to be a moral and economic price imposed by the world."