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Israeli Chair of Gaza Flotilla Attack Investigation Does Not Believe Panel Should Exist

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Carole Sarcinello (338)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 8:48 am

I can NOT believe that this is not being handled by an impartial international panel! (This is similar to having an accused murderer being tried by his family.)

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 9:03 am
The epitome of belligerence!

We already know the outcome, don't we!


Fiona O (565)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 9:13 am
How long can we allow our politicians to serve the interests of Israel more than the interests of the US. In this current situation, Israel is again not held up to international scrutiny.

IE Ries (237)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 9:18 am

C - and we're truly surprised by any of this? It's a kangaroo court.

Blacktiger P (247)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 9:23 am
Israel do something wrong? NAHHhhhhhhh!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 9:31 am
Turkey rejects Israel's probe of flotilla raid
"Occupied Jerusalem: Turkey has "no trust" that a commission set up by Israel to probe the deadly raid on Gaza-bound aid ships would conduct an impartial investigation, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday.
"We have no trust at all that Israel, a country that has carried out such an attack on a civilian convoy in international waters, will conduct an impartial investigation," Davutoglu told reporters. Turkey insists that the May 31 raid, in which eight Turks and a dual Turkish-US national were killed, be investigated by a commission "under the direct control of the United Nations... an impartial one with the participation of Turkey and Israel", he said. Israel's cabinet yesterday approved an Israeli inquiry. into the deadly flotilla raid by a panel set to include two foreign observers after international calls for an impartial investigation.
The White House welcomed the move as an important step and said Israel was capable of conducting a fair probe into the May 31 operation to prevent a six-ship aid flotilla from breaking its blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip."

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 9:42 am
TAKE ACTION -- PETITION:Independent Inquiry Into Gaza Flotilla Incident

Glenda J (158)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 9:42 am
Troubled thanks Just

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 9:46 am
noted & signed your petition Carole.. Thanks*

Barbara D (70)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 10:20 am
WHAT are the smoking over there???!!! I thought that level of absurdity was possible only in the U.S. Petition signed, thanks Carold!

Ben O (171)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 10:24 am
Investigate the raid, end the blockade! Please sign the Avaaz petition:
"We call for an immediate, international investigation into the flotilla assault, full accountability for those responsible, and the lifting of the Gaza blockade"
493,912 have signed; Help us reach 500,000!
Thank You! Muchas Gracias!


Sandrea S (278)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 10:24 am
Noted and Petition signed. Thanks Carole!

chris b (2474)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 10:46 am
Now why does this development not surprise me. Supreme arrogance of the type displayed by the Nazi High Command when they discussed the "Final Solution"! How ironic that a group so oppressed down the years chooses to emulate the style of their worst oppressors when dealing with the Palestinian situation and all related activity from murdering peace protesters with bullets and bulldozers to aid workers on aid boats no doubt facilitated by material paid for by US taxpayers!

Patricia Plunkett (79)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 10:58 am
I have already written my support and signed the petition but it hasn't appeared on here.
Ben I am already a member of AAVAZ and signed your petition, but I will ask my other friends to sign for you and get that number to 500,000.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 11:49 am
Tell me when was the last time the Israelis cared about what the world thinks??? If we don't agree with their policy they just call us "Sionists" and they go back to their own selfrightousness.This is a fight I will fight together with you "C".

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 11:54 am

Thank you so much, Arild. This is something the WORLD should make a lot of noise about!

To do otherwise, indicates consent (and/or apathy). As the picture for this submission says, "Silence Kills!"

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 12:00 pm

Every time we lower the bar for what we deem to be acceptable . . . we raise the ceiling for that which is not.

I firmly believe that people, as a whole, inherently know what is just (and not). Our leaders will continuously fall prey to the scavengers of lucre vs. principles -- as long as WE excuse them and permit it.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 12:36 pm
Israel’s Flotilla Inquiry ‘Farce’


The government’s efforts to avoid a thorough and credible investigation of the flotilla affair seem more and more like a farce. The conclusions of an ostensible probe are intended to justify retroactively the decision to blockade Gaza, to forcibly stop the Turkish aid flotilla in international waters and to use deadly force on the deck of the Mavi Marmara."

Tuesday June 15, 2010, 12:49 pm
When has anything been handled by an independent impartial panel? Especially since 9/11.........seems to be by now people should be waking up faster than anyone can say jack rabbit. When governments are nothing more than CORPORATIONS WORKING FOR OTHER CORPORATIONS, realistically what can one expect???!!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 1:01 pm

Oh, the MSM doesn't stop the delusion there. A quick Google search of "Israel flotilla investigation" shows MSM headlines (ya know, the news most people read and watch) that have glowing results such as, "Israel Approves Investigation," and "Obama Backs Israel's Inquiry Into Flotilla Raid."

Ask yourself this . . . Since WHEN did we start asking suspects whether it would be permissible to investigate them -- and THEN, if they reluctantly agree, allow them to decide the scope of the investigation; preside over it; and ultimately decide the outcome??? (I don't remember that happening at Nuremberg.)


Pat B (356)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 2:11 pm
Thank you, Carole for this. Signed.

Kait G (25)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 2:31 pm
Thanks, C, I signed it and noted it. I hope this is brought justfully to an end as soon as possible.

Tuesday June 15, 2010, 3:39 pm
Thank you Carol. I think that this is the point of no return. If the US supports this and does not demand an international investigation of this matter, including accountability, we can stop even discussing peace, nor the viability of a Palestine State. Israel's past behaviour still seemed to need or be concerned about US's approval. If the US disregards this, an attack on civilians in international water, we have given them the license to do what every they want without any ramifications. Their acts of aggression will continue to increase in frequency and severity and when the US says enough, they will say why.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 3:42 pm

That said, Margaret . . . Kinda makes you wonder, "Who's controlling whom, eh?"

Mandi T (375)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 5:28 pm
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Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 6:49 pm
Bu$h League crap HAS to Stop! Petition signed Carole!:)

Steve H (45)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 9:07 pm

Plain and simple what needs to happen is the whole rest of the world make their own UN and not give any nation veto power such as the US has, and when something like the murdering of innocents in international waters happens, the WHOLE WORLD boycotts those guilty of the murders and boycotts anyone trying to cover up the crime. They boycott ALL goods in or out of that or those countries and does not allow ANY transportation from or to those countries from their countries.

THAT would make a difference.

Steve H (45)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 9:15 pm

Thanks Carole for posting and the petition and thanks Ben for a different petition I signed those petitions days ago but for those who haven't, please go to:



Enricks S. (0)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 9:55 pm
Excellent spotlight on the farce of “international Law”. It all goes to further the point that the “rule of law” (so oft pontificated by our corporate criminal “G0VT”) is only for those they don’t like, or wish to brow beat into acquiescence to their grasping aims.
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Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 11:24 pm
"Ask yourself this . . . Since WHEN did we start asking suspects whether it would be permissible to investigate them -- and THEN, if they reluctantly agree, allow them to decide the scope of the investigation; preside over it; and ultimately decide the outcome???"

That is EXACTLY what happened to the USS Liberty, the most decorated ship in US Naval history and the only attack NOT investigated by Congress.

Forty three years ago, so why would we expect anything different now?

Treasure Tree C (354)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 1:37 am
Thank you Carole. Signed.

Mrs Shakespeare (35)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 2:24 am
I am disgusted.
May God curse all those who dont want peace, for way too many people have died, and way too many souls have been hurt.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 2:27 am
If you want to see what really happened on the Mavi Marmara, check out the link below instead of this propaganda.

Pamylle G (461)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 3:52 am
This a "damage control" panel, not an investigation !

Bob E (113)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 3:53 am
Israel does not have to follow international law… whether it be phosphorus bombs… cluster bombs... international water… They are ABOVE it all…

I am disappointed with Obama… Everyone knows it has been 43 YEARS…. 43 YEARS…. 43 YEARS… He is playing politics and allowing Israel to continue… If I were Obama… behind closed doors… I would say “ENOUGH”… “You have 12 months to settle justfully”… “Meanwhile STOP all settlement building and confiscation in East Jerusalem”… “You have 12 months”…

Obama has been more of the same while Palestinians CONTINUE to suffer...

AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1067)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 4:18 am
Quite a graphic--an interesting Ichabod Crane twist--nice touch, Carole!

I'm joining the new Friends of Israel group defending Israel's right to exist and against the organized agitprop of its enemies both here and elsewhere worldwide....despite her errors and at times overstepping ways. thanks for this post--the article alerted me to the emergence of this important group!


Patricia Plunkett (79)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 4:37 am
To Cal Mendelsohn.
Don't you think Israel has enough friends in high places fighting their corner without another branch of friends being initiated. Why not help the victims those suffering in refugee camps instead and call yourself a friend of Gaza you'll get more help in establishing your group. It is hard enough for us who do support the victims of Gaza to find out what is actually happening there due to Israeli propaganda and being called pro-terrorists when we do. I hope that this comment will not spark another pro-Israeli name calling fiasco. Until we stop giving hand-outs to immigrants in Israel and arming them with WMD's we will be forever reading news like this. I signed both the Just C petition and the petitions because I am sick of seeing battle worn and scarred faces of young children subjected to violence daily. Why did you even bother to write.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 6:50 am

Thanks, all of you, for your input -- pro or con.

Patricia -- BINGO! The reason it's so important for us to post Palestine's side is because the mainstream media is NOT! While quite a few people at Care2 are becoming aware, the average citizen hears only Israel's take -- and the fact that our President (with our tax dollars) is supporting them.

This is NOT about not wanting Israel to exist -- it is NOT about the Jewish religion -- it is about educating the public to the abominable treatment Palestinians are receiving, and letting them know that their taxpayer dollars are making the U.S. complicit in the horrors. It's about revealing what a total SHAM this panel is, so that when the predictable result comes back that Israel was within their rights, it will be understood (at least by some) that the entire situation was an utter, disgusting political FARCE . . . and that America played an active part in making it one.

People have a RIGHT to hear BOTH sides.

Grant Coleman (6)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 7:34 am
This is nothing new, think about the Warren Commission, or 911 commission... all just steps to keep control of something that should have never happened...

Shey is away for awhile (67)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 9:34 am
STANSLINK Thanks Stan, put your link into a hot link.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 9:46 am
The following was brought to my attention by Americans for Peace Now.  It is written by a young Palestinian man, who shows wisdom beyond his years:
End the Siege on Israel
By Fadi Elsalameen
Israel's deadly attack on the "Freedom Flotilla" is proof of how Gaza continues to give Israel a taste of its own medicine. Intended to help solve Israel's problems with Hamas, the three-year-old siege of Gaza is developing into a siege of Israel, while it causes tremendous damage to the country's image around the world.
It should be clear to both Israel and the United States by now that the siege of Gaza has failed to accomplish its goals. Israel has failed to weaken Hamas, free Gilad Shalit or even put an end to arms smuggling.
To Israel's dismay, Hamas has succeeded in putting the spotlight on Gaza and directing world attention to the country's irrational policies toward not only the Palestinians, but also its own citizens.
From outside, the situation in Gaza may appear unsustainable for Hamas, but in fact the Islamic movement and its supporters are content to wait it out, calling Israel's bluff on the blockade. Indeed some cynics believe the current status quo is the best situation the Palestinians have enjoyed in a long time.
Late last month, at the fifth annual Al Jazeera forum in Doha, Osama Hamdan of Hamas and Ibrahim el-Moussaoui of Hezbollah applauded and shook hands with Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor of Al-Quds Al-Arabi, a widely circulated pan-Arabist newspaper, when he said: "I have good news: There is a Palestinian split. Things have never been better before. One camp is with the Americans, the Israelis and seculars, and the other camp is with Iran and Islamists. So, if one side loses, the other is bound to win, and this has been the best and safest situation for the Palestinians in a long time."
Atwan is known to favor the latter camp, and from his "good news," one can surmise that he is betting it is on its way to winning - clearly with tremendous help from the siege of Gaza.
What is even more unsettling from the point of view of peace-loving Palestinians is the fact that Israel's top politicians are aware of the implications of their damaging policies, even as they refuse to change them.
After meeting with Defense Minister Ehud Barak two months ago at his office in Tel Aviv, I walked away believing he understood that unless Israel changes its policies vis-a-vis my people, sooner or later the world will see those policies for what they are: apartheid. I believe the deadly attack on the flotilla, and the worldwide reactions that followed, are confirming Barak's fears - and sooner, rather than later. Israel's policies are no longer acceptable to the world community, and a change in policy is crucial.
The day after the Mavi Marmara incident, the head of the Mossad, Meir Dagan, bluntly told the Knesset: "Israel is becoming more of a liability and less of an asset for the United States."
The siege of Gaza has been going on for nearly three years, and strategically speaking, so far, Israel and its allies have been the biggest losers. The reaction from both the world's governments and its peoples to last week's attack shows not only the growing intolerance of Israel's policies, but an urgent need for Israel to rethink its long-term goals. Is it to exist as a democracy, and in peace with its neighbors, or will it continue to be the Palestinians' landlords?
If Israel's goal is to be a permanent landlord, then its future in the region is clear: More and more disgruntled Arab and Muslim youth will continue to join the lines of resistance against the apartheid in the territories and will continue to threaten the stability of the already weak neighboring Arab regimes. It is important to note that a large number of the people on the ships bound for Gaza were young Arabs from almost every country in the region. Today they may come on ships with peace activists, tomorrow they will storm the borders with jihadist movements. Then, it will not only be Israel facing them. Their own regimes and the United States will also have to face the consequences.
The fact that Turkey and Iran are sending aid to the Palestinians and criticizing Israel's policies will not only undermine the legitimacy of the nearby Arab regimes, which are already seen as helpless and ineffective, but will also lead their populations to draw inspiration from those two countries.
Egypt, realizing that its regime is weak and unstable, has already felt the heat and immediately opened the Rafah crossing with Gaza, which it intends to leave open.
So, is Israel ready to think seriously about long-term solutions, or does it intend to simply continue to impose a siege on itself?
Israel's leaders - with the help of the United States and the international community - must redefine their country's long-term vision and goals, and allow a Palestinian state to exist by its side. If Israel's goal is to live in a democracy and in peace with the Palestinians, then its path should be clear: Lift the siege on Gaza, encourage a unity government, and let the Palestinians build their own democracy.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 10:38 am

Off the hook: Israel's own Widgery inquiry into Bloody Monday

Israel cannot be trusted to investigate its military over the Gaza flotilla raid. Only an international, independent inquiry will do
The man who ordered the attack on the aid flotilla to Gaza, set up the inquiry, chose its members and determined its mandate, has announced its outcome even before it has started. Binyamin Netanyahu's beaming smile showed an Israeli prime minister confident that he had faced down international protestations over the Israeli attack on the Gaza aid flotilla, buying off the pressure with an inquiry that even the Israeli newspaper, Ha'aretz, described as a farce.
For those without crystal balls, Netanyahu helpfully told us that the inquiry will show that Israel took "appropriate defensive actions in accordance with the highest international standards". Well, it will say that, we can be sure.
Is this a rerun of the Widgery inquiry into Bloody Sunday that falsely found that civilians opened fire on British soldiers first? (Israel stated that it was the civilians who attacked first, as if the boarding of the ships never happened). Let us hope that it will not take 38 years to find a Saville, unearth the truth and for someone to apologise for this Bloody Monday massacre as well as others.
The inquiry chairman, Jacob Turkel, has stated that holding people to account is a marginal issue. Israeli soldiers will not testify at the inquiry. Would any of the activists co-operate with or trust this kangaroo court? Would an activist beaten up by Israeli soldiers, who has seen their friends and colleagues killed and shot, feel safe going back? Will all their photographs and video footage be released intact after having been illegally confiscated by the Israeli authorities? Israel was very fast to release its own carefully edited selected footage.
Turkey has understandably dismissed this inquiry. A valid inquiry requires Turkey's co-operation to share the findings of the post-mortems into the nine Turkish citizens killed. They reportedly show that one victim was shot five times from less than 45cm.
Netanyahu has hand-picked two international observers including Lord Trimble who on the day of the attack on the flotilla was starting a "Friends of Israel initiative". They will not be allowed to vote on the inquiry's conclusions. In case of need, the commission can hold closed sessions as it sees fit.
Do not expect the inquiry team to be so naive as to produce a report that will totally exonerate Israeli actions. No doubt there will be references to alternatives that should have been used, operational shortcomings, grey areas in international law and lessons to be learned.
If Israeli actions were legitimate, and if their soldiers did act properly and legally, then what has Israel to fear? If it wants to restore its image then only a proper international, independent inquiry reporting to the UN security council would suffice. Such an inquiry would have to have full powers making it mandatory on all parties to co-operate including Israel, Turkey and the activists. Any party found responsible for illegal actions should then be held to account.
The Israeli record of investigating itself is shockingly poor. Even when the Kahan Commission into the Sabra and Shatila massacres found Ariel Sharon to have "personal responsibility", he still retained ministerial office in Begin's cabinet, and before long became foreign minister and ultimately prime minister. The Shamgar commission set up to investigate the massacre of 29 Palestinians at the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron in 1994 exonerated both the army and the settler leadership of all responsibility, and recommended the partitioning a site that had been a mosque for nearly 1,400 years.
The Landau commission investigating Israeli interrogation techniques, not only took no action but deemed Israel had the right to "use moderate physical pressure" – torture to the rest of us. It even outlined in a secret part of the report exactly how this should be done. Torture continues today, with recent reports of a 15-year-old Palestinian boy threatened with torture by use of car battery leads on his hands and genitalia.
While a UN inquiry into Israel's assault on Gaza found evidence of potential war crimes and crimes against humanity, the initial Israeli investigation only prosecuted one soldier – for the use of a stolen credit card. History repeats itself, as it seems a credit card of one of the activists, taken by Israeli security ended up being used in Tel Aviv.
Impunity also extends to soldiers and settlers in the occupied territories. The Israeli human rights group, B'Tselem has reported for years on how settlers are never held to account for their crimes. Rabbi Moshe Levinger, a Hebron settler leader, was given a five-month sentence for killing a Palestinian, reduced to only four. While western fatalities attract more attention from the Israeli authorities and international media, justice rarely ensues and the families of Rachel Corrie or Tom Hurndall, both killed by Israeli soldiers, still await the truth of what happened to their loved ones even today.
How can a government that uses overwhelming force against civilians, torture, detains children without trial, steals land and resources of another people, demolishes their homes and property, and has violated so many laws and conventions it would be difficult to list them on one page, seriously be expected to hold itself to account?
Sadly, British ministers have already welcomed the inquiry despite its shortcomings and lack of independence. Suspicions have been aroused that acceptance of this charade was in return for a cosmetic easing of the blockade of Gaza, and not what is needed, its full and final lifting.
The international community, and in particular the United States, never says enough. Like a spoilt child, Israel can do as it pleases. Should we be surprised that Israel uses fake British passports to assassinate people in third countries? The impact of this lack of accountability was highlighted in the report of the UN fact-finding mission on the Gaza conflict in 2009 arguing that this only led to further crimes.
Stitching up an inquiry will be a Pyrrhic victory for Israel, just as Widgery did not help the British. The blockade of Gaza is unravelling, its barbaric siege and imprisonment of Gaza further exposed to a horrified world, with more flotillas prepared to run the gauntlet of Israeli gunboats and boarding parties. Hamas gets stronger as do more hardline elements in Gaza. Israeli leaders are not asking the right questions. Only a root-and-branch change in their policies and actions towards the Palestinians will bring them both security and international acceptance that they crave.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 10:54 am
FireDogLake headlined it this way: John Bolton Pal Appointed to Israeli Whitewash Panel. The pal referred to is none other than David Trimble of the Ulster Unionist party. Trible was most recently a founding member of the Friends of Israel, a little select group of Israel government friends which includes AIPAC favorite John Bolton and Dore Gold. It was formed on the day of the Flotilla murders. Trimble is also a member of the Henry Jackson Society, closely allied with Richard Perle, James Woolsey and William Kristol, notorious American Neocons, who led the Bush administration by the nose (think Iraq).

AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1067)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 11:55 am
To Patricia Plunkett:

I appreciate that you don't want to see the human rights issue buried under the right to statehood issue(s) that run throughout, but they are both parallel and intersecting issues. Not neatly separated sometimes and regretfully I share sentiments with extremists on Israel's right to exist on the basic level much as you share sentiments on Palestinian sovereignty with some pretty nasty extremists also. It's precisely because of that fact that enables me to support advocates for Jewish statehood. But doing that doesn't mean I advoicate squashing Palestinian rights to statehood also. Its' a ameans world Patricia, and some of your Fellow Travelers in the Palestinian cause don't want Jews to hae a homeland nd some pro-Israel Fellow traelers don't want Palestinians to have a homeland. Both are wrong, but I will defend Israel's right to exist as a sanctuary to anyone who challenges it anywhere anytime. I offer no apologies or excuses for this.
I won't tolerate extremism of any sort, and I hope you share my sentiments here. Let's help the suffering people on both sides, no matter what the circumstance.

Thanks for your comments on this

Pamela Salomon (255)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 1:32 pm
Noted and gladly signed. Thank you C

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 3:50 pm

In fairness to Cal -- and to all those involved on either side -- I wish to state that he's correct in one point: There are extremists on both sides of the table (neither of which do I admire).

But, that said, the people with whom I do agree are those whose basic wishes are peace, and fairness. Because of that, it is important to point out the unfairness presently prevailing there. (Not everyone is aware of it.) Then, we must come to an equitable solution for both sides.

Without regurgitating the entire history of the conflict, and only looking at this instance, I don't see where cover-ups and farcical kangaroo courts are going to do anything but cement the anger.

It is simply wrong to subject an entire population to this kind of oppression -- and to then carry that forward to anyone who attempts to help them.

This must stop!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 5:14 pm

I just read a quote that I feel aptly applies to this situation: "Neutrality helps the oppressor . . . NEVER the victim!"

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 5:46 pm

OBAMA: Condemn Israeli commando assault on Gaza Freedom Flotilla
On May 31, Israeli soldiers raided a boat in international waters carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza, killing at least nine peace activists.
Along with leaders from several countries, a group of Nobel Peace prize winners put out a statement condemning the attack. Conspicuously absent from the Nobel Peace prize signees was President Barack Obama. Instead of expressing outrage at an attack on civilian ships in international waters, Obama issued a tepid statementsaying he "deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries sustained."
The reaction of the Obama Administration to Israel's attack on the humanitarian aid flotilla, which included U.S. citizens, has been totally unacceptable. Coupled with the fact that the United State continues to provide military aid to Israel, it is time to call for an official condemnation of Israel, in addition to freezing all aid.

joan f rodriguez (26)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 6:27 pm
FROM FB FREE GAZA You're gonna heart this big-time:

Agnes H (144)
Thursday June 17, 2010, 6:45 am
Haven't read any of the comments as not to be prejudiced, but I believe this should be tried in the international Court in The Hague. That way is the only fair and just commitment towards all the people that got killed by the Israeli Pirates. I can't call them anything else then that. If a country can't wait to attack a ship until it's in their own waters they are nothing but cowards and pirates. I didn't see the video Carole as I was $100 over my internet allowance, well more than that and I didn't dare to make my husband angrier than he already was. It only lasted a few minutes mind but I got so many videos what with the oil slick in the Gulf and then the Flotilla and I found more videos on the oil slick in the Gulf and watched those to get more up to date, not knowing it were the videos putting my internet allowance up so high! I'm sorry about that as I hate to let you down.

Bob A (47)
Thursday June 17, 2010, 3:14 pm
Agnes, there is nothing to try in any court - legal experts all over the world confirmed that Israel was in its full rights to stop a vessel coming to a port under its jurisdiction for inspection. No matter how it sounds, that's a perfectly legal international practice, which does not make Israelis neither cowards, not pirates.

If anyone, those Turkish armed thugs on Marmara, pretending to be peaceful people, must be taken to that Court, to find all those responsible for that provocation and meaningless loss of life.

Hamas made that campaign even less meaningful by refusing to transfer the delivered humanitarian aid to Gaza. This is the best proof, that Hamas is nothing else as a bunch of extremist gangsters, caring more about their ideological doctrine than about the well-being of a population they were elected to govern and to take care.

Free Gaza from Hamas, let peace a chance!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday June 17, 2010, 3:26 pm

What a disgusting display of horrendously anti-humanitarian propaganda.

Randy L Benson (65)
Thursday June 17, 2010, 6:01 pm

Tinkie K (71)
Friday June 25, 2010, 7:59 am
Trying to cheat - but coming back in the face like a boomerang.

This coming week, Iran will send their Flotilla to Gaza.
At this moment there are 11 US aircraft carriers and one Israeli war ship heading towards the Persian Gulf....

We shall see where it will lead to.
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