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British PM David Cameron Condemns Israeli Piracy on Freedom Flotilla to Gaza


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Dave
- 2969 days ago - news.bbc.co.uk
British Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned the Israeli raid on an aid convoy to Gaza as "completely unacceptable". . .



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Teresa W (782)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 11:33 am
thank you
 

Yvonne M (218)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 11:58 am
Its about time eh!!!!!
 

Mehdi H (27)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 12:21 pm
noted, thanks.
 

Mack D (100)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 12:58 pm
Good.............................
N@T
 

Cheryl B (375)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 3:54 pm
MV Rachel Corrie heading for Gaza — with the full support of the Irish government

The Irish prime minister, Brian Cowen, has warned Israel that it will face “the most serious consequences” in the event that any harm comes to Irish citizens on board the humanitarian relief vessel. (I Turkey said the same thing and look what happened)

http://warincontext.org/2010/06/01/mv-rachel-corrie-heading-for-gaza-with-the-full-support-of-the-irish-government/
 

Cheryl B (375)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 4:00 pm
http://www.care2.com/news/member/956805373/1572670
 

David G (155)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 5:31 pm
The UK government is taking a fairly lenient stance on what is a very grave infringement of international law. British Citizens were threatened with death on the high seas...and David Cameron calls for an inquiry and only goes to condemn mode when he rightly judges the anger of the world toard a totall unacceptable act.
 

catherine B (113)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 6:58 pm
gas under the gaza sea. the real reason for stopping the flotilla.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=11680
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 9:06 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

chris b (2474)
Thursday June 3, 2010, 6:57 am
David Cameron perhaps bloweth in the wind of world condemnation of this act of piracy!
 

Dave C (867)
Thursday June 3, 2010, 7:01 am
Where I come from it's called pissing in the wind - and you're probably right - but I hope for ALL our sake that you're wrong. . .
 

Kevin Miller (26)
Thursday June 3, 2010, 7:15 am
and David Cameron starts to seperate his policies from those of Gordon Brown. good show lad. now only if Obama would seperate himself more from Bush and condemn Israel as well.
 

Carole S (338)
Thursday June 3, 2010, 8:37 am
 
Of course, my hero -- Dennis Kucinich -- is ON IT!
 
by Congressman Dennis Kucinich Washington, Jun 2, 2010
 
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is today beginning to circulate to colleagues the following letter concerning the commando raid by Israel upon a Turkish ship in international waters:
 
June 2, 2010
 
The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States The White House
Washington, DC 20500
 
Dear Mr. President,
 
Israeli commandos, acting at the direction of the State of Israel, attacked and seized a Turkish ship in international waters, in the Mediterranean Sea.
 
At least nine were killed in the incident aboard the Mavi Marmara. Hundreds of civilians were taken into custody and goods were confiscated. Since the United States considers Israel our most important ally in the region, whose survival is a of primary concern, it is incumbent upon the Commander in Chief to call Israel to an accounting for its conduct in planning and executing the deadly military attack in international waters upon a peaceful flotilla carrying citizens from over 50 countries.
 
The State of Israel’s conduct, attacking a Turkish ship in international waters, constitutes an act of belligerence against Turkey, which at one time Israel considered an important ally. It also undermines United States’ troops efforts in Iraq, since your administration’s efforts to achieve stability in the region and to withdraw troops from Iraq has depended upon Turkey’s cooperation through use of its air bases.
 
In its violent commando raid on the Mavi Marmara, the government of Israel showed no concern as to how its conduct may affect the lives of defenseless, innocent people, its friends and allies, and in particular the United States. The United States must remind Israel as well as all of our other friends and allies:
 
It is not acceptable to repeatedly violate international law.
 
It is not acceptable to shoot and kill innocent civilians.
 
It is not acceptable to commit an act of aggression against another U.S. ally.
 
It is not acceptable to continue a blockade which denies humanitarian relief.
 
It is not acceptable to heighten tensions in a region while the United States continues to put so much blood and treasure on the line.
 
The State of Israel’s action necessitates that the United States, which is Israel’s partner in the region, begin to redefine its relationship and to establish such boundaries and conditions which are sufficient for mutual respect and cooperation.
 
It is incumbent upon Israeli officials to bring forth the truth about the planning for and the attack upon the Mavi Marmara.
 
No one questions the right of Israel to defend its border, but that defense does not extend to shooting innocent civilians anywhere in the world, anytime it pleases.
 
Israel must account for our support, for the lives of our soldiers, for the investment of billions from our taxpayers. Israel owes the United States more than reckless, pre-meditated violence waged against innocent people.
 
The attack on the Mavi Marmara requires consequences for the Netanyahu Administration and for the State of Israel. Those consequences must be dealt by the United States. They must be diplomatic and they must be financial. The U.S. can begin by calling for an independent international inquiry of the Mavi Marmara incident. The integrity of such inquiry necessitates that it not be led by the nation whose conduct is under scrutiny. If our nation fails to act in any substantive way, the United States licenses the violence and we are complicit in it and our own citizens will be forced to pay the consequences.
 
We the undersigned deeply regret the loss of life. We are also fully aware of the dangers to world security which exist in the region, which is why the United States has been unstinting it its defense of Israel. We have a right to expect that Israel not add to those dangers with military conduct which all people of good will know is neither defensible nor moral. There must be consequences for such conduct. We await your response.
 
Sincerely,
 
[Dennis Kucinich]
 
 

Abo r (107)
Thursday June 3, 2010, 9:02 am
Noted thanks.
It is the time for correction and change US taxpayers and know were your money goes?? Give it to the poor and homeless better than supporting crimes.
By your money and full blindly support they will continue violating and murdering civilians, it is the time to stop it ...
President Obama you took the peace priz and it is time to show that you worthy it.
 

Bruce C D (89)
Thursday June 3, 2010, 10:33 am
Good on Britain's new PM! I agree with the statement that Israel's collective punishment and the deadly attack on the humanitarian aid flotilla only strengthen Hamas and other extremeist Palestinian groups. The only upside for Israel is if it does not really want peace, but continued domination and land grabs. Observing Israel's never-ending increase of settlements along with their continuing expansions and encroachments, critical early support of Hamas to fracture Palestinian unity, its ongoing persecution of non-violent protests and leaders, and frequent provocations, that possibility does not lack merit.

Thanks, Just Carole, for the Kucinich letter to Obama. I'm also a fan. I think this letter strikes the right diplomatic balance.
 

Frank G (211)
Friday June 4, 2010, 9:22 am
Thanks, Dave. The British leaders have at least plainly declared their view that the cruel blockade of Gaza is unacceptable. This is the key passage:

"Mr Cameron told the Commons: "We should do everything we can to make sure this doesn't happen again...

He added: "We should do everything we can through the UN, where resolution 1860 is absolutely clear about the need to end the blockade and to open up Gaza."

Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman called for the blockade to end and added: "This is a tragic loss of life which has angered the Palestinians and dismayed friends of Israel too."

Here are some other citations of international authorities on the illegality of Israel's blockade and attack:

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Secretary-General Ban said the violence aboard the Turkish ship could have been avoided if Israel had heeded earlier calls to lift its three-year long blockade which has prevented essential goods from reaching Gaza's 1.5 million residents.

"This tragedy only highlights the serious underlying problem," he said. "The long-running closure imposed on the Gaza Strip is counter-productive, unsustainable and wrong. It punishes innocent civilians. It must be lifted by the Israeli authorities immediately."

Ban Ki-moon: Gaza Blockade 'Must be Lifted'
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/06/03-1
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The Human Rights Council today demanded that Israel lift immediately the siege it had imposed on the occupied Gaza Strip, restore continued supply of fuel, food and medicine and reopen the border crossings.

In a resolution adopted by a roll-call vote of 30 in favour, one against and 15 abstentions, the sixth Special Session of the Council called for urgent international action to put an immediate end to the grave violations committed by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including the series of incessant and repeated Israeli military attacks and incursions therein and the siege of the occupied Gaza Strip.

U.N. Human Rights Council Calls on Israel to End Siege Imposed on Gaza
http://www.unhchr.ch/huricane/huricane.nsf/view01/7A7B2B76C0F3C3F6C12573DA00529096?opendocument
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U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay has accused Israel of violating the rules of war with its blockade stopping people and goods from moving in and out of the Gaza Strip.

Pillay says in a 34-page report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that the blockade amounts to collective punishment of civilians under the Geneva Conventions.

UN rights chief condemns Israel's blockade of Gaza
http://www.webcitation.org/5j5Ha43h4
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Recent statements of United Nations Security Council Representatives:

Stressing that the situation in Gaza was not sustainable, the Council re-emphasized the importance of the full implementation of resolutions 1850 (2008) and 1860 (2009). In that context, it reiterated its grave concern at the humanitarian situation in Gaza and stressed the need for the sustained and regular flow of goods and people to Gaza, as well as unimpeded provision and distribution of humanitarian assistance throughout the enclave.
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MARK LYALL GRANT (United Kingdom) said...the events could not be viewed in isolation; clearly, Israeli restrictions on access to Gaza must be lifted, in line with resolution 1860 (2009). The current closure was unacceptable and counterproductive, and a durable resolution to the Gaza crisis must be ensured. That was among the highest international priorities of the new British Government.
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MARIA LUIZA RIBEIRO VIOTTI (Brazil) said her country had been shocked upon learning of the attacks by Israel today on the vessel carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza. Brazil vehemently condemned those attacks. There was no justification for a military operation against a humanitarian convoy, she said, adding that it had reportedly taken place in international waters...

She said the deplorable incident showed the need to immediately lift the Gaza blockade. Resolution 1860 (2009) called for the unimpeded provision and distribution of humanitarian assistance throughout Gaza, including food, fuel and medical treatment, but despite universal and repeated calls, Israel had systematically refused to lift the blockade. The closures also violated the basic human rights of approximately 1.5 million people, and nearly 18 months after “Operation Cast Lead”, Palestinians were still forced to live in entirely unacceptable conditions. She joined the international community in strongly urging Israel to immediately suspend the unlawful blockade.
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ALEXANDER PANKIN (Russian Federation) expressed regret for all those that had died, and said that there must be a clarification of all the facts. The act was a gross violation of the norms of international law. It illustrated the need for a prompt cessation of the blockade against Gaza.
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YANG TAO (China) said his country had also been shocked by the Israeli attack on a multinational convoy carrying humanitarian aid. He condemned Israeli actions targeting humanitarian workers and civilians, and expressed his country’s condolences to the families of the victims. China supported a quick response by the Council. At present, the humanitarian situation remained grim in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, especially in Gaza, and he urged Israel to immediately and fully implement resolution 1860 (2009) and fully open the borders and lift the blockade.
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GÉRARD ARAUD (France) said the human toll of the operation had led his country to believe that there had been an unjustifiable and disproportionate use of force, which it condemned...The incident was a reminder of the need to re-establish humanitarian access to Gaza under resolution 1860 (2009), and France called for a lifting of the unsustainable and illegal Gaza blockade

[And so on and so on, national representative after representative condemning Israel's outrageous "enforcement" of its illegal blockade of Gaza.]

Security Council Condemns Acts Resulting in Civilian Deaths during Israeli Operation 31 May 2010
http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2010/sc9940.doc.htm
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[British] Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said that the incident underlined the need for Israeli to lift its “unjustifiable and untenable” blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

“What is going on in Gaza has become a humanitarian catastrophe,” he said.

Flotilla activist expulsions underway
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/flotilla-activist-expulsions-underway-1.1032163
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Robin Churchill, a professor of international law at the University of Dundee in Scotland, said the Israeli commandos boarded the ship outside of Israel's territorial waters.

"As far as I can see, there is no legal basis for boarding these ships," Churchill said.

Condemnation Follows Israeli Raid On Gaza Flotilla
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127286256
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Goldstone said his central criticism of Israel is that its strategy intentionally applied disproportionate force in Gaza to inflict widespread damage on the civilian population. His report found that the Israeli air and ground attacks destroyed 5,000 homes; put 200 factories out of operation, including the only flour factory in the country; systematically destroyed egg-producing chicken farms; and bombed sewage and water systems.

“If that isn’t collective punishment, what is?’’ Goldstone asked.

Goldstone defends UN report on Gaza
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/11/06/goldstone_defends_un_report_on_gaza_at_brandeis_forum/
 

Abo r (107)
Thursday June 10, 2010, 9:50 am
? Britain might started to awak ... Do not forget Belfoure promise to the Jews WWII which existed Israel and the British Mandad .
Britain Might wants to correct its mistake
 
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