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Israel & Palestine News Round-Up

Israel again refuses to join nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

UN finds Israel, Hamas probes on Operation Cast Lead ‘inadequate’

During War There Are No Civilians

“During War there are no civilians,” that’s what “Yossi,” an Israeli military (IDF) training unit leader simply stated during a round of questioning on day two of the Rachel Corrie trials, held in Haifa’s District Court earlier this week. “When you write a [protocol] manual, that manual is for war,” he added.

For the human rights activists and friends and family of Rachel Corrie sitting in the courtroom, this open admission of an Israeli policy of indiscrimination towards civilians — Palestinian or foreign — created an audible gasp.

Israeli Shin Bet electrocuted child prisoners to extract confessions

Towards a World War III Scenario? The Role of Israel in Triggering an Attack on Iran

Report: Israel could hit Iran within a year

Israel could attack Iran within a year, even without a green light from Washington to do so, if it believes this is the only way to stop Tehran’s nuclear drive, the Atlantic magazine said in a story in its September 2010 issue.

The author of the article, Jeffrey Goldberg, writes that ‘a consensus emerged that there is a better than 50 per cent chance that Israel will launch a strike by next July.’

UN silence on Goldstone sends report to obscurity

Universal Jurisdiction to Hold Israel Accountable

The secrets in Israel’s archives: Evidence of ethnic cleansing kept under lock and key

One document in particular, Plan Dalet, demonstrated the army’s intention to expel the Palestinians from their homeland. Its existence explains the ethnic cleansing of more than 80 per cent of Palestinians in the war, followed by a military campaign to destroy hundreds of villages to ensure the refugees never returned.

Ethnic cleansing is the common theme of both these Israeli conquests. A deeper probe of the archives will almost certainly reveal in greater detail how and why these “cleansing” campaigns were carried out — which is precisely why Mr Netanyahu and others want the archives to remain locked.  But full disclosure of these myth-shattering documents may be the precondition for peace. Certainly, more of these revelations offer the best hope of shocking Israeli public opinion out of its self-righteous opposition to meaningful concessions, either to Syria or the Palestinians.

Israeli Intelligence Infiltrated Throughout Lebanese Government

BBC Documentary: Evidence Israels Nuclear Weapons (Banned Censored)

Israel Plans Mass Forced Removals of Bedouin

Cluster Crimes: Israel and Cluster Bombs

NEWS ON THE ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE

Palestinian loss of land 1946 – 2000

Israel Denies Gazans Access to Their Own Land and Waters

UN report: IDF barring Gazans’ access to farms, fishing zones

4320 Palestinian arrested in 2010 so far

Gaza Children Shelled With Flechette Bombs

The “Summer Camp Of Destruction:” Israeli High Schoolers Assist The Razing Of A Bedouin Town

Peace Now: 492 Israeli violations of the partial settlement freeze

What You Don’t Know About Gaza

Most of the people living in Gaza are not there by choice. The majority of the 1.5 million people crammed into the roughly 140 square miles of the Gaza Strip belong to families that came from towns and villages outside Gaza like Ashkelon and Beersheba. They were driven to Gaza by the Israeli Army in 1948.

Making Gaza A ‘European Ghetto’

While most Israeli leaders are resistant to fully lifting the blockade of Gaza, Avigdor Lieberman, the right-wing foreign minister, is advocating that Israel abandon the Strip to international monitoring and economic rehabilitation.  The proposal, recently leaked to the Israeli press, does not amount to freeing Gaza but rather to placing it under European sea and land inspections and a reconstruction plan.

South Africa’s lessons for Gaza

What is apartheid? As defined by the 1973 United Nations convention, apartheid is a policy of racial or ethnic segregation founded on a set of discriminatory practices that favor a specific group in order to ensure its racial supremacy over another group (“International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the crime of Apartheid,” 30 November 1973).

THE NEXT ATTEMPTS TO BREAK THE SIEGE ON GAZA

Asian activists to try to break Gaza blockade

Bigger aid flotilla to run Gaza blockade in February

‘US Boat to Gaza’ to join efforts from Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Italy, Sweden, Malaysia & the Netherlands to form the Freedom Flotilla II in March 2011

Preparing for the Next Gaza Freedom Flotilla in Canada

50 set to join Gaza aid flotilla

UPDATES FROM THE MAY 31 FLOTILLA RAID

UN Experts: Israel Flotilla Raid Broke Int’l Law

Turks take Flotilla attack case to ICC

Summary of the UN Human Rights Council’s Fact-Finding Mission Report

Free Gaza has been the only organization to send nine voyages to Gaza, successfully entering the port five times in 2008. The 6-boat flotilla was violently stopped May 31, 2010 as we and our coalition partners were trying again to break Israel’s illegal siege. That action by Israel has caused several countries to step up and start collecting money to send boats…the UK, the US, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Holland, Norway, Ireland…are all planning on sending boats in the spring of 2011.

Attached below is a three-page summary of the UN Human Rights Council Fact-Finding Mission. Read it and pass it around. It is a vitally important document for us all. Thank you for your support and your donations.

Explosive Report on Gaza Flotilla Attack Places Israel and Flotilla Narrative side-by-side

The details of those killed on the Mavi Marmara

The following appears on pages 30 and 31 of the UN report into the Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla:

Furkan Dogan, a nineteen-year old with dual Turkish and United States citizenship, was on the central area of the top deck filming with a small video camera when he was first hit with live fire. It appears that he was lying on the deck in a conscious, or semi-conscious, state for some time. In total Furkan received five bullet wounds, to the face, head, back thorax, left leg and foot. All of the entry wounds were on the back of his body, except for the face wound which entered to the right of his nose. According to forensic analysis, tattooing around the wound in his face indicates that the shot was delivered at point blank range. Furthermore, the trajectory of the wound, from bottom to top, together with a vital abrasion to the left shoulder that could be consistent with the bullet exit point, is compatible with the shot being received while he was lying on the ground on his back. The other wounds were not the result of firing in contact, near contact or close range, but it is not otherwise possible to determine the exact firing range. The wounds to the leg and foot were
most likely received in a standing position.

Ibrahim Bilgen, a 60 year old Turkish citizen, from Siirt in Turkey, was on the top deck and was one of the first passengers to be shot. He received a bullet wound to the chest, the trajectory of which was from above and not at close range. He had a further two bullet wounds to the right side of the back and right buttock, both back to front. These wounds would not have caused instant death, but he would have bled to death within a short time without medical attention. Forensic evidence shows that he was shot in the side of the head with a soft baton round at such close proximity and that an entire bean bag and its wadding penetrated the skull and lodged in the brain. He had a further bruise on the right flank consistent with another beanbag wound. The wounds are consistent with the deceased initially being shot from soldiers on board the helicopter above and receiving a further wound to the head while lying on the ground, already wounded.

Fahri Yaldiz, a 42 year old Turkish citizen from Adiyaman, received five bullet wounds, one to the chest, one to the left leg and three to the right leg. The chest wound was caused by a bullet that entered near the left nipple and hit the heart and lungs before exiting from the shoulder. This injury would have caused rapid death.

According to the pathology report, Ali Heyder Bengi, a 38 year old Turkish citizen from Diyarbakir, received six bullet wounds (one in the chest, one in the abdomen, one in the right arm, one in the right thigh and two in the left hand). One bullet lodged in the chest area. None of the wounds would have been instantly fatal, but damage to the liver caused bleeding which would have been fatal if not stemmed. There are several witness accounts which suggest that Israeli soldiers shot the deceased in the back and chest at close range while he was lying on the deck as a consequence of initial bullet wounds.

Cevdet Kiliçlar, a 38 year old Turkish citizen from Istanbul, was on the Mavi Marmara, in his capacity as a photographer employed by IHH. At the moment he was shot he was standing on the bridge deck on the port side of the ship near to the door leading to the main stairwell and was attempting to photograph Israeli soldiers on the top deck. According to the pathology reports, he received a single bullet to his forehead between the eyes. The bullet followed a horizontal trajectory which crossed the middle of the brain from front to back. He would have died instantly.

41 year old Cengiz Akyüz from Hatay and 46 year old Cengiz Songür from Izmir, both Turkish citizens, were injured on the bridge deck in close succession by live fire from above. They had been sheltering and were shot as they attempted to move inside the door leading to the stairwell. Cengiz Akyüz received a shot to the head and it is probable that he died instantly.

The pathology report shows four wounds: to the neck, face, chest and thigh. Cengiz Songür received a single bullet to the upper central thorax below the neck, shot from a high angle, which lodged in the right thoracic cavity injuring the heart and aorta. Unsuccessful efforts were made by doctors inside the ship to resuscitate him through heart massage.

Çetin Topçuoglu, a 54 year old Turkish citizen from Adana had been involved in helping to bring injured passengers inside the ship to be treated. He was also shot close to the door on the bridge deck. He did not die instantly and his wife, who was also on board the ship, was with him when he died. He was shot by three bullets. One bullet entered from the top the soft tissues of the right side of the back of the head, exited from the neck and then re-entered into the thorax. Another bullet entered the left buttock and lodged in the right pelvis. The third entered the right groin and exited from the lower back. There are indications that the victim may have been in a crouching or bending position when this wound was sustained.

The location and circumstances of the shooting and death of Necdet Yildirim, a 31 year old Turkish citizen from Istanbul, remain unclear. He was shot twice in the thorax, once from the front and once from the back. The trajectory of both bullets was from top to bottom. He also received bruises consistent with plastic bullet impact

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News on UN Probe of Israeli Attack on Mavi Marmara

UN experts end Jordan probe of Israeli flotilla raid

Zoabi, who was aboard the Mavi Marmara, told the inquiry on Tuesday the Israeli commandos had a “licence to kill.” “I told the UN investigators in Amman that the Israeli attack was violent from the start and that the Israelis had a clear licence to kill, and they did not even try to avoid the bloodshed,” the Israeli MP told AFP.

“I sensed that the investigators were serious about the probe. They asked clear questions and I gave them clear answers. I stressed that the Israeli commandos wanted to kill the activists, who were unarmed,”” she added.

Investigating the Freedom Flotilla Attack

On June 2, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) approved formation of an international committee (like the Goldstone Commission) to probe the Flotilla attack, saying it will include lawyers and international law and human rights experts, its findings to be presented in September (during the Council’s three week session in Geneva) after visiting Gaza and contacting Israel, Turkey, Greece, and the Freedom Flotilla coalition.

UN: Israel Not Cooperating in Flotilla Probe

Israel threatens to pull out of UN’s Gaza probe

PM to quit UN panel if soldiers probed

Barak contradicts Netanyahu’s testimony on flotilla

Israeli DM: Aid Ship’s Goal Is to Help ‘Kill Israeli Civilians’

Activists on Mavi Marmara Fired First, Israeli Military Chief Says

Uribe’s appointment to flotilla probe guarantees its failure

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Gaza Flotilla: Eyewitness Accounts, Aftermath and International Outcry

On 5/31/10, the Israeli Defense Force attacked a flotilla of humanitarian aid ships en route to Gaza, while the ship was in international waters.  In this attempt to break the illegal and immoral blockade of Gaza, at least 9 were killed and dozens were injured.  Much of the subsequent media spin centered on the Mavi Marmara, where some on board responded in self-defense to lethal gunfire and the illegal activity by the IDF.

Below you will find numerous eyewitness reports and media that directly contradict the account provided by the Israeli military.  A UN probe is underway into the attack, and the international community must continue to apply pressure for condemnation and sanctions for this state sponsored terrorism.

Scribd: The Mavi Marmara Report from the IHH

Eyewitnesses, both activists and reporters, contradict Israeli account

Perhaps the best eyewitness account to begin with is that of Paul McGeough, twice named Australia’s journalist of the year. He writes: ‘The Israeli attack was timed for dawn prayers – when a good number of the men aboard the Mavi Marmara were praying on the aft deck of the big Turkish passenger ferry’.

Attack came in three phases

The Mavi Marmara tried to alter its course so that any further attack would occur during daylight, but the Israelis persisted and boarded the ship. They used paintball guns on passengers — the ammunition mixed with glass.

Gaza Flotilla Survivors

Documenting the Testimonies of the Survivors of Israeli Massacre of Gaza Flotilla.

Exclusive Intifada Interview with Ken O’Keefe: “Israel Executed People in International Waters”

Reporters Dispute Israeli Account of Raid

Israel killed more than 9, threw wounded into sea, witnesses say

Raw Footage of Marmara

Warning:  bloody footage of human trauma and death

Gaza flotilla attack: Activist releases new footage

IDF Beatings, Abuse, Doctored Evidence Emerge

Does a New Flotilla Video Show Israeli Commandos Executing Gaza Aid Ship Victim?

Kenneth O’Keefe Says it All. Must See Video

In the following videos you can watch a BBC presenter going out of her way to justify the Israeli hasbara murderous narrative. She is no doubt the devil’s advocate but she fails. Sentence by sentence, Ken O’Keefe manages to teach her and us what kindness and humanity are all about.

‘Flotilla passengers were tortured’

Further claims included torture by Israeli authorities once the passengers were taken into custody and brought into the Ashdod port. “The participants received physical blows and were subjected to psychological torture,” the report alleged.

IHH described that the raid developed in a hostile manner with the objective to kill, and considered the initial fired shots by the IDF not as warnings, but as shots that were meant to kill unarmed civilians on the ship. The passengers that were killed by shots to the head, who according to the report were unarmed, further proves the objective of the IDF, claimed IHH.

Another new account of the attack on the aid flotilla

Six armed commandos climbed over the rails and ordered: “Down! Sit down! Get down!”  My colleague, reporter Paul McGeough, told them: “We’re with The Sydney Morning Herald.”  And another commando said: “We know you’re with the Herald.”

Kiwi: “Israelis fired at will”

Eyewitness and victim recounts Israeli flotilla attack on an American boat and crew

Maine video producer recounts Gaza flotilla ordeal

Australian student tells of his flotilla ordeal

South Portland man: American beaten, bloodied in Gaza flotilla chaos

Canadian on Gaza flotilla says he was beaten

Gaza flotilla attack: British activists tell of abuse by Israelis

British survivor of Gaza flotilla raid: ‘Israelis ignored SOS calls’

Commandos used kidnapped captain’s child as threat?

Israelis shot people in forehead, says Pakistani

Freed Aussie scribes say Israeli commandoes were like “hyenas hunting”

‘I saw a lot of blood and started to feel sick, “says Brazilian boat was attacked by Israel

Inside the flotilla attack

Flotilla journalist recounts ordeal

Captured and detained by Israel, an American tells his story

The FPM has no confirmed information about the status of the other six: Iara Lee, a filmmaker from San Francisco; Kathy Sheetz, a retired nurse from Richmond, CA, and Woods Hole, MA; Ann Wright, a retired U.S. Army Colonel and a U.S. diplomat until she resigned in opposition to theIraq war; David Schermerhorn, a film producer from Deer Harbor, WA; Fatima Mohammadi, a longtime activist from Chicago; and Khalid Turaani, who was founder and executive director of the former American Muslims forJerusalem and now lives in Dubai.

The hijacking of the truth: Film evidence ‘destroyed’

Watch Al-Jazeera’s Video From the Gaza Ship Raid

PHOTO – PASSENGERS ON ATTACKED FLOTILLA SHIP GAVE MEDICAL AID TO WOUNDED ISRAELIS!

The Images Israel Didn’t Want Seen: Video and Photographs from the Gaza-Bound Aid Flotilla

One journalist beats Israeli censorship on the Gaza flotilla attack

IHH head says Zionists brazenly lie. He confirms Jews threw corpses into sea

Elderly activist shot and ‘let bleed to death’

‘The ship turned into a lake of blood,’ says activist on Gaza flotilla

Testimony: Israeli Commandos Committed Cold Blooded Murder of Passengers

Flotilla Eyewitness: ‘I Think They Went Out to Murder’

Al Jazeera Reporter: Israel Fired On Gaza-Bound Ship Before Boarding (VIDEO)

Israelis shot people in forehead, says Pakistani

Activists: Israeli boat raiders had ‘assassination list’

In an interview with the UK’s Independent on Sunday, Al Jazeera reporter Jamal Elshayyal said passengers who rummaged through Israeli solders’ belongings during the raid found a list of names, accompanied with pictures, of people aboard the flotilla that aimed to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

Witness: The real story from Mavi Marmara: They were shooting to kill

‘Israelis threw 4 injured into the sea’

Israeli soldiers threw flotilla passengers into the sea

IHH President told us what happened: “One of our friends were shot after surrendering. Some of our friends were at sea. Even the doctor who treated soldiers were shot.”

Shot Australian says Israelis left him to bleed

VIDEO: Irish Citizen Tells How They Disarmed Israelis

Survivor Testimonies From Flotilla 31 May 2010

Journalists aboard Flotilla Speak out

“Our Potential to Create a Better World, a Just World”: Testimony of a Survivor of the Mavi Marmara Massacre

VIDEO: Israeli Attack on the Mavi Marmara. Smuggled one Hour Video reveals the Truth

Shocking Testimonials from the Mavi Marmara survivors. And one Israeli fembot by Lauren Booth

At one stage the captain of the boat can be heard over the public address system saying: “Do not show resistance … They are using live ammunition … Be calm, be very calm.” Gunshots can be heard.

Gaza flotilla attack: activist releases new footage

New footage has emerged of the Israeli assault on a convoy of aid ships headed to Gaza in which nine activists were killed.  The high-quality film was reportedly recorded by New York-based documentary maker Iara Lee aboard the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish ship that bore the brunt of the Israeli attacks.  Israel attempted to confiscate all footage recorded by participants in the Gaza Freedom flotilla – including taking away mobile phones – but Lee managed to smuggle one hour of video out of the country by hiding it in her underwear, it was reported.

Eyewitness to the Israeli Assault on the Mavi Marmara

Video: IDF put Arsenic in detained Gaza flotilla volunteer’s food

Gaza flotilla members claim arsenic poisoning by IDF

Mavi Marmara Accounts: Violence, Theft, Abuse

Italian flotilla journalist: My credit card was used after IDF confiscated it

Israel looted Flotilla, activists say

According to Gaza flotilla survivors speaking to Press TV, activists on board the aid convoy were robbed of an estimated 3.5 million dollars in cash and equipment by Israeli commandos.  Hundreds of the campaigners have reported missing cash, laptops, phones and clothes after being released by Israel last week.

THE AFTERMATH

In raw video, reporters claim Israelis fired on activists before boarding ship

Israel’s Premeditated Murder of Peace Activists Was No Mistake

Flotilla witness says activists were defending themselves in fighting Israeli soldiers

IDF admits doctoring audio of raid on Gaza flotilla

The Gaza Flotilla: How Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fakes Photos of Seized Weapons

Israel’s Crude Forgery of Tape Backfires

IDF Retracts Claim al-Qaeda was on Flotilla, Corporate Media Silent

Did Activists Attack Israeli Soldiers In Self-Defense?

The Al Jazeera journalist describes the scenes as they unfold live, clearly stating that an activist has been shot and killed before Israeli troops board the vessel. He also says that a white flag has been raised in surrender to the Israeli army. On separate videos, messages broadcast to the passengers by loudspeaker can clearly be heard stating, “stop your resistance,” referring to the fact that the soldiers had guns.

Before the troops board the ship, the journalists report that the passengers are being pelted with tear gas and stun grenades. Booms and cracks echo in the background as the reporter states that one person has been killed.

Ex-Mossad agent: Gaza flotilla raid ’so stupid it’s stupefying’

The Aftermath of the Flotilla – by Anna Baltzer

One by one, the hundreds of witnesses aboard the vessels have been returning home to tell their stories after being stripped of any and all footage. By confiscating all non-military evidence of the incident, Israel has been able to successfully dominate the narrative, at least in the US where news of the attack had begun to dwindle by the time witnesses were released. One wonders, if Israel is conveying the whole story of what happened that night, why eliminate every single other piece of documentation? What does Israel have to hide?

THE VICTIMS

Putting Names To Faces: A brief introduction to the nine Turks murdered by the IDF on the Mavi Marmara

Autopsies reveal 9 men on Gaza aid boat shot, 5 in head

Gaza flotilla activists were shot in head at close range

Report: All aid flotilla victims shot dead

Turks shot multiple times on Gaza aid ship: forensics

Turkish activists’ bodies riddled with bullets, says autopsy report

Autopsy results on the nine Turkish activists killed in Monday’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship showed they had been shot a total of 30 times, many at close range…Five of those killed were shot either in the back of the head or in the back…In addition to those killed, 48 others suffered gunshot wounds and six activists were still missing, he added.

GORDON DUFF: AUTOPSY SHOWS ISRAEL EXECUTED WOUNDED, WORSE THAN MUNICH 1972

The entire world joined with Israel in 1972 when Black September radicals murdered Israeli Olympic athletes in Munich. The world was never told of the torture prisons in Israel or the truth about the 1967 War, the “land grab” and the ethnic cleansing that followed. Even still, the Munich attack was an unthinkable horror, one Israel has now duplicated with the execution slaying of peace activists and humanitarian aid workers. The Israeli paper, Hareetz has published the autopsy results.

Israel executed wounded, abused corpses and emptied automatic weapons into bodies at point blank range. These were the acts of brutal animals, not humans.

Turkish activists’ bodies riddled with bullets, says autopsy report

Autopsy results on the nine Turkish activists killed in Monday’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship showed they had been shot a total of 30 times, many at close range…Five of those killed were shot either in the back of the head or in the back…In addition to those killed, 48 others suffered gunshot wounds and six activists were still missing, he added.

THE INTERNATIONAL OUTCRY

Protests erupt across the world after Israeli raid

Thousands of anti-Israel protesters take to streets across Europe

Anti-US, Israel protests in New Zealand cities

International protests against Israel: Second Gaza bound ship seized

Anti-Israel protests on the streets of Ankara

Toronto protest against Israeli flotilla attack

Paris: Demonstrators tried to break into the Israeli embassy

Germany: Tens of thousands protest as Israel hijacks another aid ship

Thousands protest flotilla deaths, clashes in Athens

UN Secretary General to Israel: ‘End the blockade’

“Had the Israeli government heeded to international calls and my own strong and urgent and persistent call to lift the blockade of Gaza, this would not have happened,” Ban told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.

Egypt Lifts Its Side Of Gaza Blockade

UN Security Council Members Demand Israel End Blockade

Russia condemns Israeli raid of humanitarian aid ships in neutral waters

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