As reported in the New York Times on May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos attacked a caravan of supply ships sponsored by Israel’s ally, Turkey, as the caravan headed toward Gaza. “About 600 passengers were said to be aboard the vessels, including the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Mairead Corrigan-Maguire of Northern Ireland. “, according to the article.
The flotilla, attacked while still in international waters, was determined to break Israel’s illegal and inhumane blockade of Gaza. “What we have seen this morning is a war crime,” said Saeb Erakat, the chief Palestinian negotiator for the government in the West Bank. “These were civilian ships carrying civilians and civilian goods — medicine, wheelchairs, food, construction materials.”
This is one more in a long and bloody history of Israeli atrocities against the Palestinians. We must demand an immediate end to Israeli piracy and murder.
Thoughts on how to respond:
Call on the Obama administration to immediately condemn the
attack and join the United Nations in demanding an international investigation.
Call on Israel to immediately and permanently cease its genocidal blockade of Gaza.
Call for the Obama administration and Congress to end unconditional support for Israel’s repeated and continuous violations of international and humanitarian law, UN resolutions and the UN charter. The Obama administration, working through the UN, should insist Israel abide by UN resolutions. The U.S. should end its policy of protecting Israeli aggressions from world condemnation in the Security Council. The U.S. should tell Israel to immediately and permanently end its blockade of Gaza. The U.S. should immediately cease all military aid to and military
collaborations with Israel. To promote peace, the U.S. should call
for prompt evacuation of settlements, an end to the Israeli
occupation and a peace treaty on the basis of the Arab Peace