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Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of the parliament from his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara June 1, 2010. Erdogan urged Israel on Tuesday to lift its “inhumane embargo” on Gaza as soon as possible, in a speech to parliament in which he criticised an Israeli raid on a Turkey-backed aid convoy.? Read more » REUTERS/Umit Bektas

EU statement on Gaza flotilla

from Grahnlaw by Grahnlaw

Yesterday, 31 May 2010, the EU high representative Catherine Ashton issued a statement on behalf of the EU on the Israeli military operation against the flotilla heading for Gaza, but seized by the Israeli Defense Forces:

Palestine: ?Gaza wanted to greet you as victors?

from Global Voices Online by Mays Dagher

By Mays Dagher

People throughout the Middle East – and around the world – have been shocked and outraged at the news of the deaths on board the Freedom Flotilla early on Monday.
Palestinian bloggers reacted immediately to the news of Israel’s raid on the Gaza-bound aid ships.

Israel’s deadly fiasco at sea condemned but what next for the U.S. and its “external ally”?

from From the field by arn

Even with overnight arm twisting by the U.S. the U.N. Security Council “Presidential Statement” leaves no doubt that Israel is being condemned for its seizure–in international waters–of the Gaza-bound flotilla.

Middle East Report Online provides by far the most valuable brief on the flotilla and Israel’s response.

MAIN FOCUS: Israel isolates itself | 01/06/2010

from euro|topics

Israeli soldiers boarded on Monday a flotilla of aid-carrying ships bound for the Gaza Strip. In the course of the operation at least nine passengers were killed, sparking a wave of international protest. The press writes that Israel has isolated itself with this military operation in the Mediterranean and calls on the international community to hold the country to account.

Morning Brief: UN Security Council condemns “acts” in Israeli raid

from FP Passport by David Kenner

UN Security Council condemns “acts” in Israeli raid

Top story: The United Nations Security Council, after much diplomatic wrangling over the resolution’s language, condemned on Tuesday morning the “acts” that led to the deaths of nine civilians aboard a Gaza-bound flotilla. The deaths occurred when Israel Defense Forces soldiers, attempting to redirect the convoy, clashed with pro-Palestinian activists aboard the ships on Monday. Under pressure from the Obama administration, the statement did not exclusively condemn Israel, which contends that its soldiers were acting in self defense after being attacked by the civilians aboard the ship. The United Nations statement also called for an impartial investigation into the events that led to the clashes, and referred to Israel’s blockade of Gaza as “not sustainable.”

Turkey PM: Israel Raid a “Bloody Massacre”

from Yahoo news
Recep Tayyip Erdogan Harshly Criticizes Israel, Warns it not to “Test Turkey’s Patience”

Mubarak orders opening of Rafah border with Gaza

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ordered the opening of the Rafah border crossing to allow humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip, the official MENA agency reported.

Activists send more boats to challenge Gaza blockade

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Organizers of the Gaza aid flotilla that was the target of a deadly Israeli naval raid have said they’re sending two more ships to the area within the next few days.

Raid Jeopardizes Turkey Relations

from NYT > Turkey by By SABRINA TAVERNISE
Relations between Israel and Turkey have been dragged to a new low, experts say, threatening to derail relations between the two close U.S. allies.

Turkey: 4 Turks dead on aid ship

from Yahoo news
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry says four Turkish citizens have been confirmed dead on the aid ship raided by Israeli commandos and another five of the slain are also believed to be Turks.

Turkey Alliance With Israel May Rupture on Gaza Raid (Update3)

from Yahoo news
Israels already strained relationship with Turkey may be another casualty of its navys raid on a Turkish-flagged aid ship headed for Gaza that left nine dead.

Fallout from the Gaza Flotilla

from The (Ex) Washington Realist

Just collecting some of the different perspectives on the aftermath of the IDF action against the flotilla attempting to create a direct sea link between Gaza and the outside world.

Over at World Politics Review, Judah Grunsteinmakes the following point:

Turkey launches long-term diplomatic war against Israel

from Hurriyet Dailynews

A diplomatic war between former allies Turkey and Israel seems unavoidable after Monday’s deadly raid on a Turkish civilian ship carrying aid to Palestinians.

Debate: Gaza Flotilla Debacle and Online Video

from DigiActive.org by Talia Whyte

There are always two sides to every story.

Monday morning, the Israel Defense Force raided a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza, where nine activists were fatally shot. Everyone seems to agree with the lineup of events up until that point. The interesting thing about this whole situation is how both sides used online video to plead their cases, possibly giving insight into how communications and PR spin fixates itself into international relations in the future.

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