Aid ship Rachel Corrie peacefully taken over- Non-violence is Israel’s new terror

The last ship was named after Rachel Corrie.

Israeli troops take over Gaza aid ship Rachel Corrie

finkelstein reports with arraf on the flotilla massacre

finkelstein? s report with huwaida arraf who is one of the organisers of the ship to gaza campaign..


Divided loyalties

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Turkey’s Muslim heart fights its pro-Israeli head
Erdoğan posters are sold in Gaza.

Israeli forces board Gaza-bound aid vessel, encounter no resistance

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Israeli forces seized a Gaza-bound aid vessel without meeting resistance Saturday, preventing it from breaking an Israeli maritime blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory days after a similar effort turned bloody.
Former marine Ken O?Keefe returned to Istanbul like this after he was deported from Israel. via

Non-violence is Israel’s new terror

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
With deadly attacks on aid ships bound for Gaza this week, Israel?s PR machinery is in full gear to justify its aggression.

Turkey-Israel crisis: Why the formerly obscure IHH is playing a key role

from Yahoo news
Turkey-Israel ties have been shattered by Monday’s raid on the IHH-owned Mavi Mamara, the largest boat in the Gaza ‘Freedom Flotilla.’ Turkey’s push for democracy has given the IHH new prominence.

GÜRKAN ZENGİN – Israel is facing reality

Looking at the developments that have taken place in the last 72 hours we can say that Israel is starting to see the ?facts of life.? I am not talking about the UN Security Council?s harsh condemnation of Israel, the pressure put on Israel to release those who were in detention or the pressure imposed on Egypt to open the ?Rafah border? to Gaza, which it keeps closed because of pressure from Israel.

Thousands Protest Against Israel In Istanbul
Thousands of people waving Turkish and Palestinian flags and shouting anti-Israeli slogans today rallied in Istanbul in support of victims of an Israeli

World update: Flotilla victims were shot, autopsies reveal
CNN (blog)
Gaza flotilla – Autopsy results by forensics experts in Istanbul revealed that all nine of the men killed by Israeli commandoes aboard the humanitarian

Istanbul to Honor Those Slain in Flotilla | Gaza Flotilla Attack
By sajna
Gaza Flotilla Attack 10000 People Prayed in Istanbul to Honor Those Slain in Flotilla, Gaza Flotilla Attack, Flotilla, Gaza, Flotilla Attack, Flotilla Gaza, istanbul turkey, Istanbul.

Turkey-Israel crisis: Why the formerly obscure IHH is playing a key role

from Yahoo news
At the heart of the diplomatic crisis between Israel and Turkey over the Gaza ‘Freedom Flotilla’ lies the rise of the previously obscure IHH. The Turkish Islamic NGO bought and manned the Mavi Mamara, by far the largest boat in the flotilla and the one that saw a fatal skirmish between rod-wielding activists and Israeli commandos who killed nine activists after resorting to gunfire.

Turkey maintains relations with Israel in spite of widespread anger

from Yahoo news
Analysis: Turkey’s perceived drift away from the West is a worry for Nato, but the country seems unlikely to risk a complete break.

The Hoca Speaks

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

You know you’ve been covering Turkey for too long when you breathlessly tell an editor in the U.S. about something significant that Fethullah Gulen just said and the editor says, “Fethullah who?”

Turkey balancing heart and head

from Yahoo news
Turkey has warned it may reduce economic and defence ties with Israel, but Jonathan Head wonders whether destroying the relationship would be the best thing for Turkey.

Turkey close to severing ties with Israel over flotilla deaths

from Yahoo news
Turkey is on the brink of severing relations with Israel in the wake of killings of Turkish activists on board a Gaza-bound flotilla, the Turkish ambassador to the United States said Friday. Israel – Turkey – Government – Gaza – United States

Turkey’s Foreign Policy Is Not Islamist

from The Istanbulian by Emre Kızılkaya

It seems that Hugh Pope agrees with me that the current Turkish foreign policy is not Islamist, but I add that I don’t think that this trade-based, stabilization-oriented policy is the optimum choice for Turkey.

Days of Planning Led to Flotilla?s Hour of Chaos

Weeks of miscalculations set activists on a Turkish boat and Israeli commandos on a collision course.

Israel Faces Deepening Tensions With Turkey Over Raid, and Bond With U.S. Frays

from NYT > Turkey by By MARK LANDLER
Tensions deepened between Turkey and Israel, and a new fissure threatened to open between the U.S. and Israel from the fallout of Israel?s deadly raid on a humanitarian aid flotilla off Gaza.

[Rethinking Israeli politics] Does Israel need a foreign minister?byMehmet Kalyoncu

The never-ending row between Turkey and Israel?s Likud government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has escalated to a whole new level since Israeli commandos raided the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish humanitarian aid ship headed to Gaza, in international waters, killing nine Turkish citizens and injuring 38 others.

KLAUS JURGENS – Turkey and the Middle East — how does Lebanon fit into the equation?

Despite continuous worldwide condemnation of Israel?s attack on the Gaza flotilla, one should not forget that a stable Lebanon is as relevant to finding lasting peace in the Middle East as is a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians.


The Israeli blockade of Gaza is about to leave three years behind. During these three years, Gazans paid a very heavy cost. Seventy percent of Gazans live under the poverty line; more than 60 percent survive on aid; unemployment is at around 40 percent.

Israel: Flotilla Videos Gone Viral

from Global Voices Online by Maya Norton

By Maya Norton

An Israeli video called ?Flotilla Choir: We Con the World? has gone viral on Facebook in the last 24 hours. While it shows no compunction about the violence involved in the flotilla incident, it aggressively illustrates the widely held Israeli belief that Hamas is responsible for the poor state of well-being of the people of Gaza.

MENA: Question Time Following Gaza-Bound Flotilla Attack

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini

By Amira Al Hussaini

As the dust settles, and some of the ?truths’ come out, a new wave of tweets on Israel’s attacking the Gaza-bound flotilla take over the Internet. Here are a few reactions from the Twittersphere summing up reactions of users around the world, some asking questions we are yet to learn the answers for.

Palestine: ?I Support Turkey?

from Global Voices Online by Ayesha Saldanha

By Ayesha Saldanha

The Turkish-led flotilla which attempted to break the blockade of Gaza has strained Turkish-Israeli relations, while gaining Turkey much respect in the Arab world. One Gaza blogger has decided to show her appreciation for Turkey’s stance in a practical way – by starting a campaign to buy Turkish goods.

Israel owes Turkey an apology for flotilla attack

from – Op-Ed Columns by Namik Tan
On May 31, we awoke to tragic news from international waters in the eastern Mediterranean. As we now know well, instead of the day ending with the delivery of humanitarian aid to ease the desperate lives of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, it began with the killing by Israel Defense Forces of nine peace activists and the wounding of about 30, all civilians.

Is Israel winning the YouTube war?

from FP Passport by Clare Sestanovich

Since Monday’s clash between Israeli military forces and pro-Palestinian activists, both sides have issued video recordings to support their version of events (and, maybe more importantly, to unload blame onto their adversaries). So far, there’s no clear consensus about which clips to trust, but according to a report by Haaretz, there seems to be general agreement about which ones to like: of the four most viewed YouTube clips in recent days, all of which provide on-the-ground footage of the raid, the top three are videos issued by the Israeli Defense Forces. In fourth place with a measly 610,000 hits (in comparison to the 3 million total received by the IDF posts), is a clip from Al Jazeera.

Turkey reviews Israel ties after flotilla assault, Oliver Scanlan

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Oliver Scanlan

On Friday, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said that his country would review its current defence and economic ties with Israel, potentially cutting them back to a minimum, in the aftermath of Israel?s assault on the flotilla of ships taking aid to Gaza on the 31 May. The raid, which has attracted international condemnation, cost the lives of nine Turkish activists.

Israel?s neo-zionist illusion, Vassilis K. Fouskas

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Vassilis K. Fouskas

In the aftermath of the appalling episode on the Mavi Marmara between Israeli marines and Gazi activists on 31 May 2010 what matters now is to understand the causes. They lie not with the explanations of the Israeli authorities (?there is not only humanitarian aid there, but rockets and war material too?), nor with those offered by Hamas (?the international community must take action against Israel’s state terrorism?). We believe that this act of violence against civilians was aimed at thwarting a new cycle of negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian leadership, as well as forcing the Obama administration to come out more openly in favour of Israel on a host of issues, from Iran to Syria and Iraq.

An Open Letter to Barack Obama, Avi Shlaim

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Avi Shlaim

Dear President Obama,

On 16 May, Noam Chomsky, the renowned Jewish-American academic, was prevented by Israeli officials from entering the West Bank to deliver a lecture at Birzeit University near Ramallah. He came from Jordan across the Allenby Bridge, was interrogated at the border crossing for three hours, and was then expelled with his passport stamped “Denied Entry”. In response to his question about the reason for this decision, he was told that the Israeli government does not like his views and that it resented the fact that he chose to speak only at Birzeit and not at an Israeli university. The 81-year old professor replied that he had frequently spoken at Israeli universities and that there was no government on earth that liked his views.

Gaza Flotilla: Turkish prosecutors go after Israeli politicians

from ORGANIZED RAGE by Mick Hall

Israel: A mixed bag of reactions to the flotilla raid

from Global Voices Online by Gilad Lotan

By Gilad Lotan

The following post is an assortment of blog entries translated from Hebrew, all taken from the ?hot-topic’ page dealing with the flotilla raid, on the Israeli blogging platform Israblog. The bloggers on this platform are quite mixed, though leaning towards a younger crowd. There are many anonymous and pen names, not high visibility outside of the platform, but lots of cross commenting between the community.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.