Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Israeli commandos kill nine people in international waters

Israeli commandos storm a convoy of ships carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip killing nine people in international waters.

Danny Ayalon, Israel's deputy foreign minister said "Gaza will not be short of humanitarian supplies" even when Israeli only allows in a quarter of what the UN says it needs.

UN Security Council Resolution 1860 calls for the lifting of restrictions on access to Gaza.

Prolonged UN efforts to get more aid into Gaza have fallen on deaf ears in Israel, the US and UK. All Israel is willing to do is repeat warnings against breaking the three-year blockade of Gaza.

Britain's ambassador to the UN from 1998 to 2003, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, described it as "the virtual starvation of Gaza".

But, according to Danny Ayalon, any attempts to bring more humanitarian aid into Gaza, in international waters, is a "premeditated and outrageous provocation" and an "armada of hate and violence in support of Hamas".

Deputy Speaker of the Israeli parliament Danny Danon said it was "clear intent to create a conflict”. We told the convoy “Give us the goods and we will send them by road".

There would be no need for this convoy if Israeli did not block three quarter of the humanitarian aid that the people of Gaza need. So who is creating this "premeditated and outrageous provocation".

No civilized or humane or caring person would allow the "three-year blockade of Gaza" to continue.

Nor would they allow UN Resolution 1860 (remove blockade of Gaza) to be flouted in international waters.

Nor can a "unbreakable bond" exist with such a inhumane country.

President Obama is only interested in watering down the condemnation of Israel. He is the man who said the "situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable".
Especially in Gaza. So what has he done so far other than demonstrate that the US bond with Israel was "unbreakable" no matter what crimes they commit.

The UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, deplored “the loss of life“. The UK has "consistently advised against attempting to access Gaza in this way" and done nothing to lift the blockade of Gaza even though they accept it is "unacceptable and counter-productive" and violation of UN resolution 1860.

Israeli soldiers have the right to defend themselves even when they are flouting UN resolutions and international law in international waters.

Yet humanitarian aid workers are labelled "terrorists" for trying to deliver humanitarian aid, in international water, in accordance with a UN resolution.

Very odd.
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