Archive for the ‘flotilla raid’ Category

Flotilla attackers to feast in Rome

June 16, 2010

You can judge a man by the elder brothers that he keeps:

Benedict XVI with Riccardo Pacifici at the Synagogue of Rome, January 2010 where the Pope proclaimed, “How pleasant it is when brothers live in unity.”


Flotilla attackers to feast in Italy

June 15, 2010 – Press TV

The leader of the Jewish community in Rome has arranged a recreational trip to Italy for two Israeli forces involved [in] a deadly attack on a Gaza aid convoy.

Riccardo Pacifici, chief of Rome’s Jewish community, invited the Israeli navy troops to Italy during his visit to Israel, where he praised and lionized them as “heroes,” IRNA reported on Monday.

Israeli commandos killed at least 20 human rights activists and injured 50 others during a May 31 onslaught on a six-ship fleet carrying 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid and 700 international activists from 42 countries to the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israel also arrested hundreds of the civilians on board the ships of the Freedom Flotilla, which was attempting to break the years-long siege of Gaza.

The campaigners were captured and forcefully taken into Israel from the international waters where they were attacked, but were soon released under international pressure on Tel Aviv not to deepen the crisis.

The attack sparked outrage across the globe and led to a chorus of calls for lifting the siege on the impoverished Gaza Strip.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=130504&sectionid=351020202

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Netanyahu Mocks the World

June 14, 2010

Israel’s inquiry into the flotilla raid, to be called the Independent Public Commission, will be led by a retired Israeli Supreme Court justice, Jacob Turkel. It will include two Israeli experts in international law and two foreign observers — Lord David Trimble, a Nobel Peace laureate from Northern Ireland, and Brig. Gen. Ken Watkin, former judge advocate general of the Canadian Forces — whose inclusion is intended to add credibility to the inquiry and to secure foreign support for it. In Washington, the White House press secretary issued a statement hailing the Israeli announcement as an “important step forward.” The statement added that “the structure and terms of reference of Israel’s proposed independent public commission can meet the standard of a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation,” … (“Israel Backs Panel to Examine Raid,” Isabel Kershner, June 13, 2010, The New York Times)

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/world/middleeast/14mideast.html?ref=global-home

[Jacob] Terkel served as [an Israeli] Supreme Court justice from 1995 until his retirement in 2005 and during those 10 years often took minority positions … including his opposition to the conviction of Rabbi Ido Elba, who penned a halakhic ruling that supported the killing of non-Jews. The ruling appeared in a biography of Baruch Goldstein, who perpetrated the Tomb of the Patriarchs massacre in 1994. (“Just who will be looking into the Gaza flotilla matter?” Ben Hartman, June 15, 2010, Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=178442)

Orangeman, David Trimble marching through a Catholic neighborhood in occupied Northern Ireland in 1995

When the historical archive of David Trimble’s political life is assembled, the infamous Drumcree sequence will reemerge in all its irony. It was just a decade ago and there he was sharing the moment of Orange triumphalism with Ian Paisley. Hand in hand, they jigged along before the cheering crowds, having once again forced the march down Garvaghy Road.

Behind them was a Catholic community outraged and bullied into submission by a massive security force presence. Both Trimble and Paisley had instinctively recognised that day how significant for the Orange supremacy ethos Drumcree was, and both were determined to be visibly part of it all. (“Trimble’s Road to Nowhere,” Tom McGurk, Sunday, May 08, 2005, The Post.IE)

http://archives.tcm.ie/businesspost/2005/05/08/story4619.asp

video here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1420000/video/_1424111_ireland_murray_jul95_vi.ram