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Emergency Action in Response to Israeli Attack on Gaza Flotilla

When: Monday, May 31, 2010, 1:00 pm
Where: Park Street Station • Park and Tremont Streets • Boston

The Israeli military has attacked unarmed Palestine solidarity activists bringing aid to blockaded and besieged Gaza.  A flotilla of international activists set said for Gaza bearing food, aid, and solidarity with the Gazan people.  For this "crime," they were attacked by Israeli commandos who boarded the humanitarians' ships and opened fire.  We know of at least ten activists killed, many wounded, and all have been detained by the Israeli military.  This coincides with a new assault on Gaza.  Come to an emergency action in protest of Israeli's relentless violence against the Palestinian people and those who stand in solidarity with them.

The New York Times

At Least 10 Are Killed as Israel Halts Flotilla With Gaza Aid

JERUSALEM — The Israeli naval commandos raided a flotilla carrying thousands of tons of supplies for Gaza in international waters on Monday morning, killing at least 10 people, according to the Israeli military and activists traveling with the flotilla. Some Israeli media reports put the death toll higher.

The incident drew widespread international condemnation, with Israeli envoys summoned to explain their country’s actions in several European countries.

The criticism offered a propaganda coup to Israel’s foes, particularly the Hamas group that holds sway in Gaza, and damaged its ties to Turkey, one of its most important Muslim partners and the unofficial sponsor of the Gaza-bound convoy. Ankara recalled its ambassador to Israel and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan cut short a visit to Latin America to return home.

The killings also coincided with preparations for a planned visit to Washington on Tuesday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli Defense Forces said more than 10 people were killed when naval personnel boarding the six ships in the aid convoy met with “live fire and light weaponry including knives and clubs.” The naval forces then “employed riot dispersal means, including live fire,” the military said in a statement.

Greta Berlin, a leader of the pro-Palestinian Free Gaza Movement, speaking by telephone from Cyprus, rejected the military’s version. “That is a lie,” said, adding that it was inconceivable that the civilian passengers on board would have been “waiting up to fire on the Israeli military, with all its might.”

“We never thought there would be any violence,” she said.

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