Monday, May 31, 2010

Israel Attacks Aid Ship To Gaza

From an article by Amy Teibel and Tia Goldenberg:
Israeli commandos on Monday stormed six ships carrying hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists on an aid mission to the blockaded Gaza Strip, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens after encountering unexpected resistance as the forces boarded the vessels.

The operation in international waters off the Gaza coast was a nightmare scenario for Israel that looked certain to further damage its international standing, strain already tense relations with Turkey — the unofficial sponsor of the mission — and draw unwanted attention to Gaza's plight.
This is definitely not good.  I am sure Israel believes they are justfied in their actions, but in my opinion, their entire blockade should be lifted.  While this aid vessel probably knew their was a blockade by the Israeli government, and even though they attacked the boarding soldiers, I think the fact that this was an aid ship will be damaging and counterproductive to international efforts involving Israel and Palestine, as well as their surrounding neighbors. 

I'm sure people like Michele Bachmann think this is a blessing from God...

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