Breaking: Turkey Stands Up to Israel

2 09 2011

Turkey downgrades ties with Israel
Ankara expels Israeli diplomats and suspends military co-operation ahead of over 2010 flotilla raid.

Turkey has downgraded diplomatic ties with Israel and suspended military co-operation between the countries in anticipation of the release of a United Nations report into Israel’s raid of a Gaza-bound ship…

. . . All military agreements “have been suspended as of now”, [Turkish foreign minister]  Davutoglu said, and Turkey will now see any measures necessary for the pertaining of freedom in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the foreign minister said.

Turkey does not recognise Israel’s blockade on Gaza as legal and will take this matter to the International Court of Justice, he concluded. . . (more)


Officials in Ankara said it was also suspending all remaining military agreements with Israel.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said some of the report’s findings, leaked to the New York Times, were unacceptable.
Turkey wants Israel to apologise for the raid but it has refused to do so.
Nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists were killed when Israeli forces stormed the flotilla in May 2010. . . 

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The Flotilla embodies the Arab Spring spirit

4 07 2011

Earlier this year we watched with amazement as hundreds of thousands of Arabs charged into the streets of their cities demanding reform. The uprisings led to the departure of several leaders who had ruled for decades and also tested (and continue to test) several others.

But what led to this outpouring is much the same as the motivation behind the flotilla initiative which seeks to challenge the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

When fundamentally unjust situations are left unaddressed by states, the people must step in. That is precisely what happened in Tahrir square when hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Egyptians lost all faith in the government’s ability to reform. . . .

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700 pro-Palestinian activists plan to land in Ben-Gurion  

 Passengers will declare their destination as Palestine; Foreign Ministry plans to prevent group’s entry into Israel. 

CODEPINK Disrupts Netanyahu During Address to Congress

25 05 2011

From Code Pink

Police arrested CODEPINK peace activist Rae Abileah at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC. Abileah was taken to the hospital after having been assaulted and tackled to the ground by AIPAC members of the audience in the House Gallery during Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.

Abileah interrupted Netanyahu with a banner that said “Occupying Land Is Indefensible” and shouting, “No more occupation, stop Israel war crimes, equal rights for Palestinians, occupation is indefensible.” She rose up to speak out just after the Prime Minister talked about the youth around the world rising up for more democracy.  . .  (more + video) 

BREAKING: Israel close to easing Gaza blockade

16 06 2010

From Christian Science Monitor –

After Gaza flotilla raid, Israel close to easing Gaza blockade

An Israeli cabinet meeting on easing the Gaza blockade broke up without a decision today. But it appears the aftermath of the Gaza flotilla raid is forcing Israel to dramatically alter its approach to the Hamas-run enclave.

Tel Aviv

The Israeli cabinet ended a meeting to discuss abandoning a three-year-old economic blockade of the Gaza Strip without a decision on Wednesday, deferring action until tomorrow even as most signs point to a significant easing of Israeli restrictions on imports of foodstuffs and construction materials into the impoverished Hamas-run territory.

Israel’s looming about face on a policy that is popular with its citizens appears to be a response to the Jewish state’s diplomatic isolation since an Israeli commando raid left nine Turkish citizens dead on a flotilla bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza…. (more)

Ahmadinejad: Sanctions meant to distract world from flotilla raid

Iranian president says new UN resolution against his country’s nuclear program attempt to distract world from ‘Zionist regime’s crimes’

Dudi Cohen

Published:  06.16.10, 15:16 / Israel News,7340,L-3906155,00.html

…. and 

President Ahmadinejad described the Israeli assault on the freedom flotilla as ‘despicable’ and ‘unjustifiable’, and underscored that the brutal act has brought shame upon the Zionist regime of Israel and its backers.

[June 18 UPDATE: ]

Abbas tells Mitchell Gaza blockade must fully end, official says

RAMALLAH, June 18 (Xinhua) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated to U.S. peace envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell on Friday that the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip must be completely lifted, a senior Palestinian official said….(more)

Israeli warplanes strike Gaza

19 11 2009

Ma’an News-

Gaza/Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israeli warplanes bombed the Gaza Strip in three locations early on Thursday, according to the country’s military and Palestinians in the coastal Strip.

A military spokesperson said the strikes targeted a “weapons manufacturing facility in the southern Gaza Strip and two smuggling tunnels in the Rafah border area.”

Sources in Gaza confirmed that two tunnels were bombed, in addition to a facility said to be operated by Hamas’ armed wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades.

Medics at Abu Yousef An-Najjar Hospital in Rafah, and the larger Nasser Hospital in the city of Khan Younis said however that no one was injured in the attacks.

The military spokesperson said that the strikes were successful, and were in response to the launch of what Israel terms “rockets” emanating from the Gaza Strip.

One of these rockets, a homemade projectile, was fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Wednesday morning, according to the military.

Also on Wednesday fighters affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said they fired mortar shells at what they described as undercover Israeli forces near the Erez border crossing, in northern Gaza. The Israeli army said it was “unfamiliar” with the report.

Palestinians in the town of Beit Hanoun, near the crossing, however, said they came under Israeli fire, which killed a horse. The Israeli military also denied the shooting.

An Israeli spokesperson said that a roadside bomb exploded near a military patrol south of the Karni crossing point, causing no injuries.