The first two parts of this growing series on the Israeli attack on the aid convoy heading to Gaza try to sort through the mess of reports to find some facts; part 3 contains some updates from around the world; part 4looks at some of the reactions in the global press; and part 5 looks at official reactions from around the world, including the subdued American statement and the Israeli justification. Part 6 reviews the statements made by various peace organizations while part 7 reviews yet more reaction from the press. Part 8 compares the video footage released by Israel and the Flotilla organizers.
More news concerning the Israeli attack:
- Asharq Alawsat is reporting about the outrage from all over the world, including the EU and the UN (no official word from the US yet)
- Protests by Israelis are starting in Tel Aviv
- Sheikh Raed Salah – a leader of the Israeli Arab community – was previously reported as killed by Ma’an, but new reports say that he was shot in the head and is in critical condition. Palestinians are calling the attack an assassination attempt on Salah (read article for Salah’s background with Israeli authorities). The death of the Sheikh could lead to a third intifada
- Witness Gaza, the official website of the flotilla, is saying that there is a video showing IDF commandos firing indiscriminately into a group of sleeping activists without provocation. This clearly contradicts the Israeli reports that the commandos were reacting to attacks by the unarmed activists. I have not been able to find the video, but will keep looking.
[tweetmeme] As more and more evidence and reactions come in, it is becoming more and more obvious that the decision to attack the fleet could have been a disastrous one for the Israeli government. Of course, international condemnation with a silent US (or one that backs Israel) is pretty much useless. Keep an eye open for Obama’s/Clinton’s reactions.