killing in the name of…??

by tobybee

i’m guessing many of our readers will know by now that the Gaza flotilla of 6 boats (three passenger boats and three cargo ships) that was making its way from Turkey to Gaza with emergency aid, peace workers, activists, journalists and many others was boarded by the IDF earlier today, while it was still in international waters. Current reports are that at least 10 people were killed (Haaretz says between 14 and 20), and about 60 people were injured. The IDF dropped from helicopters onto the boats, and opened fire on the protestors.

What is one to say, when sailing through international waters in an attempt to bring basic things like cement to Gaza (which is just one of the many basic items which is prohibited from being brought into Gaza, thereby making any sort of rebuilding after the attacks at the beginning of last year practically impossible) is a reason to be killed by the Israeli army. what to say. I’m not sure exactly yet (other than the obvious, which is to write of anger, of sadness, of solidarity, of attempts to be hopeful, and of my shaking hands which type these words), so for now I’ll point you to some reading material. You can follow what is happening at haaretz, the age, mondoweiss, al jazeera, antony loewenstein, on twitter (at #flotilla), and i’m sure many other places as well.

And I will point you towards overland, who have written:

More than ten people have been killed after Israeli forces attacked a flotilla bringing aid supplies to the besieged people of Gaza. Details are still sketchy — some sources claim twenty people are dead — but it seems that IDF commandoes stormed the vessels and then opened fire with live ammunition.

The flotilla was part of an international effort bringing goods and supplies barred to Gaza, basic items like building materials and water purifiers. It consisted of three cargo vessels and three passenger ships containing 600 activists, including the Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Corrigan Maguire. There were also journalists on board, including the Sydney Morning Herald’s Paul McGeough, who is apparently still missing.

Over the past years, we’ve seen many events in the region that shock the conscience but an armed attack on an aid boat is a new low. Already, there are reports of demonstrations around the world.

On 21 March 1960, South African police fired into a group of black protesters, killing 69 of them. That incident — known to history as the Sharpeville Massacre — sparked the movement that eventually brought down the apartheid state. It may be that this latest atrocity will have similarly far-reaching consequences.