Bringing aid to starving people, a crime according to Israel.

The black hole that is Middle East coverage had better not suck this particular story down its greedy maw.  Israel can pretty much murder at will in the occupied territories and international media will give them a pass.  The media had better not slink to its usual spineless standards when Israeli commandos board a ship laden with humanitarian aid and kill nine innocent people.   It just had better not happen.  The CBC and Al-Jazeera report:

“Netanyahu said the Israeli soldiers had boarded one of the floatilla’s six ships to check it for weapons when they were attacked by activists with knives and clubs.

“They literally attacked the first soldiers on the ship, they were mobbed,” Netanyahu said in Ottawa, where he was meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “They were clubbed, they were beaten, stabbed, there was even a report of gunfire.

“And our soldiers had to defend themselves, defend their lives or they would have been killed,” he said.”

Ah yes, the favourite method of denying culpability.  We were only acting in self-defence.  Bullshit.   You boarded a ship with no probable cause ,in international waters no less, and in the ruckus YOU caused had to respond with deadly force and kill nine innocent people.   Wake up you murderous bastards, this is not the occupied territories where you can kill on a whim.

The aid convoy was organized in part by the Free Gaza Movement, an international group of pro-Palestinian activists that claims the Gaza blockade is a violation of international law.

Audrey Bomse, the legal co-ordinator for the Free Gaza Movement, called claims the passengers had planned to provoke the soldiers “absurd.”

“It was clearly an attack — probably a premeditated attack — by Israel upon civilians,” she told CBC News.

“These are supposed to be crack military forces. I can only assume that they wanted to intimidate people from doing this in the future.”

Ghassan Khatib, a Palestinian government spokesman, said the government “condemns the brutality in which the Israeli government treated this peaceful attempt to break the siege on Gaza.”

Absolutely.  The World should be in an uproar about this gross violation of international law.  Some are already taking steps:

“The United Nations Security Council was to meet on Monday afternoon for an emergency session to discuss the matter.

Turkey, Spain, Greece, Denmark and Sweden have all summoned the Israeli ambassadors in their respective countries to protest against the assault.”

There are mass protests in Turkey over the murder of its citizens in international waters:

Protesters take part in a demonstration at Taksim Square in  Istanbul on Monday. About 10,000 people gathered in the Turkish capital  to protest Israel's military assault on a convoy of six aid ships.

Protesters take part in a demonstration at About 10,000 people gathered in the Turkish capital to protest Israel's military assault on a convoy of six aid ships. (Thanassis Stavrakis/Associated Press)

I am outraged at the audacity of Israel and the spineless response of our Western leaders.

Harper:

“Canada deeply regrets this action, the loss of life and the injuries that have occurred and obviously we’ll be looking in the days that follow to get all the information we can get to find out exactly what has transpired,” Harper said following a meeting with Netanyahu.

Obama expressed “deep regret at the loss of life in today’s incident and concern for the wounded,” according to a White House statement. He also expressed “the importance of learning all the facts and circumstances” surrounding the event, it said.

If this had been Iran boarding a ship in International waters and killing people, it would have been like World War 3 had just started.  Instead we get this jellyfish piffle of mindless palavers.  Inexcusable.

Intransigentia has also written cogently on this topic, catch up with her here.