Turkish Doctor Describes Treating Israeli Commandos During Raid - By Robert Mackey and Sebnem Arsu (18/6/10) PDF Print E-mail
By Robert Mackey and Sebnem Arsu   
Friday, 18 June 2010 18:39




A photograph from the Flickr page of I.H.H., a Turkish aid organization that helped organize the flotilla of ships raided last week on its way to Gaza. Dr. Hasan Huseyin Uysal, a Turkish doctor, said the image was taken as he tended to an Israeli commando captured during the raid.

Updated | 2:53 p.m. In an interview with The New York Times, Dr. Hasan Huseyin Uysal, a Turkish doctor, said that he treated Israeli commandos who were captured and briefly detained during the initial stages of a raid on a ship challenging Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza last week.

Dr. Uysal’s account seems to be supported by two photographs that show him treating one of the three bloodied commandos whom passengers said they subdued and disarmed at the start of the predawn raid on the main ship in the flotilla on May 31. Both of the images were published by the Turkish newspaper HaberTurk, in a gallery on its Web site showing photographs smuggled off the ship and out of Israel by one of its reporters, Sefik Dinc. One photograph was also posted on Flickr by the Turkish aid organization that helped to organize the flotilla.



A screen shot of an image published on a Turkish newspaper’s Website.

The capture of the commandos moments after they rappelled down onto the Mavi Marmara from helicopters to meet fierce resistance from the passengers on the top deck led several Israeli military and civilian officials — including  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — to suggest that the subsequent use of deadly force was justified because otherwise the soldiers would have been “lynched” by the passengers who seized them.



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Flotilla Attack Mirrors USS Liberty - By Harmony Grant Daws, National Prayer Network (18/6/10) PDF Print E-mail
By Harmony Grant Daws, National Prayer Network   
Friday, 18 June 2010 18:29

Thanks to the internet, Israel’s terrorist attack on the Free Gaza ship, Mavi Marmara, could hardly be less publicized. Yet on June 8, 1967—43 years ago—Israeli air and sea forces attacked another ship in international waters. It was the USS Liberty, conspicuously flying its American flag in clear weather; Israel used bombs, napalm and torpedoes against it. The attack on the Liberty remains the only maritime incident involving fatalities in US history which was never investigated by Congress. The attack occurred in international waters, and reports by eyewitnesses flatly contradict the Israel-excusing narrative to which the US agreed.

This article examines stunning parallels between the Liberty attack and the recent brutal takeover of the Gaza-bound flotilla. Both attacks occurred in international waters. In both, Israel heavy-handedly silenced eyewitnesses, discredited survivors, controlled a biased investigation—after having ordered the attacks to protect an even greater crime.

Joe Meadors survived both attacks. He was aboard the Liberty in 1967 and also an activist passenger on the flotilla this June. Meadors says international waters were violated both times. The Israelis, he says, “ think they can do no wrong. Every time they speak they say they don’t break any laws, they always abide by international laws. But, they break them with impunity and the US Government is not going to hold them accountable, nobody is.”

Is such pessimism warranted? It certainly is.



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US Opposes ICC Bid to Make 'Aggression' A Crime Under International Law - Christian Science Monitor (18/6/10) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 June 2010 18:26

The Obama administration has resisted efforts by the International Criminal Court to include 'aggression' as a crime, mainly because it could impact US military operations abroad.


The United States under the Obama administration has developed an increasingly close working relationship with the International Criminal Court in The Hague. But that growing engagement with a controversial institution of international law was unable to prevent the ICC from expanding the scope of its work to include the murky crime of aggression, a move the US had vehemently opposed.

At the 111-nation ICCs first review conference that wrapped up last week in Kampala, Uganda, delegates decided to expand the international courts purview to include the crime of aggression a crime that only the US has successfully tried, in the post-World War II tribunals in Nuremburg and Tokyo.

State Department officials say the US, which is not a signatory to the ICC, was able to mitigate the drawbacks of such an expansion of the courts reach, primarily by putting off any prosecution of the newest international crime until at least 2017.

But some critics say the US failure to stop the enshrining of aggression as an international crime demonstrates the limits of President Obamas multilateralist vision and sets the US on a collision course with the ICC when the issue comes up again later in the decade.



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Did Israel Give Us the Disease to Sell Us the Cure? - By Gordon Duff (17/6/10) PDF Print E-mail
By Gordon Duff   
Thursday, 17 June 2010 12:29




Israeli Actor with Metal Bar Walking Through Solid Steel (Gordon Duff, Sabbah Report)


This week we learned that Israel had staged scenes from the Freedom Flotilla attack using actors and common Hollywood special effects, called "double negative." The actors were shown standing among peaceful humanitarian workers, waving weapons around. This became a problem when the stage Israel used wasn’t quite the same. We ended up with a film showing our Israeli "terrorists" walking through solid steel time and time again. Israel’s film industry has been suffering of late. Even the phony bin Laden videos have given over to audio. The new bin Laden they use was doing Marlboro commercials in Egypt before they took him on.

It is a given that Israel has destroyed any credibility it once had. It is one thing when a cheap set-up job is leaked but this one was sent out special delivery with "Government of the State of Israel" stamped all over it. This was pure suicide. Only idiots that want to be fooled-politicians in the pocket of AIPAC and Fox News-were really taken in. Frankly, with no integrity to sacrifice in the first place, humiliation is impossible anyway. With the "news cycle" such as it is, a new massacre or terrorist bombing could happen at any time. As Israel needs one quickly, it is quite possible we may get one.



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Chairman Greenspan: A Fiat Mind For A Fiat Age - By Frederick J. Sheehan (17/6/10) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 June 2010 10:22

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