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Israel Attacks Unarmed Americans in International WatersTim King Salem-News.com
Israel kills unarmed activists flying the white flag; will the world ignore this one too? Americans should be outraged.
(SALEM, Ore.) - The most outrageous possible scenario is unfolding off the coast of Gaza, where humanitarian peace activists including several U.S. doctors have been attacked in a deadly confrontation with Israeli forces.
The ships are carrying all types of relief, from food to wheelchairs, for the embattled people of Gaza, who live every day with the fear of being kidnapped or killed by Israeli Defense Forces that literally surround Gaza on all sides.
Israel denies having a presence in Gaza, but it has sniper towers in many locations.
The biggest problem for Israel this time, is that the world's eyes are on the convoy; one of the six ships, the 'Rachel Corrie', is named for a young American woman from the NW who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer operator in 2006 while trying to prevent the destruction of the home of a Palestinian doctor.
Salem-News.com reports regularly about the inhumane treatment of Palestinians under Israeli control, but this story is the worst thing we have reported since the attacks on Gaza in the winter of 2008/2009 that claimed more than 1400 lives, almost all civilians.
Israel has thwarted previous flotillas, and the world, in its most pathetic stance, somehow turns a blind eye to Israel's military actions that are not only condemned as violations of international law, but the subject of a lengthy United Nations war crime investigation headed by Judge Richard Goldstone, a South African Jew.
The Obama Administration has blocked all attempts to bring Israel to justice over it, making the U.S. complicit tonight in the possible murder of its own citizens.
They are citizens who in the bigger picture, stand heads and shoulders above the willfully ignorant politicians and citizens who endorse this butchery of human beings by the Jewish state.
These are doctors risking their lives to help people made to live in utterly reprehensible, deadly conditions by Israel.
The Israeli government very much resembles an organized crime syndicate when viewed in context with past deeds. Now it is time for the world to put its foot down.
Support of Israel's genocidal regime will be the ultimate downfall of the United States, and any nation that supports genocide deserves what it gets.
Israel's radio stations are reporting as many as 16 people killed. Al Jazeera reported three with many more injured. It must be emphasized that the people of Gaza are living in subhuman conditions strictly and solely to the decision of Israel to enforce a blockade that turns Gaza into a prison camp, or concentration camp.
This was a well publicized, expensive mission to simply deliver important supplies to keep human beings alive.
Dozens of schools and hospitals were destroyed during the winter 08/09 assault by Israel that according to the United Nations, involved the use of several types of illegal weapons, used expressly to kill unarmed civilian non-combatants.
Israel attacked the U.S.S. Liberty in an unprovoked attack during the Six Day War in 1967, killing dozens of American sailors and a U.S. Marine.
The United States, under President Johnson, chose to minimize the incident, which nearly caused the U.S. to launch an attack on Egypt. It easily could have started a Third World War. Many believe that was Israel's goal; if so it nearly came to pass.
Now, Turkey has apparently made the statement that it will retaliate against Israel if the flotilla is struck, it remains to be seen if that will be an empty threat, or if Turkey, an ally in most regards of both the U.S. and Israel, at least up until now, will attack Israel as a response.
We will keep you updated on this tragic news involving the murder of several unarmed civilians on the high seas.
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.
Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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