Monday, 31 May 2010

Gaza aid flotilla attacked, 10 killed

Israeli forces have attacked the international Viva Palestina aid convoy Freedom Flotilla en route to the besieged Gaza Strip, killing at least 10 people and leaving more than 50 injured.

The attack came on Monday morning, 31st May, after one of the six ships in the convoy was hit by Israeli navy forces before being stormed by commandos descending from helicopters.

The interception reportedly took place in international waters, more than 150km (90 miles) off the coast of Gaza.

For more updates visit the Viva Palestina website:


David said...

Global Peace & Justice Auckland

Media Release:
1 June 2010

International outlaw – expel the Israeli embassy!

Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the New Zealand government to close the newly opened Israeli embassy in Wellington in the wake of the murder of 19 civilians on the flotilla of boats travelling to Gaza to break the Israeli blockade of the Gaza strip.

New Zealand must act now. GPJA has written to Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully urging the closure of the Israeli embassy and the ending of special arrangements for Israeli students visiting New Zealand. McCully says he wants to keep dialogue open but he is only talking with one side – the criminal side – of the Middle East conflict.

The United Nations representative in Gaza, John Ging, has called on the international community to breach the Israeli blockade of Gaza because of the humanitarian crisis in the territory. Israel maintains a chokehold and only allows a slow drip-feed of food, medical supplies and building materials to enter the Gaza strip.

The flotilla were merely responding to this international appeal for humanitarian support when they set out with 600 people from 30 countries and a cargo of hope for the beleaguered people of Gaza.

The Israeli attack on the unarmed flotilla which left the 19 people dead is just the latest in a long series of war crimes committed against the people of Gaza alongside flagrant breaches of international law by the Israeli state.

Israel is now desperately spinning a distorted account of the incident to try to deflect international criticism from its brutal, inhuman activities.

Israeli says the Gaza blockade is to stop rockets being smuggled into the area but this is a ruse. It is Israeli policies in the territory which are driving terrorism. The Palestinian resistance is fighting back against Israel in the same way the French resistance fought back against German occupation of France during World War II.

Israel is the rogue state whose policies towards Palestinians including the Israeli Arab population are the drivers of terrorism and the greatest threat to world peace and security anywhere.

GPJA Activists will be meeting on Wednesday at the Unite Union office at 7pm to plan a protest for Saturday in Auckland.

Mike Treen – 0295254744
John Minto – (09) 8463173 (H) or (09) 9741739 (W)

Anonymous said...


Kia ora folks.
Israel has killed 16 activists and aid workers on board ships sailing with aid supplies to break the siege of Gaza.

We can't stand by and let this happen. Worldwide protests are being planned and activists are already mobilising in Auckland.

We're convening an emergency meeting in Wellington to plan a protest response this Tuesday night (1 June) at 6pm at the Unite Office, Wellington Trades Hall, Vivian Street. The more people we have there the bigger the protest will be.

Spread the word amongst your networks.

Omar Hamed

Anonymous said...


Tonight, 7pm Unite office, 6a Western Springs Rd, Kingsland.