Hovhanness83 — June 01, 2010
IDF Boarding Gaza Aid Flotilla 31.05.2010
GRITtv: Norman Finkelstein & Huwaida Arraf: Israel’s Attack
On Monday, Israeli commandoes boarded ships in the “Freedom Flotilla” attempting to bring humanitarian aid to residents of still-blockaded Gaza. The aggressive response by Israel turned deadly, with at least nine activists killed. The international community has reacted with shock and outrage; protests have erupted around the world outside Israeli embassies, with protesters even teargassed in Paris. Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled a long awaited meeting surrounding peace talks with President Obama and headed back to Israel to do damage control, and Turkey, from where the flotilla departed, has recalled its ambassador and issued a travel warning to its citizens. Huwaida Arraf was on one of the ships; she joins us via phone from Ramallah, along with Norman Finkelstein, to tell us what happened to her and offer some analysis on the situation.
GRITtv: Richard Falk: “Shameful Thing” in Gaza
“My statement wasn’t strong enough,” says UN special rapporteur Richard Falk of his condemnation of the killings of humanitarian volunteers by Israeli commandoes on the “Freedom Flotilla” this Monday. Falk is the Special Rapporteur on Occupied Palestinian Territories for the United Nations Human Rights Council, and he joins us via Skype to discuss the reaction of the international community, the way he and other advocates for Gaza have been and are treated, and more.