Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Never Forget: Gaza Flotilla

Exactly a year from today on 31st May 2010, while in international waters and en route to Gaza, Israeli Naval Forces communicated that a naval blockade over the Gaza area was in force and ordered the ships to follow them to Ashdod Port or to be boarded, the ships declined and were boarded in international waters.The boarding started at 2 a.m. on 31 May 2010 and was completed by 8.

Never Forget:

Where? International waters of the Mediterranean Sea
Target? Gaza-bound flotilla in international waters
Date? 31 May 2010
Executed by? Israeli Navy
Outcome? Seizing control of the ships and detaining the passengers
Casualties? 9 passengers killed and several dozen passengers and seven commandos injured.

AlJazeera's report on board of the Mavi Marmara before commuications were cut:

The aftermath of Israel's attack on Gaza Flotilla in pictures:

Protesters outside Downing Street in London.

Protesters in Amman, Jordan

Protesters in Nablus

To follow second-by-second tweets from all over the world about Gaza Flotilla, follow the hashtag #Marmara and #Flotilla on Twitter. My favourite tweets were these of Haya Al Shatti, a Kuwaiti activist who was on board of Gaza Flotilla last year:

في مثل هذا الوقت كبلونا وفتشونا وصعدونا لسطح السفينة في الشمس الحارقة..في مثل هذه الثواني استوعبت وقاحتهم وحقارتهم
وجوههم مغطاة بالكامل وصرختهم الرئيسية "سييت" اي اجلس و"واخد واخد" اي واحد واحد..وقبل ان يكلمونا يضعوا الرشاش وجهنا

Sources: AlJazeera's Blog and Wiki.

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