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Gaza Flotilla

The New Charity Paradigm: Gaza Freedom Flotilla Delivers Aid Plus Political Agenda

Blake Bromley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Blake Bromley

The Gaza Freedom flotilla is evidence of the shift that's taking place in international humanitarian aid. Since 2001, governments have declared aid organizations to be combatants when they help organizations considered to be terrorists.

Lucia Graves

Pelosi Declines To Denounce Gaza Blockade | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, when questioned about the Gaza blockade on Wednesday, refused to denounce it but expressed her regret over the Israeli rai...

Israel's Actions on the High Seas: Part Justified and Part Chutzpah

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The facts are under investigation, and time will tell which side was "legally" within its rights under international law. But legality rarely trumps public perception, and perception, not legal treatise, influences public opinion.

Israel Must Release the Full Raid Tapes

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Cenk Uygur

If the Israeli government is convinced they took the appropriate action in this case, they can go a long way toward proving that by giving us the whole tape. If not, we have to assume they're hiding something.

Stop Protesting and Start Talking

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

In response to the tragic events off the coast of Gaza this past weekend, I would like to suggest that the usual responses, which we are seeing in the form of mass protests, are actually not very helpful.

Elliott Abrams Giving Advice On The Middle East Is Like BP Giving Advice On Capping Oil Wells

Matthew Duss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Matthew Duss

It really must be understood how ridiculous it is for Elliott Abrams to presume to criticize the Obama administration for its handling of the Israel-Palestine file.

Israel Must Grow Up

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Patricia DeGennaro

This time Israel's government has gone too far. The storming of a civilian flotilla carrying 700 humanitarian activists and 10,000 tons of aid, in international waters at night, is reprehensible.

Thousands Gather In Chicago To Protest Israel's Raid On Gaza Aid Ship

HuffPost Eyes&Ears Local | Samira Said | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

More than 2,000 people - and a heavy police presence - crowded east Wacker Drive near the Consulate General of the Midwest to Israel for two hours Tue...

Is the Flotilla Attack a Game Changer?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Wolff

The Israeli view: If the noises we're hearing from the White House are going to mean we'll have to back down from our tough position, let's ratchet it up, so when we have to back down, we don't lose any ground.

White House Needs to Rethink Weak U.S. Response to Israeli Attack

John L. Esposito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John L. Esposito

Our government's lack-luster response to something that has elicited universal condemnation is as close to what the Israeli Government would want us to say as possible.

Israel's Actions Were Entirely Lawful Though Probably Unwise

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Alan Dershowitz

The international community has once again ganged up on Israel. In doing so, Israel's critics have failed to pinpoint precisely what Israel did that allegedly violates international law.

NATO Wants Probe Of Israeli Raid

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Pro-Palestinian activists sent another boat to challenge Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and Egypt declared it was te...

Time to Call Out Israel's Bad Behavior

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
James Zogby

What should the US do with Israel? If they are a friend and an ally we value, we tell them the truth. Tell them that their behavior is unacceptable and is only making the world more dangerous for us all.

Israeli Left Denounces IDF's Raid of the Freedom Flotilla

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mya Guarnieri

Some 2,000 demonstrators gathered outside Israel's Ministry of Defense late Monday to protest the military's violent raid on an aid flotilla that atte...

Journalists Censored And Arrested Covering Flotilla

Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Press watchdogs have condemned the arrests of several journalists and the censorship. The International Press Institute reported that two journalists ...

The IDF Soldiers Were Sent on a Mission That Defies Logic

Mickey Bergman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mickey Bergman

Where is Israel's political leadership that is brave enough to stand up and make the nuanced argument on why this was not about the individual soldiers' behavior, but about the decisions that sent them on a bad mission.

'Rachel Corrie' Aid Ship Headed Toward Gaza

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council called early Tuesday for an "impartial" investigation of Israel's deadly commando raid on ships takin...

Israel and Harman in Tandem: From High Seas to Airwaves

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The so-called smart money is on Harman in next Tuesday's primary, but the incumbent -- like the Israeli government -- has reason to worry. Sometimes, moral revulsion can topple defenders of the indefensible.

The Gaza Flotilla Is All the Proof You Need

Ami Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ami Kaufman

What more proof do you need to convince you, that these two children who have the audacity to call themselves "nations", will go on acting foolishly and kill each other until you put a stop to it?

Facebook Meets the Flotilla

Rabbi Daniel Gordis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rabbi Daniel Gordis

The loss of life is tragic. So are the injuries to soldiers, including serious head wounds. But most tragic of all is that the world is so willing to be blinded to what's really going on here.

Mourning, Not Politicizing, Gaza Flotilla's Dead and Wounded

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

What matters today, at least in any conversation which claims to be driven by spiritual or religious sensibilities, is the sadness at the loss of life and continued suffering on both sides of this conflict.

Israel Murders Human Rights Workers Delivering Humanitarian Aid

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

There should be an international investigation of crimes committed during and after Israel's armed attack on the Freedom Flotilla and prosecution of all Israeli officials and soldiers responsible.

Israel Attacks Gaza Freedom Flotilla

Omar Baddar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Omar Baddar

To appreciate how tough it is to explain their actions, all one has to do is imagine the opposite scenario: What if it were Hamas militants that attacked humanitarian ships in international waters on their way to deliver humanitarian aid to Israel?


Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gary S. Chafetz

The fact that Israeli commandos were allowed to kill 10--and possibly as many as 20--pro-Palestinian activists aboard a small flotilla of boats, presu...

Gaza Boat Raid: Obama Administration Expresses Concern

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey withdrew its ambassador to Israel and called for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council as condemnations erup...