TRNN covers the Flotilla 2010, 2011

‘Fly-In’ Activists on Mass Deportation from Israel

July 10, 2011

While the remaining boats in the Free Gaza Movement’s flotilla are still trying to leave the Greek ports, activists from around the world organized a mass fly-in known as the Flytilla. The activists were invited by Palestinian groups in a campaign called "Welcome to Palestine" and intended to protest Israel’s practice of frequently denying the entry of activists and Diaspora Palestinians into the occupied Territories. The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky spoke with Laura Durkay, an American activist, while she was being held in the Ben Gurion airport and with Nadine Nasir, a Canadian of Palestinian origin who has been denied entry into Israel multiple times about the experience of Palestinians trying to enter Israel or the occupied Palestinian territories. Most of the hundreds of activists who participated in the Fly-in never left their countries. One hundred and twenty-four spent the weekend in an Israeli jail and are being deported in stages. After extensive interrogation, four were allowed entry.

Gaza Flotilla: The Media Battle in Israel

July 3, 2011

As the Flotilla boats to Gaza are prevented from leaving the Greek ports, the Israeli government congratulates its diplomatic efforts in pressuring Greece to stop the activists. Earlier in the week, the Israeli press cited an army debrief when all major newspapers reported the Flotilla activists will carry lethal acid on board their ships, according to army intelligence. The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky questions Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, and the Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, Yuli Edelstein. She also speaks with Huweida Arraf, the Co-Founder of the Free Gaza Movement, and Ofer Neiman, Editor of the Occupation Magazine about the Israeli coverage of the Flotilla to Gaza, and the media battle between government and activists.

Israel to Stop Flotilla "Without Physical Contact"

June 26, 2011

On Sunday, a convoy of activist ships known as the — Freedom Flotilla II — Stay Human — set sail for the shores of Gaza. The convoy is the tenth such attempt by the Gaza Freedom Movement to break the naval blockade on the strip. Ray McGovern, a retired CIA officer on board the US boat and Gerry MacLochlainn, an Irish politician, on board the Irish boat spoke to The Real News about the pressure the US and Israeli government put on Mediterranean countries to stop the Flotilla from sailing. Also on Sunday, the Israeli Government Press Office issued a release, warning foreign journalists that if they are on board the ships, they are liable to be banned from Israel for ten years. Joseph Dana, a journalist with The Nation and +972 Magazine spoke on why the Israeli government finds this activist effort so threatening. The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky also spoke with Lieutenant Colonel Avital Liebovitz about the Israeli navy’s intended response to the convoy.

UN: Israel Executed Flotilla Activists

September 30, 2010

UN Fact-Finding Mission Says Israelis "Executed" US Citizen Furkan Dogan Monday 27 September 2010 by: Gareth Porter, t r u t h o u t | Report Furkan Dogan, a 19-year-old US citizen of Turkish descent, was aboard the Mavi Marmara when he was killed by Israeli commandos.  The report of the fact-finding mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla released last week shows conclusively, for the first time, that US citizen Furkan Dogan and five Turkish citizens were murdered execution-style by Israeli commandos. The report reveals that Dogan, the 19-year-old US citizen of Turkish descent, was filming with a small video camera on the top deck of the Mavi Marmara when he was shot twice in the head, once in the back and in the left leg and foot and that he was shot in the face at point blank range while lying on the ground. The report says Dogan had apparently been "lying on the deck in a conscious or semi-conscious, state for some time" before being shot in his face. The forensic evidence that establishes that fact is "tattooing around the wound in his face," indicating that the shot was "delivered at point blank range."  The report describes the forensic evidence as showing that "the trajectory of the wound, from bottom to top, together with a vital abrasion to the left shoulder that could be consistent with the bullet exit point, is compatible with the shot being…

Channel 4: Gaza Blockade Under Pressure

June 6, 2010

There could be concessions from Israel on the Gaza Strip aid blockade, Channel 4 News International Editor Lindsey Hilsum reports from Ashdod, as it faces more international pressure after stopping another aid ship. The Israeli navy diverted the Rachel Corrie – the last of the so-called "freedom flotilla " containing thousands of tonnes of aid for Gaza, as well as activists from Ireland and elsewhere – without incident.   The ship, named after the American woman killed in Gaza in 2003, had ignored Israeli orders to divert to Israel’s Ashdod port where Israel had offered to unload the cargo and deliver it to Gaza before inspecting it. However, following the Israeli military intervention, it was escorted to Ashdod where the cargo was unloaded and the passengers were put onto buses to the airport to be deported. The Rachel Corrie continued with its mission despite Israeli forces killing nine activists on board a Turkish aid ship on Monday.   Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News International Editor, said that Israelis continued to support the blockade, despite the aid crisis in Gaza and international condemnation – although some alterations could be made to what kinds of items are blocked as a result of recent events, she said. "Most Israelis seem to agree with their government that the blockade of Gaza is necessary in order to weaken the Hamas government in Gaza and prevent it from getting weapons," she said. "But international reaction is now stepping up – with the White House saying that it is unsustainable, it has to change. "But nonethless Israel seems quite determined…they think that…