The Mavi Marmara, Lead Vessel in the Freedom Flotilla, Attacked in International Waters by Israeli Commandos on May 31st
On the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the Obama Administration continues to expand the nuclear weapons race into outer space; also, we’ll speak to three leading US figures in the movement to break the economic boycott on Gaza; and we’ll have an update on the decision by Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean to run for president of Haiti.
Fatima Mohammadi was on board the Mava Marmara on May 31 when it was attacked in international waters by Israeli commandos who killed nine activists and wounded many more in stopping the Turkish-flagged ship from running the Gaza blockade.
After the attack, the Israeli government quickly released video showing the commandos descending by ropes from helicopters onto the top deck, followed by a melee as some activists resisted with sticks and knives. Read the rest of this entry →
Today on Flashpoints, we continue our coverage of the cold blooded killing of a teenager by the border patrol in El Paso, Texas; we’ll have a report back on a vigil held last night at the bridge where the young man was gunned down; also, we’ll hear about the violent and deadly conditions that women now face in Haiti; and we’ll speak with Fatima Mohamadi, who was on board the Mavi Marmara of the Freedom Flotilla when it was attacked by Israeli commandos last week.
Today on Flashpoints, Amnesty International says recent convictions for the 1984 Union Carbide-Bhopal disaster are too little and too late; we’ll have a report on the continued suffering of tens of thousands who were wounded in the 1984 release of thousands of pounds of deadly chemicals; also, victims of Israel’s recent bloody commando raid on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla consider international legal action against Israel; we’ll have an update on the continuing BP oil gusher disaster in the Gulf; we’ll also be joined in the studio by Paul Larudee, who was heading for Gaza on the Mavi Marmara when commandos attacked, killed and beat passengers; finally, Nora Barrows-Friedman contrtibutes an interview with congressional candidate for tomorrow’s election, Marcy Winograd.
With a bloody raid on the “Freedom Flotilla,” Israel has demonstrated, once again, its willingness to kill innocents in order to sustain its punishing blockade on the Gaza strip, even when doing so raises more and more questions about nuclear-armed Israel’s national sanity.
Scholar Norman Finkelstein, author of a new book on Israel’s 2008-09 assault on Gaza entitled “This Time We’ve Gone Too Far,” deemed the attack on the six ships in international waters that left nine people dead Monday the actions of a “demented… lunatic state.”Read the rest of this entry →
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