At least nine people have been killed after Israeli commandos stormed a convoy of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army says.
Armed forces boarded the largest vessel overnight, clashing with some of the 500 people on board.
It happened about 40 miles (64 km) out to sea, in international waters.
Israel says its soldiers were shot at and attacked with weapons; the activists say Israeli troops came on board shooting.
The activists were attempting to defy a blockade imposed by Israel after the Islamist movement Hamas took power in Gaza in 2007.
I have no ability to justify this government's actions. And they wonder why the world is, uh, mostly against them in how they are, uh "handling" their situation with the Palestinians? I think pretty much blockading them into an area, refusing even basic survival supplies to be provided to the people living there, not to mention the many times they just, shall we say, invaded the area and blanketed it with bombs, demolishing people's homes, businesses and livelihoods, speaks volumes about the evil that is inherent in the Israeli position.
Think Progress is on this as well.
UPDATE JUNE 1, 2010: This is our government's response:
“The situation is that they’re so isolated right now that it’s not only that we’re the only ones who will stick up for them,” said an American official. “We’re the only ones who believe them — and what they’re saying is true.”Holy Shit!