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Hamas invites Ahamdinejad to Gaza

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad smiles while attending the 17th International Festival and Fair of Press and News Agencies closing ceremony in Tehran November 1, 2010. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl )

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Islamist group calls on Iranian president to visit Strip after his October tour of Lebanon, however estimates say visit unlikely to take place.

November 09, 2010 (KATAKAMI / YNET) — Hamas has invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamdinejad to visit the Gaza Strip on Monday. Ahmed Youssef, deputy Hamas foreign minister told Iranian news agency Fars that a visit from the Iranian president would lift the spirits of “the resistance front” as it did with Hezbollah in Lebanon last month.

“We are certain his visit would be very significant,” Youssef said in an interview with the news agency. Iran has yet to provide an official response to the invitation, however such a visit is unlikely to take place as Iranian officials do not usually visit the Gaza Strip, despite politically supporting Hamas.

Hamas sources confirmed that Ahmadinejad had been invited to Gaza as part of Palestinian efforts to break the blockade. They told Ynet that the Iranian president had a positive response to the invitation. Nevertheless, Gaza elements estimated the visit is not likely to occur in the near future.

Last month, Ahmadinejad held his first visit to Lebanon, during which he met with Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. Tens of thousands of Lebanese rallied in his honor across the country including in Bint Jbeil and Kafr Kana.

Ahmadinejad’s visit was meant to send a message of support to Hezbollah and assist the Shiite group in its internal conflict ahead of an international report on the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. (*)

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Hamas slams German foreign minister’s refusal to meet

Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (4th R) stands in front of students during a visit to a United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school in Gaza City November 8, 2010. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

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Militant group furious at snub from Guido Westerwelle during Gaza visit.

November 08, 2010 (KATAKAMI / HAARETZ) — The Hamas administration in the Gaza on Monday slammed as “insulting” the refusal by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle to meet it while visiting the strip.

Senior Hamas leader and legislator Kamal Shrafi said that while the Islamist Palestinian movement welcomed a visit by an official of his standing, it was “completely wrong to come to Gaza and not meet with the legal government’s representative.”

Westerwelle is the first German government official to visit the Gaza Strip in nearly four years. On Monday, he visited a girls’ school and toured a water treatment plant.

He said he would not meet Hamas over its repeated refusal to renounce violence, honour previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements and accept Israel’s right to resist. Hamas, which has administered the Gaza Strip since June 2007, is subject to a Western diplomatic boycott.

“We really condemn the refusal of officials and diplomats to hold talks with the Palestinian government, which was legally elected with transparency by the Palestinian people. Every official arriving in Gaza did not meet with anybody here, and this is really
insulting,” Shrafi said.

Hamas won the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections, but a unity government set up with President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party was dismissed after Hamas militants routed security officials loyal to Abbas and the Palestinian Authority and seized full control of the enclave.

Abbas also dismissed Hamas leader Ismail Haniya from his post of prime minister, a dismissal Hamas did not accept.

“We are legal government, and I believe that it is completely wrong to come to Gaza and not meet with the legal government’s representatives,” Shrafi said.

Westerwelle also met with Gaza businessmen Monday to discuss economic problems in the enclave, which has been under an Israeli blockade since the summer of 2006.

At a press conference along with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman in Jerusalem following his arrival on Sunday, Westerwelle called on Israel to allow exports to leave Gaza, saying such a move was “necessary.”

Israel imposed its blockade after militants from the enclave, led by Hamas, launched a raid in which they snatched an Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, who is still being held.

The blockade was significantly tightened after the Hamas seizure of the Strip, but was eased in the summer of this year, although Israel still does not permit exports to leave.(*)

Germany’s Foreign Minister called on Hamas to free captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, during a visit to the Gaza Strip

Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (L) stands next to Noam Shalit, father of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, at the start of their meeting in Jerusalem November 7, 2010. Shalit was captured by Palestinian militants who tunnelled from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel in June 2006. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun )

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November 08, 2010 (KATAKAMI / Jpost) — Westerwelle says his country sees speedy return of soldier to his family as humane step; comments come a day after meetings with Noam Schalit, Lieberman, Shimon Peres in J’lem.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Monday called on Hamas to free captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, during a visit to the Gaza Strip.

He urged the terror group to “finally free this young man, after so many years in captivity.”

Westerwelle says his country sees speedy return of soldier to his family as humane step; comments come a day after meetings with Noam Schalit, Lieberman, Peres in J’lem.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Monday called on Hamas to free captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, during a visit to the Gaza Strip.

He urged the terror group to “finally free this young man, after so many years in captivity.”

Westerwelle stressed that Germany views the speedy return of Schalit to his family as the humane step.

His comments came a day after a meeting with the soldier’s father, Noam Schalit, as well as President Shimon Peres, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat in Jerusalem.

During a press conference after their Sunday meeting, Lieberman said that the biggest threat to the Middle East is Iran.

“Not only Iran with its nuclear problem, but Iran through its proxies in its terrorist activity in all our regions. We see Iranian activities through proxies in Lebanon through Hizbullah, in the Palestinian Authority through Hamas, their deep involvement in Iraq, in Yemen, in Somalia and, of course, this threat may be the biggest threat that we are facing as a Western society, as a free society in the modern world,” Lieberman told his German counterpart.

He also said that while Israel has a “political dispute” with the Palestinians, it also has “very good cooperation with the Palestinians on the security level and on economy.”

Westerwelle referred to Schalit, saying that Germany has an “abolultely clear position” that the soldier be “released very soon.”

“We think that our Israeli friends know that they can count on us. And I do not want to comment any further because it is very important that we help the family, that we help this poor young man and that we see him as soon as possible, safe and healthy, back in the arms of his family,” the German foreign minister said.  (*)

Iranian intelligence chief meets Khaled Mashaal in Damascus

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October 31, 2010 (KATAKAMI / YNET) — Iranian Intelligence Minister Haidar Moslehi met in Damascus with Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal, who at the end of their meeting said they discussed the conflict with Israel.

The Iranian IRNA news agency reported that Moslehi, who is on a 3-day visit to Syria, also met with Islamic Jihad Chief Ramadan Shalah.

 

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Hamas and Fatah declare start of negotiations

The rival parties are scheduled to meet next week to discuss ending their current dispute; news comes after arrests in West Bank, Gaza Strip.

October 24, 2010 (KATAKAMI / Jpost) —  Hamas announced on Sunday that it has reached an agreement with Fatah to hold a meeting next week to discuss ways of ending their dispute.

The announcement came as tensions between the two rival parties continued to mount following the arrest of Hamas and Fatah supporters in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Moreover, the war of words between the two sides continues to escalate despite the talk about a possible reconciliation.

Hamas and Fatah representatives were scheduled to meet in Damascus last week in another bid to end the crisis.

However, the meeting was canceled following a heated altercation between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Syrian President Bashar Assad during the recent Arab summit in Libya.

Abbas’s aides accused Assad of “humiliating” the PA president by accusing him of succumbing to Israeli and American pressure to return to the negotiating table with Israel and abandoning the armed struggle option.

The two sides have yet to agree on the venue of next week’s meeting.

However, Salah Bardaweel, a Hamas legislator and spokesman in the Gaza Strip, said he did not rule out the possibility that the meeting would still be held in the Syrian capital.

Bardaweel denied claims that the political platforms of Hamas and Fatah were identical.

“Fatah leaders should not waste their time searching for similarities in the political platforms of Hamas and Fatah,” he said. “The only thing we could have in common is not recognizing Israel’s existence.”

The Hamas official said that even if his movement accepted a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, it won’t relinquish its claim to historic Palestine, “from the sea to the river.”

Bardaweel was commenting on remarks made by Osama Qawasmeh, a Fatah spokesman in the West Bank, who claimed over the weekend that Hamas too recognized Israel’s right to exist.

Qawasmeh claimed that Hamas was ready to recognize Israel’s existence if a Palestinian state were to be established in the entire West Bank, Gaza Strip and eastern Jerusalem.

Azzam Ahmed, head of the Fatah delegation to the talks with Hamas, said that the talks would focus on an Egyptian proposal that was presented to the two parties last year to end the conflict. Ahmed said that Fatah and Hamas have yet to agree on a number of points in the proposal, including holding new elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, reconstructing the Palestinian security forces and the release of prisoners held by both sides.

The Fatah representative denied that an Israeli or American “veto” was preventing his faction from signing a deal with Hamas. “Fatah’s will is stronger than any American veto,” he said. “That’s why we already accepted the Egyptian reconciliation plan. Also, we won’t allow Israel to intervene in the internal affairs of the Palestinians.”

In a related development, Hamas accused Fatah-controlled security forces in the West Bank of arresting “Islamic scholar” Majed Hassan less than two weeks after he was released from Israeli prison.

Hassan, a resident of Ramallah, served three years in an Israeli prison and was released on October 7. Since then he had been summoned three times for interrogation by different branches of the Palestinian security forces in the West Bank. On Sunday he was summoned for the third time and arrested in a PA prison in Ramallah.

 

Photostream : Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh welcomes international peace activists inside al-Garbi mosque at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City

Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh gives a speech to Palestinians and international peace activists inside al-Garbi mosque at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City October 22, 2010. Hundreds of international peace activists arrived in Gaza on Thursday in a convoy carrying humanitarian supplies, to show solidarity with Palestinians in the blockaded Gaza Strip, an official in the convoy said. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Suhaib Salem )

Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (L) welcomes international peace activists and his supporters inside al-Garbi mosque at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City October 22, 2010. Hundreds of international peace activists arrived in Gaza on Thursday in a convoy carrying humanitarian supplies, to show solidarity with Palestinians in the blockaded Gaza Strip, an official in the convoy said. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Suhaib Salem )

Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (C) is surrounded by his bodyguard as he welcomes international peace activists at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City October 22, 2010. Hundreds of international peace activists arrived in Gaza on Thursday in a convoy carrying humanitarian supplies, to show solidarity with Palestinians in the blockaded Gaza Strip, an official in the convoy said. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Suhaib Salem )

International peace activist hold Palestinian flag as their aid convoy wait to cross in to Gaza at the Rafah border Crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010. The aid convoy arrived in the Gaza Strip overland from Egypt on Thursday to a warm welcome from the territory's Islamic militant, The convoy was organized by 'Viva Palestina,' headed by former British member of parliament George Galloway. Egypt banned Galloway from accompanying the convoy because of previous clashes with Egyptian security. Hamas official Ahmed Youssef said the aid is worth about $5 million and includes 137 used vehicles for ambulances and transport. (Getty Images / AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

Carter: Hamas eager to renew talks for Shalit’s release

Member of the 'Council of Elders' Delegation former U.S. President Jimmy Carter listens to Palestinian residents (not seen) during a visit to the Elders Delegation in the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on October 21, 2010 in East Jerusalem. The Elders, an independent council of retired world figures, visited the neighbourhood to speak with Palestinian residents whose homes are facing demolition. (Photo : Ammar Awad - Pool/Getty Images)

October 21,2 010 (KATAKAMI / HAARETZ) — The Elders hold meetings with Hamas officials, discuss stalled negotiations for Shalit’s release and Middle East peace talks.

Former American President Jimmy Carter said Thursday that Hamas was interested in renewing negotiations for a prisoner swap deal in exchange for captive Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit.

“They let us know… they are very eager to proceed,” Carter told reporters in East Jerusalem several days after meeting Hamas officials in Syria.

Top Hamas official Musa Abu Marzuq confirmed Saturday reports recently denied by the Hamas party that the German mediator, Gerhard Conrad, visited the coastal enclave two weeks ago in a bid to resume the frozen negotiations.

“They are very glad that the German negotiator has been back on the scene lately and that Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu has made some positive statements about a prisoner exchange,” Carter said, adding that “they maintained that they are very eager to have a swap but they are demanding the release of some prisoners that are not acceptable to the Israeli negotiators.”

The former president, who arrived in Israel with a delegation of former world leaders, The Elders, held meetings with Hamas officials in Syria, during which they discussed the stalled negotiations fro Shalit’s release and Middle East peace talks.

Shalit was kidnapped by Gaza militants in a cross-border raid in 2006 and has been held by Hamas since. Hamas has demanded the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons in exchange for Shalit’s freedom.

The negotiations have been stuck in recent months following Conrad’s failure to reach a deal. The previous round of talks broke down due to Israel’s rejection of Hamas’s demands.

The Elders delegation includes, besides Carter, former Irish president Mary Robinson and former UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.

During the Elders’ visit to the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, carter criticized the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and said that East Jerusalem should be the capitol of a Palestinian state.

In the past week the Elders have visited Syria, Ramallah, Gaza, Egypt and Jordan. Carter, however, did not join the Elder’s visit to Gaza on Saturday.

During their visit on Syria on Tuesday, Carter called for Israel to lift completely its blockade on the Gaza Strip. Despite the U.S. and the European Union’s labeling of Hamas as a terrorist organization, The Elders met with exiled Hamas politburo leader Khaled Meshal, as Carter has done during previous regional visits.

Following their talks with Assad and Meshal, The Elders said people in the region have “very low expectations” that the current U.S.-led talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which excluded Hamas, would succeed.

 

PM Netanyahu Urges Russia to Pressure Hamas for Gilad Shalit Release

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – JUNE 27: In this handout image provided by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyau (R) meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov June 27, 2010 in Jerusalem, Israel.


Photostream : Israeli Soldier Gilad Shalit Still Alive: http://wp.me/pL1vT-1sO

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Medvedev to Mashaal: Free Gilad Schalit

Junw 29, 2010

(San Francisco Sentinel.Com)   Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday asked Russia to exert influence on Hamas to bring about the immediate release of captured Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit.

In talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Netanyahu asked Moscow to take advantage of its relations with the Islamist group to push for a prisoner swap deal that would free Shalit after four years in captivity.

The family of the abducted soldier, seized by Palestinian militants in a 2006 cross-border raid from the Gaza Strip, arrived in the Haifa area on Tuesday with some 3,000 supporters on the third day of a protest march to the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem.

Marchers aim to reach Jerusalem on Friday after setting out on Sunday from the Shalit family home in the Galilee town of Mitzpeh Hila.

Shalit’s parents, Noam and Aviva, said last week that they would remain in a protest tent outside Netanyahu’s residence until their son was released and could go home with them.

Also on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said following his meeting with Lavrov that there was “absolutely no chance of reaching a Palestinian state before the year 2012″.

Lieberman reportedly told Lavrov, who arrived in Israel on an official visit, that Israel opposed Russia’s recent advances toward Hamas. Lavrov responded that it was impossible to ignore the Islamist organization’s popularity amongst Palestinians, particularly in Gaza.

The reported closed-door disagreement quickly became a public one, as the Russian minister openly defended his country’s Middle East policy.

“Russia is doing the right thing by contacting Hamas,” adding that “doing nothing would help no one,” Lavrov said in a joint press conference with Lieberman. “In all our talks with Hamas we have tried to convince them to switch to the political track, and support the Arab peace initiative.”

Lieberman, in turn, dismissed the disagreement, saying that the fact that the two nations were conducting dialogue in the matter was no secret.

PM Netanyahu Urges Russia to Pressure Hamas for Gilad Shalit Release

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – JUNE 27: In this handout image provided by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyau (R) meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov June 27, 2010 in Jerusalem, Israel.


Photostream : Israeli Soldier Gilad Shalit Still Alive: http://wp.me/pL1vT-1sO

PM Netanyahu : My heart is with Shalit, family. : http://wp.me/pL1vT-1t2

Medvedev to Mashaal: Free Gilad Schalit

Junw 29, 2010

(San Francisco Sentinel.Com)   Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday asked Russia to exert influence on Hamas to bring about the immediate release of captured Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit.

In talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Netanyahu asked Moscow to take advantage of its relations with the Islamist group to push for a prisoner swap deal that would free Shalit after four years in captivity.

The family of the abducted soldier, seized by Palestinian militants in a 2006 cross-border raid from the Gaza Strip, arrived in the Haifa area on Tuesday with some 3,000 supporters on the third day of a protest march to the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem.

Marchers aim to reach Jerusalem on Friday after setting out on Sunday from the Shalit family home in the Galilee town of Mitzpeh Hila.

Shalit’s parents, Noam and Aviva, said last week that they would remain in a protest tent outside Netanyahu’s residence until their son was released and could go home with them.

Also on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said following his meeting with Lavrov that there was “absolutely no chance of reaching a Palestinian state before the year 2012″.

Lieberman reportedly told Lavrov, who arrived in Israel on an official visit, that Israel opposed Russia’s recent advances toward Hamas. Lavrov responded that it was impossible to ignore the Islamist organization’s popularity amongst Palestinians, particularly in Gaza.

The reported closed-door disagreement quickly became a public one, as the Russian minister openly defended his country’s Middle East policy.

“Russia is doing the right thing by contacting Hamas,” adding that “doing nothing would help no one,” Lavrov said in a joint press conference with Lieberman. “In all our talks with Hamas we have tried to convince them to switch to the political track, and support the Arab peace initiative.”

Lieberman, in turn, dismissed the disagreement, saying that the fact that the two nations were conducting dialogue in the matter was no secret.

PM Netanyahu to Lavrov: Pressure Hamas

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – JUNE 27: In this handout image provided by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyau (R) meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov June 27, 2010 in Jerusalem, Israel.

Photostream : Israeli Soldier Gilad Shalit Still Alive: http://wp.me/pL1vT-1sO

PM Netanyahu : My heart is with Shalit, family. : http://wp.me/pL1vT-1t2

Medvedev to Mashaal: Free Gilad Schalit

June 29, 2010

(JERUSALEM POST)  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Tuesday afternoon, and asked him to “put heavy pressure on Hamas.”

Netanyahu asked Lavrov to use Russia’s ties with the terror organization to help free captive soldier Gilad Schalit.

Lavrov had met with Foreign Minister Avigdor Leiberman earlier Tuesday, who criticized the Russian FM for his country’s continued ties to Hamas.

Lavrov plans to continue to Ramallah and Cairo on his trip to the Middle East.

The latest appeal from Netanyahu comes on the third day of the continuing “Freedom March” in solidarity with Schalit. The soldier’s mother, Aviva Schalit, said that the Israeli government had failed a number of times in negotiating her son’s release.

PM Netanyahu to Lavrov: Pressure Hamas

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – JUNE 27: In this handout image provided by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyau (R) meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov June 27, 2010 in Jerusalem, Israel.

Photostream : Israeli Soldier Gilad Shalit Still Alive: http://wp.me/pL1vT-1sO

PM Netanyahu : My heart is with Shalit, family. : http://wp.me/pL1vT-1t2

Medvedev to Mashaal: Free Gilad Schalit

June 29, 2010

(JERUSALEM POST)  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Tuesday afternoon, and asked him to “put heavy pressure on Hamas.”

Netanyahu asked Lavrov to use Russia’s ties with the terror organization to help free captive soldier Gilad Schalit.

Lavrov had met with Foreign Minister Avigdor Leiberman earlier Tuesday, who criticized the Russian FM for his country’s continued ties to Hamas.

Lavrov plans to continue to Ramallah and Cairo on his trip to the Middle East.

The latest appeal from Netanyahu comes on the third day of the continuing “Freedom March” in solidarity with Schalit. The soldier’s mother, Aviva Schalit, said that the Israeli government had failed a number of times in negotiating her son’s release.

Photostream : Reactions to the Gaza Flotilla Tragedy

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators wave signboards ...
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators wave signboards as an orthodox Jewish man crosses the street, across from the Israeli mission to the United Nations, in New York, May 31, 2010. Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza on Monday and at least nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed, triggering a diplomatic crisis and an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council. European nations, as well as the United Nations and Turkey, voiced shock and outrage at the bloody end to the international campaigners’ bid to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators wave signboards ...
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators wave signboards across from the Israeli mission to the United Nations, in New York, May 31, 2010. Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza on Monday and at least nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed, triggering a diplomatic crisis and an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council. European nations, as well as the United Nations and Turkey, voiced shock and outrage at the bloody end to the international campaigners’ bid to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip
A man with a sign promoting Islam walks towards ...
A protestor walks with a sign promoting Islam towards pro-Palestinian demonstrators, across the street from the Israeli mission to the United Nations, in New York, May 31, 2010. Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza on Monday and at least nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed, triggering a diplomatic crisis and an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council. European nations, as well as the United Nations and Turkey, voiced shock and outrage at the bloody end to the international campaigners’ bid to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip
Israels Foreign Minister Lieberman addresses ...
Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman addresses the media during a news conference in Jerusalem May 31, 2010. Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza on Monday and 10 pro-Palestinian activists were killed, triggering a diplomatic crisis and plans for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council.

Israeli Navy Soldier Describes the Violent Mob Aboard Mavi Marmara

Weapons Found on the Flotilla Ship Mavi Marmara Used by Activists Against IDF Soldiers

Close-Up Footage of Mavi Marmara Passengers Attacking IDF Soldiers, 31 May 2010

Pictures of the weapons found on the Mavi Marmara ship where today, when IDF soldiers attempted to board the ship and redirect it to the Ashdod Port, the activists on board lynched the soldiers in a planned attack. They used knives, metal rods, firebombs and other weapons to attack the soldiers. The violence resulted in the deaths of nine activists and seven IDF soldiers were wounded in the process. All casualties were evacuated from the ship and taken to hospitals in Israel.

Pictures of the weapons found on the Mavi Marmara ship where today, when IDF soldiers attempted to board the ship and redirect it to the Ashdod Port, the activists on board lynched the soldiers in a planned attack. They used knives, metal rods, firebombs and other weapons to attack the soldiers. The violence resulted in the deaths of nine activists and seven IDF soldiers were wounded in the process. All casualties were evacuated from the ship and taken to hospitals in Israel.

Israel faces storm over deadly raid on Gaza aid ...
An image grab taken from a video released by the Israeli navy shows, according to the Israeli military, passengers of Turkish aid ship Mavi Marmara, one of the ships in the “Freedom Flotilla”, attacking Israeli soldiers during a pre-dawn assault
U.N. Security Council meets on Gaza flotilla
Israeli naval vessels approach the port of Ashdod May 31, 2010. The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss Israel’s storming of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
Israel faces questions as it grills Gaza activists

Israeli soldiers ride aboard a naval vessel in the Mediterranean Sea May 31, 2010

Israel faces storm over deadly raid on Gaza aid ...
Israeli soldiers raid a ship as the navy intercepts a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew home to Israel Tuesday, cancelling a visit to Washington as an international outcry grew over its deadly commando raid on Gaza aid ships.
Commando, Mavi Marmara Ship, Helicopter, Rappel, ...
This image made from video provided by the Israeli Defence Force on Monday, May 31, 2010 shows what the IDF says is a clash between commandos being dropped by helicopter and people aboard the Mavi Marmara ship in the Mediterranean Sea. Israeli commandos rappelled down to an aid flotilla sailing to thwart a Gaza blockade on Monday, clashing with pro-Palestinian activists on the lead ship in a raid that left at least nine passengers dead
Mideast Israel Palestinians, Mavi Marmara, Ship
This image made from video provided by the Israeli Defence Force on Monday, May 31, 2010 shows what the IDF says is the Mavi Marmara ship, part of the aid flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea. Israeli commandos rappelled down to an aid flotilla sailing to thwart a Gaza blockade on Monday, clashing with pro-Palestinian activists on the lead ship in a raid that left at least nine passengers dead.
Egypts Muslim Brotherhood members shout ...
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood members shout anti-Israel slogans in front of Al-Fath Mosque in Cairo May 31, 2010. Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt were protesting against Israel’s interception of a convoy of Gaza-bound aid ships. Israeli commandos stormed a convoy of Gaza-bound aid ships on Monday and more than 10 of the mostly international activists aboard were killed, provoking a diplomatic crisis and Palestinian charges of a “massacre”.
Palestinian flashes a victory sign in front of ...
A Palestinian flashes a victory sign in front of a Palestinian flag during a demonstration in Rome May 31, 2010. Israel’s storming of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla set off a diplomatic furore, drawing criticism from friends and foes alike and straining ties with regional ally Turkey, which called off planned joint military exercises.
Demonstrators shout slogans as they hold a Palestinian ...
Demonstrators shout slogans as they hold a Palestinian flag during an anti-Israel protest in front of Chamber of Commerce Israel-Catalunya in Barcelona May 31, 2010. Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza on Monday and 10 pro-Palestinian activists were killed, triggering a diplomatic crisis and plans for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council.

Pictures of the weapons found on the Mavi Marmara ship where today, when IDF soldiers attempted to board the ship and redirect it to the Ashdod Port, the activists on board lynched the soldiers in a planned attack. They used knives, metal rods, firebombs and other weapons to attack the soldiers. The violence resulted in the deaths of nine activists and seven IDF soldiers were wounded in the process. All casualties were evacuated from the ship and taken to hospitals in Israel.

Pictures of the weapons found on the Mavi Marmara ship where today, when IDF soldiers attempted to board the ship and redirect it to the Ashdod Port, the activists on board lynched the soldiers in a planned attack. They used knives, metal rods, firebombs and other weapons to attack the soldiers. The violence resulted in the deaths of nine activists and seven IDF soldiers were wounded in the process. All casualties were evacuated from the ship and taken to hospitals in Israel.

Egyptian protestors shout anti-Israeli slogans ...
Egyptian protestors shout anti-Israeli slogans during a protest against Israel’s naval commando raid on a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the Gaza Strip, outside Al Fateh mosque in Cairo, Egypt, late Monday, May 31, 2010. Israeli commandos rappelled down to an aid flotilla sailing to thwart a Gaza blockade on Monday, clashing with pro-Palestinian activists on the lead ship in a botched raid that left at least nine passengers dead.
Turkish activists wear life jackets after receiving ...
Turkish activists wear life jackets after receiving information of approaching of Israeli military ships, as they hold a news conference on board the Mavi Marmara ship in the Mediterranean Sea, late Sunday, May 30, 2010, shortly before Israeli naval commandos stormed their flotilla of vessels carrying pro-Palestinian activists and aid destined for Gaza
A demonstrator wearing an Israeli flag is confronted ...
A demonstrator wearing an Israeli flag is confronted by pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathering outside the Israeli Embassy in London, Monday, May 31, 2010. Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday, killing nine passengers in a botched raid that provoked international outrage and a diplomatic crisis.
Egypts Muslim Brotherhood members shouts ...
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood members shouts anti-Israeli slogans in front of Al-Fath Mosque in Cairo May 31, 2010. Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt were protesting against Israel’s interception of a convoy of Gaza-bound aid ships. Israeli commandos stormed a convoy of Gaza-bound aid ships on Monday and more than 10 of the mostly international activists aboard were killed, provoking a diplomatic crisis and Palestinian charges of a “massacre”
Egypts Muslim Brotherhood members shouts ...
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood members shouts anti-Israeli slogans in front of Al-Fath Mosque in Cairo May 31, 2010. Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt were protesting against Israel’s interception of a convoy of Gaza-bound aid ships. Israeli commandos stormed a convoy of Gaza-bound aid ships on Monday and more than 10 of the mostly international activists aboard were killed, provoking a diplomatic crisis and Palestinian charges of a “massacre”.
A youth attends a pro-Palestinian demonstration ...
A youth attends a pro-Palestinian demonstration outside the Israeli Embassy in London, Monday, May 31, 2010. Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday, killing nine passengers in a botched raid that provoked international outrage and a diplomatic crisis
A Palestinian boy holds an islamic flag during ...
A Palestinian boy holds an islamic flag during a demonstration outside the Israeli embassy in Athens on Monday, May 31, 2010. Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday, killing nine passengers in a botched raid that provoked international outrage and a diplomatic crisis.
Members of the U.N. Security Council meet at ...
Members of the U.N. Security Council meet at the United Nations, Monday, May 31, 2010. Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday, killing nine passengers in a botched raid that provoked international outrage and a diplomatic crisis.
Israeli Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations ...
Israeli Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Daniel Carmon speaks at the Security Council, Monday, May 31, 2010, at the United Nations. Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday, killing nine passengers in a botched raid that provoked international outrage and a diplomatic crisis.
Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations ...
Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Monsour walks out of the Security Council meeting when Israeli Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Daniel Carmon begins to speak, Monday, May 31, 2010, at the United Nations. Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday, killing nine passengers in a botched raid that provoked international outrage and a diplomatic crisis
Advisors gather around Turkish Foreign Minister ...
Advisors gather around Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (seated) before an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council at United Nations Headquarters in New York, May 31, 2010. The council held an emergency meeting on Monday, convened at the request of Turkey and Lebanon, to discuss Israel’s storming of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza on Monday and at least 10 pro-Palestinian activists were killed, sparking widespread condemnation.
Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations ...
Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Alejandro Wolf addresses the Security Council, Monday, May 31, 2010, at the United Nations. Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday, killing nine passengers in a botched raid that provoked international outrage and a diplomatic crisis.
British Ambassador to the United Nations Grant ...
ritish Ambassador to the United Nations Mark Lyall Grant (L) listens as U.S. Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Alejandro Wolff speaks during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council at United Nations Headquarters in New York May 31, 2010. The council held an emergency meeting on Monday, convened at the request of Turkey and Lebanon, to discuss Israel’s storming of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza on Monday and at least 10 pro-Palestinian activists were killed, sparking widespread condemnation
British Ambassador to the U.N. Grant speaks during ...
British Ambassador to the United Nations Mark Lyall Grant speaks during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council at United Nations Headquarters in New York May 31, 2010. The council held an emergency meeting on Monday, convened at the request of Turkey and Lebanon, to discuss Israel’s storming of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza on Monday and at least 10 pro-Palestinian activists were killed, sparking widespread condemnation.
At least nine dead as Israeli commandos storm ...
A pro-Palestinian activist is evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. Israeli navy commandos stormed a Gaza-bound aid flotilla early Monday, killing at least nine pro-Palestinian activists, sparking global outrage and plunging the Jewish state into a diplomatic crisis.
A man with the Palestinian flag painted on his ...
A man with the Palestinian flag painted on his face attends a demonstration during an anti-Israel protest in front of Chamber of Commerce Israel-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, May 31, 2010. Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday, killing nine passengers in a botched raid that provoked international outrage and a diplomatic crisis.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Emine Erdogon
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a press conference at the international airport in Santiago, Monday May 31, 2010. Erdogan suspended his official trip to Chile after Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip, killing at least 10 passengers in a predawn raid that has set off worldwide condemnation and a diplomatic crisis.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Emine Erdogon
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, top, accompanied by his wife Emine Erdogon, second from left, leaves after a press conference at the international airport in Santiago, Monday May 31, 2010. Erdogan suspended his official trip to Chile after Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip, killing at least 10 passengers in a predawn raid that has set off worldwide condemnation and a diplomatic crisis.
Hamas acting parliamentary speaker Bahar ...
Hamas’ acting parliamentary speaker Ahmed Bahar (L) and Senior Hamas leaders Ismail Haniyeh (C) and Mohammed Shama sit in a mourning tent at Gaza seaport to show solidarity with pro-Palestinian activists killed by Israeli marines May 31, 2010. Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza on Monday and 9 pro-Palestinian activists were killed, triggering a diplomatic crisis and plans for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council.
Hamas Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, center, ...
Hamas Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, center, visits the sea port in Gaza City, Monday, May 31, 2010. Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday, killing nine passengers in a botched raid that provoked international outrage and a diplomatic crisis. Haniyeh condemned the ‘brutal’ Israeli attack and called on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to intervene.
Pro-Palestinian activists, carrying a giant Palestinian ...
Pro-Palestinian activists, carrying a giant Palestinian flag, stage a protest on the Champs Elysees, near the Israeli embassy, in Paris, Monday, May 31, 2010. Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday, killing nine passengers in a botched raid that provoked international outrage and a diplomatic crisis
Protesters burn a Star of David during a demonstration ...
Protesters burn a Star of David during a demonstration outside the Israeli consulate in Istanbul, Monday, May 31, 2010. Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday, killing nine passengers in a botched raid that provoked international outrage and a diplomatic crisis.
Left-wing Israeli activist holds placard during ...
A left-wing Israeli activist holds a placard during a protest outside the Defence Ministry in Tel Aviv against the storming of a Gaza-bound ship May 31, 2010. Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza on Monday and 9 pro-Palestinian activists were killed, triggering a diplomatic crisis and plans for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council
Demonstrators shout slogans as they hold Palestinian ...
Demonstrators shout slogans as they hold Palestinian flags during an anti-Israel protest in front of Chamber of Commerce Israel-Catalunya in Barcelona May 31, 2010. Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza on Monday and 10 pro-Palestinian activists were killed, triggering a diplomatic crisis and plans for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council.
Two women hold a Palestinian banner during an ...
Two women hold a Palestinian banner during an anti-Israel protest in Valencia May 31, 2010. Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza on Monday and 10 pro-Palestinian activists were killed, triggering a diplomatic crisis and plans for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council.