I will be off to this soon.
Israeli soldiers have boarded the Rachel Corrie. An autopsy into the deaths of activists on the Mavi Marmara show that they were shot a total of 30 times. This totally trashes Israel’s insistence that the shootings were in self-defence. It looks more like execution style killings at that close range (especially as many were head shots…). And a ‘shoot to kill’ policy that was being operated, in other words murder. They came prepared to use violence.
Henning Mankell, who was on board the flotilla, wrote this: So in those 11 hours, I have time to take stock. We have been attacked while in international waters. That means the Israelis have behaved like pirates, no better than those who operate off the coast of Somalia. The moment they start to steer this ship towards Israel, we have also been kidnapped. The whole action is illegal.We try to talk among ourselves, work out what might happen, and not least how the Israelis could opt for a course of action that means painting themselves into a corner.
I listen to the blackbird. A song for those who died. Now it is still all left to do. So as not to lose sight of the goal, which is to lift the brutal blockade of Gaza. That will happen. Beyond that goal, others are waiting. Demolishing a system of apartheid takes time. But not an eternity.
See you on the demo.
Solidarity to the people of Gaza!