Posted June 1, 2010
Early Monday morning, Israeli military forces attacked the six-vessel Gaza Freedom Flotilla, killing nearly twenty civilians on board the Mavi Marmara. The Flotilla had been organized to carry 10,000 tons of desperately needed humanitarian supplies to Gaza, which has been under siege since January 2009. Electronic Intifada has an article about the assault. The Real News Network has produced this video:
In response, protests are being held worldwide to stand against Israel’s repeated violations of human rights.
Some cities held initial emergency actions on Monday afternoon. Rayorossa sent in a report and photographs on the New York City demonstration:
On May 31, more than a thousand protestors gathered in Times Square, which was already packed with tourists, after a call by Palestinian solidarity organizations including Al-Awda NY, the Gaza Freedom March, American Muslims for Palestine, and Neturei Karta.
The organizers asked people to call the State Department and Congressional representatives to demand that all aid to Israel, military and economic, be cut off.
The NYPD and a special anti-terrorist unit prevented us from marching toward the Israeli embassy.
Another protest should take place tomorrow as well. Comrades in Boston report 300 protestors.