A BLACK DAY | 31.05.10

Posted in GENERAL by Yousef Alshaikh on 02/06/2010

I am greatly grieved by the horrific events of this day (31.05.10) that took place in international waters off the shore of Gaza and transpired in the killing of 10 innocent activists. My sincerest condolences go out to the families and friends of all the inspirational men and women who took part in the brave humanitarian act that was known as the Freedom Flotilla and in doing so have put themselves in such grave danger.

The following are links to the front page articles I found that day:


ARAB NEWS | ALRIYADH: nothing | AL SHARQ AL AWSAT | ALYAUM: nothing | OKAZ: nothing


The news got quite a lot of coverage on the major news network globally, public opinions filled the internet, and the topic was also popular in many online networks such as Google search entries, and twitter and was one of the top 5 topics that day.

Mr Recep Tayyip Erdoğan the Turkish prime minster has condemned the tragic loss of life, most of the 10 victims being of Turkish nationality, and his speech on Israel’s Attack on Aid Flotilla is proof of his outspoken disgust at this incident. Videos of his address can be seen on YouTube with Arabic translation (part 1, part 2, part 3).

If on the other hand you are interested in how Israel is defending it self then check out the Israel Defense Forces official twitter account. There is also a very sarcastic fake/spoof  twitter Israeli PR account that you can follow and that somehow has more followers than the real account.

I have high hopes for the Irish “MV Rachel Corrie” aid vessel that is scheduled to reach Gaza very soon and I wish them and every single person involved in this international humanitarian effort Godspeed and a safe trip.

In memory of the innocent, the willing, and the striving; we will not forget.


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