Events around date of publication of this item.
|Mon, 7 Jun 2010|
|Israeli navy fires on, and kills, 4 Palestinian divers off the Gaza coast|
|Sat, 5 Jun 2010|
|Israeli troops hijack the MV Rachel Corrie|
|Fri, 4 Jun 2010|
|Israeli court orders the expulsion of four Hamas leaders from Jerusalem; their identity papers were confiscated|
|Uri Brodsky arrested at Warsaw airport|
|Thu, 3 Jun 2010|
|Settler fires on a dozen children crossing the road at the Al'Rroub refugee camp; one child severely injured|
|Wed, 2 Jun 2010|
|Unite, the largest British trade union votes for boycott of, and divestment from, Israel|
|Tue, 1 Jun 2010|
|Israeli airforce bomb the Beit Lahiya area in Gaza; three Palestinian civilians killed, several injured|
|Mon, 31 May 2010|
|Israeli police shoot tear gas canister into U.S. activist's eye|
|Israeli judge imposes bail conditions which prohibit people from referring to the evictions in Sheikh Jarrah|
|Gaza Flotilla Massacre: Israeli troops attack Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters, killing nine|
Israel's 'gunboat diplomacy' provokes global outrage
: Israel's 'gunboat diplomacy' provokes global outrageBy
: Donald Macintyre Published in
: The IndependentDate of issue
1 June 2010People/entities mentioned in this item:
Timeline event(s) mentioned in this item:Commentary Abstract
Israel was struggling to contain a rapidly mounting diplomatic crisis last night after naval commandos killed at least nine pro-Palestinian activists in international waters after storming their Turkish passenger ship as it attempted to reach the coast of the besieged Gaza strip.
Amid international calls for a full investigation, Ankara's accusations of "state terrorism" and angry protests at embassies around the globe, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled out of a planned meeting with US President Barack Obama and flew back home to deal with the backlash from the pre-dawn confrontation. The flotilla – made up of the Mavi Marmara ferry and five other vessels – had left the coast of Cyprus on Sunday, aiming to deliver around 700 activists and 10,000 tons of aid supplies into Gaza yesterday in the biggest effort yet to break Israel's three year blockade of the Hamas-controlled territory. But the finale was bloody.
According to Israeli officials, commandos opened fire in self-defence after descending by winch from helicopters and boarding the Mavi Marmara from dinghies about 75 miles offshore and coming under attack. "They were mobbed. They were clubbed, they were beaten, stabbed," Mr Netanyahu said in Ottawa, where he was meeting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.