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Paul Blasts U.S. Support of Gaza Blockade « The Washington Independent

Paul Blasts U.S. Support of Gaza Blockade « The Washington Independent
The congressional reaction this week to Israel’s recent and deadly raid on an aid flotilla headed to Gaza has, for the most part, fit neatly into three camps: Most lawmakers have either (1) said nothing, (2) called cautiously for an investigation, or (3) staunchly defended Israel’s attack, despite the killing of a U.S. citizen.Increasingly, though, a fourth camp is emerging — one that’s criticizing Israel for attacking a Turkish-flagged vessel in international waters (and also questioning America’s support for the Israeli blockade of Gaza). Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) was the first to step into this thorny territory, circulating a letter to President Obama Wednesday arguing that Israel’s right to self defense “does not extend to shooting innocent civilians anywhere in the world, anytime it pleases.”

Gaza aid ship taken to Israeli port - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Gaza aid ship taken to Israeli port - Middle East - Al Jazeera English
Israeli soldiers have boarded an aid ship bound for the Gaza Strip and forced it to head to the Israeli port of Ashdod instead.The Israeli military said in a statement that troops boarded MV Rachel Corrie on Saturday after the activists aboard the ship ignored warnings to divert to Ashdod."There was no violence or injuries amongst the soldiers or crew ... and no shots were fired," the statement said.Jacky Rowland, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Ashdod, said the Rachel Corrie arrived at the port, escorted all the way by Israeli military vessels."The aid will be taken off and inspected," she said."It is not clear how much of it will be taken to Gaza. We can expect the passengers to be deported fairly promptly."