|Activists: Israeli boat raiders had ‘assassination list’|
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Dem lawmaker: Prosecute US members of Gaza flotilla
Passengers aboard the Mavi Marmara, the ship raided by Israel Monday, claim they found what they say is a list of people the Israeli military intended to target during their raid, a news report
In an interview with the UK's Independent on Sunday, Al Jazeera reporter Jamal Elshayyal said passengers who rummaged through Israeli solders' belongings during the raid found a list of names,
The Independent's Catrina Stewart reports:
The allegations appear to directly contradict the Israeli government's claim that its Marines arrived aboard the Mavi Marmara unprepared for violence, and were taken by surprise by angry
The Israeli government's claims that the Gaza flotilla had links to al Qaeda and Hamas stem largely from the involvement of IHH, a Turkey-based Islamic charity organization that operates in many
Israel has accused the group of having links to terrorist organizations, and the group has been banned in Israel since 2008. The US does not list IHH as a terrorist organization.
The Independent's Stewart suggests that a recent autopsy report -- showing that the flotilla members killed in the raid were shot repeatedly and at close range -- strengthens the argument that
An autopsy report from the Turkish council of forensic medicine, obtained by the UK's Guardian Friday, showed that the nine dead had been shot a total of 30 times, "many fired at close range."
According to the autopsy report, US citizen Fulkan Dogan was shot five times from less than three feet away. Dogan, a 19-year-old native of Troy, NY, was a dual US and Turkish citizen who was living in Turkey
Another person killed in the raid was a "journalist taking photos," the Independent reports, quoting passenger Hassan Ghani, who said the person "was shot ... between the eyebrows, which indicates
DEMOCRATIC HOUSE REP: JAIL US CITIZENS WHO WERE PART OF FLOTILLA
A Democratic member of the US House of Representatives says he wants to see US citizens aboard the Gaza flotilla prosecuted for providing aid to terrorists.
In a conference call organized by The Israel Project, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) told reporters that activists participating in the flotilla were aiding Hamas and therefore
“The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 makes it absolutely illegal for any American to give food, money, school supplies, paper clips, concrete or weapons to Hamas or any of its
TalkingPointsMemo's M.J. Rosenberg, a frequent writer on Middle East issues, describes Sherman as "the most pro-Likud Democratic member of Congress,"
Sherman's declaration has taken heat from conservative commentators as well. Writing at The American Conservative, Kelley Vlahos declares that "the overall reaction to the abuse of our
Writes Vlahos: "Instead of demanding an accounting — you know, like Turkey is doing for its own citizens — we have elected leaders trying to put Americans on that flotilla in jail."