Media must report the truth about the Israeli flotilla attack
With only a couple of hours notice, approximately 45 people gathered in front of the Federal Building at 5th and Liberty in downtown Ann Arbor at 5 p.m. on Monday May 31st to protest the attack by the Israeli armed forces upon the "Freedom Flotilla" bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza. Sadly, this protest was not covered by the media.
Israel had previously announced its intentions of preventing the flotilla of unarmed peace activists, carrying desperately needed medical, food and construction supplies, from reaching Gaza. True to their word, in the early hours of May 31st and in international waters, Israeli commandos boarded at least one of the ships, killing, by latest count, at least nine unarmed civilians.
This horrific attack once again demonstrates that the government of Israel believes that it can act with impunity and utter disdain for international law. It is unconscionable that our tax dollars (ca. $6 billion per year) are supporting Israel's oppressive occupation and inhumane treatment of the Palestinian people.
The U.S. media must report the true facts of this event and not the "white-washed propaganda" fed to them by pro-Israel lobby groups. More protests are planned this week and the truth will come out regardless. Israel must be held accountable for its actions and must be forced to end its occupation and join the international community by respecting international law.
George A. Garcia Ann Arbor