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12:35 PM ET, May 31, 2010


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Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
10 Reported Killed as Israel Attacks Boats Headed to Gaza  —  JERUSALEM — The Israeli Navy attacked a flotilla carrying thousands of tons of supplies for Gaza on Monday morning, killing at least 10 people, according to the Israeli military and activists traveling with the flotilla.
Ron Ben-Yishai / Ynetnews:
A brutal ambush at sea  —  Ron Ben Yishai recounts bloody clash aboard Gaza-bound vessel: The lacking crowd-dispersal means, the brutal violence of ‘peace activists,’ and the attempt to bring down an IDF helicopter  —  Our Navy commandoes fell right into the hands of the Gaza mission members.
Israeli commandos: Gaza flotilla crew tried to lynch us  —  Israel tows Gaza flotilla to Ashdod after at least 10 activists killed in clashes with navy; IDF says 2 commandos seriously wounded as troops tried to board. … The left-wing activists on board a flotilla carrying aid …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
‘Freedom Flotilla’ Live Blog  —  The latest developments on the overnight raid by Israeli commandos on the flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists trying to break the blockade of Gaza to bring in relief supplies:  —  12:13 ET: CNN puts the death toll at 9.  —  12:05 ET: In addition to the deaths …
Jerusalem Post:
Navy escorts flotilla ships to Ashdod  —  IDF: Soldiers were met by well-planned lynch, concealed handguns.  —  Talkbacks (194)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel
Melissa Clouthier / Liberty Pundits Blog:
President Obama Abandons Israel; And Now, The Flotilla-UPDATED  —  How do we repair the damage?  It is absolutely heart-breaking to see the President of the United States abandon our staunchest allies: Poland, Colombia and now Israel.  President Obama backs a non-proliferation agreement that singles out Israel via Brutally Honest:
Bradley Burston / Haaretz:
A Special Place in Hell / The Second Gaza War: Israel lost at sea  —  We are no longer defending Israel.  We are now defending the siege, which is itself becoming Israel's Vietnam.  —  A war tells a people terrible truths about itself.  That is why it is so difficult to listen.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Video Update: Demonstrators Use Violence Against Navy Soldiers Boarding Ship  —  Early this morning (May 31) the Israel Navy intercepted the flotilla after passengers on board ignored Israeli warnings.  IDF forces met with severe pre-planned violence from the demonstrators, including use of live fire and light weaponry.
Report: 14 killed, 50 injured in Gaza sail  —  Israeli Navy attacks six vessels carrying pro-Palestinian activists and aid to blockaded Strips.  According to unofficial reports, at least two people killed, dozens injured.  Four IDF soldiers hurt, one sustaining severe wounds.
Jerusalem Post:
Ashkenazi: Soldiers acted in self defense  —  IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi said Monday that the violence aboard the Mavi Marmara, one of the ships of the Gaza-bound protest flotilla, was instigated by those aboard the ships and that soldiers who opened fire were defending themselves.
UN Security Council to hold emergency session over Gaza flotilla deaths
Discussion: Laura Rozen's Blog
Associated Press:
Gaza Flotilla ATTACKED: Israel Storms Aid Ship, At Least 10 Dead
Discussion:, NO QUARTER, BBC and The Page
Israeli troops attack ship carrying aid to Gaza killing 16
WORLD BULLETIN:   Israel kills Gaza activists on Turkish ship - VIDEO - PHOTO
Israel recoils as US backs nuclear move
Discussion: Bookworm Room
David Hearst / Guardian:
Hamas says US is making contact
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Alison Fitzgerald / Bloomberg:
BP Prepared for Spill 10 Times Gulf Disaster, Permit Plans Say  —  BP Plc said in permit applications for drilling in the Gulf of Mexico that it was prepared to handle an oil spill more than ten times larger than the one now spewing crude into the waters off the southern United States.
Discussion: The Mahablog
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Will journalists wake up in time to save journalism from Obama's FTC?  —  Release of the Federal Trade Commission's working paper on “reinventing journalism” makes it clear that there is no more time for diplomacy about this issue: Barack Obama is determined to federalize the news industry just as he has banking, autos, and health care.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Pain Caucus  —  What's the greatest threat to our still-fragile economic recovery?  Dangers abound, of course.  But what I currently find most ominous is the spread of a destructive idea: the view that now, less than a year into a weak recovery from the worst slump since World War II …
Discussion: Corrente and Prairie Weather
New York Times:
U.S. Plans ‘for Worst’ in Gulf, Seeing Risk in Leak Strategy  —  After the failure of an effort to seal off a well spewing oil one mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico, a top Obama administration environmental official said the government is “prepared for the worst” in case oil keeps gushing until relief wells …
Washington Post:
Oil could spew until August, officials say
After ‘top kill’ failure, BP plans to ‘redouble’ efforts
Discussion: Wonkette
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