5 of 6 ships were boarded peacefully to check for weaponry.
The 6th boat attacked. Turkish TV video.
More here and here.
Still sifting through what happened, but no sensible person can believe this was not a deliberate provocation by newly radicalized Turkey, in concert with their ally Iran, most recently seen triumphantly raising their clasped hands high along with Brazil threatening nukes.
More. Legal Insurrection.
More. Ed Morrissey, HotAir:
The world will blame Israel for this, but the blockade exists to keep weapons out of the hands of Hamas, which continually attacks Israel despite the latter’s withdrawal from Gaza years ago. It’s a legitimate and necessary military response to Hamas’ terrorism, and the flotilla knowingly sailed itself into a military conflict — and carried arms into it as well. That makes them legitimate antagonists in the conflict and fair game for Israeli’s military.And Cubachi on the group behind the flotilla: IHH has a history of supporting terrorism and anti-Western sentiment
rsmccain Liberals wondering: Why aren't Israelis cooperating with Hamas plans for another Holocaust? Don't they want peace?More.
MelissaTweets RT @allahpundit: Has the Security Council held any meetings yet about North Korea's sinking of the South Korean ship?
jstrevino Were I Jewish, or Israeli, I believe I would use the word "Quisling" when discussing J Street: http://bit.ly/dv7ku1 #flotilla
jstrevino #Flotilla fanatics try to beat him to death with metal rods. Go to 0:40 here: http://bit.ly/bDRiMT
StandWithUs StandWithUs Denounces Anti-Israel #Flotilla Goals and Lynching Attempt #gaza #israel #palestine http://tinyurl.com/2bn4n3mMore.
The BBC has provided space on its website for readers to complain that the Israeli naval raid off Gaza was "piracy" because it took place in international waters. A rather better use of the page would have been a piece informing its readers of the position in international law.
I am no expert in this field and I know that international law is open to interpretation. But here's an account posted anonymously in response to this excellent piece. I have retained the US spellings, perhaps the only clue to the identity of the author, "George".
1. A maritime blockade is in effect off the coast of Gaza. Such blockade has been imposed, as Israel is currently in a state of armed conflict with the Hamas regime that controls Gaza, which has repeatedly bombed civilian targets in Israel with weapons that have been smuggled into Gaza via the sea.
2. Maritime blockades are a legitimate and recognized measure under international law that may be implemented as part of an armed conflict at sea. (Examples: USA blockaded Cuba, UK blockaded The Falklands, the EU blockaded Yugoslavia)
3. A blockade may be imposed at sea, including in international waters, so long as it does not bar access to the ports and coasts of neutral States.
yidwithlid @RJCHQ wont see truth in MSM AMBUSH! A Videologue -How Turkish Terrorists Caused Israeli Navy/Gaza Flotilla Viol http://bit.ly/cMdI82More.
directorblue Denmark: Jews being hunted down in Copenhagen in retaliation for Gaza Flotilla violence http://ow.ly/1SarR #tcot