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Posted at 11:10 PM ET, 05/31/2010

Protesters decry Israeli action

By Christopher Dean Hopkins

Demonstrators angry about Israel's naval operation to seize control of an aid flotilla headed for the Gaza Strip wound their through the District streets before ending in front of the White House on Monday. There the 50 or so protesters -- clinging to red signs that said “The World Says No! to Israeli Occupation” and yellow signs that said “U.S. Aid funds Israeli Piracy and Murder” -- mingled with the tourists clambering for pictures across from Lafayette Square.

“I want to send a message to Obama,” said protester Roshan Woods, 27, an Annapolis resident support staff member for the Anne Arundel County school system. “He shouldn't calculate the political advantage for the next election, he should do what's right.”

As protesters chanted “Free, Free Palestine” Nick Powell, a 21-year-old college student from Baltimore, said he had come to the protest to show his support for the activists who had been killed or wounded in the seizure of the flotilla.

“We won't stand for the treatment of these humanitarian workers who were doing nothing more than bringing aid to the people of Gaza,” Powell said.

-- Annie Gowen

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | May 31, 2010; 11:10 PM ET
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Saying that the activists on this boat were peaceful and unarmed is a lie!
The "peaceful activists" physically attacked IDF soldiers with live ammunition and other weapons, including knives and clubs, which had been prepared in advance. A weapon belonging to one of soldiers was snatched while one of the activists stabbed him in the back.

Posted by: lusik1 | June 1, 2010 3:21 AM | Report abuse

what do you think the US would do to a flotilla of boats coming from Cuba, sent by Castro, that was armed and started firing on us?
I think the Hamas occupation of Gaza needs to end.

Posted by: MarilynManson | June 1, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

I love the knee-jerk reactions from these "activists." How about we review what actually happened first? At this point, no one knows for sure. But I guess it's easier for a privelidged college student to jump on a blame Israel bandwagon, rather than actually think.

Posted by: thebossman | June 1, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I've come across a curious investigation, carried out by some Israeil historian named Schlomo Sand (here's the wiki-article about him — He considers the roots of the conflict to lie at the the so-called "deadend of the national mythologization".

I've come to know about the guy here —

Posted by: last_boy_scout | June 7, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

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