Muslims, Churches Blast Israel for Deaths In Raid On Flotilla

June 1, 2010

Author: Michele Chabin

Source: Beliefnet/Religion News Service


Tens of thousands of Muslims in the Middle East and North Africa on Tuesday (June 1) continued demonstrations against Israel's deadly interception of a flotilla of ships trying to deliver humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza.

Nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed on the passenger ferry Mavi Mamara when Israeli commandoes boarded the ship early Monday (May 31) morning. The Mavi Mamara was one of six Turkish ships trying to break Israel's blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza.

Across the Arab world and in Israel -- where Arabs comprise 20 percent of the population -- angry protestors demanded an end to the blockade. Ishmael Haniyeh, the prime minister of Hamas, declared a day of mourning. Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said the attack "indicates Israel is not ready for peace."