Gaza flotilla murders: Mainstream media can’t count

Credit: Stephen Sizer blog

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Sizer writes of the Israeli Gaza murders:

Do you not find it strange that following the attack by an elite Israeli naval commando unit on unarmed civilians in the humanitarian Gaza flotilla, two days ago, we are still reading reports in the press about approximate numbers killed? Where are the boats? In Israeli hands. Where are the injured? In Israeli hospitals. Where are the dead? In an Israeli mortuary presumably? So why no definitive number killed?

The Jerusalem Post says “Two dead”. Ha’aretz says “nine” were killed. The Guardian says “at least nine.” and “more than ten”  The BBC says “at least 10 deaths”. The Independent says “at least ten” AFP says “fifteen”. Metro says “up to 19 activists”. Aljazeera says “at least 19 people”. Today, the Turkish Daily News says “many civilians.” Yesterday they were writing, “16 activists, nine of whom were Turks”

Every human life is precious irrespective of nationality. So how many is it? Is it because Israel is reluctant to issue a list of the deceased?

Philip Weiss has this similar piece Many flotilla activists still unaccounted for; access to lawyers being withheld

Although some initial reports are starting to appear as Israel releases participants of the Freedom Flotilla, many activists remain unaccounted for. The Free Gaza Movement just sent out this press release:

International Solidarity Movement volunteers today expressed grave concern over the fate of wounded, imprisoned and missing flotilla activists.
The group said, with an information blackout from Israel preventing news of their plight reaching the media, speculation is mounting about the Internationals’ safety.
Theresa MacDermott (Scotland) Ewa Jasiewicz (Britain/Poland) and Caoimhe Butterly (Ireland) along with hundreds of other civilian passengers have not been heard from since before the Israeli attack on Monday morning.
Israel has today refused Free Gaza lawyers permission to make contact with the human Rights defenders.

Now there are reports of likely sabotage against two of the Free Gaza boats.

On these latest Israeli atrocities in open international waters, Robert Fisk is at his most incisive, Western leaders are too cowardly to help save lives

“Has Israel lost it? Can the Gaza War of 2008-09 (1,300 dead) and the Lebanon War of 2006 (1,006 dead) and all the other wars and now yesterday’s killings mean that the world will no longer accept Israel’s rule? Don’t hold your breath”

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