Many journalists become grudgingly used to the fact that their work has little to no visible effect on the course of world events. When conservative writer Joshua Trevino was let go from The Guardian last month, Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the pro-Palestinian news and opinion site The Electronic Intifada, wasn’t one of them.
Activists trying to bring humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip ran afoul of the Israeli military on Sunday. Shots were fired after masked Israeli gunmen descended from helicopters hovering over the flotilla as it made its way through international waters.
A Gaza-bound flotilla carrying 10,000 tons of aid has run into the Israeli navy, which reportedly has no intention of letting the ships sail through. Al Jazeera is on board one of the vessels, and earlier it broadcast this look at life at sea in the “freedom flotilla.”