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Turkey downgraded its diplomatic ties with Israel on Friday, announcing that the Israeli ambassador is no longer welcome and that it would sever military ties between the two countries. (more)

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Fifteen months ago Israeli forces raided a Gaza-bound flotilla carrying aid, killing nine civilians in the process. A U.N. report, which acknowledges that its sources are limited and its conclusions are not definitive, has found that Israel's blockade in international waters was legal. (more)

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Israeli commandos intercepted a boat full of pro-Palestinian activists bound for the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. The yacht carrying 16 people was the only vessel of a planned protest flotilla to attempt the voyage. Greek authorities had blocked the others from leaving port.

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Hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists are expected to arrive at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport Friday in a "flytilla" that the organizing campaign "Welcome to Palestine" says is simply an invitation to supporters to visit friends in the West Bank and Gaza. An ever-jittery Israeli government, however, isn't taking any chances. (more)

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In a result sure to spark intense debate, Israel’s attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last May has been declared by a government commission to be a legal use of force for self-defense. Israeli commandos killed nine activists attempting to break the blockade on the impoverished Gaza Strip.

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Muslim, Christian or Jew, we ignore this suffering at the peril of our own humanity. As Rachel Corrie wrote in her last letter to her parents, "I could live a comfortable life and possibly, with no effort at all, exist in complete unawareness of my participation in genocide."Muslim, Christian or Jew, we ignore this suffering at the peril of our own humanity.

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Avoiding the kind of confrontation that led to the flotilla fiasco in May, a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid ship has docked and unloaded its cargo in Egypt after the Israeli navy forbid it to sail directly to Gaza.

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Some six weeks after Israeli troops raided a Gaza-bound flotilla and killed nine people aboard, thus rocking the diplomatic boat with Turkey and other nations, Israel has owned up to some "professional mistakes" that occurred during the clash.

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