Today will see lots of breaking news and commentary related to the Israeli military’s raid on humanitarian aid ships bound for Gaza. We’ll update this list of notable links as we see them. Email your suggestions to editor at this dot org or leave them in the comments section below. We’ll update periodically throughout the day.
Last update: Monday, May 31, 19:12 pm EST
Al Jazeera is live-blogging flotilla-related news today with frequent updates. AJE also has a video report from on board one of the convoy’s ships filed before communications were cut off.
The Twitter hashtag that seems to have caught on is #freedomflotilla. There were questions this morning why #flotilla appeared and then disappeared in Twitter’s trending topics. Unknown parties have set up the spoof Twitter account @IsraelGlobalPR (mimicking the highly successful satirical feed @BPGlobalPR).
A New York Times blog has this take on the historical parallel between today’s naval incident and the British government’s violent repulsion of the Exodus in 1947, a ship carrying thousands of Jewish holocaust survivors attempting to immigrate to Palestine: “The attack and its aftermath, which focused attention on the plight of many European Jews after the war, made headlines worldwide and helped marshal support for an Israeli state.”
Rabble has the names of the two Canadians known to be part of the flotilla: Kevin Neish, 53, of Victoria, B.C., and Mary Hughes, 77.
Wikipedia now has a page on the clash that is being continuously updated.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will remain in Canada, AFP reports.
The BBC provides a backgrounder on the Gaza blockade, under way since 2007.
Al Jazeera has a 25-minute video of their show “Inside Story,” with more analysis and background on the blockade and the flotilla. It’s embedded below: