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Gulf News statement on Israeli attack

Gulf News strongly condemns the Israeli attack on a Gaza aid boat

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  • Published: 09:36 May 31, 2010

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Dubai:  Gulf News, which is following with great concern the news of the Israeli terrorist attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla in international waters, is holding the Israeli government responsible for the safety of its journalist Abbas Al Lawati who is onboard the leading ship and the safety of other journalists and peace activists.

Gulf News strongly condemns the attack and calls on the UN to hold Israel responsible for its violation of the Geneva Conventions which protect journalists and civilians against such piracy acts.


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“We are relieved and happy to learn that Abbas is safe,” said Abdul Hamid Ahmad, Gulf News’ Editor-in-Chief. “However, Israelis must release him immediately along with other journalists and peace activists. “

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“What the Israelis did is a flagrant statesponsored terrorist attack on civilians who were trying to deliver humanitarian aid to the besieged people of Gaza,” Abdul Hamid added.

Comments (6)

  1. Added 16:32 June 1, 2010

    Attack on Fontilla, in International water on unarmed civilians, is an act grossly offensive to decency, morality, or good taste. In Jan 2010 they killed Mahmoud al-Mabhouh a Palestinian leader in Dubai, the alleged killers used fake British passports, shows the mindset of these criminals. No concrete measures were taken then. There can be tons of solid instances/proofs for Israeli's crime available if you seriously want to take any action. But the civilized world goes after WMD, destroys the whole country/countries yet they don't find any traces of WMD, yet they keep supporting the terrorist Israel.

    Mir Sajjad Mehdi, Karachi, Pakistan

  2. Added 16:27 June 1, 2010

    now the world knows how barbaric Israelis are they do atrocites on poor palastanians and the world powers just pat on them to do more. please unite ourself to make this state pay for the atrocities which it has done on unarmed people of gaza.

    muddasir, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 09:11 June 1, 2010

    More power to Gulf News for recognizing the attack for what it truly is a terrorist attack, one that can be carried by people other than Muslims .

    Sarah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 21:35 May 31, 2010

    Abdul Hamid is justified in calling for the United Nations to look into this latest less than well thought out move by Israel. The Freedom Flotilla would do well to carry on, but utilize the ethos of Ghandi and use Non-violence to fight violence. This way their voice will be heard all the more clearly around the world.

    Rob, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 17:40 May 31, 2010

    Israel has once again openly violated human rights and international laws, the muslim world should take strong action against this act of terrorism. Those around the world who do not realise this have to realise that such cowardly attacks are clear acts of terrorism and cannot be seen or judged in any other way!

    Faisal Khalil, Karachi, Pakistan

  6. Added 17:22 May 31, 2010

    Israeli attack on the peace ship and its sailors including Gulf News reporter is an attack on humanity. The world is agreed not to attack humanitarian aids even in battlefields,but as far as Israel is concerned the law is what they stipulate.Others just to agree meekly what they declare.When they bombarded leaders of opposition on the ground that they are a threat to the country although the fact they are blind to see even their surroundings. The Israeli inclined press made it a mere security gesture.State sponsored terrorism and international belligerence is the order of the Israel. We have some hope in Obama who we wish use his might to tame the country and retain world order.

    Dr Najath Manzil Ahmed, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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