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Posted June 9, 2010

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Former U.S. Ambassador Examines Motives Behind
Israel's Assault on Gaza Aid Flotilla

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Interview with former Ambassador Edward Peck,
who was on board
a boat in Gaza Aid Flotilla,
conducted by Scott Harris


Less than a week after Israel launched a military assault on a flotilla of six civilian ships carrying humanitarian aid to Palestinians living in Gaza -- which resulted in the deaths of nine passengers -- the Israeli Navy intercepted another cargo ship challenging its three-year-old blockade of Gaza. The ship of Irish registry, the Rachel Corrie, was named after a U.S. activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer when she attempted to prevent the destruction of a Palestinian home in 2003. The vessel was boarded without reports of violence and brought to the Israeli port of Ashdod. Israel said the humanitarian aid onboard the 1,200 ton cargo ship would be inspected and items not banned would be transported by truck to Gaza.

Among the passengers onboard the Rachel Corrie were Irish citizens Mairead Maguire, who won a Nobel Peace prize for her advocacy of a peaceful settlement in Northern Ireland, and Denis Halliday, a former U.N. humanitarian aid coordinator in Iraq who resigned in protest over the imposition of economic sanctions on Iraqi civilians.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is now attempting to convene an international body to investigate Israel's May 31 assault on the six aid ships and the circumstances surrounding the deaths of nine passengers on the largest ship, the Mavi Marmara. Former U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania Edward Peck was among those onboard the Greek-flagged boat Sfendoni, one of six ships intercepted by the Israelis. Peck is a 32-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, who was deputy director of President Reagan's White House Task Force on Terrorism. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ambassador Peck about why he participated in the aid flotilla, accusations by Israel that the passengers on the aid ships had links to terrorists and the reasons behind the growing international movement challenging Israel's Gaza blockade.

For more information on the Free Gaza Movement, one of the groups coordinating the Gaza aid ships, visit their website at

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Palestinian Farmer Peacefully Struggles
to Save his Family's Property from Israeli Takeover

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Excerpt of speech with Palestinian farmer Daoud Nassar,
recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus


Daoud Nassar lives with his family on 100 acres on a hilltop outside Bethlehem in the Occupied West Bank of Palestine. Although he has documentation dating back to the Ottoman Empire that his family owns the land, the state of Israel has been trying to claim it for 20 years, leading to a long, expensive legal battle. Because the Israelis have forbidden the construction of any new buildings on his property, Nassar founded a group called Tent of Nations -- and set up several large tents to house Israeli, Palestinian and international volunteers who come to tend the land and be a focus of non-violent resistance to Israeli occupation.

With the financial support of a group of Americans, Nassar travels to the U.S. twice a year to speak around the country about his struggle to keep his family's land. The following excerpt of Nassar's talk was recorded on May 3 at St. Patrick/St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hartford, Conn.

Since Daoud Nassar's talk, threats have escalated, when on May 27, Israeli officials ordered the demolition of nine structures built without a government permit during the last two years. Nassar is now taking his fight to save his land to the Israeli Supreme Court. For more information, visit the website, or contact their American support group, Friends of Tent of Nations North America, at (301) 320-0049 or through their website This segment was recorded and produced by Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus.

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U.N. and Human Rights Groups Challenge
U.S. Use of Drones in Targeted Assassinations

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Interview with Jonathan Manes,
legal fellow with the ACLU National Security Project,
conducted by Scott Harris


During his first 18 months in office, President Obama has increased the use of unmanned drone attacks on suspected terrorists in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and other nations. The increase in the use of predator drones is a strategy reportedly advocated by Vice President Joe Biden, but which has caused friction between Washington and both the Afghan and Pakistani governments. Supporters of the use of drones boast that that these weapons have enabled the U.S. military and CIA to kill 34 out of the top 42 al Qaeda operatives in Iraq. U.S. officials have also recently claimed that a drone attack killed Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, Al-Qaeda's third-ranking operative in Pakistan.

But in a report made to the United Nation's Human Rights Council on June 3, Philip Alston, the U.N. special representative on extrajudicial executions, called on the U.S. to use greater restraint in using unmanned drones to commit targeted assassinations of terrorism suspects beyond the war zones in Afghanistan. There is growing concern among international human rights activists and military officials that Washington's use of drones, based on a questionable legal foundation, could lead to a chaotic situation where dozens of nations carry out their own drone attacks across borders against individuals they label as terrorists.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jonathan Manes, legal fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project. He explains why his group filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in March to obtain the government's legal basis for drone attacks, the number of civilians killed, and the process of oversight and accountability for such attacks. Contact the ACLU by calling (202) 457-0800 or visit their website at

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This week's summary
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  • In the oil-rich Niger Delta in West Africa, out-of-control oil leaks caused by rusting oil infrastructure overshadow the tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico, where over 1.5 million tons of crude oil have been spilled in the Niger Delta since the early 1970s, 50 times more than were spilled in the Exxon Valdez incident in Alaska in 1989. ("Nigeria's agony dwarfs the Gulf oil spill; the U.S. and Europe ignore it," The Guardian, May 30, 2010)
  • At the high profile All Things Digital conference in California, Apple CEO Steve Jobs had to defend his key Chinese contract manufacturer, Foxconn, the maker of the iPad and iPhone, which has had 10 worker suicides in recent weeks. In response to the suicides, Foxconn has raised worker pay to as much as $300 per month, double their recent salaries. (" Apple Boss Defends Conditions at iPhone Factory," BBC, June 2, 2010; "Why Apple and Others are Nervous About Foxconn," Bloomberg Businessweek, June 3, 2010; "Foxconn Deaths Illuminate Deeper Tragedies in China's Workforce," In These Times, June 2, 2010)
  • In a dramatic shift in recent months, corporate political action committees (or PACs) have shifted away from giving campaign contributions to Democrats. Key industries like health care and pharmaceuticals are donating heavily to GOP candidates, taking a gamble the GOP will take over Congress in this fall's midterm election. (" Corporate PACs Betting on Republicans to Regain Control of Congress," Washington Post, May 22, 2010)

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