This report comes to us from The Local.de
Three leftist German politicians were on board ships bringing aid to the Gaza Strip when it was attacked by Israeli forces early on Monday morning, leaving an estimated 19 people dead and injuring others.
Annette Groth and Inge Höger, both parliamentarians for the socialist Left party, and Norman Paech, a former MP for The Left, were among those participating in the aid mission, the party said.
There has been no contact to the three politicians following reports that Israeli forces stormed a boat, killing at least 19 pro-Palestinian activists.
According to Israel's private channel 10 television, the country’s marine commandos opened fire after being attacked with axes and knives by a number of the passengers on board the aid ships, though the station did not cite a source for the information.
News broadcaster Al Jazeera reported that some 19 people were believed killed in the attack.
The bloody end to the mission to deliver supplies to Gaza came on the eve of a meeting in Washington between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
According to Al Jazeera, the flotilla was some 65 kilometres from the Gaza coast in international waters when the altercation took place.
The Free Gaza Movement, which organised the aid mission, said in a statement that Israeli commandos dropped onto a Turkish passenger ship called the Mavi Marmara, shooting immediately into a crowd of sleeping civilians. The organisation said it had no other news regarding the flotilla’s other five boats.
Left party parliamentary group leader Gregor Gysi condemned the Israeli government on Monday, speaking of a “criminal acts” and calling for Germany’s leadership to take a stand.
You know ladies and gentlemen, this fish is getting bigger every time they tell the story. Apparently now we have dropped into a boat of sleeping babes and starting machine-gunning them to death while they dreamt of sugar plums and Jews roasting on an open fire. Please tell me it isn't so!!!
As for the venerable Mr. Gysi, the author of the quote, “Only when we regain some social justice, more social welfare, more real wage increases, only then can the economy recover. At least you know where you stand with us." we definitely know where we stand. You, your ilk, your stain on European society, have made your choices and they reflect nothing short of pure electoral benefit for your movement. So be it my friend; that is a choice that we can certainly live with. As Arabs, Turks, and various other forms of the same disease now constitute a vast voting bloc in Germany as well as other appeasers and failed states in Europe, it is clear that you have altered your principles to engorge yourselves on a perceived perpetual mandate. Never mind all that business about the indigenous not being comfortable with such a program; they are fascists and have no place in their rightful; homeland. I mean, never mind the entire history of the nation, it means nothing now since you yourself have decided that the nation is to be defined on your terms, Marxist terms. At the end of the day, what are a few dead Jews? It’s not like you people haven't gone down that road before. But listen, if it makes you feel better, we don't hold any grudges on the past. We don't need your support, your apologies, your endless fence riding and mincing of words; it would be a whole lot better if you just told us what you REALLY think. Believe me when I say that we can take it. Oh, but just one thing, don't even try the whole trouser wetting line, "We don't have problem with Jews, just Israel"; none of us are that dumb. Unlike the new bed-wetters of Europe, we stand with, and behind our nation through thick and thin; we are proud, determined, resourceful, and dedicated people who cherish our land and flag to the death.