Israel's Move: Another Aid Ship Heads for Gaza

Friday, June 04, 2010

Two ultra-Orthodox Jews look at Turkish aid ship Mavi Marmara off the coast of the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. (Getty Images/Getty)

An Irish ship, the MV Rachel Corrie, is sailing toward the Gaza Strip this morning, just days after nine people were killed when Israeli commandos raided a flotilla of ships heading for Gaza. The raid drew widespread condemnation from Israel's friends and foes. The MV Rachel Corrie is reportedly carrying aid for Palestinians in the form of school supplies, clothes and medicine – among other things. Israel has said the ship will not be allowed to dock.

For a look at what Israel's next move might be, we turn to Rich Cohen, contributing editor at Vanity Fair Magazine and author of many books, including "Israel Is Real: An Obsessive Quest to Understand the Jewish Nation and Its History." We also get the latest news out of Jerusalem, from the BBC's Andrew North.


Rich Cohen and Andrew North

Produced by:

Noel King

Comments [4]

AJ from Detroit, MI

After listening to the Israeli Ambassador this morning, I was sad to hear his disregard for the impact of the blockade on the people of Gaza and lack of respect for international waters. It was upseting when, Oren was making statements with absolutely no evidence. Show me the weapons and call out the Hass Members on the ship. I saw video the passenegers had chairs.

I hope you will interview a Palestinian or someone from an anit-blockade movement like Naomi Klein for more flotilla insight and historical context.

Jun. 04 2010 09:33 AM

You can get to all of those interviews here:

Thanks for listening!
-Jim (digital editor)

Jun. 04 2010 08:51 AM

Thanks for your comment. We have done several interviews with people who are critical of Israel, including an activist who was a passenger on the ship that was involved in the conflict on Monday. These conversations today are part of continuing coverage.

Jun. 04 2010 06:35 AM
Ramzi from Boston

I just listened to Celeste's report on the Gaza blockade. You interview a person who is clearly sympathetic to Israel and then announce you will be speaking to Israeli ambassador, Oren, for further explanation of the situation. Can you explain why you do not interview any Palestinians, or even some of the organizers of the anti-blockade movements for their perspective? You are doing your listeners a disservice by only presenting one side of the story.

Jun. 04 2010 06:29 AM

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