City Pages: Keith Ellison calls on Israel to open Gaza’s borders after flotilla bloodbath

Saying he’s “deeply shocked and saddened” by an Israeli attack on Palestinian humanitarian activists in international waters that resulted in at least nine civilian deaths,” U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison called for an investigation into how and why the attack occurred.

“Leaders on all sides should take immediate steps to ensure that this incident does not escalate into a broader round of violence in the region,” he said in a statement late Tuesday. “I extend my condolences to the families of those killed and I wish a full and rapid recovery to all injured parties, including both participants on the flotilla and Israeli soldiers.”

“This tragedy did not need to happen. This event is the result of the ongoing, counterproductive blockade on Gaza,” he said. “The blockade punishes ordinary citizens, and strengthens Hamas’ control over commerce. I am concerned for Israel’s security and an undernourished and unemployed Gazan population does not promote this goal.”

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