Israel is holding hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists, who were halted on their way to Gaza by the Israeli Navy. It is being reported that after warnings from Israeli ships not to go any further towards the Gaza shoreline, Israeli militarymen were lowered from helicopters and boarded the flotilla, resulting in at least nine deaths and dozens more wounded. Details are fuzzy as to what exactly ensued. The incident has led to criticism of Israel from the international community and worldwide protests. Daniel Levy is the co-director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation in Tel Aviv, Israel; he responds to the action. Jonathan Head, BBC correspondent in Istanbul joins us with more.

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