American Public Opinion on the Gaza Flotilla Incident

(2010)


Early morning on May 31, 2010, IDF naval forces intercepted six ships attempting to break the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip after numerous warnings from Israel and the Israel Navy that were issued prior to the action. The Israel Navy requested the ships to redirect toward Ashdod where they would be able to unload their aid material which would then be transferred over land after undergoing security inspections. During the boarding of the Mavi Marmara, the demonstrators onboard attacked the IDF naval personnel with live fire and light weaponry including knives and clubs. Additionally two of the weapons used were grabbed from an IDF soldier. As a result of the violence, seven soldiers were wounded and there were nine activist casualties. (Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)


 

Who is primarily to blame for the deadly outcome of the raid on the aid-carrying ships - Israel or the pro-Palestinian activists on the ships? (Rasmussen, June 2010)

Israel
19%
Pro-Palestinian activists
49%
Not sure
32%

Should Israel allow an international investigation of the raid on the aid ships ? (Rasmussen, June 2010)

Yes
51%
No
25%
Not sure
24%