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Gaza Flotilla: Eyewitness Accounts, Aftermath and International Outcry

On 5/31/10, the Israeli Defense Force attacked a flotilla of humanitarian aid ships en route to Gaza, while the ship was in international waters.  In this attempt to break the illegal and immoral blockade of Gaza, at least 9 were killed and dozens were injured.  Much of the subsequent media spin centered on the Mavi Marmara, where some on board responded in self-defense to lethal gunfire and the illegal activity by the IDF.

Below you will find numerous eyewitness reports and media that directly contradict the account provided by the Israeli military.  A UN probe is underway into the attack, and the international community must continue to apply pressure for condemnation and sanctions for this state sponsored terrorism.

Scribd: The Mavi Marmara Report from the IHH

Eyewitnesses, both activists and reporters, contradict Israeli account

Perhaps the best eyewitness account to begin with is that of Paul McGeough, twice named Australia’s journalist of the year. He writes: ‘The Israeli attack was timed for dawn prayers – when a good number of the men aboard the Mavi Marmara were praying on the aft deck of the big Turkish passenger ferry’.

Attack came in three phases

The Mavi Marmara tried to alter its course so that any further attack would occur during daylight, but the Israelis persisted and boarded the ship. They used paintball guns on passengers — the ammunition mixed with glass.

Gaza Flotilla Survivors

Documenting the Testimonies of the Survivors of Israeli Massacre of Gaza Flotilla.

Exclusive Intifada Interview with Ken O’Keefe: “Israel Executed People in International Waters”

Reporters Dispute Israeli Account of Raid

Israel killed more than 9, threw wounded into sea, witnesses say

Raw Footage of Marmara

Warning:  bloody footage of human trauma and death

Gaza flotilla attack: Activist releases new footage

IDF Beatings, Abuse, Doctored Evidence Emerge

Does a New Flotilla Video Show Israeli Commandos Executing Gaza Aid Ship Victim?

Kenneth O’Keefe Says it All. Must See Video

In the following videos you can watch a BBC presenter going out of her way to justify the Israeli hasbara murderous narrative. She is no doubt the devil’s advocate but she fails. Sentence by sentence, Ken O’Keefe manages to teach her and us what kindness and humanity are all about.

‘Flotilla passengers were tortured’

Further claims included torture by Israeli authorities once the passengers were taken into custody and brought into the Ashdod port. “The participants received physical blows and were subjected to psychological torture,” the report alleged.

IHH described that the raid developed in a hostile manner with the objective to kill, and considered the initial fired shots by the IDF not as warnings, but as shots that were meant to kill unarmed civilians on the ship. The passengers that were killed by shots to the head, who according to the report were unarmed, further proves the objective of the IDF, claimed IHH.

Another new account of the attack on the aid flotilla

Six armed commandos climbed over the rails and ordered: “Down! Sit down! Get down!”  My colleague, reporter Paul McGeough, told them: “We’re with The Sydney Morning Herald.”  And another commando said: “We know you’re with the Herald.”

Kiwi: “Israelis fired at will”

Eyewitness and victim recounts Israeli flotilla attack on an American boat and crew

Maine video producer recounts Gaza flotilla ordeal

Australian student tells of his flotilla ordeal

South Portland man: American beaten, bloodied in Gaza flotilla chaos

Canadian on Gaza flotilla says he was beaten

Gaza flotilla attack: British activists tell of abuse by Israelis

British survivor of Gaza flotilla raid: ‘Israelis ignored SOS calls’

Commandos used kidnapped captain’s child as threat?

Israelis shot people in forehead, says Pakistani

Freed Aussie scribes say Israeli commandoes were like “hyenas hunting”

‘I saw a lot of blood and started to feel sick, “says Brazilian boat was attacked by Israel

Inside the flotilla attack

Flotilla journalist recounts ordeal

Captured and detained by Israel, an American tells his story

The FPM has no confirmed information about the status of the other six: Iara Lee, a filmmaker from San Francisco; Kathy Sheetz, a retired nurse from Richmond, CA, and Woods Hole, MA; Ann Wright, a retired U.S. Army Colonel and a U.S. diplomat until she resigned in opposition to theIraq war; David Schermerhorn, a film producer from Deer Harbor, WA; Fatima Mohammadi, a longtime activist from Chicago; and Khalid Turaani, who was founder and executive director of the former American Muslims forJerusalem and now lives in Dubai.

The hijacking of the truth: Film evidence ‘destroyed’

Watch Al-Jazeera’s Video From the Gaza Ship Raid

PHOTO – PASSENGERS ON ATTACKED FLOTILLA SHIP GAVE MEDICAL AID TO WOUNDED ISRAELIS!

The Images Israel Didn’t Want Seen: Video and Photographs from the Gaza-Bound Aid Flotilla

One journalist beats Israeli censorship on the Gaza flotilla attack

IHH head says Zionists brazenly lie. He confirms Jews threw corpses into sea

Elderly activist shot and ‘let bleed to death’

‘The ship turned into a lake of blood,’ says activist on Gaza flotilla

Testimony: Israeli Commandos Committed Cold Blooded Murder of Passengers

Flotilla Eyewitness: ‘I Think They Went Out to Murder’

Al Jazeera Reporter: Israel Fired On Gaza-Bound Ship Before Boarding (VIDEO)

Israelis shot people in forehead, says Pakistani

Activists: Israeli boat raiders had ‘assassination list’

In an interview with the UK’s Independent on Sunday, Al Jazeera reporter Jamal Elshayyal said passengers who rummaged through Israeli solders’ belongings during the raid found a list of names, accompanied with pictures, of people aboard the flotilla that aimed to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

Witness: The real story from Mavi Marmara: They were shooting to kill

‘Israelis threw 4 injured into the sea’

Israeli soldiers threw flotilla passengers into the sea

IHH President told us what happened: “One of our friends were shot after surrendering. Some of our friends were at sea. Even the doctor who treated soldiers were shot.”

Shot Australian says Israelis left him to bleed

VIDEO: Irish Citizen Tells How They Disarmed Israelis

Survivor Testimonies From Flotilla 31 May 2010

Journalists aboard Flotilla Speak out

“Our Potential to Create a Better World, a Just World”: Testimony of a Survivor of the Mavi Marmara Massacre

VIDEO: Israeli Attack on the Mavi Marmara. Smuggled one Hour Video reveals the Truth

Shocking Testimonials from the Mavi Marmara survivors. And one Israeli fembot by Lauren Booth

At one stage the captain of the boat can be heard over the public address system saying: “Do not show resistance … They are using live ammunition … Be calm, be very calm.” Gunshots can be heard.

Gaza flotilla attack: activist releases new footage

New footage has emerged of the Israeli assault on a convoy of aid ships headed to Gaza in which nine activists were killed.  The high-quality film was reportedly recorded by New York-based documentary maker Iara Lee aboard the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish ship that bore the brunt of the Israeli attacks.  Israel attempted to confiscate all footage recorded by participants in the Gaza Freedom flotilla – including taking away mobile phones – but Lee managed to smuggle one hour of video out of the country by hiding it in her underwear, it was reported.

Eyewitness to the Israeli Assault on the Mavi Marmara

Video: IDF put Arsenic in detained Gaza flotilla volunteer’s food

Gaza flotilla members claim arsenic poisoning by IDF

Mavi Marmara Accounts: Violence, Theft, Abuse

Italian flotilla journalist: My credit card was used after IDF confiscated it

Israel looted Flotilla, activists say

According to Gaza flotilla survivors speaking to Press TV, activists on board the aid convoy were robbed of an estimated 3.5 million dollars in cash and equipment by Israeli commandos.  Hundreds of the campaigners have reported missing cash, laptops, phones and clothes after being released by Israel last week.

THE AFTERMATH

In raw video, reporters claim Israelis fired on activists before boarding ship

Israel’s Premeditated Murder of Peace Activists Was No Mistake

Flotilla witness says activists were defending themselves in fighting Israeli soldiers

IDF admits doctoring audio of raid on Gaza flotilla

The Gaza Flotilla: How Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fakes Photos of Seized Weapons

Israel’s Crude Forgery of Tape Backfires

IDF Retracts Claim al-Qaeda was on Flotilla, Corporate Media Silent

Did Activists Attack Israeli Soldiers In Self-Defense?

The Al Jazeera journalist describes the scenes as they unfold live, clearly stating that an activist has been shot and killed before Israeli troops board the vessel. He also says that a white flag has been raised in surrender to the Israeli army. On separate videos, messages broadcast to the passengers by loudspeaker can clearly be heard stating, “stop your resistance,” referring to the fact that the soldiers had guns.

Before the troops board the ship, the journalists report that the passengers are being pelted with tear gas and stun grenades. Booms and cracks echo in the background as the reporter states that one person has been killed.

Ex-Mossad agent: Gaza flotilla raid ’so stupid it’s stupefying’

The Aftermath of the Flotilla – by Anna Baltzer

One by one, the hundreds of witnesses aboard the vessels have been returning home to tell their stories after being stripped of any and all footage. By confiscating all non-military evidence of the incident, Israel has been able to successfully dominate the narrative, at least in the US where news of the attack had begun to dwindle by the time witnesses were released. One wonders, if Israel is conveying the whole story of what happened that night, why eliminate every single other piece of documentation? What does Israel have to hide?

THE VICTIMS

Putting Names To Faces: A brief introduction to the nine Turks murdered by the IDF on the Mavi Marmara

Autopsies reveal 9 men on Gaza aid boat shot, 5 in head

Gaza flotilla activists were shot in head at close range

Report: All aid flotilla victims shot dead

Turks shot multiple times on Gaza aid ship: forensics

Turkish activists’ bodies riddled with bullets, says autopsy report

Autopsy results on the nine Turkish activists killed in Monday’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship showed they had been shot a total of 30 times, many at close range…Five of those killed were shot either in the back of the head or in the back…In addition to those killed, 48 others suffered gunshot wounds and six activists were still missing, he added.

GORDON DUFF: AUTOPSY SHOWS ISRAEL EXECUTED WOUNDED, WORSE THAN MUNICH 1972

The entire world joined with Israel in 1972 when Black September radicals murdered Israeli Olympic athletes in Munich. The world was never told of the torture prisons in Israel or the truth about the 1967 War, the “land grab” and the ethnic cleansing that followed. Even still, the Munich attack was an unthinkable horror, one Israel has now duplicated with the execution slaying of peace activists and humanitarian aid workers. The Israeli paper, Hareetz has published the autopsy results.

Israel executed wounded, abused corpses and emptied automatic weapons into bodies at point blank range. These were the acts of brutal animals, not humans.

Turkish activists’ bodies riddled with bullets, says autopsy report

Autopsy results on the nine Turkish activists killed in Monday’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship showed they had been shot a total of 30 times, many at close range…Five of those killed were shot either in the back of the head or in the back…In addition to those killed, 48 others suffered gunshot wounds and six activists were still missing, he added.

THE INTERNATIONAL OUTCRY

Protests erupt across the world after Israeli raid

Thousands of anti-Israel protesters take to streets across Europe

Anti-US, Israel protests in New Zealand cities

International protests against Israel: Second Gaza bound ship seized

Anti-Israel protests on the streets of Ankara

Toronto protest against Israeli flotilla attack

Paris: Demonstrators tried to break into the Israeli embassy

Germany: Tens of thousands protest as Israel hijacks another aid ship

Thousands protest flotilla deaths, clashes in Athens

UN Secretary General to Israel: ‘End the blockade’

“Had the Israeli government heeded to international calls and my own strong and urgent and persistent call to lift the blockade of Gaza, this would not have happened,” Ban told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.

Egypt Lifts Its Side Of Gaza Blockade

UN Security Council Members Demand Israel End Blockade

Russia condemns Israeli raid of humanitarian aid ships in neutral waters

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