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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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Emerging History: Revelations on Human Experimentation by Governments, US-led War Crimes, Nuclear Testing, Political Assassinations and More

HUMAN EXPERIMENTATION

A SHORT HISTORY OF US GOVERNMENT RESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE

“CIA keeps testing drugs on people” – American author

FLASHBACK – Government Experiments on U.S. Soldiers: Shocking Claims Come to Light in New Court Case

FLASHBACK – VA testing drugs on war veterans

U.S. govt. poisoned its own citizens during Prohibition

In a dark but little-known chapter of U.S. history, the federal government ordered the poisoning of alcohol supplies to deter and punish those who sought to flout Prohibition-era bans…Historians estimate that a total of 10,000 people were killed by the program before Prohibition ended in 1933.

French village went insane after CIA spiked its bread with LSD

French Government Queries US on 50s Secret LSD Experiment

CIA: What Really Happened in the quiet French village of Pont-Saint-Esprit

Shortly after the incident, in September 1951, scientists writing in the highly respected British Medical Journal declared that “the outbreak of poisoning” was produced by ergot mold. This explanation, however, was based almost solely upon the findings of biochemists dispatched to the scene from the nearby Sandoz Chemical Company in Basle, Switzerland. Included in the contingent from Sandoz was Dr. Albert Hofmann, the man who had first synthesized LSD on November 16, 1938. At the time of the Sandoz group’s visit to Pont St. Esprit only a handful of scientists worldwide, estimated to be no more than eight-to-ten, knew of the existence of the man-made drug LSD.

Files reveal Britain’s secret biological weapons trials in second world war

Chemical Concussions and Secret LSD: Pentagon Details Cold War Mind-Control Tests

MK-ULTRA: The CIA’s Mind Control Program

The basic frightening history of MK-ULTRA and examples of its’ dangerous use against humans, including US citizens.

Human bones could reveal truth of Japan’s ‘Unit 731’ experiments

ASSASINATIONS – JFK, RFK, MLK & ARAFAT

JFK and RFK: The Plots that Killed Them, The Patsies that Didn’t

Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated 42 years ago in the midst of his campaign for the U.S. presidency. Largely overshadowed by the death of his brother, President John F. Kennedy, the official account of RFK’s tragic end, allegedly shot down by a lone gunman, like his brother, has received vastly less attention. In both instances, we are looking at staged events that fit into a recurrent pattern in U.S. and world history where innocent individuals (or “patsies”) are baited and framed for cover-up purposes. Professor James H. Fetzer, an expert in the scientific study of assassinations, provides a sketch of how we know what happened to them and why, where RFK’s assassination was in part intended to prevent a reinvestigation into his brother’s death.

E. Howard Hunt’s Deathbed Statement about JFK Assassination

Flashback: The Murder of Martin Luther King Was An Act of State

WHO MURDERED ARAFAT?

In an impromptu news conference in the Jordanian capital, Amman , on 12 July 2009, Fatah Secretary-General Farouk Kaddumi revealed that Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas and former Gaza strong man Muhammed Dahlan conspired to murder Yasser Arafat in connivance with Israel and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

NUCLEAR TESTING & FACILITIES

How the World Nuked Itself from 1945-1998

“1945-1998” is a multimedia artwork by Isao Hashimoto that documents over 2000 nuclear explosions — mostly tests — on earth since the closing days of World War II. It starts slowly, but give it time, because it ends up looking like the 4th of July.

VANUNU’S PHOTOS OF DIMONA – 1985

Acting on his conscience, he carefully took about 60 photos of the top-secret labs and unique production processes involved. When some of these photos were originally published in the London Sunday Times’ exposé, they confirmed his eyewitness testimony about the extent of Israel’s nuclear weapons program and revealed Israel to be one of the world’s top nuclear powers. To this day, the Israeli government refuses international inspection of Dimona and continues to deny the existence of its nuclear arsenal.

FLASHBACK – U.S. Once Deployed 12,000 Atom Arms In 2 Dozen Nations

The United States stored 12,000 nuclear weapons and components in at least 23 countries and 5 American territories during the cold war — including Morocco, Japan, Iceland, Puerto Rico and Cuba — according to an article based on a recently declassified document.

WORLD WAR II

Census bureau gave up WWII internment camp evaders

In ‘Eisenhower’s Death Camps’: A U.S. Prison Guard Remembers

In Andernach about 50,000 prisoners of all ages were held in an open field surrounded by barbed wire. The women were kept in a separate enclosure that I did not see until later. The men I guarded had no shelter and no blankets. Many had no coats. They slept in the mud, wet and cold, with inadequate slit trenches for excrement. It was a cold, wet spring, and their misery from exposure alone was evident.

Video: Operation Aphrodite

Operation Aphrodite’ was the World War II code name of a secret USAAF program that began in 1944. Pilotless aircraft packed with explosives were remotely controlled into their targets.

How Bush’s grandfather helped Hitler’s rise to power

VIETNAM

Vietnam’s forgotten victims Four decades on, Agent Orange continues to ravage the children of those exposed.

De-classified Vietnam-era Transcripts Show Senators Knew Gulf Of Tonkin Was A Staged False Flag Event

Hundreds Of POW’s Left To Die In Vietnam, Abandoned By Their Government

Appearing on the Alex Jones Show today, Paul Craig Roberts talked about the shameful abandonment of POWs by the U.S. government. Roberts mentioned an article by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sydney Schanberg posted on the American Conservative website entitled McCain and the POW Cover-Up.

OTHER

The Great Irish Famine Was Genocide

Britain apologizes 50 years after Thalidomide scandal

The British government apologized on Thursday to sufferers from the thalidomide scandal, half a century after thousands of babies were born with birth defects after their mothers took the morning sickness pill.

UFO files from the UK’s National Archives

COINTELPRO and the Omaha Two

VIDEO: Eight Million Africans Died in Wars Financed by US, UK

THE FRANKLIN SCANDAL: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal

More on the Franklin Pedophilia Ring Scandal

Oklahoma City Was an Inside Job

Two big bombs were found INSIDE the Oklahoma City federal building and defused.  These clips ran on local news live…and were never broadcast again.  There is no way a truck bomb regardless of size could have done the damage that was done to that building.

The government’s story is a complete lie and they know it. The “terrorism expert” and the end of this clip Dr. Randall Heather was never seen on TV again and can’t be found on Google (except in relation to this appearance.)  Rather than test the site to assess the exact composition of the bomb material as Dr. Heather and USAF General Partin (ret) recommended, the building was demolished and all the wreckage was removed to a fenced in landfill and buried.  No tests were ever done.

The Mysterious Death of Bush’s Cyber-Guru Michael Connell

MI5 files on 7/7 attacks ‘impossible’ to access

It would be “impossible” to reveal secret MI5 files about the 7/7 London terror attacks, a court has been told.

BBC documentary proves Israeli army murdered Rachel Corrie

The BBC has released a remarkable film about the killing of three international peace activists by the Israeli army in the occupied Gaza Strip. Documentary evidence provided in the film strongly suggests that the American Rachel Corrie – and two British activists – were murdered.  Last spring, within a period of seven weeks, one British and one American peace activist were killed by the Israeli army in Rafah, a Palestinian town at the southern end of the occupied Gaza Strip. A second Briton was shot in the head leaving him brain-dead. In two of the cases the Israeli army is being blamed for murder; the third is considered “attempted murder.”

PREVIOUS LESSONS FROM HISTORY



Palestine News Round-Up: Continuing Occupation and War Crimes in Gaza, West Bank and beyond

UN Security Council Members Demand Israel End Blockade

Gaza siege must be “broken”: Arab League chief

Leaked Vatican document: Israeli occupation ‘unjust’

Israeli Document: Gaza Blockade Isn’t About Security

Collective punishment is illegal under international law.

800,000 kids bearing brunt of Gaza blockade

The Gaza Blockade Is Illegal and the Flotilla Attack Was an Illegal Act of War

Gaza: 95% of factories are closed, 93% of water is polluted

David Cameron: Israeli blockade has turned Gaza Strip into a ‘prison camp’

Gazans Denied Medical Care under Siege

WHO: Medical equipment still banned from Gaza

Oxfam: Palestinian village & nearly $30,000 of aid destroyed by Israeli military

Brazil donates $14 million for Gaza reconstruction

Former Prime Minister of Malaysia call upon Nations to Rise Against Israel

Palestinian Holocaust: Children Victims of Cast Lead

Exclusive Intifada Interview with Greta Berlin – Free Gaza Movement

The Siege against Gaza: America’s Ongoing Support of Israeli Military and Intelligence Operations

Norwegian Port Union Boycotts Israeli Ships

Dockworkers, Worldwide, Respond to Israel’s Flotilla Massacre and Gaza Siege

Swedish Dock-Workers Union Joining Protest, Block Israeli Cargo

Historic Victory at Oakland Port – Israeli Ship Blocked from Unloading

The Simplicity of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Egypt Lifts Its Side Of Gaza Blockade

Gaza’s humanitarian catastrophe

According to a report by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 50 per cent of the children in Gaza suffer from anemia and malnutrition. Also, one million Palestinians depend on humanitarian relief for sustenance; 80 per cent of Gaza residents live below the poverty line; and employment has reached 65 per cent, especially among the youth and university graduates. Average income per day per person is only $2.

The Ringworm Children: Zionist Eugenics of the Sephardim

Gazans: We were used as ‘human shields’

A series of testimonies in a report probing Operation Cast Lead suggest that IDF soldiers used Gazans as human shields.  The report – exclusively obtained by Ynet – was compiled by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) and Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, and focuses mainly on violation of Palestinian prisoners’ rights by the Israeli military during the Gaza war.

The report criticized Israel’s use of the “unlawful combatant” clause of the International Law, which effectively strips a detainee of any rights reserved for prisoners of war under International Law. The application, said the report, allowed Israel to essentially ignore International Humanitarian Law directives.

Torture Of Palestinian Child Prisoners “Widespread And Institutionalised”

Each year around 700 Palestinian children are arrested, interrogated and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. From 100 testimonies, from different age groups and locations, DCI found that 69% were beaten or kicked and 81% made forced confessions during interrogations, which would commonly take place with the prisoner blindfolded and handcuffed. 32% signed confessions in Hebrew.

DCI also submitted 50 cases of children suffering extreme abuse. These include ’M.S’, 16, who was “arrested at 2am, threatened with rape, beaten with a chair, then signed a confession in Hebrew”. ’Muhammad H.’, also 16, “breaks leg during arrest, hit with helmet and iron rod, nose broken”.

Sea blockade of Gaza was “temporary” – 15 years ago

A Glimpse of Life in Gaza: Why Do They Risk Their Lives Working in Tunnels?

The United Nations (UN) reports that “15-20% of essential medicines are commonly out of stock and there are shortages of essential spare parts for many items of medical equipment,” further noting that 80% of what comes into Gaza does so via the tunnels.

Unemployment is at nearly 60%, and 98% of industry, including factories and businesses, have been decimated by the siege and the Israeli war on Gaza.

The over 1000 tunnels running from Egypt to Gaza employ upwards of 20,000 people and allow in what is banned by Israel and closed borders: foodstuffs, oil, cooking gas, cars and car parts, medicines, appliances, clothing and shoes, building materials, livestock, school materials, cola, milk formula, cigarettes, and even people.

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