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What really happened in the raid on the Freedom Flotilla

Posted by Charles II on June 12, 2010

(Crossposted to DK)

Via Craig Murray, a video of what really happened on the Mavi Marmara in the Freedom Flotilla running the Gaza Blockade, from film smuggled out by journalists. This film was produced by Cultures of Resistance [Update: this appears to be the clip from about 39:00 onward in a longer version of the video below]:

Israeli Attack on the Mavi Marmara, May 31st 2010 // 15 min. from Cultures of Resistance on Vimeo.

A commenter claims that a Norwegian voice states that the red liquid seen early on is not blood. The video also does seem to show commandos descending without the use of teargas, flash grenades, or live weapons fire. Since the film begins in the middle of events, they could have been used earlier [update: and may well have been. See the longer film below].

Here is film from before the attack:

Israeli Attack on the Mavi Marmara // Raw Footage from Cultures of Resistance on Vimeo.

The Israelis come alongside ca. 32:00. They fire something around 36:00 and what looks to be a cloud of gas appears. There could also be gunfire at this point; one can’t tell. Someone throws something, maybe a tear gas canister at the boat at about 37:20, and it bounces off near the windscreen. There is the reddish material running down near the ship ladder to the upper deck at ca. 38:00. Someone says, “This is blood.” and repeats it. Someone else, who sounds Norwegian, says it’s a paintball. A laser sighting dot appears on the deck at about 39:30 and the Norwegian (?) says something about “live ammunition”. Commandos come down at 41:30, so this appears to be the same/similar film as in the first tape. One of the passengers appears to be holding a stick at 42:00. A young man shoots a slingshot at the helicopter; he is joined by another. The helicopter takes off. Sounds that could be gunshots. At 43:25, a wounded man is brought by. There are sounds that are probably gunfire. A ship warning chime sounds three times. It seems that the wounded man is an Israeli soldier in civilian clothes, since papers are shown and said to be “from the Israelis” that are said to show who they wanted to get. In this film, the pictures are at first wiped out by glare, but then the man shows them slowly. There are people on the Challenger -1 and -2. These are the ones on the Mavi Marmara (photo sharpened to try to read the writing):

I don’t recognize the people. But most of them look a little elderly to be terrorists. After 45:00, one man apparently dies and others are shown with wounds.

Now if the Israelis will only release the rest of the film they confiscated, there can be a real investigation of what happened.

One Response to “What really happened in the raid on the Freedom Flotilla”

  1. Thanks, Charles, for posting this.

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