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The Mavi Marmara – Comments on New Video Released

Posted in Arab, Demonstration, Gaza and Hamas, Insanity, Israel, Modern World, Muslim, Palestine, Religion, Terrorism, Terrorists with tags , , , , , , on 12/06/2010 by floroy1942

New footage of the Israeli attack on the aid convoy bound for Gaza has been released, smuggled out by Lara Lee of Cultures for Resistance. It is quite graphic, and shows much more of events aboard the ship than any previously seen. The video posted in an article by The Guardian will unfortunately not embed so a link to it is below for those interested.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/11/gaza-flotilla-attack-new-video

Interestingly, it shows passengers firing something at the helicopters with catapults as it hovered over the ship, and one of the first injured people carried below for treatment was an Israeli soldier. So much for the lie there was no resistance from the activists!

Personally, I also have to question the actions of the ships Captain who, from the taped evidence, made no effort to stop the ship once boarded.

It all depends on what side you are on as to whether you believe the Israeli’s or the activists in this saga. Many people are so opposed to Israel they would not admit the truth if it slapped them in the face. On the other hand, if deadly mistakes were made during the storming of the ship by Israeli forces, they would not readily admit it. So who do you believe? You have to make up your own mind on that. Below is more of the footage made by the Israeli’s.

A quick look at the collection of videos finding their way onto YouTube must now be sufficient for even the most sceptic to take another look at their stance on the incident. Many show the soldiers being attacked with iron bars, a stun grenade and even petrol bombs, so you have to ask, who are the innocents here? Its up to you whether you believe all the blame should be given to the Israeli’s, or if they were extremely provoked and had no choice but to defend themselves.

For myself, I am sure errors were made by both sides and the fact these mistakes led to the death of so many ‘civilians’ is certainly sad. There is little doubt from the films that resistance was offered to the boarding soldiers, and many were seriously injured, but for the life of me, I cannot understand the attitude of the activists, who were in my opinion, out to provoke an international incident and thereby some propaganda for the Palestinian cause.

In the event of being boarded by an overwhelming, armed military force, the obvious thing to do is to line up on the deck with your hands raised and surrender immediately. In that way no casualties would have been suffered. This did not happen! It is ludicrous to imagine that ‘unarmed’ civilians can fight off soldiers as tough as the Israeli’s, so why try? Unless it would add more spice to the propaganda by having a few wounded activists? In this they made a deadly miscalculation.

Cries from Muslims of “Allahu Akbar” can be heard clearly on the tape, which quickly brings to mind the shouts of suicide bombers just before they blow themselves up, and as a soldier what would you think of the opposition you were facing? No-one wants to die, even soldiers in the Israeli army!

Either way you look at it, resistance to the boarding has been amply demonstrated on many of the tapes of the incident and that is something that should not have happened. Opposition to an armed boarding force on this scale is useless, and in my opinion, it’s not surprising people died. But the activists got what they wanted, at a heavy price, for the international community is now incensed with the Gaza blockade.

Many people have been blinded by the deaths of ‘innocent activists’ and the dead piling up in Israel are not even taken into consideration. This is a war that has been going on for decades with no end in sight, and it will continue so long as Hamas keeps attacking Israel at the expense of the people they represent, and the Israeli’s keep building settlements on Palestinian land.

Actions like this however are just a waste of human life, and in the long term serve no purpose.

Roy.


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