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New Israeli flotilla attack video 16, June 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in American ME Relations, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
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Some parts of this video are a bit difficult to watch.

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

This is the latest video from the Israeli flotilla attack. Some things I learned:

  • The boat was a lot larder than I first realised
  • There were SIGNIFICANTLY more people on board than I first realised
  • This video mooching around what I’d guess to be a fair bit of the ship gave no evidence whatsoever of any quasi-militias on board. The worst was a guy – quite literally – flicking something at an Israeli helicopter with a tiny hand-held catapult. A bit pathetic and pointless really.
  • This video shows what I imagine to be a majority of the people on board having nothing whatsoever to do with brandishing any weapons or attacking anyone. Most people seemed to be holding cameras, offering first-aid and generally milling around.
  • The caveat to some of the above points being that this video does not cover any struggles/fighting between Israelis and others. Yet, my point overall has been and still is that the vast majority of people on board wanted no fight to break-out. I’ve no doubt that some were looking for a confrontation, but, I suggest, that such people are not in the majority.

Israel’s video of the flotilla 1, June 2010

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A few thoughts:

  • Those engaging in anti-Israeli diatribes need to stop portraying the flotilla as Mother Theresa on a boat. I’ve no doubt that some of the people on the boat knew perfectly well that the Israelis would have to do something; I think that some were counting on that fact. Indeed, they came prepared (see below)
  • Those engaging in pro-Israeli diatribes need to stop portraying the flotilla as a haven for terrorists. This sounds weak, utterly desperate and does not at all ring true.
  • In the above video from the Israeli Foreign Ministry they show the “armaments” of those on the flotilla: sling shots, a thin looking stick and a metal pipe. By highlighting this pathetic array of “weapons” the Israelis are woefully harming their own cause as they look absurdly brutish killing however many of them because they were having marbles flicked at them.
  • Clearly, someone attacking you with a pipe could be dangerous but are those on the flotilla sailing in International Waters not allowed to protect themselves? And, again, how were these vaunted soldiers so woefully unprepared?
  • This is yet another spectacular debacle for the IDF. There is just no other way to put it. Horrific over-kill pinning Israel ever more into a corner.
  • Israel cannot so continuously and so gratuitously flout International Law yet expect it to be upheld by others.
  • My overriding feelings on this topic as a whole is an utter lack of comprehension as to how a people who have suffered so much, certainly not just in the last 60 years, can inflict such suffering on others.