Gaza flotilla massacre Revisited

In light of the recent ICC ruling regarding the Mava Marmara case I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the details of the event. Did I skip anything? Please weigh in.

 ERDOGAN's speech after Mavi Marmara attack

Despite a number of passengers on the flotilla having recorded the events with still and video cameras all the footage (and the equipment) was seized by the Israeli authorities and remains in their possession. (why, if what they claim is true?)  In the immediate aftermath of the incident there is compelling evidence of abuse of other passengers by Israeli authorities, including physical mistreatment, harassment, intimidation, unjustified confiscation of belongings, and the denial of timely consular assistance. [As I recall, the Jews even stole their credit cards and USED them)

The Gaza flotilla massacre occurred on May 31, 2010 when Israeli commandos attacked the Gaza Freedom Flotilla killing up to 20 peace activists and journalists. Fifty-four passengers were hospitalized, many with gunshot wounds. Israel has admitted to nine deaths and returned the bodies to Turkey. Several activists are still missing. Witnesses claim Israeli commandos threw some of the wounded overboard.

Up to 750 people representing 42 countries were on board six ships that were carrying 10,000 tons of relief supplies to the Gaza Strip. 581 of the activists were on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara.

It is abundantly clear from a document which was found in a captured Israeli commando's backpack,  that the Zionists had a secret hit list. People they wanted to murder, like some death squad, of which they are of course more than familiar. I'm assuming it was confiscated.
A seventh ship originally part of the flotilla--the MV (Motor Vessel) Rachel Corrie named after the murdered peace activist--was delayed because of mechanical problems and left Malta a few hours after the Israeli attack. On June 6, the ship was seized by Israeli commandos as it approached the Gaza Strip. Two other ships originally part of the flotilla also had mechanical problems.

Israeli preparation

Prior to the attack, the Israeli cabinet approved the interception of the flotilla. Defense Minister Ehud Barak was to supervise the operation utilizing half of Israel’s naval forces. Israeli security sources planned to prevent the flotilla from reaching Gaza "at any price" and threaten to open fire on the approaching ships.

Israeli attack
One of the commandos in a terrorist mask. Most people in America don't know that Israel attacked and nearly sank a very important U.S. spy ship during the Six Day War in 1967, killing dozens of American Naval personnel. U.S. President Lyndon Johnson did not take Israel to task for the targeted attack on the U.S.S. Liberty. Israel's attacks at sea are old hat for that government.

As the Israelis approached, a white flag of surrender was raised on the Turkish cruise ship, Mavi Marmara. The Israelis fired before boarding the ships. One eyewitness on board said the commandos fired "the moment their feet hit the deck. They shot civilians asleep."

Two peace activists were shot in the forehead from the Israeli helicopters above before they set foot on the ship. Once the Israelis repelled onto the ship three commandos were disarmed and for a brief time and taken prisoner by former US marine Ken O’Keefe and others who resisted the attack.

The Israeli attack on the peace activists was shown live on Turkish television--filmed from one of the nearby ships--sparking a national outrage. The six ships were in international waters 80 miles off the coast of Gaza at the time of the pre-dawn attack.

One of the sponsors of the aid group, Friends of Al-Aqsa, said thru a spokesman,

This aggression from the Israeli navy was inexcusable. The civilians on board were unarmed so despite Israeli excuses, there could never be any justification for killing these unarmed humanitarians. The response from the global community needs to be strong and swift. Israel's claims that there were weapons on board are no more than an attempt to justify themselves.

Turkish aid

The peace flotilla converged at sea near Cyprus. The aid ships were organized by the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (Insani Yardim Vakfi) and the Free Gaza Movement. The supplies included water filtration systems, cement, school books and prefabricated homes for the residents of Gaza.[19]
Dead and injured

The Israelis claimed several of their soldiers suffered from gunshots, stab wounds or bruises. They were immediately rushed from the scene by helicopter. Later it was learned only two Israelis were seriously injured.

Those killed on the ships were reported to have been Turkish nationals and Palestinian citizens of Israel. Nine bodies were returned to Turkey all were Turkish citizens except for one who was a Turkish-American. Autopsies show they were shot a total of 30 times with five victims receiving gunshots to the head. The Israelis claimed they fired in self-defense, however five of the dead were shot either in the back or the back of the head. The Turkish-American, Fulkan Dogan, was shot five times at close range, in the face, in the back of the head, twice in the leg and once in the back.

The Israelis took control of the lead ship an hour and a half after they began the attack. They later escorted the six ships toward the port of Ashdod. Once the passengers were in Israel, the authorities accused the activists of entering the country illegally.
International outrage

Most of the international outrage from the attack came from Turkey. Turkey's Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan demanded in a speech to his parliament, "Israel's behaviour should definitely, definitely be punished. The time has come for the international community to say 'enough.'"

A senior official in Jerusalem said the alliance between Turkey and Israel was dead. "The Turks are right about one thing: Irreversible harm has been caused to the relations. In the situation that has been created, Turkey will no longer be a strategic ally of Israel."
Most facts taken from with references
photos here

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