The Gaza flotilla: Videos
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 The Gaza flotilla: Videos

6/18/2010


 

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The interception of the Gaza flotilla


Overview of Israel Navy Interception of the Gaza Flotilla - 31 May 2010
The Israeli Navy met with violence on the part of the IHH-sponsored protesters on board the Mavi Marmara

Israel Navy warns flotilla: Gaza closed to maritime traffic
Mavi Marmara, you are approaching an area of hostilities which is under a naval blockade.

Demonstrators on the Mavi Marmara use violence against Israeli Navy soldiers attempting to board ship
IDF naval personnel encountered severe violence, including use of weaponry prepared in advance.

Flotilla members attacking Israeli boarding party
Examples of weapons found aboard the Mavi Marmara

Mavi Marmara passengers attack IDF before soldiers board ship

Close-up footage of Mavi Marmara passengers attacking IDF soldiers
Video taken by IDF naval boat shows the passengers of the Mavi Marmara violently attacking IDF soldiers who were trying to board the ship after having sent repeated requests for the boat to change course.


On August 16, 2010 the BBC broadcast a half-hour 'Panorama' program examining the 'Free Gaza' flotilla and the Israeli raid of the Mavi Marmara on May 31.
View on BBC iPlayer
YouTube link for those without access to BBC iPlayer: Part1 and Part 2.

During the film, Corbin remarked that, "Here in Gaza, the problem's not so much a lack of food or medicine" and that "the Turkish government… support[s] Hamas." Describing who was on board the boat, she commented that "the IHH invited fellow Islamists from across the Arab world," and highlighted the fact that some of those on board the ship expressed a desire to die as martyrs. Corbin interviewed the head of the IHH, the group responsible for the violence breaking out, who admitted a premeditated plan to throw the Israeli soldiers into the sea.

She concluded the program by asking, "What about the aid the IHH said was the reason for their mission? Some of it has arrived in Gaza from Israel, and is sitting in a warehouse… but I found that two thirds of the medicines are out of date and useless". "At the end of the day, the bid to break the naval blockade wasn't really about bringing aid to Gaza. It was a political move designed to put pressure on Israel and the international community… the IHH presented the dead as martyrs."

 

The IHH operatives - Background and preparations 

IHH members planning attack on Israeli boarding party
Footage from the Mavi Marmara security cameras shows the planning stage of the attack against the Israeli boarding party - briefings, the preparation of weapons and gas masks, and deployment on the upper deck

EVIDENCE: IHH leader urges men to throw Israelis overboard
In this footage, taken on board the Mavi Marmari on 30 May 2010, IHH leader Bulent Yildirim clearly instructs his followers to throw the Israeli commandos overboard when they land on the ship. His speech was made in Turkish and repeated in Arabic by a translator.

Mavi Mara Chief Officer Gokkiran Gokhan
"I asked one of them who cut the poles, adn he said he didn't know."

Statement by Mehmut Tuval, Captain, Mavi Marmara

Gaza flotilla members declare their readiness for martyrdom
Statements of Gaza flotilla members about their readiness to die as "shahids" (martyrs for the sake of Allah)

 

Humanitarian aid

IDF transfers humanitarian aid from Gaza flotilla
Of the seven flotilla ships, only four were freight ships.

Radio exchange between Israeli Navy and 7th flotilla ship regarding transfer of aid to Gaza
In radio transmission with the 7th flotilla ship (5 June), the Israeli Navy offers to transfer all humanitarian supplies on board to Gaza through land crossings in coordination with a third party, including a number of independent aid organizations.

 

The Israeli position - statements

MFA Spokesman (24 May)
Ships forcing their way into Gaza will do nothing to aid the people there.

MFA legal expert Sarah Weiss Maudi on the legal aspects of Gaza aid
A maritime blockade has been imposed by Israel off the coast of Gaza because Israel is currently in a state of armed conflict with the Hamas regime that controls Gaza.

Seizure of the Gaza flotilla: Press conference with Dep FM Ayalon
The armada of hate and violence in support of the Hamas terror organization was a premeditated and outrageous provocation.

 
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