Israel raid on Gaza flotilla, Mavi Marmara vessel (Videos)

Warning: These videos contain violent images.

Updated 6/1/10
By Garance Franke-Ruta
Videos from the Israel Defense Forces and Arab, Turkish and Iranian media stations are shaping international perceptions online following the deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla seeking to break the Israeli maritime blockade of the Hamas-controlled territory. At least nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed in the incident Monday morning.

The IDF issued a video that provides helicopter footage of the initial moments of the raid and said that the first commando lowered onto the ship was attacked. The civilian activists on board the Mavi Marmara "attacked the IDF Naval personnel with live fire and light weaponry including knives and clubs," the IDF said in a statement accompanying the video.

"As a result of this life-threatening and violent activity, naval forces employed riot dispersal means, as well as live fire," the IDF said. "According to initial reports, these events resulted in the deaths of nine demonstrators and seven naval personnel were injured, some from gunfire and some from various other weapons. Two of the soldiers are moderately wounded and the remainder sustained light injuries. All of the injured, Israelis and foreigners have been evacuated by helicopter to hospitals in Israel.

"Reports from IDF forces on the scene are that it seems as if part of the participants onboard the ships were planning to lynch the forces.

"The interception of the flotilla followed numerous warnings given to the organizers of the flotilla before leaving their ports as well as while sailing towards the Gaza Strip."

The Israelis also posted a video of one of those warnings to the flotilla being delivered in advance of the raid, and a video from another angle of the soldiers who first rappelled onto the ship being set upon by men wielding batons:

Arab and other Middle Eastern media reports show the the other side -- the wounded civilians aboard the ship and scared passengers. What sounds like gunshots are audible in the background. The videos repeatedly emphasize that the ship was traveling in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea when it was boarded.

"Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal on board the Mavi Marmara sent this report before communications were cut," the international news network Al Jazeera reports:

Another report now circulating online shows a compilation of clips, including of a Press TV reporter as the raid continued. Press TV is a Tehran-based Iranian international news network that broadcasts in English. "We are being attacked from every side," the Press TV reporter said.

The Associated Press lays out the stakes in a video report on the international outrage sparked by the incident:

May 31, 2010; 1:08 PM ET  | Category:  world
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If they had nothing to hide on the ship, why be violent against a check for weapons? All but one of the ships complied and only on the one which initiated deadly violence against the IDF was anyone killed. ISRAEL HAS NO INTEREST IN HURTING ANYONE. Everyone knows that Israel's main problem is that it is morally bound to keep innocent Gazans alive -- and it therefore supplies incredible amounts of electricity and other services even though the payments for them (remember all those millions pledged to help?) never arrive. Instead of trying to pull Israelis into fights and organizing emergency summits against them, let them get back to work inventing medical devices which you or your kids might someday need.

Posted by: familyfirst120 | May 31, 2010 2:33 PM

Oh yes,

Why didn't those on the boats just lie down and let the Israelis do whatever they wanted?

It was international waters, and all that. but the Jews can do whatever the like, wherever they like.
Everybody knows that. And Americans can pay for it.

Posted by: whistling | May 31, 2010 2:43 PM

Well, when you board a ship in international sea you should not be surprised to be kicked off the bridge...

Posted by: ram7 | May 31, 2010 2:53 PM

"Might makes right."

Nicolai Michaevilli said it. Adolf Hitler believed in and implemented this doctrine more than 60 years ago. The Israeli government has believed and practiced it for more than 40 years now.

The fact is there is not much anyone can do to the world's most powerful nation (Israel) - not even the world’s second most powerful nation (the USA). So let the people go ahead and demonstrate, burn flags and effigies and give speeches. Let the UN, Arab League, European Union, African Union and all the other world and regional bodies meet, "deliberate" and condemn Israel. They will accomplish as much as once does when he pours water on a duck's back.

A few days, weeks or months from now the world's most powerful nation (Israel) will attack and kill another group of unarmed, defenseless, innocent and peaceful people and then everything will start all over again. It's a vicious cycle, people!

Posted by: erickaba | May 31, 2010 3:05 PM

The purpose of a blockade is prevention of goods moving into an area; especially smuggled, dangerous items, which can be used against the blockading country.

It appears the leaders of this flotilla decided to instigate and use violence against the Israeli Navy. This is very apparent since they refused to allow the boarding and, by proof of the video, had weapons with the sole purpose of using against Israel. It appears these thugs did not realize or are too stupid to grasp the concept of video.

Posted by: imaginemore | May 31, 2010 3:17 PM

Silly non-violent activists still think that they will be pretected by international laws....don't they know that democracy has it's limits....there is always a line that cannot be crossed...actions that those in power will not tolerate be they non-violent or other wise.......think of Kent State University killings....and hundreds of other examples.......silly activists....face reality....

Posted by: mdc11 | May 31, 2010 4:12 PM

Israel has become a rouge nation,because of our ,U.S.A; blind support.Even our PRESIDENT finds himself helpless due to the unconditional support of our CONGRESS.Our congress is in the POCKET of AIPAC, the Israeli lobby here.These people do not care about the welfare of America when it comes to support for Israel.The whole world is on fire because of the Israel-palestinian dispute.Israel is a PARASITE for us and it is destroying its host, U.S.A; piece by piece.We give them Billions of Dollars and we get nothing in return, except insults and defience.We have becomome a beggar nation because of all these wars which were launched at the
behest of ZIONIST LOBBY.The whole world hates us because of our blind support for
Israel. We have become the laughing stock
of the world.It is a shame that we have to
borrow Money from COMMUNIST CHINA to fight
these wars to PLEASE ISRAELI LOBBY.Now
this lobby is pushing us to go to war against IRAN. Zionists like LIEBERMAN, Richard Perle, Poul Wolfowitz,Dougla Feith
etc. will fight to the last American to serve Israeli interests. For these people,
Interest of Israel comes first above everything.
Israel and its BLIND supprters should learn leasons from the DEMISE of the past
COLONIAL POWERS.See what happend to countries like BRITIN, SPAIN ,FRANCE and PORTUGAL. they were all KICKED OUT of their
colonies by the native people in DISGRACE.
Israel should go back to the pre 1967 border and the Arab Refugees should be compensated for losing their homes and properties.They donot have to go back to
Israel.Rich Arab countries should buy back
all the houses, built by Israelies and Israel should leave the west bank and let the world live in PEACE and also save AMERICA from slow DEATH.
Israel can not have Arab piece of land and
PEACE of mind.I hope Israeli people have
not chosen the SAMSON or MASADA option.
14 Million People cannot fight for ever
against 1.57 billion people.Today ISRAEL has technical SUPERIORITY but this will not last for ever.Other GUYS are catching up fast.SO, plese, give peace a chance and save the world from impending disaster.

Posted by: swasimjafry | May 31, 2010 4:12 PM

Isreal knows that the only reason they have not been attacked and destroyed is that they have nuclear weapons.
When Iran aquires a nuclear weapon you can be sure they will use it.
Imagine the virgins and young boys Allah would bestoe upon the person or persons that detonate a nuclear weapon in Isreal.
I expect either side to attack each other on Obamas watch knowing he will do nothing other than talk it over with the UN and do nothing.

Posted by: tropic1 | May 31, 2010 4:44 PM

Rachel Corrie Memorial Website
Dedicated to a 23 year old peace activist who was killed on March 16, 2003 when she was crushed by a bulldozer on the Gaza Strip.

Posted by: KathyWi | May 31, 2010 5:20 PM

The flotilla had American, British, Australian, Greek, Canadian, Malaysian, Algerian, Serbian, Belgian, Irish (the Nobel Peace Prize winner), Norweigen, Swedish, Kuwaiti civilians.

Three German parliamentarians were aboard the Turkish boat which was stormed. There were also two Palestinian Knesset members.

Swedish author Henning Mankell was also on board the flotilla.

Northern Irish Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mairead Corrigan Maguire and a Holocaust survivor.

Politicians from Germany, Turkey and Jordan, as well as doctors and nurses were also known to be on board.

The Free Gaza organization also said Henning Mankell, best— selliing Swedish author of the Wallender series, had been on board the Turkish Marmara when the Israeli military stormed it.

Maybe now, America will have to decide whether it will continue to support Israel's brutal blockade and occupation.

Posted by: francinelast | May 31, 2010 5:43 PM

It seems Israel is a law into its self. Whatever Israel wants, her supporters appear to find a way of justifying it.

Israeli oppression and lawlessness created a monster we are paying for with blood and treasure: the Qadia.

Posted by: wrock76taolcom | May 31, 2010 6:27 PM

Come on folks... it's PC to let the Jihadists brutalize Jews and to smuggle weaponry into Gaza. There's simply no excuse for these Israelis to protect their lives. There's no excuse for Westerners to refuse to submit to Islamic Jihadist subjugation or murder. Get with it!!

Posted by: HonestJohn501 | May 31, 2010 6:34 PM

The Israelis have no legal or moral right to intercept a ship in international waters. They know that and they and their friends should not act surprised at the reaction of the people on board and the international outrage that ensued.

Posted by: abrahamhab1 | May 31, 2010 6:37 PM

Our leftist liberals feel really good when they have the opportunity to unload on Israel and/or American conservatives. They are avid supporters / apologists for the terror killings promulgated by the Jihadists. Why? The Stockholm Syndrome? Don't know, don't care. Let the idiots sacrifice themselves and fight against the Jihadists BEFORE they have the chance to kill you as they so wish to d.

Posted by: HonestJohn501 | May 31, 2010 6:39 PM

Any fool can see from the film footage that the "peace activists" / "humanitarians" were trying to beat the Israeli soldiers to death. I am GLAD as can be that they fought back. It's a simple fact that there is NO starvation in Gaza - the whole flotilla thing was/is a farce to stimulate a PR campaign against the Western world. I wish they had simply sunk the boats with all on board.

Posted by: HonestJohn501 | May 31, 2010 6:42 PM

And how many gullible stupi Liberals are going to run to their PC and cry foul when its in black and white that the crew attacked the soldiers first.They were not playing either,trying to throw the first one overboard and then a fire bomb.
You watch all the fat arsed little female protesters that dont have a real job,will start complaining and cry anti Jew lies.
I know what I saw with my own eyes and if the world wants to support freedom,why not try Zimbabwee.The dictator there has killed millions of his own countrymen.????
Sorry,no Jews in Zimbabwee.

Posted by: captgrumpy | May 31, 2010 7:27 PM

Israelis bordered a ship, in international waters, and killed passengers and crew. No matter their reasons, they are in the wrong, they cannot run away from their wrong, and they will have to atone. The US must take a stand and make a measurable response, like withholding aide. If the US does not they to will have to atone too. No matter how right you think you are, being wrong should be admitted. They have become what they claim to despise. What could be worse for a nation?

Posted by: Fate1 | May 31, 2010 8:57 PM

Two US diplomats are among several US citizens reported as missing from the ships where several were killed in the Israeli assault.

Edward Peck, former US ambassador to Iraq and Ann Wright a US Journalist, former US diplomat and US Army Colonel with 29 years of service are among the US citizens missing.

AIPAC and its puppets in congress are already spinning maligning Distinguished American Diplomats and veterans as “terrorists”!

When you get done venting here, please go the website of your Senators and Rep as well as the Whitehouse and leave a polite comment about this.

These comments are important and even politicians who consistently follow The Lobby's lead, need votes and they pay attention to public opinion. If they only hear from AIPAC and its allies, they will never change. Each letter is deemed to represent the views of 10,000 voters. That is leverage.

AIPAC and its allies need to be countered by a massive public indignation.

Posted by: KaneMan | May 31, 2010 9:08 PM

When you get done venting here, please go the website of your Senators and Rep as well as the Whitehouse and leave a polite comment about this.

These comments are important and even politicians who consistently follow The Lobby's lead, need votes and they pay attention to public opinion. If they only hear from AIPAC and its allies, they will never change. Each letter is deemed to represent the views of 10,000 voters. That is leverage.

AIPAC and its allies need to be countered by a massive public indignation.

Posted by: KaneMan | June 1, 2010 12:18 AM

Maritime law states that if a ship states its intention is to violate a blockade, it is in violation of that blockade as soon as it leaves its home port, so it doesn't matter if it was in international waters or not, the Israeli forces had legal right to seize the ships. Since they also appear to be repatriating the people captured on the ship, I'm wondering what law they've actually violated. Yes, there were a lot of diplomats and peaceful people on that ship, but as soon as they stated their intention to violate a blockade and then acted upon that intention (by leaving port), they became belligerents, no matter their past peaceful actions.

Posted by: rastatok | June 1, 2010 5:35 PM

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