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U.S. Filmmaker Recorded Flotilla Massacre Video – Salem-News.Com

via U.S. Filmmaker Recorded Flotilla Massacre Video – Salem-News.Com.

Tim King Salem-News.com  

Bad news for Israel’s spinmasters… 

Casualty aboard the Mavi Marmara
One of those shot down aboard the Mavi Marmara.
Photo courtesy: culturesofresistance.org

  

(SALEM, Ore.) – The world is slowly absorbing the real magnitude of the Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla to aid Gaza. A filmmaker as it turns out, was able to smuggle an hour of raw video back to the USA and two versions, a 15-minute edited video, and the full 60-minutes of raw video, are both published below.

  

Cultures of Resistance director Iara Lee was aboard the besieged Mavi Marmara and has since returned home safely.

  

I would consider her to be one of the bravest and most successful filmmaker/documentarians in the world. Nobody expected this, the amount of gunfire from Israel’s military is unbelievable, horrifying.

  

According to Cultures of Resistance: “On the night of Sunday, May 30, showing a terrifying disregard for human life, Israeli naval forces surrounded and boarded ships sailing to bring humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip.”

  

On the largest ship, the Mavi Marmara, Israeli commandos opened fire on civilian passengers, killing at least 9 passengers and wounding dozens more.

  

Others are still missing. In fact at least 17 people have just disappeared, gone off the radar… only Israel knows.

  

The final death toll is yet to be determined.

  

Despite the Israeli government’s thorough efforts to confiscate all footage taken during the attack, Iara Lee was able to retain some of her recordings.

  

Debunking Israel’s Myths

  

Another aspect of this is the testimony of former U.S. Marine Ken O’Keefe, a Gulf War Veteran. He relates how the Mavi Marmara crew had disarmed and captured three Israeli soldiers and how the soldiers looked at them as though they expected to be killed. They were not killed. That is the beginning and end of the ill motives of this ship’s crew. Their friends were slaughtered in cold blood, unarmed, and when given the chance, did not kill in retaliation.

  

Many Israelis may not understand the notion of not retaliating, as it is extremely customary of Israel to wage heavy handed attacks over things like unguided rocket attacks from the elected but unrecognized political party and militant group Hamas.

  

In a standard western context, military or otherwise, attacking those who are unarmed is criminal and a show of extreme cowardice. There is not an exception to the rule.

  

 

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

Israeli Attack on the Mavi Marmara // Raw Footage from Cultures of Resistance on Vimeo.

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Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com’s Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.

Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation’s only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com

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Written by skullnboner

June 14, 2010 at 11:28 pm

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