Back in May 2010 Israeli commandos raided Mavi Marmara, a ship carrying aid to Gaza. On board of the vessel were 600 peace activists. Before it reached it’s destination the commandos boarded the ship and opened fire. They killed nine activists one of which was shot 4 times in the head.
An investigation has recently concluded that Israel acted legally. And who carried out the investigation…..Israel! This is of course an absolute farce. You could not make it up could you? Who else other than Israel could get away with this? They of course refused an independent international inquiry. Also, none of the soldiers involved in the raid was authorised to provide testimony.
Most Israel supporters will blindingly claim that the people on the boat were terrorists albeit terrorists without any weapons? Not one gun or bomb was found on the ship only aid to help the people of Gaza. Were they planning to attack Israel with cement, clothes and medical equipment?
The actions by Israel forces on that day last May cannot be defended. Which is probably why they confiscated all recording equipment which would of course confirm the nine murders that took place. If the footage could be seen even the Israeli government would not be able to squirm out of it.
Viva Palestina’s Kevin Ovenden, who was on board the Mavi Marmara when it was attacked by Israeli forces in May last year, said, “The claim by Israel’s Turkel Commission that Israeli forces acted legally when they killed nine people aboard the Mavi Marmara, and left another brain dead, will be laughed out of court by all but the Israeli government and its most fanatical supporters.”
Sarah Colbourne, Director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and who was also onboard the Marvi Marmara when the Israeli Defence Force attacked the boat said:
“However hard the Israeli Government attempts to rewrite history, they can’t rewrite the truth. The facts are simple, the Marvi Marmara was carrying essential humanitarian aid like baby milk to the besieged people of Gaza. There were no guns or weapons on board the boat, we were in international waters, when over 300 bullets – or one for every two people on board – rained down on us, killing 9 people and injuring over 50.
The actions of the Israeli Defence Force and the Israeli Government where by all international standards of law illegal as is their continued occupation of Gaza and the oppression of the Palestinian people.”
The Israeli government cannot continue to get away the murder of these activists nor the brutal gaza blockade that they continue to enforce. I do feel though that even Israel have gone to far with the Mavi Marmara murders. It has been internationally condemned and they really do seem to be on there own with this one.