Thursday, June 2, 2011

Israel’s attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla: Looking back a year later

By Ali Abunimah
May 31, 2011

In the early morning hours of 31 May 2010, Israeli forces carried out a violent, unprovoked assault on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla as it sailed in international waters in the eastern Mediterranean.

A still from Iara Lee’s footage
shows an Israeli Blackhawk
helicopter as it drops troops
onto the deck of the Mavi
Marmara in the early morning of
31 May 2010.
Israeli commandos in speed boats and helicopters commandeered the six ships killing nine people and injuring dozens more aboard the largest vessel, the Mavi Marmara.

The first alarming reports of the bloody Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara came via Turkish television and I was able to relay reports and screenshots via Twitter and on my Posterous blog.

Amid intense Israeli efforts to jam communications, any picture, such as this one showing a person with blood on their life vest, gave vital clues to the seriousness and violence of the Israeli assault.