Today, the Turkish paper Hurriyet, published fotos taken by some of the Turkish participants in the Marmara “peace ride”. These photos, taken by Turks, and published by a Turkish newspaper, without any involvement of the Israeli government, clearly show how the participants had brutally attacked the soldiers and were in fact, taking them hostage. Flip through these rather vivid (and bloody!) images. They speak for themself.
This simply adds on to the now insurmountable evidence that many of the people on board the Marmara were not interested in humanitarian aid – but rather in creating a violent provocation (which unfortunately, Israel fell into this trap).
Clear examples of this are:
1) The clips and recordings in which the participants state that they are the boat to be “Shahids” (although in Arabic this means “witness”, the main use of this world, particularly in conflict context is simply “martyr” – other explanations are playing dictionary word games).
2) The flat refusal of the boat to land at Ashdod or El Arish and pass the materials on to Gaza.
3) The clear statements of the participants of this travesty, AFTER they returned to Turkey, how they had prepared for a violent reaction to any attempted Israeli landing on the ship.
4) The clear videos – both from the IDF, from the Al Jazeerah TV crews, and from the ships CCTV shots.