General UK Media

Violence was Planned on the Mavi Marmara: “Ready to Fight”


This is a guest post by AKUS

The New York Times has re-posted what they claim is an Unedited Video of Israeli Raid shot by Iara Lee, a Brazilian-American filmmaker and activist who was shooting a documentary on the flotilla of ships that was intercepted two weeks ago on its way to Gaza. Iara Lee posted one hour of unedited video online that shows the early stages of the Israeli commando raid.

At approximately 15:50 minutes into the video we can hear two people talking in English. One is asking questions about what is to be expected when the Israel Navy diverts the Mavi Marmara, and the other is quite blunt about what is going to happen.

The following is an extract from the video shot by Iara Lee and posted on the NYT’s web-site, first exactly as it appears on the site, then repeated with the sound track slightly filtered to reduce the background noise of the ship and make the voices stand out more clearly.

Voice A: “They get held hostage or they get chucked off”

Voice B: “Chucked off?”

Voice A: “They get chucked off – they get thrown off.”

A few minutes later, Voice A explains things further for Voice B:

Voice A: “These guys … these Turks … they’re not like us … [we] come from an easy life … [they are not] just on a boat to Gaza…they’re always ready for these things.”

After a pause, Voice B expresses his concern, which is dismissed by Voice A:

Voice B: “So they’re ready to fight?”

Voice A: “Whatever happens.”

It is clear, therefore, that Voice A expected the Turks to violently resist the SEALs boarding the ship. This corroborates the testimony of the Mavi Marmara’s Captain and Chief Officer in which they explained how the IHH took control of the ship and prepared iron bars and chains with which to attack the Israeli SEALs as they rappelled down to the ship. In addition, Voice A makes it clear that he expected that there would be an attempt to throw the SEALs off the boat, as we have indeed seen in the video of the SEALs first descent onto the deck of the Mavi Marmara.

Whatever the intentions of some who thought they were on a humanitarian mission, it is clear from this video, just as from the testimony of the Captain and Chief Officer, that the IHH had planned a violent confrontation from the start.

In addition, clearly there was at least one English-speaking person who was well aware of the IHH’s intentions – they were ready for a fight and were planning violence – not a peaceful journey.

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  1. @Christian Zionists/ al-gharqad
    – – The Arab world, however, has cost the USA far more: in excess of $2.4 trillion cost of Iraq & Afghanistan….

    Sun, 2010-03-28 02:15 – The United States has asked Israel to check the possibility of pumping oil from Iraq to the oil refineries in Haifa. The request came in a telegram from a senior Pentagon official to a top Foreign Ministry official in Jerusalem.

    THE GOOD LORD replied their telegram within 3weeks;
    On April 20, 2010 – The Gulf Oil Spills.

  2. Sun, 2010-03-28 02:15 – The United States has asked Israel to check the possibility of pumping oil from Iraq to the oil refineries in Haifa. The request came in a telegram from a senior Pentagon official to a top Foreign Ministry official in Jerusalem.
    THE GOOD LORD replied their telegram within 3weeks;
    On April 20, 2010 – The Gulf Oil Spills.

    Maybe someone should call an ambulance…

  3. @Christian Zionists/ al-gharqad

    Cruel intentions : – $.5b to $1.9b grant to Palestinians

    Globes, November 13, 2008 – The Israeli Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of National Infrastructures instructed Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) to enter into negotiations with British Gas, on the purchase of natural gas from the BG’s offshore concession in Gaza.

    THE GOOD LORD NEGOTIATED THEM TOWARDS THIS.

    BP said it had spent about $1.25bn so far on the spill. Shares in BP have fallen almost 40 per cent since the Deepwater accident was announced.

  4. Parrot, you’re not very well-informed historically, are you?

    Quite a few governments (including Iraq’s and Jordan’s) have long been interested in reviving the pre-Partition Kirkuk-Mosul-Haifa pipeline, whose chief beneficiaries would be Iraq as vendor and Europe as consumer.

  5. @ Christian Zionist
    CRUEL INTENTIONS – in excess of $2.4 trillion cost of Iraq & Afghanistan

    Patrick Doherty, Special to CNN’ June 15, 2010 – News that Afghanistan’s mineral wealth could exceed $1 trillion.

    Given the size of Iraq’s undeveloped giants there are no technical reasons why within 10 years the country can’t supplant both Iran and Russia to become the world’s No. 2 oil producer after Saudi Arabia.

    Iran ranks among the world’s top three holders of both proven oil and natural gas reserves. ……Congress calls on Obama to challenge Turkey
    on ties with Iran, Hamas. Turkey’s hostility toward Israel raised questions regarding whether Congress should continue to support Turkey

    THE GOOD LORD IS SHAKING ITS HEAD tst tst tst tst….hmmm… hmmmm

  6. Parrot, your comments seem to bear little relation to either the thread or to other posters’. Are you sober?

  7. to all those who still consider the bird worthy of wasting their precious time answering him:

    There’s a wise Arab saying which goes:
    Tark al-jawab ‘ala al-jahel – jawab. It means:
    Not answering an ignorant one is an answer (in itself).