Hurriyet photos of disarmed Israeli commandos receiving medical care

by Paul Woodward

(Photo via
Ali Abunimah)

On the Mavi Marmara, the ship that Benjamin Netanyahu has dubbed “the hate boat”, Israeli soldiers who had been hurt were given medical aid. But some of the civilians who had been shot ended up dying because the Israelis refused to have them evacuated.

Accounts provided by activists on board claim that the first Israeli commandos to land on the ship were forcibly disarmed and then taken below deck for their own safety. Photographs now published by Turkey’s leading newspaper, Hürriyet, support this claim.

Soldiers from any military force rely on their weaponry to maintain their image of power. The Israeli military is no different from any other in wanting to avoid having the vulnerability of its own elite soldiers highlighted. What these photographs reveal, however, is that once these particular soldiers were no longer able to defend themselves, they were not lynched. On the contrary, they were taken out of harms way.

Given the terror that Israelis experience when faced with the risk of having soldiers taken hostage, it appears that one element in the over-reaction of the remaining armed commandos was that they thought it inconceivable that any of their comrades could be held without coming to further harm.

Humiliation and fear.

Was this the context in which enraged soldiers decided that they would then set about teaching their adversaries a lesson?

Did nine men, many of whom were well past an age where it seems at all likely they were engaged in any kind of combat, then become scapegoats?

Were the deaths on the Mavi Marmara the result of a few soldiers demonstrating their military muscle in a desperate effort to restore their tattered pride?



  1. June 7, 2010 at 20:49

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  2. Mark Lanahan said,

    June 7, 2010 at 22:33

    Just shows that the Israelis are only effective from 15000ft or killing kids and women with sniper rifles.Bunch of fucking cowards.

  3. J.C. Simonin said,

    June 7, 2010 at 22:42

    Israel is getting the longer the more similar to the 3. Reich: Ideology, brutality, racism, lies.
    What’s the difference actually between the Gaza Strip now and the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw in 1942 ?
    What’s the difference between “Chosen People” and “Herrenrasse” ?
    Waht’s the difference between “Drang nach Osten” and Israeli settlement politics ?
    What’s the difference between “Goy” and “Untermensch ?
    What’s the difference between Mossad and Gestapo?
    Among other things…

  4. Galen said,

    June 7, 2010 at 22:47

    What an amazing dedication to peace! To treat with kindness and respect soldiers who moments ago were intent upon causing grievous harm. You are better people than me, my friends!

  5. Daren Handley said,

    June 7, 2010 at 22:53

    If they are human, this experience will change the lives of the three assassins who were arrested from their murdering and shown mercy.

  6. June 8, 2010 at 00:26

    From: Cherifa Sirry
    Date: June 7, 2010 4:34:16 PM EDT 

    Yes::)) The activists aboard.. after having been shot at and after having suffered casualties managed to grab the “mighty” Israeli commandos once they landed on the ship.  They then arrested them and disarmed them… and as usual… the “mighty Israeli commandos who are “mighty” only when they are protected by their tanks or Apatches… were sobbing like kids…  exactly as they did during the 2006 war against Lebanon.  Hezbollah even recorded them sobbing, crying and calling for mama..  Of course that never made it to US news:)  The Israeli “commandos” that landed on the Mavi Marmara are supposed to be the elite of the Israeli forces…  not spoiled brats…

    What is interesting is that Israel has over 300 cameras with film footage in them covering the Israeli attack from beginning until they landed and the fighting started.  WHY IS ISRAEL HIDING THIS FOOTAGE????????????????????  There were many news correspondents aboard the Flotilla and they all filmed the events…  WHY IS ISRAEL NOT GIVING THEM BACK THEIR CAMERAS AND FOOTAGE??  Israel has no legal claim to this material… and besides, if Israel wants us to believe its ludicrous version of “the story”, why doesn’t it release the footage which should undoubtedly reflect Israel’s words?????????????  Some footage was already released today… in a gesture of good-will in order for Israel to avoid an international investigation which would no doubt reflect the kind of lying-machine Israel is.  The new footage shows the activists fighting the commandos with water hoses…  Are those the “missiles” or heavy weapons Israel claims they used against their “poor” special killing forces?????

    Over 700 testimonies contradict Israel… and yet, Israel imagines that the world will believe it.  Israel is collapsing my friend.  The question is who will it take down with it… because Israel will not go down alone.  These people are crazy..

  7. June 8, 2010 at 03:59

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  8. June 8, 2010 at 07:29

    The Zionists wish those two would have been lynched.

    That would have been the justification they needed (but never got).

    Oh, those ‘terrorist’ humanitarians! How dare they not kill the ‘Jews’ when they’re supposed to?!?

  9. Cassandra said,

    June 8, 2010 at 08:08

    I am very heartened to hear that the Israeli commandos when disarmed and moved out of harms way, cried and called for their Mothers. To me it is an indication of a soul not completely divorced from humanity. Nitinyahoo and his lot are pathetic aging men who’ve kissed their humanity good-bye a very long time ago. The sooner they are retired to obscurity and join the human waste like G.Meir, Weitzman, Ben Gurion, the better.

    I hope that those commandos leave the army soon so that they can start the healing process, before it’s too late.

  10. Holocaust Gaza said,

    June 8, 2010 at 08:30

    @J.C. Simonin

    …don’t tell the truth!

  11. Zanjabila said,

    June 8, 2010 at 12:38

    Ken O’Keefe was aboard the Freedom Flotilla and disarmed two IDF commandos. He has written an extraordinary account of what happened:

    O’Keefe is a former US marine who renounced his US citizenship in protest over America’s “funding of war, death and murder”. More info here:

  12. Milton Feldman said,

    June 8, 2010 at 15:23

    The American Corporate media is horrible, and a pathetic joke, as are the uninformed American citizenry. All of the major 24/7 cable channels have rec’d their marching orders, even Keith Olberman @ MSNBC—very sad.
    There is much more discussion, media coverage in Israel, and of course all surrounding nations.
    I believe it is the hard core serial war criminals who have hijacked the Knesset/likud branch–much like Bush–Cheney and the neocons Kagan, Feith, Wolfowitz, kristol and others/
    I worry that Obama has been groomed, and held captive by this same bunch…..affectionately called the Chicago Jewish mob.

  13. Milton Feldman said,

    June 8, 2010 at 15:24

    I am ashamed to be an Israeli supporting American—nobody cares here–nobody

  14. Mohamad Najib said,

    June 15, 2010 at 19:58

    This is amazing. What you see in the pictures is the result of the terrorists brutal attack on the Israeli soldiers and people here twist it and reverse it. People even dream that the Israelis were disarmed and cried. Seriously? So how did 9 people died? Their heart was broken from the tears of the Israeli soldiers? People wake up! It’s amazing to me how we let our leaders and media make us ignorant and hateful.

  15. mishmash said,

    June 15, 2010 at 21:34

    Why the soldiers were hit and being attacked at the first place? 50 IHH operative soldiers (who boarded Llotila with out certifications, attacked the first 5 soldiers that were landed on the deck trying to kill 2 of them. Only real peace activists helped to calm down everyone. Part of the pictures above were released by Israel.

  16. stan kohls said,

    June 19, 2010 at 08:59

    War is horrible. Violence is a failure of human creativity and intelligence. But what did the activists on the flotilla expect? The Israelis had made it clear that they were not going to allow the ships to pass without being inspected. They urged many times for the ships to dock at Ashdod, be searched, and they would deliver the supplies to Gaza. But the “peace activists” refused. Clearly the top priority was not to deliver needed supplies to Gaza, but rather to embarrass the Israelis, who obviously overreacted to being attacked with iron bars.
    Neither side had considered the worst-case scenario, but both sides seem to have learned from this unfortunate incident, as can be seen by the later treatment of the MV Rachel Corrie, whose supplies were delivered to Gaza, by cooperation between the Israelis and the activists. And now the Israelis are thankfully lowering the blockade!
    Perhaps all is not lost…

  17. Daren Handley said,

    June 19, 2010 at 16:49

    A passenger was shot through the top of the head from a helicopter before the assassins boarded. The passengers defended themselves in international waters with valor. If the Turkish TV crew’s broadcast of a white flag surrender hadn’t made it through the Jew’s electronic jamming, the massacre may have been far worse.
    These supremacist criminal psychopaths call their murder and sadistic violence including gunning down a 19 year old American in the back and then shooting a burst into his face from point blank ‘defense’ and ‘deterrence’, but those are only words to excuse one of their favorite passtimes.
    All bullies are cowards.

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