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June 03, 2010

Soldiers' Accounts of Mayhem on the Marmara

Firsthand Israeli accounts of the violence on the Mavi Marmara are being published in the Israeli press.

In the Jerusalem Post, we hear of one commando's experience upon landing on the ship:

Looking to his side, he saw three of his commanders lying wounded – one with a gunshot wound to the stomach and another with a gunshot wound to the knee. A third was lying unconscious; his skull was fractured by a devastating blow with a metal bar.

In Ha'aretz:

As seen on a video documenting the takeover, the first four commandos to rappel onto the deck were attacked by activists with bars, axes and knives. The fourth commando, K., saw his team leader on the deck, with a Turkish activist holding the pistol he had grabbed from him and pointing it to his head. K. jumped from the rope and managed to shoot the activist holding the gun.

What about the international press, which never hesitates to quote from Ha'aretz when it publishes material critical of Israel? Will they be relaying these accounts? And what of the New York Times blog The Lede, whose main blogger Robert Mackey seems fond of unquestioningly publishing accounts by pro-Palestinian activists (whom he describes as just "activists") and Al Jazeera journalists, challenging footage released Israel as "less than helpful," implying it that footage isn't credible because there's still "missing" footage, comparing members of the radical ISM and IHH to Holocaust survivors, and slurring as "anti-Palestinian" a pro-Israel group guilty of highlighting footage of passengers' brutal violence and antisemitic chants. Will it be relaying the soldiers' account with the same credulity it relayed that of the activists? (Will Mackey, for that matter, ever call ISM and IHH "anti-Israel" in the same way he labels the incomparably more tame Fuel for Truth as "anti-Palestinian"?)

Posted by at June 3, 2010 11:20 PM


Robert Mackey is more concerned pwith his opinions than the truth, thanks for exposing his bias. His blog allows bigoted comments, off-topic comments and outright lies posted by Palestinian supporters, yet he deletes many pro-Israel comments.

Mackey shills for terror groups. He selectively quotes passages from books to suit his agenda and relies on anti-Israel blogs for "news items". Just look at his post about The Innocents Abroad.

Posted by: Nyc at June 4, 2010 05:00 AM

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