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December 09, 2011

Time Still Unaware of Flotilla Attack on Israeli Troops


A reporter who can't straightforwardly state that Israeli troops were attacked on board the Mavi Marmara in 2010 is simply not up to the job.

In the December 12 issue of Time, Bobby Ghoush writes that Israeli-Turkish relations took a hit when

Israeli commandos halted a Turkish-led flotilla bound for Gaza in international waters. In the fighting that broke out, eight Turks and one Turkish American were killed. Israel claims its troops were attacked on board.

Video shot from multiple angles clearly shows the Israelis being descended upon, pummeled, and stabbed.

A panel of inquiry established by the UN Secretary General ascertained that "Israeli Defense Forces personnel faced significant, organized and violent resistance from a group of passengers when they boarded the Mavi Marmara requiring them to use force for their own protection. Three soldiers were captured, mistreated, and placed at risk by those passengers. Several others were wounded."

A Turkish journalist on board the ship admitted that "soldiers were met with resistance and realized that some of their friends’ lives were in danger." Another Turkish passenger attested that the Israelis were accosted "without pause or hesitation."

So it doesn't really take a seasoned investigative journalist to determine, and tell readers, that Israeli troops were in fact attacked. Bobby Ghoush's unwillingness to do is just the latest evidence of Time magazine's unreliability when it comes to Israel.

Posted by at December 9, 2011 06:11 PM


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