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June 01, 2010

B'Tselem Blinded by Testimony Double Standard

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B'Tselem's press release concerning the Gaza Flotilla clash states:

The IDF Spokesperson claims that extreme violence was used against the soldiers by activists on the boat. This information is based solely on statements of soldiers. However, before reaching conclusions, the investigation must consider the testimonies of all eyewitnesses to the events, including persons who participated in the flotilla who are currently in custody in Israel.

But you don't have to take the soldiers' word for it. You can view the many video clips clearly showing the passengers beating soldiers and even throwing one off a deck.

In addition, how often has B'Tselem cast doubt on testimony by making clear that "this information is based solely on statements of Palestinians"? When has the organization cautioned that conclusions cannot be drawn until Israeli sources are consulted as well?

Posted by TS at June 1, 2010 03:29 AM

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