1. När jag hörde om denna räd tänkte jag direkt att det borde finnas något mer bakom historien än att ”elaka israeler skjuter ner snälla fredsaktivister inför världens medier för skojs skull.” Israelerna må vara brutala, men riktigt så dumma tror jag inte att de är. (ELLER???)

2. Om det är som videon visar, att numerärt underlägsna elitsoldater attackerades av en folkmassa, så är blodbadet inte speciellt förvånande. Ett upplopp är naturligtvis ingen ursäkt för urskiljningslöst våld, men det är en förklaring. Att attackera nervösa, tungt beväpnade soldater slutar sällan väl.

3. Om man ska tro hökarna på Jerusalem Post så var samtliga döda turkiska medborgare på det skepp som den islamiska hjälporganisationen IHH låg bakom. IHH har anklagats för att stödja terroristorganisationer, så det är ingen överraskning att Israel ville kolla igenom skeppet. Huruvida IHH verkligen har terroristkopplingar eller inte har jag ingen aning om. Det kan mycket väl vara israeliska propaganda.

In 2006, the Danish Institute for International Studies published a report titled ”The Role of Islamic Charities in International Terrorist Recruitment and Financing”, by conservative American analyst Evan Kohlman. Kohlman claimed that major international Islamic charities such as IHH, while providing genuine humanitarian relief, also occasionally serve as fronts and liaison with Islamic militants and terror groups. In particular, Kohlman blamed IHH for assisting the Iraqi Sunni insurgency, and mentioned a 1997 raid in which police found weapons, explosives and bomb-making instructions in the IHH headquarter in Istanbul.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IHH_(İnsani_Yardım_Vakfı)

4. Det verkar som att försöket att bryta den israeliska blockaden var en medveten provokation eller kanske snarare en fälla för  den israeliska militären.

On April 7, 2010, IHH head Bülent Yildirim told a press conference in Istanbul that the flotilla would be a “test” for Israel. He said that should Israel oppose the flotilla it would be considered “a declaration of war” on the countries whose activists arrived on board the ships (IHH website, April 7, 2010). In a fiery speech given at the launching of the Mavi Marmaris on May 23, he said to Israel, “Handle this crisis well. If you prevent [the flotilla from reaching the Gaza Strip] you will remain isolated in the world and harm yourselves” (IHH website in Turkish, May 23, 2010).

http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/English/eng_n/html/hamas_e105.htm

Om detta stämmer, så är det kanske en förklaring till varför man skickade med +600 aktivister från hela världen, när man kunde ha använt utrymmet till att frakta mer förnödenheter i stället.

5. Man bör ta allt som israeliska medier säger med två nypor salt (gäller naturligtvis också Aftonhoran och company), men med det sagt:

The commandos, who intercepted the Turkish ferry Mavi Marmara after it ignored orders to turn back, said they encountered violent resistance from activists armed with sticks and knives. According to the soldiers, the activists threw one of their comrades from the upper deck to the lower after they boarded.

An Israeli military spokesman said some of the commandos were equipped with paintball guns but the non-lethal weapons were not enough against activists who charged in with batons.

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A Reuters cameraman on the Israeli navy ship Kidon close to the six-vessel aid convoy said commanders monitoring the operation were surprised by the strong resistance put up by the pro-Palestinian activists.

One of the commandos said some of the soldiers were stripped of their helmets and equipment and a number were tossed from the top deck to a lower deck and then leapt into the sea to save themselves.

”They jumped me, hit me with clubs and bottles and stole my rifle,” one of the commandos said. ”I pulled out my pistol and had no choice but to shoot.”

(…)

The IDF confirmed that at least seven navy commandos had been wounded, at least two of them seriously, in a fight which apparently broke out after activists tried to seize their weapons.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israeli-commandos-gaza-flotilla-crew-tried-to-lynch-us-1.293089


6. Verkar som att fredsaktivisterna sjöng den där mysiga ramsan som är så populär bland islamister över hela världen.

On the day before the Gaza flotilla confronted the Israeli navy, Al-Jazeera TV documented the pre-battle atmosphere created by men on board the flotilla, who chanted a well-known Islamic battle cry invoking the killing and defeat of Jews in battle:

”[Remember] Khaibar, Khaibar, oh Jews! The army of Muhammad will return!”

http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=2323

Mer om Khaibar här: https://ristorantemystica.wordpress.com/2009

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