Dora McPhee (VIC) writes to The Age on Osrael’s attack on the Gaza flotilla 2Jun10 June 2, 2010

While the world media carries Israel’s version of events and footage released by Israel to bolster its claims it is not reporting or showing the footage of those who were on board the Gaza-bound aid ship that would counter this version of events. The reason why should make one suspicious. By scrambling air and radio waves and impounding all independent reporters’ footage of events Israel is seeking to control how the story of what happened is told. The lone voice of Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi who was on the ship and is one of the few to be released from Israeli detention tells a different story: “It was clear from the size of the force that boarded the
ship that the purpose was not only to stop this sail, but to cause the largest possible number of fatalities in order to stop such initiatives in the future.” She has denied that there were any plans for violent resistance and saw no evidence of passenger violence against the Israelis. As the rest of the passengers are held incommunicado by Israel we will not know the full truth of the matter but it is clear 19 civilian deaths demand a full and transparent explanation and not just Israeli damage control propaganda that we are hearing and seeing.

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