Hamas Islamic Resistance

What they Said about Israel’s attack on Mavi Marmara

30 May, 16


1. Laura Arau, a filmmaker who was on board Mavi Marmara: “By the end of the attack, the floor of the boat was red from blood.”

2. Mustafa Ahmet, a 33-year-old from London “We were a convoy of peace. But the Israeli choppers overhead, the smoke grenades … all the screaming, all the noise. People were running all ways and there was blood everywhere. But before we could do anything, it was all over.”

3. Jerry Campbell, an Australian activist: “I saw two men die out there … the floor was covered in blood and the IV units were tied to the ceiling with bandages… One man’s stomach was opened – his intestines were out and the doctor reached inside and pulled out some bullets, before pushing everything back in and wrapping him up,” she said. “I don’t know if he survived.”

4. Kathy Sheetz, American activist who survived an Israeli attack, accused Israeli forces of looting money from her bank card: “What it means is that I witnessed the Israeli Navy going and killing people and at the end buying beer with my card.”

5. Hanin Zoabi, a Palestinian activist who was on the Mavi Marmara and also is a Palestinian member of Israeli parliament: “An international court must try the people involved in the political decision that gave a green light to kill the activists on the Marmara… " She said. “The issue is not only Marmara, Marmara was the small crime. The big crime was the siege on Gaza.”

6. Dr. Ahmet Doğan on America’s indifference to Israel killing its citizen Furkan Dogan: “What I understand from US policy is if Israel is the issue, they can ignore [Furkan’s] citizenship…We’re disappointed with the approach of the US. The fact is, the United States does not protect its citizens.”

7. Sarah Colborne, Mavi Marmara survivor: “The increased solidarity around the world with Palestine sends a clear message to the Israeli government that every attack it launches on Palestinians or their supporters simply galvanizes international solidarity for the people it so brutally oppresses.”

8. The Norwegian activist Randi Kjos: “They treated us with hatred – the old were made to kneel for long periods and women had to sit with their arms crossed. Some of the wounded were naked to the waist … many were in shock…. Palestinians and Arabs were treated very differently to Europeans or Westerners. Palestinians who asked for anything were belted, pushed around or treated with contempt. People warned me of the hatred I would see – but still, I was shocked.”

9. Hamas confirms that the attack on Marmara was "an act of piracy that reflected the criminal nature of the Israeli occupation,” while Khaled Mishaal, Chairman of Hamas political bureau tells the activists: “You may not have arrived, but your message was received loud and clear.”

10. Then Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu tells reporters in Washington: “Psychologically this attack is like 9/11 for Turkey because Turkish citizens were attacked by a state, not by terrorists, with an intention, a clear decision of political leaders of that state.”