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What they Said about Israel’s attack on Mavi Marmara

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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,” whileKhaled 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.”

(Source / 31.05.2016)

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police




The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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