A tiny bit of the footage smuggled out of the Gaza flotilla-pretty much everyone on board (who wasn't shot!) was recording, but the equipment and tapes were seized by the Israelis-is being presented today in a press conference at the UN. There's bits of it showing today on Democracy Now: if you fast-forward to 39:12 in, you can hear the woman on board clearly announcing to the boarding party that people have been injured, that everyone on board is a civilian, that "all the passengers are sitting down," and that the people boarding should not "use violence against the civilians."
Well, things have gone from bad to worse today, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the deported and/or detained Gaza "flotilla" activists as "Not the Love Boat," which, the mind was already boggling. In the tradition of Sarah Palin, he's also taken to his Facebook and Twitter (I know: seriously?) to spread a propaganda video.
"Even if Israel seizes 100 more ships on their way to Gaza, even if Israel sends in troops to occupy the Gaza Strip 100 more times, no matter how often Israel deploys its military, police and covert power, force cannot solve the problem that we are not alone in this land, and the Palestinians are not alone in this land. We are not alone in Jerusalem and the Palestinians are not alone in Jerusalem. Until Israelis and Palestinians recognize the logical consequences of this simple fact, we will all live in a permanent state of siege-Gaza under an Israeli siege, Israel under an international and Arab siege." -Israeli novelist Amos [...]