Heavily armed soldiers “began to shoot the moment their feet hit the deck”
Monday, May 31st, 2010
While the Israeli government is praising it’s soldiers as heroes and saying they were acting in self defence by firing on unarmed civilians flying a white flag in international waters, one group involved with the Freedom Flotilla has a quite different story.
A spokeswoman for Israel Defence Forces (IDF), Avital Leibovich, claims that Israeli officers gave several warnings before boarding the the Turkish boat, the Mavi Marmara.
Somehow, according to Leibovich, when the soldiers did board the boat, they were then attacked by unarmed activists and relieved of their guns – a claim that is not backed up by video footage of the ambush.
Leibovich told reporters “We found ourselves in the middle of a lynching,”
“We didn’t look for confrontation but it was a massive attack,” she said. “What happened was a last resort.”
This story is on its face ridiculous.