Israel has tried to propagandize their bloody attack on the Mavi Marmara as self-defense against terrorists and provocateurs. Even before boarding, they began jamming all communications, and as soon as they came aboard, they systematically destroyed or confiscated (read stole) any and all media equipment, cameras, videos, cell-phones, lap-tops, Blackberries and on and on that they could find in a massive effort to engineer the storyline of the events unfolding. However, they failed to get all the documented evidence, including this hour plus raw footage shot by San Francisco-based Cultures of Resistance.
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On the night of Sunday, May 30, showing a terrifying disregard for human life, Israeli naval forces surrounded and boarded ships sailing to bring humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip. On the largest ship, the Mavi Marmara, Israeli commandos opened fire on civilian passengers, killing at least 9 passengers and wounding dozens more. Others are still missing. The final death toll is yet to be determined. Cultures of Resistance director Iara Lee was aboard the besieged ship and has since returned home safely.
Despite the Israeli government's thorough efforts to confiscate all footage taken during the attack, Iara Lee was able to retain some of her recordings. Above is raw footage from the moments leading up to and during the Israeli commandos' assault on the Mavi Marmara.