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June 3, 2010

War and Editing

This video image released by the Turkish Aid group IHH Monday May 31, 2010 purports to show Israeli soldiers aiming a gun on the deck of a Turkish ship, part of an aid convoy heading to the Gaza Strip, after Israeli soldiers boarded the vessel in international waters off the Gaza coast. Israeli commandos on Monday stormed six ships carrying hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists on an aid mission to the blockaded Gaza Strip, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens after encountering unexpected resistance as the forces boarded the vessels.   AP Photo/IHH via APTN)
This video image released by the Turkish Aid group IHH Monday May 31, 2010 purports to show Israeli soldiers aiming a gun on the deck of a Turkish ship, part of an aid convoy heading to the Gaza Strip, after Israeli soldiers boarded the vessel in international waters off the Gaza coast. Israeli commandos on Monday stormed six ships carrying hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists on an aid mission to the blockaded Gaza Strip, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens after encountering unexpected resistance as the forces boarded the vessels.   AP Photo/IHH via APTN)

caption: A pro-Palestinian activist holds up a club-like object upon the arrival of Israeli forces to a Gaza-bound ship, May 31, 2010, in this frame grab from video released June 2, 2010 by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF). In a televised address after world outrage erupted over nine deaths in Monday’s seizure of a Turkish ship bound for Gaza, a defiant Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said easing controls would put long-range Iranian missiles into the hands of the Palestinian enclave’s Hamas rulers. REUTERS/IDF via Reuters TV/Handout

Because cameras are now fully part of the fight, its not about what the pictures say so much as what else they’ve got.

  • http://reciprocity-failure.blogspot.com Stan B.

    First thing the top photo reminded me of was the infamous photo of the pro Palestinian terrorist at the hotel during the Munich Olympics.

  • Ivyleaves

    I’ve heard that someone was shot in the leg on one of the other ships as well. The violence from the Israelis was not limited to the one ship, apparently. The confiscation of opposing media is so telling; their credibility is zero in this quarter.

  • http://bagnews.com/staff/#mshaw Michael Shaw

    Of course Turkey is in the middle of this. From the iconic top photo, and from photo-after-photo on the newswire, though, their connection, through the continuous presence of the Turkish flag on large boats and small, only drives the point home in the most high profile way.

    • martin

      With the deepest respects: did you not ban me from posting comments on your site. Several years ago. Because, exactly: nuance

      ‘through the continuous presence of the Turkish flag on large boats and small, only drives the point home in the most high profile way.’

      I am astounded! What? are you talking about. And how are you talking about it.

      With severe regards to you and the value of your site;

      martin

  • http://www.agrippinaminor.com/wp/ Wayne Dickson

    Two thoughts. First, the power of images. Having lived through coverage of the Vietnam war, I knew what that meant. I assumed that official “spinners”/propagandists were as smart as I and would have learned the same thing I had.

    But I was never so conscious of the determination of entrenched power to suppress images as during the RNC Convention in St. Paul. Neither the RNC nor the corporate lobbyists nor the local police nor the imported federal officers wanted to allow any independent journalism, citizen journalism, and especially visual documentation.

    So I wasn’t surprised to hear in the interviews on Democracy Now that the very first thing the Israelis did after securing control of the vessels was to confiscate every possible image-recording device. They wanted theirs to be the only visual documentation of the violent assaults.

    Second, I think it’s … complicated … to focus on the Turkish “connection.” Why? Because Turkey is an Islamic nation. Most of the beleaguered residents of the Gaza strip are Islamic. Israel is a Jewish nation. In other words, to focus on the Turkish images and other stuff frames the issue as a confrontation between Islam and Judaism.

    That undoubtedly is a factor–but only one factor in a much bigger issue. Humanitarianism and self-determination are universal human concerns, not restricted to particular nations or religions.

    Granted, the assassinations occurred on a vessel of Turkish registry and involved Turkish citizens (a man of dual Turkish citizenship in one instance). But one of the other vessels was of U.S. registry. Where are the images of that vessel? Oh. Yeah. The only images available have been provided by the Israeli attackers.

    Lots of images available for the vessel now at sea. Let’s hope that the whole world will be watching when that vessel is stopped and boarded. And let’s hope that the major media won’t filter the images for U.S. consumption. The rest of the world will see both sides. We should too.

  • M. Erwin

    I’d comment on the double confiscation — the Israelis not only jammed the satellite feed which was providing instant documentation of the attack/incident and as the other commenter mentioned, confiscated all phones, computers, cameras, video-making equipment (and all other belongings as well) — they also confiscated ALL of the witnesses! Nearly everyone was held captive while the spinners spun their version of events for nearly 48 hours.

    Maybe the time is finally arriving in which Israel cries wolf one time too many in that so much of the world saw through its cries of victim-hood and claims of having been “lynched” upon arrival. I have friends and colleagues who were on the boats and am looking forward to hearing the full stories of their version of events.

  • http://www.theentertaineronline.com Lenox

    The three Spanish journalists on board – now back in Spain – also say that all their films and recorders were confiscated by the Israelis. They also claim that two ‘activists’ were shot dead even before the soldiers arrived on the ship. Pity the Israelis took the journalists’ cameras etc – since images don’t lie… they could prove their side of the story!!

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