Iron rods, knifes and swords. These were weapons used by «peace activitst» when Israeli commandoes tried to stop a Turkish ship from entering the sea outside Gaza.
Israeli commandos on Monday stormed six ships carrying hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists on an aid mission to Gaza.
At least ten people were killed and dozens were wounded after IDF forces encountered unexpected resistance. Turkey’s NTV showed activists beating one Israeli soldier with sticks as he rappelled from a helicopter onto one of the boats.
The Israeli military said troops only opened fire after the activists attacked them with knives and iron rods, and one activist wrested a serviceman’s weapon. Two of the dead activists had fired at soldiers with pistols, the army said.
Organizers included people affiliated with the International Solidarity Movement, a pro-Palestinian group that often sends international activists into battle zones, and the IHH, a Turkish aid group that Israel accuses of having terrorist links.
«We did not want to see confrontation», said Mark Regev, a spokesman for Prime Minister Netanyahu.
«We made repeated offers to the boats that they come to the (Israeli) port of Ashdod, unload the humanitarian cargo, and we guaranteed to pass all humanitarian items through the crossings to the Gaza Strip. Unfortunately, they rejected our offers and chose the path of confrontation»
Source: AP-Washington Post.
What shall a shipper do, when a naval battle ship gives you orders to stop your ship?
Fire at the commandos that are sent by the Admiral?
Israel made it perfectly clear that the Turkish armada of ships on its way to Gaza was a provocation, and a challenge to Israeli control of sea waters off Gaza and Israel. NATO-member Turkey chose to over rule Israeli warnings.
The blame for the following blood bath must fully be blamed on Ankara.
As a student of Jesus I regret all kind of violence. But I support the state of Israel´s right to defend the Jewish homeland against Nazi-inspired provocations from a rainbow alliance that includes Communist`s, socialists, confused Jews and claimed to be Christians who supports Islamic terrorists.