The Israeli military (IDF), has been busy spinning the story of their attack on a civilian convoy trying to deliver aid to the besieged people of Gaza. They’ve had a head start, sending out edited videos, posting ‘supposed’ military footage of the passengers attacking them, saying that they confiscated ‘weapons’ which apparently turned out to be marbles, sling shots, kitchen knives and aluminum chairs.

by Greta Berlin / My Catbird Seat

Copyright © Steve Bell 2010

IDF video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLrX7fznVgI

But they can’t spin for much longer. Video footage from dozens of people is beginning to surface about what really happened. Al Jazeera has posted their coverage as gun shots sound in the background, speakers beg the passengers to go below and a white flag is set out for the paramilitary groups.

This recording cast from an Al Jazeera crew in Arabic and English:

IDF Boarding the Turkish Mavi “Marmara” Flotilla. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn-l_JltCB4

More will be revealed as passengers are released. We already know that Israel shot the captain of the Marmara and the European Campaign boat, maybe hoping that we would no longer be able to hire captains. Several activists have spoken to their respective Consulates and informed of being kicked, beaten, dragged along the ground, tear gassed and bags thrown over their heads.

Knowing that video of this vicious attack in international waters was going to surface, Captain Aria Shaliker of the Israel Defense Forces, who was part of the operation on Monday, said the commandos began the raids armed with paint ball guns. “I was, myself, on one of the boats, the Israeli boats, approaching the flotilla,” he told the BBC’s World Today programme. “It is true that the Israeli commander unit… came on board with paint ball weapons… in order to disperse people.

No mention of paint-stained clothing.

As Israel’s hysteria mounts, “they now claim self defense” in attacking ships in international waters today, killing 9 – 16 humanitarian activists onboard (we donot have confirmed numbers yet) .  Israel informed the US and Britain that the convoy was ferrying stolen nuclear weapons that would be used for a terrorist attack on Israel.  The “stolen nukes” have been in Israel for 18 years while the US has spent billions of dollars and thousands of lives looking for them. Today 9-16 more died” http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/06/gordon-duff-israel-scams-us- gaza-convoy-carrying-stolen-nukes

The world is watching a country imploding, having a massive nervous breakdown in full view. It’s tragic that thousands of Palestinians have died and 9-16  human rights workers lost their lives yesterday.

Greta Berlin, co-founder of Free Gaza Movement, is an American activist for Palestinian rights. She walks the talk in more ways than one. She is deeply involved in organization on the streets and in public forums; fund-raising, demonstrating, lobbying, etc. She has been to Palestine a number of times with delegations, protests, demonstrators, and those ‘valiant’ who stand in front of bulldozers and dare them!

Greta and a small group of human rights watchers were the first to  put together a small “flotilla” of boats, crewed by well-known names, who would land on the shores of Gaza, demonstrating the sovereignty of Gaza in defiance of the Israeli blockade. Their program as you can see now has grown by leaps and bounds. For more about Free Gaza Movement visit: www.freegaza.org


  1. Earlaiman on the 02. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Greta, and All Aboard the Freedom Flotilla:

    There are no words in the English language adequate to describe what Zionist Israel has done, and what they have become, with this latest criminal outrage against humanity. I am speechless in that regard.

    Dr. Mahathir says that war, as we have known it for centuries, is outdated, outmoded, and no longer an effective way in which to resolve differences. He is, as usual, correct on all accounts, Military, moral, diplomatic and practical.

    Wars are no longer fought exclusively between warriors and armies. How does an army conduct effective warfare against a nation of men which has no army or military industrial base to destroy?

    It is impossible to fight. “conquer” or or destroy an entire people as the US has discovered in Vietnam, others, including the US, have long ago discovered in Afghanistan and more recently in Iraq, and Israel has found out the hardest way in Palestine.

    There are no possible victories in violent warfare! Furthermore, in violent warfare which might employ nuclear weapons there will very likely be no survival either.

    Jeff Gates has asserted, correctly, that modern warfare, when fought, will be fought with words… and victory will be measured in public and world opinion. Whether based on facts and the reality of truth, or otherwise, the ones who are most persuasive shall be the “victors.”.

    Alan Sabrosky, in his observations on the most recent Zionist outrage only two days ago, has observed that, “Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.”

    The line of brutal and barbaric conduct which Israel has pursued ever since its founding as a criminal “state” in 1948 has demonstrated pretty well what Karl Jung, a renowned Jew, posited as collective or group psychosis, i.e. collective insanity, and its most recent outrage simply trumps and crowns that assessment.

    With behavior like that, Israel and its leaders are Zionism’s worst enemies, and they do not need enemies or opposition if they are to be toppled and brought down like a Goliath. If they are to be undone, it will be their own inhuman .behavior and barbaric practices which undo them in the hearts and minds of the world.

    No wounds inflicted by others, by military, moral, legal or diplomatic forces or influence, could be more fatal than their own self-inflicted wounds which they incur by their own barbaric and uncivilized, ungodly behavior..

    They will, like Goliath, and a house of cards built on insubstantial sands topple of their own weight, arrogance, chutzpah and hubris; crimes against which all cultures and all scriptures have always warned, and which they have failed to heed, even as they failed to heed the ordinance of Allah clearly stated in Al Mâidah 32, and directed specifically to them as a warning against chutzpah, hubris and murder.

    I feel that time is running out for them and as far as Israel, Zionism and world Jewry are concerned, the Christian Rapturists are right, and the End Times are about to come to Israel.

    Allah works and plays his hand in many ways, all of them mysterious and beyond the ken of man.

    Attribute the fall of Zionism to what you may, Sabrosky is right, and whether your gods are the gods of old, the God of the People of the book, Abraham and The Prophet (pbuh) or whomever you accept or however you perceive God, the situation will be resolved soon, one way or another, and Israel will, as Mr. Ahmadinejad has said, disappear from history.

    Today, with few exceptions, we are virtually all Palestinians.

    A notable exception may be seen on another stage in the same theater, where it is reported that Barak Obama, and emerging and promising young American actor, renowned for his fancy tap-dancing and high-flown oratory, his Step ‘n Fetchit fast shuffle and Blackface Comedy roles, offered the starring role in a world class drama just bombed in Washington, DC. He fumbled and mumbled his lines and could not speak.

    Sadly, it looks like the political end of another budding and once promising career on the shaky stage of North American politics.

    May Allah travel with you and your friends and show the safe path and the correct way in your perilous voyage toward freedom and peace. With Him at your side you will prevail and achieve your goals.

    Have faith!

    Our love and our prayers go with you, and all with whom you travel.


  2. rexw on the 02. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    The United States has declined to condemn Israel for its raid on a humanitarian flotilla headed for Gaza

    If anyone in the world needed any further proof of the US total subservience to Israel, then the passive comments by Clinton this morning said it all.
    The situation in the US is obviously a lot further advanced in becoming fully owned by Israel than the rest of the world has believed.

    Can anyone really accept that this is all a so-called superpower can say about piracy on the high seas in international waters, murder, harassment and illegal arrest.

    Over the years there have been so many examples of US policy and actions that deserved criticism, not the least was the support of military actions in South America.

    First comes Cuba with a 40 year embargo on this once US Mafia-controlled country (with US approval once again) all because they threw out a dictator (US approved again) and installed the wrong man who didn’t have US credentials.

    Nicaragua must have made them proud. Such a little country whose main failing is that they elected into power a government that was not acceptable to the big bully, America. Let’s do it again they said. This is so easy. So Chile has a military (US CIA initiated and supported) coup and then installed a Dictator like Pinochet who went on for 16 years killing all that got in his way. A US copper mine was the motivation in this case. Then we have Cambodia, Laos, Grenada, the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan and who’s next? Well, if we listen to the Israelis and we most certainly always do, from Obama down, absolutely, as they control our foreign policy, then it will be Iran, coming ready or not. Why? No reason, just Israel thinks it is a good idea.

    One doesn’t have to ask how all these things occur when they see the funding and staffing of the School of the Americas, now changed in name but wearing the same clothes and with the same policies, with their history of producing murderers, assassins, drug producers, all to satisfy the kind of leaders that the US thinks should be in control. Americas proudest establishment. A graduate from there can go on to do great things if he is killer.
    Such arrogance.

    Let us not even mention Korea, Vietnam, Dominican Republic, Guatemala…the list is endless.

    All for a good cause though. American hubris, profit and control.

    So if you had a good sense of humour you could say that they are now reaping what they have sown. For forty years they have supported the Zionist empire and now, in 2010, we have seen that the Zionists now control the USA.

    Would you have believed it. The United States of Israel.

  3. Mike Rudnick on the 02. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Adam Shapiro almost had me yesterday when he was on
    PBS Newshour. One thing he said was that he was distressed that Israel wouldn’t release the identities of the activists. But today the BBC reports that those activists destroyed their own identity cards before being taken by the Israeli commandos. Interesting that Shapiro would lament the Israelis not releasing names his own organization made sure to keep secret!

  4. M. Torres on the 03. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Amazing what length apologists for apartheid and inhumanity will go to in order to deny responsibility for crimes against humanity.

    No wonder Israel thought they could get away with the stunning lies about paint ball guns, nuclear weapons and self-defense!

    If they’re upset about people hiding their identities from a rogue state in the midst of a serious crime, perhaps they might want to study basic resistance movements. But most of all, perhaps they might compare Israeli State action against International Law.

  5. Mike Rudnick on the 05. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Actually, I went to no length whatsoever to show the lack of character in Mr. Shapiro. His was a demonstration of going to incredible lengths to denounce Israel’s actions. He was angered by so many aspects of that incident but couldn’t leave it at the facts. He actually accused Israel of nefariously not releasing names Shapiro’s own people withheld! Talk about going to any length to denounce the enemy!
    M. Torres may want to consider addressing the actual comments when responding to those comments.
    It’s real easy to call people names. Not so easy to discuss something civilly. I myself never said a single word that would defend or explain away the raid on the ship. My point was to point out an interesting gaffe made by this man.
    I also think it is quite interesting that 5 other ships in that “flotilla” went to the Israeli port and its aid went on to Gaza. The one ship that stayed on course got raided. That could indicate that that ship’s passenger’s had an ulterior motive besides bringing aid. And it may show that the folks on the other 5 ships truly had helping Gazans in their hearts. They go to Israel, the cargo is inspected for weapons and goes on its way to where it is needed.

  6. Michael Korn on the 06. Jun, 2010 remarked #


    “Would you have believed it. The United States of Israel.”

    here’s how to abbreviate it:


    also you can write:


    Ersatz Yisrael

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