Israel's army has been using confiscated videos to justify its deadly raid against a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, and the Foreign Press Association wants it to stop.The activists were busy preparing for a violent encounter with the Israelis on board the Mavi Marmara and made numerous videos in preparation for the flotilla of ships attempting to run the Israeli blockade.
The organization, which represents hundreds of journalists in Israel and the Palestinian territories, says the military seized video and equipment from dozens of reporters on board the main ship.
The FPA demanded Thursday that the military stop using the captured material without permission and identify the source of the video already released. The material appeared Wednesday on the army's YouTube site labeled as "captured."
The Israeli military boarded four other ships in the flotilla without incident. Only those on board the Mavi Marmara engaged in violence - attacking the Israelis who attempted to stop the ship without violence and with nonlethal paintball guns. When the Israelis were attacked with deadly force and with deadly intent did the Israelis resort to using deadly force.
Apparently the activists dislike the fact that their own propaganda is being used against them. The Foreign Press Association is busy providing cover, where none should exist.
Had the activists on board not engaged in violence, this situation would have ended without the loss of life, but that was never the intention of those on board the Mavi Marmara. They wanted a violent encounter to further their propaganda.
They thought they could win a propaganda coup, but now find that Israel is releasing all manner of video showing just what those activists were up to- and it was evil.
Meanwhile, Turks continue holding rallies in support of Hamas.
Tens of thousands gathered in Istanbul Thursday for prayers for activists killed in Israel's raid on aid ships bound for Gaza, condemning the Jewish state and shouting support for Hamas.The Turkish government sanctioned the flotilla that was intercepted by Israel and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is moving squarely into the Iranian camp and Turkey is sliding towards Islamization after decades of pursuing a secularist agenda. Erdogan is content to move towards a cozier relationship with Iran because he sees Iran having greater longevity than US or Israeli commitments. Turkey isn't about challenging Israel's hegemony as commentator David Ignatius claims, it's about picking sides and choosing the Iranians over Israel and the West. Erdogan is busy spreading the Islamist agenda, and feeding the anti-Israel sentiment is a way to stay in power in the Middle East, particularly when Iran is leading the way on anti-Israel sentiment.
"Damn Israel! Israel is the angel of death!" chanted the crowd which overflowed the sprawling courtyard of the Fatih Mosque, waving Turkish and Palestinian flags.
Even some newscasters are wondering why their media outlets are running stories that are clearly biased in favor of terror groups:
I’m writing for some clarification about how we are supposed to cover the Gaza flotilla story. If we, as a news organization, are supposed to be acting as a public relations arm of Hamas, or Hezbollah, both internationally recognized terrorist organizations, or if we are supposed to be jumping on the bandwagon of 1930’s style anti-Semitism that’s presently sweeping much of the world, then we are doing a fine job. If we are supposed to be acting as a news organization that covers the story objectively, then our coverage is a travesty and an embarrassment.
I just finished watching XXXX’s piece on yesterday’s 5pm newscast, so I could better understand the grotesquely distorted and biased voice-over that ran on this morning’s show. XXXX interviewed former diplomat Edward Peck, who was onboard the “Gaza Flotilla,” without describing his views on the Middle East. Some perspective would have helped. Among other things, Peck spoke these words, later famously used by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright:”We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye…and now we are indignant, because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought back into our own front yards.”