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Video: Three Views of the Flotilla

The dispute over Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza and the fallout from the bloody flotilla confrontation continues to generate strong views and opinions. Listen to our full hour today with 360-degree coverage of the issue. We heard from Jerusalem and the West Bank, and we also interviewed a former U.S. diplomat who was on the flotilla and an Israeli military reserve officer. (Check out the report we heard from Washington Post reporter Janine Zacharia to begin the show.)

At the root of the controversy remains the question of what happened during the boarding of the flotilla boats. The skirmish that ensued left at least nine dead. Much depends on how you see the videos made available from the incident. We don’t pretend to be comprehensive here, but below are three views.

Here’s video from the Israel Defense Force:

Here’s an Al Jazeera video with a more pro-flotilla activist/Palestinian angle:

And here’s a series of replays with pro-Israeli commentary:

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  • http://npr Lori Siffer

    I am so tired of hearing about ‘Israeli Agression’. Has anyone actually watched the security camera photage? The ‘peace activists’ on that ship were armed and ready to fight with metal poles. A certain amount of common sense must be exercised by the ‘peace activists’. If you present yourself with weapons to armed forces while engaging in illegal activities, do you expect the armed forces to respond peacefully? Would a citizen of the US ever present themselves to a police officer with weapons while engaging in illegal activities and not expect to be shot? There is a reason Israel has to inspect all goods entering Gaza. Palestinians like to shoot mortar rocket at civilians in Israel. The Palestinians are not peaceful people. They kill their own women for dishonoring their families and danced in the streets when the Twin Towers were attacked. A violent society can only function with violence. So Israel has to be on the lookout all the time to protect their own people by any means necessary.

  • Roman

    Lori, could not have said it better. The only thing required for this blockade to be lifted is for Hamas to renounce violence. They’d rather starve their people than contemplate stopping killing Jews!

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