Rejecting Israeli Narrative, Freedom Flotilla Campaigners Say Tasers Were Part Of Violent Assault On Ship | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Rejecting Israeli Narrative, Freedom Flotilla Campaigners Say Tasers Were Part Of Violent Assault On Ship

Directly contradicting initial reports from the Israeli Navy that the boarding of a Swedish vessel traveling to break the blockade of Gaza was an “uneventful” incident, campaigners reported Tuesday that several people on board, in fact, were violently treated and shot with tasers.

“At least four people were tasered and one was lightly wounded,” Loukas Stamellos, spokesperson for the global Freedom Flotilla Coalition, told Common Dreams over the phone from Athens, Greece. “We were questioning the military’s narrative before, but now we know at least some people were hurt and there was violence during the interception.”

The following video, just released by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, shows Swedish peace sailor Charlie Andreasson being tased multiple times by an Israeli combatant, explained David Heap, spokesperson for the coalition.

Rejecting Israeli Narrative, Freedom Flotilla Campaigners Say Tasers Were Part Of Violent Assault On Ship
At least nine people from Sweden, Norway, and Canada remain in Israeli custody.
By Sarah Lazare for Common Dreams | July 3, 2015
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The crew of the Marianne in Lisbon, Spain

Directly contradicting initial reports from the Israeli Navy that the boarding of a Swedish vessel traveling to break the blockade of Gaza was an “uneventful” incident, campaigners reported Tuesday that several people on board, in fact, were violently treated and shot with tasers.

“At least four people were tasered and one was lightly wounded,” Loukas Stamellos, spokesperson for the global Freedom Flotilla Coalition, told Common Dreams over the phone from Athens, Greece. “We were questioning the military’s narrative before, but now we know at least some people were hurt and there was violence during the interception.”

The following video, just released by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, shows Swedish peace sailor Charlie Andreasson being tased multiple times by an Israeli combatant, explained David Heap, spokesperson for the coalition.

(Warning: footage may be disturbing.)

Basil Ghattas, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset who was on the Marianne, confirmed to the Middle East Eye that the Israeli military’s takeover of the ship was indeed violent.

Staffan Granér, spokesperson for Ship to Gaza–Sweden, emphasized to Common Dreams: “It’s important to document the violence our activists suffer, but it is also really important to realize that this violence and these crimes are something that happens every day and every week in these waters to fishermen from Gaza.”

At least nine people from the international crew remain in Israeli custody after their ship was seized early Monday morning roughly 100 nautical miles from Gaza. A total of 18 people from around the world were on the vessel, and those who are not currently detained have been deported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although this raw footage is very disturbing, I encourage you to watch.

This is your tax dollars at work, folks.

By supporting and enabling this criminal government, the US government supports and enables this kind of criminal behaviour.

I have to wonder what some of the original founders of the state of Israel would think about where things have gone wrong in a viciously apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons.

It is no wonder that we are looking at an arms race the Middle East, with countries like Saudi Arabia looking to buy Pakistani nuclear technology. As reported in May in the Times of Israel in May of this year:

Saudi Arabia has reached out to its ally Pakistan to acquire “off-the-shelf” atomic weapons as a nuclear arms race begins to shape up with Shiite rival Iran, US sources said. “For the Saudis the moment has come,” a former US defense official told the UK’s Sunday Times. “There has been a longstanding agreement in place with the Pakistanis and the House of Saud has now made the strategic decision to move forward.” The anonymous former official said the US did not believe that “any actual weaponry has been transferred yet,” but declared that “the Saudis mean what they say and they will do what they say.”

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