Israel releases new videos of Gaza flotilla raid
A new video released Wednesday by the Israeli government shows its troops withstanding a water hose and flying plates from activists aboard the Mavi Marmara during the Gaza flotilla raid.
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While no soldiers died, at least nine of the activists were killed in the skirmish aboard the Mavi Marmara, one of six humanitarian vessels that was trying to break a three-year Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip.Skip to next paragraph
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In turn, activists have released their own videos on YouTube, edited to show the excessive force Israeli soldiers used against the activists on the Mavi Marmara.
Meanwhile, journalists appear to be having difficulty showing an independent take on the events. At least 15 foreign journalists traveling with the flotilla were detained by Israeli forces, according to Reporters Without Borders, which said it "strongly condemns the censorship attempts" of the raid.
"We urge the Israeli authorities to release the detained journalists and allow them unrestricted access to the Gaza Strip. The international community needs accurate information about this Palestinian Territory,” Reporters Without Borders said in a statement.
With the released videos carefully edited to portray competing narratives of victim and aggressor, it remains unclear who initiated the violence. The UN Security Council on Tuesday called for an impartial investigation into the incident.
But what is missing so far from the flotilla clips on both sides is context: it is difficult to establish the sequence of events or, more simply, to determine who attacked first. The videos have made it all the more murky.
“On a matter like this, public opinion is awfully important, in terms of determining which image is really going to last,” said Jim Hoge, the editor of Foreign Affairs, who observed that there had been a gradual increase in the use of video clips to bear witness and shape opinion.
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