Israeli marines boarded a ship, MV Mavi Marmara, in international waters and killed 9 of the passengers. No marines were killed, though some were injured in the fight.
It doesn’t matter that the ship was outside Israeli territorial waters, or that armed military personnel forcibly boarded it. The Israelis in this case were still the victims as they always are.
Israel says the passengers on the ship attacked its marines with sharpened objects, steel bars and with guns taken from them. It seems that the passengers reacted in a highly aggressive way to the appearance of masked armed men in the middle of the night, and in a highly terrorist way, fought back with any weapon that came to hand including the masked men’s own guns.
Any fool knows that you can’t be hitting armed masked men with iron bars if they happen to be Israeli soldiers. That would make you a terrorist.
Another ship in the very same waters, 63 years ago was boarded by military personnel and the passengers also fought back. But Israel would never accuse those passengers of attacking the soldiers, because those passengers were Jews fleeing Europe aboard the SS Exodus 1947, and the soldiers were British.
So there you have it. When is self-defence not self-defence?
Everyone who resists Israel is a terrorist, you see. Remember that and you can’t go wrong.
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Four gunshot wounds: back of head, right side of face, back, left leg
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Four gunshot wounds: right chest, back, right hip, right temple
Cegdet Kiliclar, 38
One gunshot wound: middle of forehead
Furkan Dogan, 19
Five gunshot wounds: nose, back, back of head, left leg, left ankle
Four gunshot wounds: left chest, left leg, right leg twice
Aliheyder Bengi, 39
Six gunshot wounds: left chest, belly, right arm, right leg, left hand twice
Cetin Topcuoglu, 54
Three gunshot wounds: back of head, left side, right belly
Cengiz Songur, 47
One gunshot wound: front of neck
Necdet Yildirim, 32
Two gunshot wounds: right shoulder, left back