Monday, June 14, 2010

Raw footage from the Mavi Marmara with commentary

Israeli Attack on the Mavi Marmara // Raw Footage from Cultures of Resistance on Vimeo.

And there you have it. A representation of the real situation on the boat. It's clear that what was going on is that people were prepared to defend themselves with things that they found on the boat and that some people had slingshots and small knives with them. The thing that seems to have set the Mavi Marmara apart, and possibly the reason why it was targeted by Israel, was that it contained regular Turkish citizens who hadn't been brainwashed by liberal activism and who instead were ready to do what any sane person would do when confronted with folks who were heavily armed and using violence against them: hold your ground and fight back. This is what the people in the video were doing. Not being insane out of control violent people, but instead demonstrating some human dignity when confronted with folks who wanted to hurt them, and who probably would have hurt them if they had gotten the chance.

A great encapsulation of this ethic is the footage showing a couple of guys firing slingshots at the Israeli helicopter that's dropping people. No one in their right mind would think that some stones or what have you from a slingshot is going to take down a helicopter; instead, it's the principle of the thing, the same principle that comes into play when Palestinians throw rocks at Israeli tanks, namely that you can't abuse us without us doing something about it, even if that something is purely symbolic.

We aren't talking about using rocket launchers here, we're talking about demonstrating some token dignity with sticks when confronted with people who want to shoot and hurt you.

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