In a move that is not being widely publicized in the Western media and which Israel claims is a “provocation,” a Spanish judge has just issued an arrest warrant in connection with Israel’s 2010 Gaza flotilla raid of the MV Mavi Marmara, otherwise known as the Mavi Marmara Massacre, that left nine human rights activists, including an American citizen, dead.
This flotilla raid is still being reported as a “gun battle,” and authorities claim members of the Muslim Brotherhood were among the activists, but a gun battle only works when both sides have guns.
Photo credit: Uriel Sinai
Activists were accused of attempting to block Israeli IDF from boarding the ship using knives, pipes, and sticks. In the video of the raid posted below, Israeli soldiers shows up in speedboats and clearly bullets immediately begin to fly before the IDF even attempts to board the ship, so there’s no way to really say the Israeli soldiers’ lives were in immediate danger by the guys on the boat with the pipes and knives (many of which in the video do not appear to have pipes or knives, although they have the right to defend their ship from being forcibly boarded). Ten Israeli soldiers were reportedly injured in the raid, which Israel claimed was legal even though it was in international waters.
Bullet holes on the Mavi Marmara.
In the aftermath, more than 250 bullet holes were found in the ship (which were quickly puttied and painted over by Israeli authorities during the “investigation”). As commenters like JosephORuanaidh on this Fox News article have pointed out, “There was no gun battle. The Israelis had guns and the other guys didn’t. The guys with no guns died.”
The warrant stems from a lawsuit filed by three Spaniards who were on board the flotilla and who later sued the Israeli Prime Minister and other officials critical to approving the deadly shootout. It came after the International Criminal Court dismissed the case.
“It’s a provocation,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon told The Times of Israel Tuesday. “The Israeli Embassy in Madrid is in touch with Spanish General Prosecutor in order to close the file as promptly as possible. We hope that this will be over soon.”
Judges with the International Criminal Court have recently called for a reopening of this case under a “reasonable basis” that Israel committed war crimes in the raid, further stating that the court’s initial finding was a “flawed” and “simplistic” conclusion based on multiple factual errors.
If Netanyahu or six other top Israeli government officials attempt to enter Spain at the moment, they can (and should) be detained.
Here is the video of the raid. The IDF shows up around the 35:50 mark.
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