On Episode 18, we talk to filmmaker Iara Lee, witness to the Mavi Marmara massacre.
In the early hours of 31 May 2010, Israeli commandos in speed boats and helicopters attacked a six-boat flotilla full of international human rights activists bound for Gaza.
The Israelis killed nine people and injured dozens more aboard the largest vessel, the Mavi Marmara.
A 10th victim died of his injuries four years later.
The Israeli forces commandeered the boats with all their passengers and crew and took them to the port of Ashdod, where they were held incommunicado for many days.
All videos and photos were confiscated, and media were not allowed to speak to the hundreds of kidnapped passengers.
“People ask weren’t you scared?” Iara Lee recalls. “I was like no, I was outraged!”
Lee was on board the Mavi Marmara, and smuggled out digital footage of the raid and massacre.Nine of the victims were Turkish citizens. One, 18-year-old Furkan Doğan, was a US citizen.
Despite this, the Obama administration ignored calls to investigate his execution-style killing and bring the Israeli perpetrators to justice.
Ten years later, those Israeli commandos still escape prosecution.
Lee is the founder and director of the Cultures Of Resistance Network.
Later on in the program, we feature an excerpt of an interview done by Aaron Lakoff of Independent Jewish Voices Canada, with Mohammad Samara, a 37-year-old nurse, activist and tour guide living in Nablus in the occupied West Bank.
Samara talks about mutual aid in Palestine under the coronavirus lockdown: “Everyone here believes that when you do a good thing for someone else, a good thing will happen to you.”
Things we discussed
- Register for Cultures of Resistance and the Gaza Freedom Flotilla Coalition’s webinar on the 10 anniversary of the massacre
- “Israel’s attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla: Looking back a year later” (Ali Abunimah)
- “ICC says Israel committed flotilla ‘war crimes’ but refuses to investigate” (Ali Abunimah)
- “Spies ‘monitoring’ Palestine solidarity groups around the world, says Israeli military correspondent” (Asa Winstanley)