A "peace activist" holding a knife poses on board the Gaza flotilla Israel Navy commandos boarded the ship on May 31, 2010. From Haaretz
Israeli military said in a statement: "Navy fighters took control of six ships that tried to violate the naval blockade (of the Gaza Strip) ...
During the takeover, the soldiers encountered serious physical violence by the protesters, who attacked them with live fire."
One of the commandos told reporters he descended by rope from a helicopter onto one of the six ships in the convoy and was immediately attacked by a group of people waiting for them.
"They beat us with metal sticks and knives," he said. "There was live fire at some point against us."
Footage taken from the ships shows Israeli soldiers being beaten with clubs, and being thrown off the deck of the ship. One IDF soldier was critically wounded. A Turkish crew member reportedly snatched a gun from an IDF soldier and then opened fire. Another soldier was stabbed in the stomach. All in the name of non-violent resistance.
And in the true spirit of their eternal victimhood, the pro-Hamas community is mobilizing with the theme "How dare the Jews fight back"
Expect demonstrations today in San Francisco.
The day of hate includes:
A demonstration at the empty Israeli Consulate in the morning, on a deserted street in the financial district, followed by a continuation of the rage at Powell and Market, in the afternoon.
In this footage, taken on board the Mavi Marmari on 30 May2010, IHH leader Bulent Yildirim clearly instructs his followers to throw the Israeli commandos overboard when they land on the ship. His speech was made in Turkish and repeated in Arabic by a translator.