Most shocking photo of bloodied Israeli commando yet!
Updated (July 28): In an interview with CBC, the Canadian activist Kevin says he “didn’t see any wounds” and that the soldiers were released “unharmed as far as I understand”. However in a separate and earlier video-taping on board the Mavi Marmara, Neish addresses the camera below decks during the hostilities, and says very clearly that he saw “two soldiers hauled down here bleeding and wounded”. Read story here. ___________________________________________________________
Above is another one of the photos from the Mavi Marvara Marmara raid. The man bleeding in the face is an Israeli commando.
The memory card storing the set of digital photos was hidden in the photographer’s underwear to smuggle it past the Israeli authorities.
German publication Der Spiegal has reproduced this third photo along with the other two (whose claim to fame is their insidious cropping by Reuters) with a comment that “Surprisingly, it was Turkish newspaper Hürriyet that published the most spectacular photos.”
There are more twists to the controversy. It seems pro-government newspapers in Turkey (i.e. those backing Prime Minister Erdogan) are accusing Hürriyet’s publisher “of playing into Israel’s hands” by allowing the photos of the shot, knifed and walloped Israeli commandos to see print.
How the photos were shipped out (forgive the pun) is another story in itself. “I hid the card everywhere while the soldiers were questioning us,” the photographer Kevin Neish said. “I had it in my mouth, once in my shoes, and once in my underpants.”
Neish is Canadian and was a ‘peace activist’ on board Mavi Marvara Marmara.
The average Malaysian reading Sniveling Star and Utusan would be utterly surprised to learn that instead of readily publicizing the photos which would have proved that their commandos were attacked, the Israeli army command initially tried to prevent the video footage being seen.
Why? The reason they did so was because they feared that the morale of their troops would be affected. After all, the world has become accustomed to imagery of the Israelis always being on top of the game.
One reaction from the horrified Israeli public back home was that their boys were being lowered by rope “like guppies into a pond of sharks”.
Der Spiegal reported that “It took more than 12 hours for black-and-white sequences from the beatings [that the Israeli army filmed] to be made public”. By now, that footage is already all over YouTube, showing the so-called ‘peace activists’ beating the Israeli soldiers with sawn-off iron pipes.
Meanwhile, the Israeli public was angry at the army command for putting the soldiers into “that nightmarish situation”.
On the other hand, the Israeli generals were embarrassed that their much vaunted special operation squads with the mighty reputation were imperiled and yes, trounced.
By the time that the Israelis finally released the video showing the humiliation of its soldiers during the botched exercise, “the version of the pro-Gaza activists was already dominating the news”.
Here you see it, there you don’t
On how Reuters decided to ‘disarm’ the ‘peace activists’ by cropping out the knives and blood stains from two photos that it distributed to its clients worldwide, see our previous postings:
Did Reuters crop Gaza flotilla photos to hide activists’ weapons?
Reuters admit making Israel look bad / ‘Star’ snivels some more
But it is the sneakiness of Reuters that takes the cake. This is the page from the Reuters website with the story headlined ‘Photos from Turkish aid ship show blood and chaos’.
The photographs that show blood are still missing (MIA)! And Reuters hasn’t put the knives back either (NFA).