Israel has yet to release the full video they have of the attack on the Mavi Marmara. Until they do that, they do not appear interested in showing all the facts and therefore should not be allowed to conduct their own inquiry into the murder of nine unarmed civilians. Meanwhile, we have more testimony that I cannot confirm but that should certainly be reviewed by an international inquiry. It's from a "peace activist", former US Marine, Gulf War vet, and now Irish and Palestinian citizen, Ken O'Keefe. Again, I do not know whether these are untruths, whether the bloody scars on his face were self-inflicted, but I'd like to know the full story. I do not believe for one minute that the Netanyahu government or the IDF will provide it. Money quote:
While in Israeli custody I, along with everyone else was subjected to endless abuse and flagrant acts of disrespect. Women and elderly were physically and mentally assaulted. Access to food and water and toilets was denied. Dogs were used against us, we ourselves were treated like dogs. We were exposed to direct sun in stress positions while hand cuffed to the point of losing circulation of blood in our hands. We were lied to incessantly, in fact I am awed at the routineness and comfort in their ability to lie, it is remarkable really. We were abused in just about every way imaginable and I myself was beaten and choked to the point of blacking out… and I was beaten again while in my cell.
In all this what I saw more than anything else were cowards… and yet I also see my brothers. Because no matter how vile and wrong the Israeli agents and government are, they are still my brothers and sisters and for now I only have pity for them. Because they are relinquishing the most precious thing a human being has, their humanity.