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10 years after the Mavi Marmara massacre, ‘The Truth’ seeks justice

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Interview. No one has been held accountable for the deaths of 10 activists on a humanitarian voyage to Gaza. 'The image is the most powerful tool for dismantling the Israeli narrative.'

written by Chiara Cruciati

Topic Middle East and North Africa

November 15, 2019

On May 31, it will be 10 years since the massacre on the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish ship belonging to the Freedom Flotilla which was attacked as it was sailing to Gaza, after the first brutal Israeli military operation there. A year after the end of Operation Cast Lead, dozens of activists from around the world took to the sea to break the Israeli siege and bring tons of humanitarian aid to the Gazans. They would never arrive.

The special forces of the Israeli army put a stop to their voyage with a nighttime assault on the Mavi Marmara in international waters. The toll was a heavy one: 10 activists killed, dozens wounded. But the massacre did not take place far from the public eye. There were journalists and activists present with their cameras, who documented it. And there was the Internet: despite attempts by Tel Aviv to prevent any communication with the outside world, an emergency system continued to work and broadcast the massacre live.


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