Hoax: Video Showing Heavy Weapons Discovered on Mavi Marmara is a Fraud

A video has been racing around the Internet — purportedly showing heavy weapons discovered behind bags of flour on the Mavi Marmara. The find would serve to justify the lethal raid on the flotilla to Gaza and some posters have asked why no uproar? The answer is because the video is a fraud — it shows a boat that was actually searched in 2009.

The video is often accompanied by the same text, which was posted by a commenter on this blog:

This video shows that during the unloading of the Marmara boat in the port of Ashdod, behind the bags of flour were boxes of heavy weapons and ammunition: mortars, artillery shells, bazookas, without counting a trunk where more than one million euros was found intended for Hamas. This video should be widely distributed as evidence of why the IDF Naval commandos were dispatched to intercept the six vessels including the M/S Mavi Marmara. One wonders what is aboard the Irish vessel, the M/S. Rachel Corrie, that Israel will intercept sometime today when it approaches the Naval blockade line off the coast of Gaza. Clearly the Turkish AKP Islamist government is complicit in permitting this military cargo to be loaded on the ‘peaceful’ Free Gaza Flotilla. Please distribute this video widely. If you had any doubt about what was on the flotilla, here is the video. The French explains that the arms on display were hidden behind sacks of grain.

There appears to be a conscious misinformation campaign afoot. The people who originally posted this video obviously knew it was false but wanted to mislead viewers. They succeeded.

147 thoughts on “Hoax: Video Showing Heavy Weapons Discovered on Mavi Marmara is a Fraud

  1. Nothing to see here, move along.

    “ARA — All but two of the nine Turks killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship were shot more than once, and five died from bullet wounds to the head, according to forensic reports.

    The documents, penned this month, were made available to AFP Tuesday by lawyers for the victims’ families, who have petitioned Turkish prosecutors to investigate the May 31 bloodshed on the Turkish Mavi Marmara ferry.

    “The findings make it clear the Israeli forces shot to kill the activists and not to overpower them,” one of the lawyers, Yasin Divrak, told AFP.

    The youngest victim, 19-year-old Furkan Dogan, a dual Turkish-US national, was shot five times, including twice in the head, the report said.”

    http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0629/turks-shot-multiple-times-gaza-aid-ship-forensics/

    A bullet that pierced his face was fired from close range, it said, adding he was hit also in the back of the head….”

  2. “If there were no blockade, what is to stop Iran from shipping hundreds of tons of heavy weapons to Gaza that will end up raining down on Israeli civilians.”

    The same thing there is now.

    Nothing.

  3. There is no dispute that the Israeli Navy stopped the ship Francop last November 4th or 5th and found hundreds of tons of weapons on board intended to be delivered to Hezbollah. These included artillery shells, missiles, katyusha rockets, mortar shells, hand grenades and ammo for Kalashnikov rifles. They were found in cargo carriers hidden behind sacks of flour. If there were no blockade, what is to stop Iran from shipping hundreds of tons of heavy weapons to Gaza that will end up raining down on Israeli civilians.

  4. Zionists and westerners are liars, what else is new? Lying is a state policy in the West and in the Zionist entity. The rest of the world already knows.

  5. CCD,

    I agree with Buddha, that is a very neat video. It should help—but will likely not—remind us measly humans that we are extraneous in the overall Universe schema.

    Ain’t them ‘tubes’ makin’ up this Internet fantastic…

  6. Sorry, I now see my post was redundant. I’ll start reading more and talking less. Carry on!

  7. Munford:

    “For these people, truth is apparently of no importance and some other agenda takes precedence.”

    ************************

    Thanks, Munford. I was wondering how long it would take you to blame “these people” for the problem. I bet some of your best friends are “these people.” You skinheads do us all a favor by making us look more intelligent than we already are by comparison!

  8. People are still arguing about the legal question?

    This is from Craig Murray, former British ambassador :

    “A word on the legal position, which is very plain. To attack a foreign flagged vessel in international waters is illegal. It is not piracy, as the Israeli vessels carried a military commission. It is rather an act of illegal warfare.

    Because the incident took place on the high seas does not mean however that international law is the only applicable law. The Law of the Sea is quite plain that, when an incident takes place
    on a ship on the high seas (outside anybody’s territorial waters) the applicable law is that of the flag state of the ship on which the incident occurred. In legal terms, the Turkish ship was Turkish territory.

    There are therefore two clear legal possibilities.

    Possibility one is that the Israeli commandos were acting on behalf of the government of Israel in killing the activists on the ships. In that case Israel is in a position of war with Turkey, and the act falls under international jurisdiction as a war crime.

    Possibility two is that, if the killings were not authorised Israeli military action, they were acts of murder under Turkish jurisdiction. If Israel does not consider itself in a position of war with Turkey, then it must hand over the commandos involved for trial in Turkey under Turkish law.

    In brief, if Israel and Turkey are not at war, then it is Turkish law which is applicable to what happened on the ship. It is for Turkey, not Israel, to carry out any inquiry or investigation into events and to initiate any prosecutions. Israel is obliged to hand over indicted personnel for prosecution.”

    He is only wrong on that the ship was actually flagged from Comores, not Turkey

    I’m not sure the San Remo convention even applies, as the CLOSURE is illegal.
    http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2010/05/the_legal_posit.html
    http://original.antiwar.com/peter-casey/2010/06/06/israel-legal-debate/

    Mr. “White Night” : Those spamming, anti-semitic comments seem to just pop up even here, huh? Where do you guys come from? You are just as bad as the hasbarists – so many words, so little knowledge.

  9. The blockade has not stopped the flow of weapons into Gaza any more than the “War of Drugs” has stopped the flow of cocaine into the United States. Interdiction only works if close to 100% of the contraband in question is stopped. The blockade has, however, collectively punished the citizens of Gaza for the crimes of the few in violation of international law. No new leaf. Just the same old shit with added suffering to non-combatants.

  10. So, the weapons were found last year. Does that mean that they can’t be used this year?

    It just shows that there is justification for the blockade–and for searching ships. What new leaf has been turned over?

  11. We often hear the phrase “Israel’s right to exist” and along with it, “Israel’s right to self-defense.” Notwithstanding the faux-legitimacy given these concepts by decades of repetition, there is another, truth-based, ethics-based point of view.

    In 1917, the British imperial executive (the Foreign Office) and the World Zionist Organization colluded in a criminal conspiracy to steal Palestine from the 95% Arab population who had lived there for 70 generations, and to give it to the Jews/Zionists. This “plan” was a crime then, as it is a crime now. A crime is still a crime, despite control and censorship of the media. A crime is still a crime despite 90 years of impunity from prosecution or 90 years of propaganda. NO AMOUNT OF TIME CAN CHANGE A LIE INTO THE TRUTH; NO AMOUNT TIME CAN CONVERT A CRIME INTO A LEGAL ACT.

    The Zionist entity called Israel is nothing less than a geopolitical crime-in-progress. This is reality.

    So when next you hear about Israel’s “right to exist”, consider: no crime has a “right to exist”, no criminal enterprise has a “right to exist”. Correspondingly, no criminal has a “right to self-defense”. No criminal has a right to commit violence in the furtherance of a crime. No criminal has the right to fight back against the lawful authority that arrives to halt the crime and arrest the criminals.

    Israel, the Zionists, their enablers, and their supporters are criminals: thieves and murderers on a global scale. They have no “right to exist” (as criminals) and they have no “right to self-defense” as they commit their crimes.

    But they do have rights. They have the right to surrender to a competent authority. The right to a fair trial. If found guilty, the right to a proportionate penalty. And once the offending parties have “done their time”, the right to rejoin society and resume a peaceful cooperative existence.

  12. mespo727272, johneboy has it more correct about the illegality of what Israel did than the professor in the newspaper you cite as authority.

    Here is Craig Murray.
    =============
    First, HIS BIO:
    Craig Murray is a former British Ambassador. He is also a former Head of the Maritime Section of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He negotiated the UK’s current maritime boundaries with Ireland, Denmark (Faeroes), Belgium and France, and boundaries of the Channel Islands, Turks and Caicos and British Virgin Islands. He was alternate Head of the UK Delegation to the UN Preparatory Commission on the Law of the Sea. He was Head of the FCO Section of the Embargo Surveillance Centre, enforcing sanctions on Iraq, and directly responsible for clearance of Royal Navy boarding operations in the Persian Gulf.
    =============

    June 1, 2010
    http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2010/05/the_legal_posit.html
    “A word on the legal position, which is very plain. To attack a foreign flagged vessel in international waters is illegal. It is not piracy, as the Israeli vessels carried a military commission. It is rather an act of illegal warfare.

    Because the incident took place on the high seas does not mean however that international law is the only applicable law. The Law of the Sea is quite plain that, when an incident takes place
    on a ship on the high seas (outside anybody’s territorial waters) the applicable law is that of the flag state of the ship on which the incident occurred. In legal terms, the Turkish ship was Turkish territory.

    There are therefore two clear legal possibilities.

    Possibility one is that the Israeli commandos were acting on behalf of the government of Israel in killing the activists on the ships. In that case Israel is in a position of war with Turkey, and the act falls under international jurisdiction as a war crime.

    Possibility two is that, if the killings were not authorised Israeli military action, they were acts of murder under Turkish jurisdiction. If Israel does not consider itself in a position of war with Turkey, then it must hand over the commandos involved for trial in Turkey under Turkish law.

    In brief, if Israel and Turkey are not at war, then it is Turkish law which is applicable to what happened on the ship. It is for Turkey, not Israel, to carry out any inquiry or investigation into events and to initiate any prosecutions. Israel is obliged to hand over indicted personnel for prosecution.”

  13. As a thought experiment, let’s imagine that 1.5 million Jews, many of them refugees, are trapped between a hostile military force and the sea. They have been surrounded for years by barbed wire and gun towers on their landward border. They are not permitted access to the sea, and can do no trade with the outside world. Helicopters and jets flying low over their impoverished homes reinforce their shared sense of helpless confinement and terrorize their children. They are attacked with phosphorus bombs and heavy weaponry, destroying their schools, hospitals, and other civilian infrastructure, and denied the right to import building supplies, food, medicines, or other critically needed material. They are viewed as subhuman by the forces that surround them, and referred to as “dirty Arab dogs,” “two legged beasts,” “vermin,” “cancer,” etc., and all know about graffiti calling for their extermination (“Lets kill them all and let God sort it out”). Any gesture of defiance against the infinitely superior forces arrayed against them are denounced as terrorism. All aspects of their lives are subject to the control of this hostile force.

    A flotilla attempting to deliver humanitarian aid to 1.5 million besieged Jews is violently attacked. Some members of the flotilla try to defend themselves; nine are killed, many are shot, and many more are beaten. The flotilla is commandeered, and the humanitarian supplies seized.

    Under such circumstances, do you think the word “Nazi” might come up? Even in the most polite and restrained conversation?

  14. Its good comedy when the narrow minded come through the door here, spewing that their religion exclusively OWN god.

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