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Mavi Mamara Audio Released by IDF Appears to be Forged

Listen to the two released clips, and see if the pieces (or audio edit points) fit.

IDF blog
Audio/Video clips courtesy of the IDF blog.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Israel released audio on Friday that it claimed was a conversation between Israeli naval vessels and the Turkish-owned ship Mavi Marmara.

The recording is said to have been made prior to the Israeli assault that killed at least 9 passengers on that ship, and injured dozens more in the early hours of 31 May.

The Mavi Marmara was in international waters in the eastern Mediterranean, en route to Gaza with humanitarian supplies.

The Israelis titled the audio clip "Radio Transmission from Mavi Marmara to Israeli Navy", and by many accounts appears to be fabricated. CLIP #1 (AUDIO ONLY):

Not only do the voices have different natural sound beds making them a skeptical product in the first place, but Adam Shapiro, co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement, even identified the woman's voice.

He says it is that of his wife Huwaida Arraf, chair of the Free Gaza Movement.


Oddly enough, Arraf was not aboard the Mavi Marmara. She was aboard one of the small passenger vessels in the six-boat flotilla, called Challenger 1.

Here is a transcript of the audio released by the IDF:

ISRAELI SHIP: "This is the Israeli Navy, you are approaching an area which is under a naval blockade."

MAN'S VOICE 1: "Shut up, go back to Auschwitz."

WOMAN'S VOICE: "We have permission from the Gaza Port Authority to enter."

MAN'S VOICE 2: "We're helping Arabs go against the US, don't forget 9/11 guys."

Huwaida Arraf spoke to Russia Today, among other major media outlets, and gave her first hand account of what took place.

"It would appear that Israel has once more been caught fabricating evidence in its desperate effort to justify its violent assault on the Free Gaza Flotilla, a civilian convoy carrying humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip," said Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of One Country, A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse.

"Thanks to Marian Houk (, I have learned that the Israeli army originally uploaded a video in which the same naval officer in the video above has an innocuous conversation with a ship in which the only reply from the ship is 'Negative, Negative, our destination is Gaza,'" said Abunimah.

"There is no 'anti-Semitism' or anything that paints the Flotilla passengers as raving bigots. The earlier video actually shows the officer moving, whereas in the previous video in which a speaker allegedly says 'Go back to Auschwitz' we simply see a still picture of the same naval officer while the audio plays. This is further evidence of complete fabrication."


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John June 5, 2010 12:26 pm (Pacific time)

This is the most important story in the world? I remember during the 1972 Olympics in Germany when the PLO terrorists killed many Israeli athletes, my Jewish friends said that was the most important story in the world at that time. In my opinion it was our people in harms way still in Vietnam. In regards to now, I believe most Americans see the giant oil spill that now impacts four states and is causing incredible adverse impacts on wild life, the fishery, tourism and in many other areas. I would then believe that our current conflicts and the economy would be also in the top one to three concerns fot the average American, which is actually born out by different polls. The problems in the middle east have been going on for decades and most likely will continue far into the future. It's tragic what is happening there, but we have far more pressing concerns. We have more people dieing daily in traffic accidents than in the middle east current conflict. Of course this is your business, you obviously feel this is the most important story for you. Both sides and those in between have their own spin on what is happening over there, but if Israel is backed into a corner, and their survival is on the line, then some real fireworks will begin. Suffice, until that time, I like most Americans are more concerned withour own domestic problems, and our military overseas.

Editor: That is well and fine, but American mainstream media is corrupt and sponsor directed and you don't get the whole picture.  There is this eternal advocacy of Israeli violence.  We just published a story about the Munich Olympics, and the extreme hypocrisy of the world when it comes to murder: Jun-05-2010: Autopsy Shows Israel Executed Wounded, Worse than Munich 1972 - Gordon Duff  If you want to give Israel a special badge to operate like barbarians you can do that, it is what has already taken place.    

gp June 5, 2010 10:08 am (Pacific time)

Speaking of lies, the Atlanta Journal had a caption under a photo this morning saying that Hamas took over Gaza violently three years ago, of course we know that they were elected in internationally monitored elections.

Douglas Benson June 5, 2010 8:54 am (Pacific time)

Par for the course,same old spin . Since I read both sides of the spectrum I am curious about a couple of things .First I read that Hammas says they will refuse aid untill the blockade is lifted . Second if they think anyone is going to allow unrestricted movement of goods or supports such they should have thier head examined .Why cant the UN make thier own restrictions list and thoroughly search for weapons . Last but not least Israel must rescind thier demand that Hammas give up thier rights to hold Israel accountable for thier actions . Holding someone in prison and making them sign away thier rights to redress is illegal here and it should never be a condition for release for anyone anywhere. Peace

LocalNews June 5, 2010 8:09 am (Pacific time)

...and this has to do with the pacific northwest how?? And deserves the prominence you give it on the site?!?! Hire people from and for the PNW! This stuff belongs on an "In other news..." page!

Editor: I don't know why you are stating this all over our pages today, is heavily visited by people all over the world; things have changed though we haven't stopped publishing local news.  If you really don't understand why we are paying attention to the most important story in the world, then I probably won't have an easy time explaining it.  FYI we have over 60 writers and they are awesome people; we have attracted them from the quality of our world coverage, We are mostly unsupported with a handful of long-term advertisers.  If Salem was behind this operation you would see more local news.     

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