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Mavi Mamara Audio Released by IDF Appears to be ForgedBonnie King Salem-News.com
Listen to the two released clips, and see if the pieces (or audio edit points) fit.
(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):
He says it is that of his wife Huwaida Arraf, chair of the Free Gaza Movement.
CLIP #2 (AUDIO/VIDEO):
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 (http://twitter.com/MarianHouk), 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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