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Watch: Raw footage of deadly flotilla raid

June 11, 2010 8:30 P.M. (Updated: June 15, 2010 11:05 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - A full hour of raw footage taken aboard the Mavi Marmara in the hour leading up to and during the Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla surfaced Thursday.

Despite the Israeli government’s efforts to confiscate all of the footage taken during the attack, filmmaker Iara Lee was able to smuggle one hour of footage back to the United States and is releasing it raw to the public Thursday.

A day earlier at the United Nations, Lee presented the footage for the first time to the press.

“We started filming from the moment we boarded the Mavi Marmara right through the Israeli assault on the ship. Although all of our equipment was confiscated, we managed to smuggle this footage out,” Lee said Thursday at the UN in New York.

“Mine is high-definition footage of the Flotilla attack and also the only sustained footage of the ship and its passengers preceding the deadly Israeli commando raid. Watching this raw, unedited footage, you will get a sense of the mood on the ship and of the passengers on it.

“Was this a lynch-mob moved by hatred of Israelis or was it a cross-section of humanity moved by the plight of Gaza? Did we lay a trap for the Israeli commandos or did they unnecessarily attack us? Did we take them by surprise or did they take us by surprise?

“Do you see a premeditated ambush, or do you see some passengers using items at hand to protect themselves from an unprovoked assault by heavily armed commandos? You decide.”
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