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Irish activist recounts Gaza flotilla raid

Thursday, 3 June 2010 23:03

Shane Dillon

An Irish activist detained by Israel during the raid on the Gaza aid flotilla has been telling an Oireachtas committee of his ordeal.

Shane Dillon, who was deported from Israel on Tuesday, appeared before the Foreign Affairs Committee this afternoon.

Nine people on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara were killed when Israeli commandos stormed the flotilla of aid vessels on Monday

Mr Dillon told the committee that no-one aboard his vessel the ‘Challenger 1’ offered any physical resistance to the Israeli troops who stormed it.

Instead, he said, only verbal resistance was offered and that the Israelis were clearly informed that the flotilla was an aid/peace flotilla.

Mr Dillon said that other vessels had turned on fire hoses when the Israeli vessels approached the flotilla, but that at no stage had water cannon been used by the vessels of the flotilla.

He said the Israelis had used stun guns, assaulted people with the butt ends of rifles, pushed people to the ground and stood on them.

Mr Dillon told the committee that the commandos also used paintball guns and smashed windows.

In the aftermath of the attack the Israeli government published pictures of weapons they said were found on the boats.

However, Mr Dillon said galley knives and sledge hammers are normal and necessary items to carry on a boat.

Fianna Fáil’s Michael Woods, who chairs the committee, said it is an issue of concern that Israeli Ambassador Dr Zion Evrony declined to come before the committee to answer questions about the incident.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has called for Dr Evrony to be expelled from Ireland.

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