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2 German MP’s File Complaint Against Israel

Saturday, 12 June 2010 12:22 Added by PT Editor Omar Ghraieb

1271081239Berlin, June 12, (Pal Telegraph) The German general prosecution is currently looking into a complaint filed by two riot Germans and a human rights activist on the commission of the Israeli entity of war crimes during the aggression on the ship “Marmara” the largest among the naval vessels of freedom about two weeks ago.

The magazine “Der Spiegel” indicated that the German MPs Annette Groth and Inge Höger, who filed the case were on board of the ship “Marmara” at the time the Israeli navy attacked it, although the humanitarian convoy was aimed at breaking the siege on the Gaza Strip, imposed four years ago.

The human rights activist Norman Peach sided with MPs, belonging to the left, on their filed complaint against “Israel”, and included the arbitrary arrest and the attack against civilians, which will put it up to the degree of war crimes.

They pointed out that at 5:10 am on may 31 they heard the captain saying the IOF soldiers were on board of the ship, and an hour later the German citizens were detained on board the ship like the others, and their belongings and luggage were inspected thoroughly by the IOF.

Groth added that the IOF did not allow them to communicate with the Embassy of Germany in “Israel” only after nine in the morning.

They both told the reporters upon their return to their country that the aggression was as if a war took place, while described the attack as a ” barbaric crime “.



Part 2: Preparing for Battle

Part 1 Here

At 4:02 a.m. morning prayers began, and the men went below deck to worship. A few minutes later, Israeli navy speedboats pulled up alongside the ship. The soldiers threw stun grenades and teargas grenades on deck.

El Sakka, who was standing on the upper deck, tried to take pictures with his digital camera, but he only dared extend his arm over the railing. “The noise on the lower decks was so loud that for a few minutes I didn’t even realize that the first helicopter was already clattering just a few meters overhead.”

He ran below deck to check on his friend Norman Paech, the former Bundestag member. Men who apparently had experience with teargas pressed pieces of onion into his hands. “‘Rub it on your forehead,’ they told me, ‘it helps!'”

On the main deck, Canadian human rights activist Kevin Neish, 53, observed how the men prepared for battle. Some of them were wearing gas masks, one had “a kind of child’s slingshot,” while others had pieces of wood and metal pipes, he says. “It looked rather pitiful to me. Some of them had pulled things out of waste bins, wooden crates, batteries. Someone had even fished out a coconut.”

Surprising Footage

The only video footage initially released of the military’s Operation Sky Winds all came from the Israeli army. They showed soldiers rappelling from helicopters and being beaten down on deck by men armed with pipes and clubs. Towards the end of the week, details emerged from the films confiscated from the activists, including some that even surprised the Israelis. According to the newspaper Yediot Ahronot, one of the tapes shows an “Arab-looking woman” using a stick to keep men from beating up an Israeli soldier. Furthermore “a number of leftist European activists are trying to protect the soldiers.”

Pictures that showed how eight Turkish activists and an American were killed had still not been released by the Israeli army by Friday evening. The soldiers shot indiscriminately into the crowd, Turkish activists said after they returned home. They acted in self-defense, said the army.

El Sakka fled to the lower deck when he noticed that live ammunition was being fired. The ship’s sick bay was located next to the sleeping quarters. He observed that an increasing number of dead and wounded were being brought down, including three injured soldiers.

‘They Should Have Sunk the Ship’

The shooting stopped after an hour, and a message came through the intercom that the ship was now under Israeli command. All passengers, including Sakka and Paech, were tied up and forced to kneel on the bloodstained upper deck. The ordeal lasted for four hours. Paech and two current Left Party members of the Bundestag, Inge Höger and Annette Groth, who were also on board, later filed complaints against persons unknown for unlawful detention and war crimes.

It took 10 hours for the Mavi Marmara to reach the port of Ashdod. Nearly all the activists were put in jail, but then the Israeli government decided to deport them all — despite violent protests in Israel. “Do you know the only thing that the Israeli army did wrong?” said one demonstrator to an Israeli peace activist. ”

They should have sunk the ship and killed everyone on board!”