DAVID SEGARRA: “War and occupation does not only kill the bodies of the oppressed but also the soul of the oppressor”

David Segarra — Spanish living in Venezuela, director of documentary films
(The responses were received from Venezuela on 10 March 2011 via e-mail)

“All what we experienced was like a dream, like a nightmare. Some of us would never wake up from that dream… Everybody did what they had to do onboard the ship. Nobody panicked, but everybody helped each other keeping our own humanity and dignity well alive.”

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DAVID SEGARRA

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MANUEL ESPINAR TAPIAL: “The Freedom Flotilla opened the eyes of millions”

Manuel Espinar Tapial — Spanish, freelance journalist and activist, coordinator of Rumbo a Gaza
(This face-to-face interview was conducted in Istanbul, Turkey, on 26 December 2010)

“We saw around 300 people all down on their knees, heads looking down to the floor, and hands tied behind their backs. All of them were Muslims. We, as Europeans, weren’t tied, were seated on the benches, and treated in a different way. I will never forget the racism of the Israeli army.”

“We received thousands of e-mails and messages on facebook from the people supporting us. We wouldn’t have expected such a positive reaction. The Spanish people supported us very actively, but the Spanish government acted just like an ally of Israel.”

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MANUEL TAPIAL-LAURA ARUA

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LAURA ARAU CRUSELLAS: “Seeing how the Muslim men were made to kneel was really hard to accept; we are all equal”

Laura Arau Crusellas — Spanish, freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker
(This face-to-face interview was conducted in Istanbul, Turkey, on 26 December 2010)

“Is going somewhere to help people with humanitarian aid an act of terrorism? Israel itself is killing people everyday. I think they have to be brought to court, and we have to ask for justice, not only for our martyrs but also for the Palestinian people who have been massacred both in the past and today.”

“Since the first moment that we saw the Israeli soldiers, they were violent. They had a lot of weapons while we only had humanitarian cargo. The first step they took was violent, and because of that, the rest was much more violence.”

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MANUEL TAPIAL-LAURA ARUA

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OUASSIMA IBN SALAH: “Israelis have built a country on blood and hatred, and live in fear of everything”

Ouassima Ibn Salah — Moroccan living in Turkey, correspondent of Al Jazeera Net and Moroccan daily, Al Massae
(The responses were received from Istanbul,Turkey on 14 March 2011 via e-mail)

Mavi Marmara, although being just a ship, is a symbol of honour, humanity, solidarity and courage. It is the hope that we, as people, can achieve anything if we are united, and there are still conscious people in the world fighting against the injustice.”

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OUASSIMA IBN SALAH

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GADIJA DAVIDS: “The baby on board was unnerving the Israeli soldiers”

Gadija Davids — South African, correspondent of Radio 786
(The responses were received from South Africa on 29 March 2011 via e-mail)

“Being held in a foreign country, against your will, without any contact with the outside world was a nerve-wracking and stressful experience. We did not know what to expect; we had already undergone three body searches, had our belongings stolen, and subjected to several kinds of torture.”

“I thought that these teenager soldiers probably saw the attack as a training mission, but I couldn’t understand the hatred that they exhibited, even as they stood there armed to the teeth, with all kinds of weaponry at their disposal.”

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GADIJA DAVIDS

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HAMDI OSMANOĞLU: “Israel’s intention was to kill; the way the martyrs and the wounded were targeted was surely proof of that”

Hamdi Osmanoğlu — Syrian-born Turkish citizen, specialist in dermatology and chief physician
(This face-to-face interview was conducted in Istanbul, Turkey, on 11 February 2011)

“When the Mavi Marmara was taken over by the Israelis, and we told the wounded, ‘Brothers, we have to hand over the seriously wounded for treatment,’ all the wounded pleaded saying, ‘Don’t let us go, don’t give us to them; let us die here.’ At that moment we were in a very difficult situation.”

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HAMDI OSMANOGLU

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JERRY CAMPBELL: “Who would think an entire army would attack a ship full of unarmed humanitarian activists?”

Jerry Campbell — Australian, student of nursing

(The responses were recieved from Australia on 12 March 2011 via e-mail)

“My husband was shot twice in the leg and bleeding heavily since one of the bullets had gone straight through an artery. There were extremely limited medical supplies. He kept pulling his IV fluids out and telling me to give it to someone who needed it more. Little did he know it was he who actually needed them.”

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JERRY CAMPBELL

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