I am posting the following letter without comment; readers can form their own conclusions. It was written by a member of Shayetet 13, the elite Israel Defense Forces naval commando unit that intercepted the flotilla ship bound for Gaza, the Mavi Marmara, on May 31st.
Dear Friends and Family-
This is Amir writing you after reading what you sent to my father.
As you know, it was my unit and my friends who were on the ship.
My commander was injured badly as a result of the "pacifists" violence.
I want to tell you how he was injured so you could tell the story.
It shows just how horrible and inhuman were the activists.
My commander was the first soldier that rappelled down from the helicopter to the ship.
When he touched ground, he got hit in the head with a pole and stabbed in the stomach with a knife. when he drew out his secondary weapon-a handgun (his primary weapon was a regular paintball gun- "tippman 98 custom") he was shot in the leg.
He managed to fire a single shot before he was tossed from the balcony by 4 arab activists, to the lower deck (a 12 feet fall). he was then dragged by other activists to a room in the lower deck were he was stripped down by 2 activists.
They took off his vest, helmet and shirt. leaving him with only his pants and shoes on. when they finished they took a knife and expanded the wound he already had in his stomach.
They cut his ab muscles horizontally and by hand spilled his guts out.
When they finished they raised him up and walked him on the deck outside. he was conscious the whole time.
If you are asking your self why they did all that here comes the reason.
They wanted to show the soldiers their commanders body so they will be demoralized and scared.
Luckily, when they walked him on the deck a soldier saw him and managed to shoot the activist that was walking him down the outside corridor.
He shot him with a special non lethal bullet that didn't kill him.
My commander managed to jump from the deck to the water and swim to an army rescue boat (his guts still out of his body and now in salty sea water). that was how he was saved..
The activists that did this to him are alive and now in turkey treated as heroes.
I am sorry if I described this with too many details, but I thought it was necessary for the credibility.
Please tell this story to anyone who will listen.
I think that these days you are one of Israel's best spokesman.
Thanks and Shabat Shalom!