Just as Muhammad annihilated the Jews of Medina ..... and so it goes. Until Islam expunges these violent genocidal texts against the Jews from the Koran, hadith and sira, this will not end.
- Israel Navy: Three Commandos Nearly Taken Hostage in Gaza Flotilla Raid - Amos Harel
During Israel's takeover of a Turkish ship in the Gaza-bound aid flotilla this week, three commandos who lost consciousness as a result of the activists' blows were dragged into one of the passenger halls below deck and were held there for several minutes before they regained consciousness and managed to join their comrades. As seen on a video documenting the takeover, the first four commandos to rappel onto the deck were attacked by activists with bars, axes and knives. The fourth commando, K., saw his team leader on the deck, with a Turkish activist holding the pistol he had grabbed from him and pointing it to his head. K. jumped from the rope and shot the activist holding the gun.
At least two commandos suffered gunshot wounds. A fter the incident, 9mm bullet casings were found - a kind not used by the naval commandos. The captain of the ship told the naval commando chief, Lt. Col. A., who was present on the ship, that the guns were thrown overboard before the ship was completely taken over. (Ha'aretz)
- We Had No Choice, Says Commando Who Killed Six on Flotilla - Yaakov Katz
When St.-Sgt. S. fast-roped down from a helicopter onto the Mavi Marmara on Monday, he did not expect to be landing in "a battlefield" and facing off against a group of "murderous mercenaries." S. said Thursday that he was immediately attacked, just like the soldiers who had boarded just before him. Looking to his side, he saw three of his commanders lying wounded - one with a gunshot wound to the stomach and another with a gunshot wound to the knee. A third was lying unconscious; his skull was fractured by a blow from a metal bar. As the next in the chain of command, S. immediately took charge.
He pushed the wounded soldiers up against the wall of the upper deck and created a perimeter of soldiers around them to begin treating their wounds, he said. He then arranged his men to form a second perimeter, and pulled out his 9 mm. Glock pistol to stave off the charging attackers and to protect his wounded comrades. The attackers had already seized two pistols from the commandos, and fired repeatedly at them. Facing more than a dozen of the mercenaries, and convinced their lives were in danger, he and his colleagues opened fire, he said. S. singlehandedly killed six men. His colleagues killed another three. He is being considered for a medal of valor.
"When I hit the deck, I was immediately attacked by people with bats, metal pipes and axes," S. told the Post. "These were without a doubt terrorists. I could see the murderous rage in their eyes and that they were coming to kill us."
Lt.-Col. T. said he realized the group they were facing was well-trained and likely ex-military after the commandos threw a number of stun grenades. "They didn't even flinch," he said. "Regular people would move." Assessments are that members of the group were affiliated with international global jihad elements and had undergone training in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan. (Jerusalem Post)
- For the Commandos, No Fiasco and Relatively Few Casualties - Anshel Pfeffer
The naval commandos who participated in Monday's raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla have no doubt: They weren't battling "activists" aboard the Mavi Marmara, but terrorists. "Everyone who was there on the ship and saw what they had prepared understands this," said Capt. A., who commanded one boarding party. The commandos are dismayed by the view that the raid was a fiasco. They think the level of casualties on both sides was very low, given the circumstances.
Within two minutes nearly half of the initial team had been wounded. The commandos actually gained control of the upper deck in about three minutes and began handcuffing the passengers. "But then there was a shout of 'live fire,' and that we had shooting casualties." Once the situation had sta bilized - aided by the arrival of reinforcements - the commandos began to treat the wounded.
They then began advancing toward the lower deck and the bridge. "There was fierce resistance," said Capt. A. "There were hundreds of people on the deck. In my estimation, between 50 and 100 of them were terrorists. There was still live fire being aimed on us, but that stopped at an early stage....They would jump on us from doors and windows with batons and knives. At this stage, we all stood with guns and fired at anyone coming at us with means or intent [to harm]." However, he said, the commandos fired "very selectively," and most of the passengers who were shot at that stage were only wounded. (Ha'aretz)