New Gaza Flotilla Footage Casts Doubt on MK's Version of Events Aboard Protest Ship

MK Hanin Zuabi calls on Attorney General to compel IDF to release video footage filmed during the raid on the Mavi Marmara.

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Footage of Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound released Wednesday appears to contradict the account of Knesset member on board one of the boats, who claimed she had not come into contact with armed activists.

"There were no people carrying clubs near me," MK Hanin Zuabi, from the Arab Balad party, had told a news conference following the May 31 raid, in which nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed.

But film published by Army Radio appears to show Zuabi standing in close proximity to a group of men carrying heavy sticks.

Zuabi on Wednesday requested that Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein compel the IDF to release all the video footage filmed on the Mavi Marmara when soldiers commandeered the ship.

Zuabi claims that if all the footage is released people will realize she "made great efforts to prevent panic, fear and additional bloodshed."

Later in the clip Zuabi can be seen arguing with an IDF commando attempting to evacuate one of the wounded. According to Army Radio, Zuabi claimed she had cooperated with troops in helping to remove the wounded from the boat.

In mid-July the Knesset voted to revoke Zuabi's parliamentary privileges over her participation in the flotilla.

MK Hanin Zuabi at a Knesset hearing on her parliamentary privileges on July 13, 2010.Credit: Knesset Channel

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