Midnight on the Mavi Marmara
The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How it Changed the Course of the Israel/Palestine Conflict
At 4:30 am on Monday, May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos, boarding from sea and air, attacked the six boats of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla as it sailed through international waters attempting to bring humanitarian relief to the beleaguered Palestinians of Gaza. Within minutes, nine peace activists were dead, shot by the Israelis. Scores of others were injured.
Within hours, outrage at Israel's action echoed around the world. Spontaneous demonstrations occurred in Europe, the United States, Turkey, and Gaza itself to denounce the attack. Turkey's prime minister described it as a "bloody massacre" and "state terrorism."
In these pages, a range of activists, journalists, and analysts piece together the events that occurred that May night. Mixing together first-hand testimony and documentary record with hard-headed analysis and historical overview, Midnight on the Mavi Marmara reveals why the attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla may just turn out to be Israel's Selma, Alabama moment: the beginning of the end for an apartheid Palestine.
Contributors include: Ali Abunimah, Omar Barghouti, George Bisharat, Max Blumenthal, Noam Chomsky, Martha B. Cohen, Juan Cole, Murat Dagli, Jamal Elshayyal, Sümeyye Ertekin, Norman Finkelstein, Gisha.org, Neve Gordon, Glenn Greenwald, Arun Gupta, Amira Hass, Adam Horowitz, Rashid Khalidi, Stephen Kinzer, Paul Larudee, Iara Lee, Gideon Levy, Daniel Luban, Alia Malek, Henning Mankell, Mike Marqusee, Lubna Masarwa, Yousef Munayyer, Ken O’Keefe, Kevin Ovenden, Ilan Pappé, Doron Rosenblum, Sara Roy, Ben Saul, Eyad Al Sarraj, Adam Shapiro, Raja Shehadeh, Henry Siegman, Ahdaf Soueif, Raji Sourani, Richard Tillinghast, Alice Walker, Stephen M. Walt, and Haneen Zoabi.
View the trailer for Midnight on the Mavi Marmara here: http://vodpod.com/watch/4455071-midnight-on-the-mavi-marmara-trailer
"This collection of some four dozen essays from eyewitnesses and 'activists, novelists, academics, analysts, journalists, and poets,' serves many purposes.... But perhaps most urgently, and certainly most befitting a work so quickly assembled after the incident, the book's eyewitness accounts from activists aboard the flotilla and essays from their sympathizers represent an attempt to recapture a narrative of the event.... The first book on the flotilla massacre serves accordingly as the general public's introduction to civil society and the Gaza crisis - a collection of eyewitness accounts as well as a useful background reader, and a clarion call to action infused with the energy and efficacy of the activists themselves."
—Peter Certo, Foreign Policy in Focus
Read the full review at: http://www.fpif.org/articles/review_midnight_on_the_mavi_marmara
"Midnight on the Mavi Marmara is a satisfying and intelligent read. This collection of writing ventures through the events of May 31, 2010, with clarity and candor. The book is thorough and precise, with varying styles adding surprising humor and justifiable anger to the mix. It's a must-read for anyone wanting to know more about Gaza, Israel, the flotilla raid, and the plight of the Palestinian people."
"Resistance to the Israeli occupation isn't just confined to Palestinian villages, though, as the events of the May 31 Freedom Flotilla, explored magnificently in Midnight on the Mavi Marmara, show.... The book is a comprehensive antidote to Israel's attempt to spin the events as a group of savage Islamist terrorists "lynching" defenseless Israeli soldiers.... Beyond the lucid eyewitness accounts, the book includes exceptional analyses of what the attack means and where the international solidarity movement goes from here. ... if one wants to understand the attack on the flotilla and the utter necessity of building an international solidarity movement that will finally bring Israeli apartheid down, this is the book to read. It couldn't have come out at a better time; while the world's media incessantly focus on recently re-launched "peace talks," the real work of bringing about liberation for the Palestinian people can be found in efforts like the Freedom Flotilla. Adam Shapiro, a co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement, succinctly closes out the book with his piece on the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and the effort to break the blockade of Gaza through ever-escalating direct action: "The days of the oppression of Palestinians - whether in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, in refugee camps, or in the diaspora - are numbered. It is now in all our power to expedite that day of liberation."
—Alex Kane, the Indypendent