Friday, June 4, 2010

A Spanish mother speaks about her son surviving Israel's deadly boat raid

I am David Segarra’s mother. It is 5am, June 2, and I wake up in Valencia learning that all the kidnapped victims in Israel have been freed, including my son.

I don’t harbor any hard feelings toward Israel at this time. And it isn’t because of some noble or religious cause but purely egotistical reasons.

Hate destroys, and Israel is showing a good example of this. I don’t want to detail the personal hell that I have gone through these past few days. It would be ridiculous to compare it to what Palestinian mothers go through each day. I am fortunate because my son David has survived the massacre aboard the Mavi Marmara and will be coming home safe and sound.

The Israeli soldiers may have destroyed his only lethal weapon: a video camera. But they forget that human beings have eyes, ears and mouths to tell the world of the horrors they have witnessed.
— Cristina Soler Crespo. Valencia. [From a letter to El Pais.]


Czarny Kot said...

Yes, I heard that all mobile phones and memory cards had been confiscated.

I wonder why?....

Brett Hetherington said...

You can't help thinking that if the Israeli military wanted to show the full truth (and not just their own edited "highlights") that they would not have censored the filming of the whole "inspection" so heavily. Their footage is inconclusive at best. If the military were beat up (as it seems) then this seems likely that it was done in defence to the extreme over-reaction when boarding the ship.