Newly released footage exposes Israeli attack on Members of Parliament

Media Release

March 5, 2013

Newly released footage exposes Israeli attack on Members of Parliament

Former Canadian MP was aboard the Swedish Ship to Gaza at the time and is available for comment

Video footage smuggled by the passengers of the Swedish Ship to Gaza, the Estelle, has now been digitally restored and released for the first time.  The video shows how Israeli masked commandos violently attacked and tasered peaceful civilian activists including Members of Parliament, refuting Israel's claims that attacks on civilian boats has been peaceful.

Canadian Jim Manly, former MP and retired United Church minister, was on Estelle when the ship was hijacked in international waters last October. He was jailed for four days in an Israeli prison. The press conference held upon his return to Vancouver can be viewed here.

“The illegal Israeli seizure of the Estelle, the violent tasering of non-violent crew members, and our detention in Israel shows the paranoia of the Israeli leaders,” Manly said, following the release of the footage. “Unfortunately for them this action helped once again to focus world attention on their inhumane and illegal blockade of Gaza.  Israel is choking to death the economic life of Gaza's Palestinian people.  People around the world need to mobilize against this crime; media around the world need to focus on it; politicians around the world need to speak out and pressure Israel to lift the blockade.”

The smuggled footage along with interviews has been shown on Swedish TV4 (with English subtitles). The raw footage from the attack on the Estelle is available for use in broadcasts upon request and can be viewed on the Gaza’s Ark website.

“In an attempt to cover up its illegal actions and avoid international prosecution, Israel always confiscates all media and data storage devices found on the many ships it has attacked over the past years,” said David Heap, an organizer with Gaza’s Ark. Heap, was aboard the Canadian Boat to Gaza, the Tahrir, when it was boarded by the Israeli military in November 2011. He was also tasered and held in Israeli prison for a week. “Our ships’ only crime has been to peacefully challenge Israel's illegal and inhuman blockade of the tiny Gaza Strip – a blockade, which, in the words of British Prime Minister David Cameron, makes Gaza the world's largest prison. The people with something to hide are the ones destroying evidence, in this case unsuccessfully.”

Gaza’s Ark organizers say this new video evidence calls into question Israel’s entire story about past flotillas to Gaza, as well as any claims related to future missions including Gaza’s Ark, which aims to sail from Gaza this year to break the blockade from the inside out.

For more information on Gaza’s Ark, visit: Organizers are encouraging people to become a part of Gaza's Ark by purchasing a symbolic share, a Share in Hope.


For media requests and to arrange use of the footage for broadcast, contact: 

Jim and Eva Manly, 250-758-0966


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