The peaceful leftists and pro-Hamas thugs were caught on film beating the Israeli soldiers with pipes, metal rods and chairs.
Via the IDF website:
IMRA has more on the attack:
May 31, 2010 — Video taken by IDF naval boat shows the passengers of the
Mavi Marmara, one of the ships in the ‘Free Gaza’ Flotilla, violently
attacking IDF soldiers who were trying to board the ship after having sent
repeated requests for the boat to change course.
Large groups of passengers surrounded soldiers and beat them with metal
poles and chairs, and threw one soldier over the side of the ship. Some
passengers grabbed pistols from the IDF soldiers and opened fire. As a
result of the attacks, seven IDF soldiers were injured, and nine of the
passengers were killed.
The ‘Free Gaza’ Flotilla had publicly insisted on their non-violent
intentions, however their violent attack on the IDF soldiers was clearly
premeditated. They had knives, metal rods, firebombs and other items ready