Testimony of Dr. Hazem Farouk, Egyptian MP from the Muslim Brotherhood who was aboard the Freedom Flotilla and was released by Israel on 01 June 2010:
Al Jazeera Arabic Program: What is Behind the News
â€œThey (the Israelis) attacked us before dawn. They came from every side. They dropped down on from helicopters and climbed up from boats. It was a mess. People were falling over each other and on the injured.. with blood all over. We were trying to help each other.. We were trying to remove the survival buoys (floaters??) from over the injured before they died. This fighting went on until about 08H30 then the ship was completely surrounded and we were crammed in the inside.. Israeli commandos stood at the windows surrounding us with their machine guns pointed at us.â€¦ Whoever moved or raised a was aimed at with lasers weapons.. The Israelis wanted to move the injured and the deadâ€¦ but when men stood up to carry the bodies, the Israelis got scared of them and pointed their laser weapons to their foreheadsâ€¦ right between the eyes or in their eye..
â€œThe Israelis then ordered the men to sit down and told one of the blond foreign women activists to carry a bodyâ€¦ but she wasnâ€™t strong enough to do so.. She tried with her sister but they were too weak.. and by the way weâ€™d like to express our gratitude and admiration for the European activist Sarah and her sister for their solidarity with us.. Sheikh Galal then tried to carry a bodyâ€¦ but when he stood up, the Israelis got scared of him because he has a strong bodyâ€¦ so they ushered him in a demeaning way â€œgo away!! go away!!â€ Then they told him to come backâ€¦ and then sent him away again. He tried to carry an oxygen tank to help the injured but the Israelis got scared again of him and shoved him off in a rude way. It was awful! The whole scene was disgusting!! It was more like a group of cannibals hunting for their meal!!!
â€œFinally the injured and torn bodies were carried out with much difficulty.. but none of the Israeli soldiersâ€¦ those racist Jewish butchersâ€¦ accepted to stretch out a helping hand to any of the injured as we tried to lift them to helicopters. The dead remained inside the ship and once we managed to get the injured out the Israelis sat us down and tied our hands together so tightly that until now I canâ€™t feel some of my fingers. Even after they tied the men up, they insisted on removing their sirwals (type of Arab clotheâ€¦ like large trousers..) in order to deliberately humiliate them.. then they pushed them among the women and the elderly peopleâ€¦ who were also tied upâ€¦ and ordered everybody around.. â€œyala!!! yala!!!â€ as though they were speaking to cattle!
â€œWe stayed on top of the ship from 10:00 to 15:00 under the scorching sunâ€¦ without a drop of water or a bread crumb. A 13 year old girl who was with us, looked for water on the ship and carried some in her hands.. and poured it over our heads. This little girl kept going and coming pouring water on us. It was very hot. Then the Israelis removed the â€¦ from the hands of one reporter and a European woman so that they could get us some water. The Israelis were behaving with us as though we were prisoners of war!!! They were behaving like a barbaric blood-thirsty army!!. They were like cannibals!!! These Zionists are even worse than cannibals!
â€œI want to tell you sister if I have the time, one more example of their behavior: When the ships arrived to Ashdod, hundreds of Israelis were waiting at the shore and applauding those barbaric butchers! They applauded and clapped for the racist Jewish captain of the ship as the ship entered the port! Even the Israeli employees standing at the windows of the buildings in the port were clapping and waving Israeli flags!!! Hundred of them stood there and clapped!!! And we are being told to uphold the â€œArab peace Initiativeâ€?? ?!!!! What peace initiative?? ?!!!
â€œTo think that we are being told that there can be a â€œsolutionâ€ which such people other than the sword???!!! Where are all those who support this so-called â€œpeace initiativeâ€ now????!!!!! Where are they???!!! A salute to Qatar!!! A salute to the Kuwaiti Emir also for withdrawing from this initiative!! !! Madamâ€¦ these people were clapping!!! They were happy at the slaughter that took place!!!!! They were happy at a slaughter!!! ! They clapped as the first child disembarked from the ship!!! They clapped as the Sheikh Raâ€™ed Salah disembarked (very important sheikh protecting the Aqsa mosque and reporting Israeli activity under the mosque)!!!!! ! They clapped as they saw Sheikh Hammadâ€¦ a hero of 1948!!!!!! What a disaster this is!!!!!! Those barbarians are happy at their newest slaughter!!!â€