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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON D.C., October 7, 2010: A comprehensive report examining the minute-by-minute versions of the same events during the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla attack by Israel was released by two charity groups today. Contrasting passenger testimonies against official Israeli accounts side-by-side to each other, a complete picture can be seen as to exactly what transpired in the days and hours leading up to the incident as well as its aftermath.

The attack took place in international waters in the early hours of May 31, 2010 as humanitarian aid workers carrying goods and supplies, including medical equipment, attempted to break the Israeli-imposed blockade on Gaza. The attack on the six ships in the flotilla led to the deaths of nine passengers on the Turkish-supported Mavi Marmara ship. The result has been an intense worldwide condemnation of Israeli policies towards the increase in aid missions.

The Timeline and Inconsistencies Report, co-sponsored by the International Bureau of Humanitarian NGOs (IBH) in Geneva and Paris, and the Friends of Charities Association (FOCA) in Washington D.C., takes each individual action as it happened, and aligns the passenger version against the Israeli account. The “conclusions are in sharp contrast to the Israeli official version of events,” the report found.

Released as an advance copy coincidentally on the same day as the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) issued its damning conclusions of Israeli actions, the timeline analysis lets the evidence speak for itself.

Tom Nelson, lawyer and spokesperson for FOCA, presented the Timeline Report to colleagues in Europe this week. “It got absolutely raving positive reviews here in Brussels,” he said, adding, “It is a powerful supplement to the UN Human Rights Commission report.”

IBH and FOCA conducted the research over a 4-month period based on information gathered from passenger testimonies, government authorities, world press coverage, official videos and film smuggled from the ship, as well as the United Nations report, Israeli self-inquiry, and Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) report.

Conclusions  show  that  Israel  clearly  manipulated  evidence  to  bolster  its  argument  that  the  attack  on  the Mavi  Marmara  was  in  self-defense  against  armed  violent  activists.   Using  second-by-second  analysis,  the reports shows how the six passengers killed were victims of execution-style murders by the Israeli soldiers.

Examples  of  manufactured  computer-generated  images  installed  into  the  official  Israeli  video  released  are revealed as individual frames.

The report goes on to note that when passengers were detained and independently and consistently testified to  being  beaten,  sexually  harassed  and  abused,  “no  argument  as  to  imminent  threat  could  be  justified”  by the Israeli authorities.

The report can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.foca.net/media/documents/timeline-inconsistencies-gaza-flotilla-attack-31052010.pdf

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ABOUT THE REPORT SPONSORS

International Bureau of Humanitarian NGOs (IBH) and Friends of Charities Association (FOCA)

IBH and FOCA are non-profit organizations that advocate the rights of Islamic charities throughout the world, promote ties with civil society groups, and support the reform of global security laws and policies that impact charities of all denominations.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Wendell Belew: Tel +1202 255 3808; Email wbelew@belewlaw.com

Tom Nelson: Tel +1 503 622 3262; Email nelson@thnelson.com

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Friends of Charities Association (FOCA) 1150 Connecticut Avenue NW

Suite 900

Washington, DC 20036

Tel: + 1 202 862 4348

Fax: +1 202 364 8868 Email: info@foca.net

www.foca.net

International Bureau of Humanitarian NGOs (IBH)

Geneva and Paris

Tel & Fax: +33 1 4746 1988

Email: ibh@ibh.me

www.ibh.me; www.humanitarianibh.net

Source: FOCA, IBH

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