Israel on Thursday issued an official complaint against the president of the United Nations Correspondents Association for deliberately barring Israel from responding to the public screening of a documentary film on the events of the recent Gaza-bound aid flotilla, made by one of the activists.
On May 31, Israeli navy commandos boarded one of the ships in the flotilla, the Turkish Mavi Marmara, and were physically assaulted by the activists aboard. A clash ensued resulting in the deaths of nine activists and dozens of injuries.
The president of the UN Correspondents Association, Giampaolo Pioli, organized an event several days ago during which a documentary film by one of the Mavi Marmara activists was screened. In the invitation sent to all the foreign correspondents in New York Pioli wrote that he was inviting them to the debut of a film depicting the “Israeli attack on human rights activists.”
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Lara Lee presented footage at the United Nations on June 10 as described in this press release.