RAMALLAH, June 7 (JMCC) - The Israeli military has admitted editing tapes of radio transmission that it released to the media. In the initial briefing, radio transmission were isolated that appeared to tell Israeli naval officers to Go back to Auschwitz, referring to the Nazi death camp.
But when challenged on the tapes, Israeli officials admitted that the recording had come from an open radio channel.
So to clarify: The audio was edited down to cut out periods of silence over the radio as well as incomprehensible comments so as to make it easier for people to listen to the exchange, the Israeli military said in a statement posted on its Web site. And it added, Due to an open channel, the specific ship or ships in the 'Freedom Flotilla' responding to the Israeli Navy could not be identified.
The retraction is another in what critics have said has been a series of public relations mis-steps in the handling of Israel's interception of an aid convoy
headed for Gaza
last week. Nine activists were killed when Israel boarded the six ships carrying humanitarian aid. Read
the story at CNN...