Death in the Med

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Duration: 30 minutes

As controversy over Israel's blockade of Gaza still rages, Jane Corbin asks what really happened on the Mavi Marmara, when Israeli commandos seized the ship and nine people died. Panorama has exclusive new video and interviews with Israeli soldiers and activists involved.

On 19 April 2011, the Editorial Standards Committee of the BBC Trust issued this report on Panorama's Death in the Med following complaints. The ESC found that the programme overall was accurate and impartial, but it upheld 3 out of 51 complaints.

  • BBC Trust Report on Death in the Med

    BBC Trust Report on Death in the Med

    The Editorial Standards Committee of the BBC Trust issued this report on Panorama's Death in the Med following complaints. The ESC found that the programme overall was accurate and impartial but it upheld three out of 51 complaints.

    Read the full report here
  • Inside Israel's commando unit which raided Gaza flotilla

    Inside Israel's commando unit which raided Gaza flotilla

    Panorama is given exclusive access to Israel's elite commando unit which raided a Turkish aid flotilla sailing to Gaza in May.

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  • Israel's commandos train for more flotilla operations

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    Panorama has been given unique access to the training of Israel's special unit Naval Commando 13, which seized a ship in a Gaza-bound aid flotilla resulting in the deaths of nine activists from Turkey.
    The incident sparked an international outcry in May.
    Colonel G, one of the commanders of the elite Israeli unit, said it was a complicated task and lessons had been learned.
    Thousands of people attended the funerals of the Turkish men killed, including Cevdet Kiliclar, who was honoured as a "martyr".

  • Flotilla activist wanted to be a 'martyr'

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    Turk Cevdet Kiliclar, one of nine activists killed on a Gaza-bound aid mission, was prepared to become a martyr for the Palestinian cause, his wife has said.
    There was an international outcry when Israel seized a ship in a flotilla trying to break the naval blockade on Gaza.
    Mr Kiliclar's widow, Derya, said: "He was crying his eyes out. He really wanted to go there to be a martyr."
    Colonel G, one of the commanders of the Israeli special forces who seized the Mavi Marmara, said lessons had been learned.

  • In pictures: At sea with Israel's elite commandos

    In pictures: At sea with Israel's elite commandos

    Panorama gained exclusive access to Israeli elite commando unit which boarded the Gaza aid flotilla in May

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    Death in the Med - Join in the debate

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Credits

Camera Operator
Jonathan Young
Presenter
Jeremy Vine
Reporter
Jane Corbin

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