Ahmet Dogan, a professor at Erciyes University here in Kayseri, Turkey and an acquaintance of mine, posted this video to Facebook, noting that his son Furkan was one of the bystanders in the last scene. Furkan Dogan was an American citizen shot five times at close range by Israeli soldiers aboard a flotilla headed for Gaza last May. The video was broadcast on Al Jazeera before Israelis commandeered the ship, and gives a pretty good idea what conditions were like aboard the crowded boat.
Journalist Jamal El-shayyal, a British citizen reporting for Al Jazeera, managed to broadcast live from the ship shortly after the Israelis boarded the ship, until his transmission was cut. He was imprisoned for days by Israelis, and later spoke about his experiences here. (Text and NYT analysis here.) His eyewitness account contradicts the official Israeli version. He states emphatically that the Israelis used live bullets from their helicopter(s) to shoot unarmed Turkish activists before commandos boarded the ship to kill, in total, nine people.
Two months later, after the ship was finally returned to Turkey from Israel, El-shayyal broadcast again and recalled what happened as an eyewitness. It's worth watching.
Why Won't the Israelis Acknowledge Error?
The large Israeli daily newspaper, Haaretz, asserting that Turkish-Israeli relations are too important to be derailed, has called on Israel to "express regret" at the loss of civilian life on the flotilla and to offer symbolic compensation to the families of victims.
Americans also wonder why Israel won't apologize.