According to The Scotsman and the Scottish Daily Mail, one of the people caught up in the Gaza aid ship drama is Glasgow-based journalist and filmmaker, Hassan Ghani, who was a passenger on the Mavi Marmara – the main ship targeted by the Israelis, on which at least nine people died in a bloodbath.
Ghani recorded footage of Israeli commandos abseiling from military helicopters as civilian passengers on board the Mavi Marmara fled for cover. His film was broadcast on the Viva Palestina website. Says the Scottish Daily Mail, the 24 year-old Ghani is a reporter for Press TV, an Iranian-run English language television network, and he has previously worked at the Islam Channel in London.
Two years ago, Ghani was named as Young Scottish Muslim of the Year by First Minister Alex Salmond. His father, Haq Ghani, was quoted in The Scotsman as saying: “I am proud that my son is doing a job that allows him to shed light on the position of oppressed people of the world – like the people of Gaza.”