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The Flotilla Battle – What You Need to Know

‍‍1 June 2010 - יט סיון תשע


We were going to write a post about the Flotilla Battle, but our friends at Christians for Israel have done a great job of summarizing all the issues and sourcing all the necessary videos, so we’re just going to copy their post:

It appears as though that the Palestinians have found there next vehicle to have Israel condemned on the world stage. However, much like every other “massacre” that has been blamed on Israel (Deir Yassin, Sabra and Shatilla, Jenin, etc.) their accusations are filled with lies and half-truths. The Palestinian goal is to take advantage of media naivety and inherent biases, and constantly put Israel in a bad light. Since you’ll likely be exposed to these lies over the next few days and weeks, we put together a short primer on the indicent, so that you’ll understand the context in which the “Flotilla Battle” occurred.

Context

Israel knew about ships leaving from several European ports, carrying many European nationals, most of them Muslims. It’s believed that the coordination of these activities was done by the Turkish IHH organization. Aboard the ships were, according to media, was “peace activists” and “humanitarian organizations”. One such organization involved was the International Solidarity Movement, the party responsible for sending Rachel Corrie to her death, and who provided cover to the Mike’s Place bombing in Tel Aviv.

Now, it is possible that some people aboard the ships thought they were doing the right thing – delivering 10,000 tons of goods to Gaza. However, Israel transfers 15,000 tons of humanitarian aid to Gaza every week, after checking the supplies for weapons. Israel has good reason to suspect any unchecked shipment of being used to smuggle weapons – the Hamas government in Gaza has always maintained their intention to wage war on Israel and is known to use any means to smuggle in weapons, to the detriment of ordinary Gazans.

Now who was really on board these ships? An Al-Jazeera report from May 29th shows that these “activists” are radicals looking to inflict harm on Israel – the amazing Palestinian Media Watch translates the Al-Jazeera report, which shows these activists singing in Arabic: “Intifada, intifada, intifada! Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews! The army of Mohammed will return!” which is a reference to the Muslim massacre of Jews in Khaybar in the 7th centry. After this, an Arab woman being interviewed while apparently on course to Gaza says “Right now we face one of two happy endings: either Martydom or reaching Gaza”. Clearly these “activists” from “humanitarians” were not peaceful at all – they went into this situation knowing that it was a publicity stunt that could possibly cost them their lives. Here is the video:

The Incident on Marmara:

In the early hours of Monday, May 31st, Israeli naval officers boarded the Marmara, the largest of the 6 ships sent by Turkey from Europe. Apparently 5 ships had already been boarded and detained before the Marmara before the incident. The “activists” claimed that they would resist the IDF peacfully, the IDF apparently boarded the boat believing them. However, that appears to have been quite the mistake, as this video clearly shows, since the protestors were prepared for a fight. The first video shows a view from the naval ship next to the Marmara, while the second shows the view from a helicoptor. Both videos show that the officers are beating by large rods, knives, bats and chairs, being thrown overboard and it’s alleged that some used axes and that some used guns.







This video shows the weapons found on board after the confrontation with the “activists” ended:

Analysis
Before the confrontation, Israel made an offer to accept the ships in Ashdod and then transfer the supplies through the official channels, which was rejected. One “organizer” Greta Berlin even stated “this mission is not about delivering humanitarian supplies, it’s about breaking Israel’s siege” – in other words, it was meant for propaganda, not to deliver aid to Gaza. Before boarding, the IDF personel repeated this offer, and this offer was rejected by the flotilla captain, apparently an Arabic man who retorts “Negative, negative – our destination is Gaza”.


Had these “activists” been interested in delivering aid, they would have taken up Israel on their offer – they rejected it, knowing that the result could be ugly. Their refusal created a situation where a number of “activists” were killed and a number of IDF naval officers were injured – surely a result that could have been avoided. The actions of the flotilla organizers were callous and they, not Israel, should be condemned for this situation. A finger should also be pointed directly at Turkey, who appears to have been supportive of this “operation”.

As with previous accusations by the Gazans, if we don’t get this information out to our friends, neighbors and families, Israel will continue be thought of as the aggressor in this case. Please forward this information far and wide – share it on Facebook and on Twitter – this information must get out. And please stay up to date on the newest videos by the IDF here as well as the website of the IDF here.



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10 Responses to “The Flotilla Battle – What You Need to Know”

  1. yefim Says:

    You forgot to mention that one of the responses for idf soldiers’ demands to turn to ashdod port was a shout “go back to aushwitz”…one of the pieces showing the gentle souls of peace activists…

  2. Gab Says:

    Another good website on this, but more comprehensive, coverage of the Flotilla incident and facts:

    talkgaza.com

  3. arab muslim Says:

    Greetings to all. The reasons for Arab-Israeli conflict is the occupation of Palestine.
    Palestine Arab Islamic state like the rest of the Arab and Islamic states surrounding
    Them. Means that there are Jews and Zionists in Palestine a big mistake, because this entity
    Zionist is not consistent with the surrounding area (such as language, customs, traditions and religion)
    The only solution to end the Arab-Israeli conflict is the expulsion of Jews from Palestine
    All of Palestine. The Jewish people will not rest and will not feel comfortable and stability
    But if it gets out of Palestine and the Middle East completely. If people continue to
    Jews in Palestine and the Middle East, the death and destruction will continue.
    Palestine Arab Islamic state and will remain

  4. surja Says:

    i just cannot understand why people can be so shallow and naive to believe whatever the media dishes out…
    the Hebrew bible mentions Jerusalem some 800 times but is not mentioned once in the Koran which mentions Mecca rather than Jerusalem – yet Obama wants to divide it – like giving parts of California to please Cuba!!Absurd!!

  5. MEF Says:

    “Arab Muslim”, since you’re talking about expulsion, perhaps the logical expulsion is not Jews, but of Palestinians to the real land of Palestine – the state of Jordan. After all, Jordan is Palestine. Why does Zionism have to be consistent with the surrounding area – most places in the eastern world don’t have similar languages, customs, traditions and religions as their neighbors. The difference is that Palestinians are willing to kill to remove their neighbors.

    Israel is in the Middle East to stay, so you can either live with it or keep fighting. It’s your call – but you have to live with the consequences of fighting. Jews, unfortunately through history have not been able to rest, and haven’t had comfort and stability. Yet Jews in Israel aren’t letting that stop them from leading the world in technological breakthroughs and innovations. Given the success of modern-day Israel, if you care about the future of the world, you’ll be a Zionist too. I won’t hold my breath though…

  6. SmartGuy Says:

    During the funeral in Turkey for several of the violent attackers onboard the Mavi Marmara, martyrdom photos appeared on the fronts of three coffins. I watched this in the CBS evening news with Katie Couric. They briefly showed the large photos, pasted to the front of the coffins, in which the men were clearly planning to kill themselves or become suicide terrorists. They each wore the standard terrorist scarf and had the flag of Hamas on their coffins.

    PLEASE find these photos, they are very important to show the world who these violent attackers actually were.

    Also one of the individuals injured on the Mavi Marmara is a convicted terrorist that tried to blow up a ship in the Black Sea to get attention for Chechnya:

    http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=185741

  7. jew Says:

    The Arabs who call themselves Palestinians were given their own lands thanks to Israel’s generosity – Gaza and the West Bank, which is also historically Jewish Judea and Sameria. If the West Bank was ever occupied illegally, it was done so by Trans-Jordan in 1948. So who’s really occupying whom? When Jews were living in Bethlehem and Hebron (for thousands of years), these Palestinians came from Jordan and committed genocide against the Jews. Don’t believe that Jews lived there? Remember this Jewish guy named Jesus? Remember what Islam was created from?

  8. Mark Bernadiner Says:

    Who is responsible for death on high sea?

    The expedition was designed and organized based on Hamas and Hezbullah fundamental principle: old people and children ahead, criminals with weapon hiding behind them. Among old people they have Holocaust survivor, over 80 year old with definitely dead brain as he decided to demonstrate support to palestinian islamofascists who invented Holocaust 90 years ago and have been implementing it on daily basis since.

    The objective to deliver medical supply to Gaza, as organizes declared, was obviously fake. They could deliver it through regular UN delivery, but they refused. The organizes, GEORGE GALLOWAY and GRETA BERLIN, advertised that the mission is peaceful, but they knew that one ship had a group of armed bandits ready for action. CATHERINE ASHTON, HIGH REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNION FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND SECURITY POLICY, and TURKEY PM ERDOGAN knew this and were involved in flotilla organization. The objective of this escapade was not humanitarian aid, but PROVOCATION against democratic state of Israel to create international uproar. It was preplanned, predesigned, paid for by their sponsors, EU SECURITY COUNCIL and TURKEY PM, who now lead a campaign against Israel.

    GEORGE GALLOWAY and GRETA BERLIN organized a criminal international enterprise to pursue the objective of promoting their personal political image as well as put bloody cash in their pocket. These people are international gangsters personally responsible for death and must be put on trail. CATHERINE ASHTON, HIGH REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNION FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND SECURITY POLICY, and TURKEY PM ERDOGAN must be also held responsible for funding criminal entity, planning PROVOCATION against democratic country, and death.

  9. Michael Says:

    The tragedy on the Flotilla is the Israels governments fault, 9 IDF soldiers were seriously wounded, and many more were hurt. They have a naval blockade. Enforce it! Don’t board ships, just sink them with torpedoes! That’s what a blockade means. Sink the terrorists and let Hubal (also known as allah),the arabic moon god sort them out!

  10. Kim Says:

    The entire conversation between the IDF and the ships captian can be seen on Youtube posted by Idfnadesk , the captain tells the IDF soldier that they are helping arabs go aginst the united states and then says go back to auschowitz. The palestinians have no intentions of seeking a peaceful solution and rejected the two state solution even when the land was divded in half in the 1940′s. It is rediculous to ask the Israelis to give up lands to combative neighbors who have brought nothing but broken promisses to the negotiating table while Israel has brought everything. The Palestinian Charter recorded in the avalon law projects (Yale Law Library) clearly states that armed revolution is the only goal of the palestinians. 24 million a month in arab petrol dollars was diverted from ARafats P.L,O to hamas because they were unwilling to negotiate a peace treaty with Israel. Hamas is an offshoot of the muslim brother hood , whom I beieve assasinated anwar sedat for negotiating with Israel. Nonie Darwish and Walid Shoebat explain the truth about islam on youtube , Isarel is our only friend in the middle east and they need our love and support right now and we need theirs as well. CUFI and Jay Sekulow have pettitions you can sign on their web sites that give the politicians in washinton the clear message that their constituents love Israel and want them to reestablish our close ties with Israel.

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