Originally published on Jun 3, 2010 via the UCI Youtube channel – The Mavi Marmara, the lead ship of 6 (also the largest) was prepared with at least 50 trained, military-style terrorists who sucessfully ambushed the Israeli Navy who were seeking to peacefully re-route the May 31 flotilla destined with relief supplies (and weapons!) to Gaza. The Mavi Marmara was destined by its commandeers to be a ship of horrors.
Some background from a UCI coalition member, the http://investigativeproject.org and founder, Steve Emerson – also, please visit and subscribe to UCI daily news letters as we break this kind of news every day. http://uc4i.org/subscribe
Condemnations of Israel’s commando raid on the flotilla trying to break a blockade on Gaza are pouring in after 10 people were reported killed in the violence at sea early Monday.
Egypt announced Tuesday that it would open its border with Gaza, which Reuters describes as “a major boost for Hamas and a blow to efforts by Israel and its Western allies to cripple the Islamists.” Turkey is threatening to send more ships, escorted by its own navy, while there are fears Hizballah will use the incident to justify a new wave of rocket attacks toward Israel.
Was it, as some suggest, the plan of flotilla organizers all along?
IHH – the Turkish NGO, Insani Yardim Vakfi (also a recipient of Ankara government’s subsidies) – was a key player in a previous “flotilla” led by former English MP George Galloway’s Free Gaza Movement. Israeli officials say IHH is tied to Hamas, and even to al Qaeda, and it was banned in Israel in 2008 for being “part of Hamas’s fundraising network.”
IHH also is part of the Union of Good, a collection of charities run by Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi. The union was designated by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2008 as a terrorist entity due to its fund-raising activities on behalf of Hamas and Hamas-controlled organizations in the West Bank and Gaza.
In Monday’s violence, the videos speak for themselves. Israeli commandos were beaten as they landed on the ship’s deck by men wielding pipes, knives and other weapons. One commando said he thought the crowd was trying to lynch him. Israeli officials say the initial plan was to use paintball guns to gain control of the ship and that the navy team had handguns for use only if their lives were threatened.
Flotilla members grabbed at least one gun from a soldier, contributing to the decision to fire back, Israeli military officials said.
“Yesterday, the commander of the fleet said: ‘We will not allow the Zionists to come near us, and we will wage resistance against them.’ With what will they wage resistance? With their fingernails. These are people who wish to be martyred for the sake of Allah. As much as they want to reach Gaza, the other option is more desirable to them.”
As it turns out, they had much more than their fingernails. Clubs, knives and slingshots are among the weapons found on the ship and seen on the video in attacks on the commandos.
The message flotilla participants conveyed was clear from the beginning, as passengers chanted “Khaibar, Khaibar ya Yahud Jaysh Muhammed Safayood” (Khaibar, Khaibar, oh Jews! The army of Muhammad will return!”)
That’s a taunt invoking a massacre of Jews.
Hamas leadership are winning the propaganda war by preserving the status quo. Until that changes, conditions will not improve for Palestinians in Gaza.