Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Flotilla Tactic: Turkey picking a war, GR, CY, IL pull together

DebkaFile: "Israeli-Greek defense pact invoked versus Turkish naval and air movements"

Israel and Greece have invoked the mutual defense pact they signed secretly only 12 days ago in the light of heavy Turkish sea and air movements in the eastern Mediterranean. DEBKAfile's sources report that this was decided in a long nocturnal phone conversation Wednesday night Sept. 14 between the Israeli and Greek prime ministers, Binyamin Netanyahu and George Papandreou, and at Israel's expanded cabinet of eight, which was called into session over the Turkish threat to its off-shore oil and gas rigs. (...) >>>

Sept. 15,2011

The Turkish drums of war -

Haaretz: "Report: Turkey no longer averting attacks on Israeli targets"

Turkey has developed a new identification system for its U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets, which will now allow them to fire at Israeli targets, the Iranian state-run news agency Press TV quoted a Turkish newspaper as reporting on Tuesday.

According to the report, the new technology will allow Turkey to identify its enemies itself, as opposed to the old U.S. system which automatically identified all Israeli targets as a "friend," preventing Turkish fighter jets from firing at them, even if Turkish pilots were ordered to do so. (...) >>>

13 Sept. 2010

Oh my! Turkish navy build up -

Haaretz: "Report: Turkey navy to escort aid ships to Palestinians in Gaza"

The Turkish navy will significantly strengthen its presence in the eastern Mediterranean Sea as one of the steps the Turkish government has decided to take following the release of the UN Palmer report on the 2010 Gaza flotilla, Turkish officials told the Hurriyet Daily News. "The eastern Mediterranean will no longer be a place where Israeli naval forces can freely exercise their bullying practices against civilian vessels," a Turkish official was quoted as saying. (...)

Additionally Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan instructed his foreign ministry to organize a trip for him to the Gaza Strip in the near future. "We are looking for the best timing for the visit,” a Turkish official was quoted as saying. >>>

Sept. 3, 2011

Erdogan throws a Hitler @UN report -

In wake of UN report (courtesy @Metzada3833) on the (r)aid flotilla, oh my ... "Turkey expels Israeli ambassador over flotilla raid" -

American Thinker: "A good day for Israel at the UN, and that's news", by Leo Rennert

The UN on Thursday released its long-awaited report on last year's flotilla raid, focusing on the lead ship where Israeli commandos were savagely attacked by violence-bent Turkish nationals and, in self-defense, fired back, killing nine of them. The flotilla was bent on breaching Israel's blockade of Gaza. The conclusions of UN panel, headed by Geoffrey Palmer, a former prime minister of New Zealand, received general approval from Israel, while the Turkish government of Prime Minister Erdogan went ballistic in objecting to virtually every conclusion.

Specifically, the Palmer report concludes that Israel's blockade of Gaza is legal under international maritime law because Israel is under persistent attack from Gaza. Turkey strongly contested this point.
Regarding Erdogan's insistence on an Israeli apology, the report absolves Israel from taking any such step. It simply suggests that Israel issue a statement of "regret" and pay compensation to the families. Again, this is something Israel has long offered to do, but it's totally unacceptable to Erdogan. (...) >>>

Sept. 2, 2011

Greeks dash Audacity of Dope, Hamas does rest -

The Gaza Flotilla is in the process of disintegration! Atlas Shrugs has the goods"Hasna El Maroudi, 26, can be described as a “Dutch pro-Palestinian activist/journalist of Moroccan descent.” She had planned to join other activists aboard a Dutch ship to Gaza, until she learned that she would be going on a secret Hamas-organized mission and canceled her participation. On Wednesday she published a rare inside account of what she saw in Greece as the activists were preparing to set sail. This English translation of her account is meant to help her discoveries traverse the language barrier." -

CNN: "Greeks arrest captain of U.S. ship aiming to protest Gaza blockade"

Greek police have arrested the captain of a U.S. ship whose passengers and crew had hoped to help lead a Gaza-bound flotilla aimed at challenging Israel's maritime blockade of the Palestinian territory. (...) The reason given was that he had left the mainland without permission and put passengers in danger. He will appear before Greek prosecutors on Tuesday. Hirschmann added that, in addition to disobeying a police order, Klusmire is being charged with disturbing sea traffic.

"This is intimidation," she said. "They're making an example of our captain to stop other boats in the flotilla from trying to sail." (...) The Greek government said Friday that it won't allow any of the nine other boats in the flotilla to sail to Gaza because their mission is too dangerous. Flotilla members accuse the Greek government of buckling to pressure from Israel's government.

For their part, the Israelis have said they are mounting a diplomatic offensive to try to stop the flotilla from setting sail at all. (...) The Middle East Quartet -- composed of officials from the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia -- on Saturday issued a joint statement asking "all governments concerned to use their influence to discourage additional flotillas, which risk the safety of their participants and carry the potential for escalation." (...) >>>

June 2, 2011

A minor set back -

JP: "Greek Coast Guard intercepts US Gaza flotilla ship"

'Audacity of Hope' organizers say Greek authorities approach ship shortly after leaving port; Greek authorities prohibit all Gaza-bound ships from leaving Greek ports; unclear how moves will affect overall flotilla plans.

The Greek coastguard intercepted a boat carrying US activists soon after they set sail from Greece on Friday to join a pro-Palestinian flotilla to Gaza, one of the activists said.

The boat, dubbed The Audacity of Hope, had just left Perama port, near Piraeus, for the open seas, a Reuters witness said. (...) >>>

July 1, 2011

Hate flotilla, meet the freedom flotilla -

Buried in a story in which Europe is once again prohibiting a Stop the Islamization of Europa rally - MEPs are indeed working to provide the hate flotilla with a layer of parliamentary immunity (see log of May 11) - the birth of the counter Freedom Flotilla is announced - Artwork by -


(...) “Once again democracy is being denied in Europe. But we are not giving in. On the contrary: when our governing authorities are refusing to protect freedom, we have to do it ourselves. That’s the impetus for our Freedom From Jihad Flotilla.”

“The SIOA/SIOE Freedom From Jihad aid flotilla,” Geller explained, “is intended to be a direct response to the capitulation of French, European, and American authorities to Leftist and Islamic supremacist forces of oppression and injustice. It is set to launch after our national Rally for Freedom at Ground Zero on the tenth anniversary of the Islamic jihad attacks that murdered three thousand Americans.”

The Audacity of the Infidel will launch on September 11 from the New York harbor closest to the World Trade Center site. On board will be freedom fighters from all over the world, united in defense of human rights and human dignity against Islamic supremacist oppression. (...) >>>

June 29, 2011

Reality breaking through teflon barrier -

Haaretz: "White House: Gaza flotilla activists may be breaking U.S. law"

U.S. State Department says Gaza is run by U.S. designated foreign terrorist organization Hamas and Americans providing support to it are subject to fines and jail. (...) >>>

June 24, 2011

Turks temporarily pull out of flotilla -

IPT: "IHH, Mavi Marmara Ship Pull Out of Flotilla"

The Hamas-tied Turkish group behind last year's deadly flotilla confrontation with Israeli commandos in the Mediterranean Sea announced Friday that it will not participate in an upcoming flotilla sailing to Gaza at the end of this month.

IHH's decision not to include the Mavi Marmara ship is based on "technical problems … It has nothing to do with the government or state," IHH head Bulent Yildirim said Friday at a press conference in Istanbul. When the ship is repaired, IHH will try to sail it to Gaza then, he said. Other sources say pressure from the Turkish government led to IHH's decision to cancel its plans. (...) >>>

June 17, 2011

Suing the flotilla bosses -

Interview with Neal Sher -

JP: "Sderot rocket victims sue Gaza flotilla organizers"

Sderot resident and Canadian citizen Cherna Rosenberg has filed a million dollar law suit against two Canadian organizations raising money to sponsor a ship – The Canadian Boat to Gaza – to join the international flotilla to Gaza. (...) >>>

June 10, 2011

Israel giving notice for 'Naksa Day' -

YNet: "Israel warns Syria, Lebanon ahead of 'Naksa Day'"

Government says will use all means to prevent attack on sovereignty in face of Palestinian plans to march on borders on Six Day War anniversary Sunday. Lebanese paper reports rallies could be cancelled.

Israel issued a harsh warning to Syria and Lebanon ahead of 'Naksa Day' - the 44th anniversary of the Six Day War. "We shall use all means to prevent an attack on our sovereignty. You will be held accountable," the message said. Pro-Palestinian pages on social media websites buzzing with calls to rush to all borders on day marking 44th anniversary of Six Day War. Israel is raising its alert level ahead of Sunday's events, which may involve marches on Israel's borders similar to those held on 'Nakba Day.' Israel has also informed the United Nations it will not tolerate any attack on its sovereignty. (...) >>>

June 2, 2011

Show down in the Middle East -

Glenn Beck on Fox News, May 25, 2011 Part 2

May 29, 2011

Euro Nazis Giving Parliamentary Cover - Trying to obtain names and confirmation -

ArutzSheva: "Israel's EU Ambassador: Flotilla 'Political Provocation' "

Ran Curiel, Israel's ambassador to the European Union, charged Tuesday in a news conference in Strasbourg that a new attempt to breach Israel's maritime blockade of Gaza is a "clear political provocation." Activists organizing the new convoy said earlier in the day at a news conference in Strasbourg that aboard the vessels will be European Union parliamentarians.

The organizers claimed the status of the lawmakers would "protect" the other activists aboard the vessels from IDF troops who might try to redirect or otherwise stop the ships from reaching Gaza. “In our view, the flotilla is clearly a political provocation... since there's no need for a flotilla to aid Gaza,” he said. “You can pass whatever you want to Gaza through normal channels.” (...) >>>

May 11, 2011

Israel putting UN on notice -

Meanwhile the Red Cross is asserting no humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Gaza -

Haaretz: "Israel: New Gaza flotilla has ties to Hamas, terrorist organizations"

Israel warned the United Nations Security Council on Thursday not to allow a new flotilla to sail to Gaza, saying that the flotilla organizers had "ties to Hamas and other terrorist organizations."

Another flotilla to Gaza is being planned for May, one year after Israel's deadly raid on the aid flotilla that sailed from Turkey. The new flotilla being planned is larger than the last one, with 15 ships that will transport over 1,000 people in an attempt to break Israel's naval blockade on the Strip.

While speaking to the UN on Thursday, Israel's UN Ambassador Meron Reuben said, "Numerous participants engaged in the planning of this flotilla have made very troubling statements expressing their willingness to become martyrs in this effort," Reuben said.

Flotilla organizers aim at "political provocation and not to advance any humanitarian goal," Reuben said.

He said Israel is determined to enforce the naval blockade of Gaza and "stop additional terrorists from infiltrating the area." (...) >>>

Apr 21, 2011

Islamofascist Rimpelstiltskin meets Gaza (r)aiders -

Memri: "Turkish Mavi Marmara Delegation in Iran: 'We Are Here Today With the Longing and the Determination to Build a Middle East Without Israel and America'"

On February 12, 2011, the radical Islamist Turkish Internet portal reported that Iranian President Ahmadinejad hosted, in Tehran, a Turkish Mavi Marmara delegation, comprising "Mavi Marmara mujahedeen, ghazis and families of the shahids," which arrived to celebrate the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. The delegation was led by militant Islamist activist Nureddin Sirin and IHH official Selaheddin.

According to the report, the delegates participated in Iran's February 11 Revolution Day ceremonies, and also "marched chanting anti-Israel, anti-American, pro-Hamas, Hizbullah and Egypt slogans and carrying the photos of the nine militants who died aboard Mavi Marmara in May 2010."

During the delegation's meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Sirin noted: "We are here today with the longing and the determination to build a Middle East without Israel and America, and to refresh our pledge to continue on the path of the Mavi Marmara shahids." (...) >>>

Feb. 20, 2011

The role of the uber left -

Atlas Shrugs: "Egypt: Obama and Ayers's Post-American Middle-East"

The involvement of the uber-left, dangerous agitators and provocateurs like CODE PINK, Bill Ayers, even the AFL-CIO in the destruction of an America allied, no accident. There are no accidents, not with these terrorists. Obama's goodfriend and sponsor, Bill Ayers has been active in Gaza and Egypt agitating against the Jewish people promoting the destruction of Israel. (...) From the hard left’s perspective, Israel is the Mini-Me to America’s Dr. Evil. For this crowd, Islam is a little more than a tool with which to destroy both.

In the way of background, Ayers was among the 1400 or so leftists from around the world who descended on Egypt a little more than a year ago with plans to march on Gaza. The Mubarak government quickly disabused the would-be marchers of their fondness for Muslim governments by denying all but 100 of the international activists their promised trip to Gaza. Still, the 1300 left behind, including Ayers and his weatherbride Bernardine Dohrn, made enough noise in Cairo to get everyone’s attention.

“Our direct actions and demonstrations seem to be awaking Egypt, a little,” wrote activist-journalist Philip Weiss of the group, “and getting a lot of publicity.” (...) >>>

Feb 5, 2011

An act of war -

The independent commission that examined "the most important maritime event" since the Romans crossed the Rhine River (see entry on Jan. 18), has absolved the Israeli Government of any wrong doing. No doubt. to an evading public, to no avail - (Hat Tip Metzada3833)

The Turkel Commission: "The Public Commission to Examine the Maritime Incident of 31 May 2010"

Part I (PDF)

Honest Reporting is parsing the press' reaction to the report. Israeli Girl has more -

IsraeliGirl: "Flotilla Probe: Israel acted in accordance with international law in raid"

The inquiry committee appointed by Israel to investigate the events that occured on May 31st on the Mavi Marmara has released its report.

Headed by Honorable Supreme Court Justice Emeritus Jacob Turkel and and including jurists and world-renowned experts as well as international observers, the committee determined unequivocally that Israel acted in accordance to international law imposing and enforcing a blockade in international waters. The events that folded that day were a result of direct attack on IDF soldiers, an attack that took them by surprise.

This conclusion is based on testimonies of 27 witnesses in person and 12 witnesses in camera.The testimony was supported by a great deal of material that was submitted for the committee’s perusal. Among the witnesses there were also human rights organizations and two Israeli citizens who participated in the flotilla. (...)

Conduct of the passengers - there were 2 groups on the Mavi Marmara - peace activists, who boarded the ship in Antalya following a security inspection, and a “hard core” of 40 IHH activists who boarded in Istanbul without any security inspection and behaved as a separate group. They were joined by 60 other activists who participated in the violent events. When the ship’s captain ordered the passengers to return to their places below deck, the IHH activists remained on deck, put on life jackets and armed themselves with axes, chains, knives, hammers, etc.

The committee was convinced that the IHH activists used live weapons. Their intention was to breach the marine blockade and thereby provide Hamas with an advantage in its armed struggle against the State of Israel.

Handling of the passengers - After the takeover was completed, the stage of treating the wounded began. Eighteen doctors, six paramedics, and 70 combat medics and one senior physician were involved in this event. Some of the wounded resisted the administration of medical treatment but none died of their wounds after medical treatment commenced. The passangers were treated according to international law at all times.

Despite the attempt by various parties to accuse Israel of war crimes (...) >>>

Jan. 24, 2011

Turning terror into respectable history -

Gateway Pundit: "Crazy… TIME Mag Ranks Gaza Flotilla Terrorist Stunt As One of the Top 10 Clashes at Sea"

TIME Magazine is in worse shape than we thought. The former news magazine is no longer just controversial and biased, it’s ridiculous. TIME magazine lists the Gaza “Freedom Flotilla” terrorist stunt as one of the all-time top clashes at sea. Really?… Really, TIME? (...)

According to the moonbats rewriting history for Time magazine, the sinking of the Lusitania, which helped bring the USA into World War I, does not qualify as one of the all-time top 10 clashes at sea. Neither does the sinking of the Bismarck, which was key to establishing Allied naval superiority in World War II. What does make the list is a publicity stunt by a pathetic collection of pro-terrorist moonbats calling themselves the “Freedom Flotilla.” (...) >>>

Jan. 18, 2011

Wikileaks revealing Hezbollah war crimes -

Powerline: "Wikileak: Hezbollah smuggled weapons in ambulances"

This is one of many interesting items in the diplomatic cables that were disseminated by Wikileaks: "Iran used Red Crescent ambulances to smuggle weapons and agents into Lebanon during Hezbollah's 2006 war with Israel, a leaked US diplomatic cable showed on Monday. (...) >>>

Nov. 30, 2010

Relieving suffering with armaments -

TIPOT: "Hamas and Palestinian Suffering"

A leading American Muslim charity routed millions of dollars illegally to Hamas. An international convoy and flotilla campaign to deliver aid to Palestinians supports the Hamas government in Gaza. Their advocates insist they want nothing more than to ease the suffering of the Palestinian people.

A review of Hamas' actions since seizing control of Gaza in 2007, however, shows the group is creating suffering. In addition to refusing to renounce terror and recognize Israel as necessary first steps for peace negotiations, it has imposed a steadily intensifying clampdown on perceived morals crimes, beaten and killed alleged foes without trial and deliberately placed civilians in harm's way. (...) >>>

Nov. 29, 2010

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'Humanitarian NGO' meets Islamic Jihad -

Right Side News: "Turkish Flotilla "Peace" Group Visits Terrorists and Plays At War"

The New York Times--you know, it's sort of like National Public Radio but with printed letters on murdered trees--keeps saying it can't find any connections between IHH, the Turkish Islamist group that organized the Gaza flotilla, and terrorism. From time to time, I've published helpful hints to assist them in making these linkages. But, alas, they don't quite seem to get the picture.

Picture! Hey, that's an idea! See below

Ok so here's a picture (click the link for about 20 more) of peace-loving IHH activists visiting their good friends, the radical--even by comparison with Hamas!--terrorist group Islamic Jihad and trying out some of its humanitarian equipment. The goal might be to give the IHH a better feel for what it needs to include in future "humanitarian" deliveries to the Gaza Strip. (...) >>>

October 31, 2010

Part II due in December 2010 -

American Thinker: "'Freedom Flotilla' Number Two Set for December Launch", by Anthony Kang

Same Terrorist Group Behind First Mission Aims to Reach Gaza on the Second Anniversary of the Gaza War

In purported deliverance of needy Palestinians, four months ago, a Turkish "aid" flotilla of pro-Hamas supporters attempted to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. Despite a weeks-long buildup and stern warnings from Israeli officials against the "humanitarian" efforts of a known terrorist group (IHH), the organizers and "Freedom Flotilla" crew continued their mission to Gaza -- leading to a lethal takeover by Israeli commandos and the death of nine Turkish "peace activists."

Some inconvenient facts about the Gaza-bound Turkish flotilla prove the entire incident was nothing more than a provocation by Islamic terrorists and their enablers. Leaving aside for the moment the Turkish government's decisive role in the clash and that the Turkish government-sponsored NGO behind the operation (IHH) is a terrorist group with direct links to genocidal terrorist organizations Hamas and al-Qaeda, the entire operation was never about delivering humanitarian supplies to Palestinians -- it was a PR war against Israel from jihadists seeking martyrdom in front of al-Jazeera cameras. (...) >>>

Oct. 15, 2010

Is anyone seriously surprised? - Read also: "The broken UN dream", by Yoaz Hendel - Op-ed: UN committees where human right violators reign supreme have become a joke -

YNet: "UN body backs anti-Israel flotilla report"

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday agreed to back a report which found "clear evidence" for legal action against Israel over its attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

The resolution, which was tabled by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, was approved with 30 votes in favor, one against and 15 abstentions. (...) >>>

Oct. 20, 2010

Israel appeals to the amoral UN against better judgment -

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "Letter to UN Sec-Gen on ships seeking to sail from Lebanon to Gaza"

Letter of complaint from Ambassador Shalev to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon regarding two ships that seek to sail from Lebanon to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in violating of the existing naval closure.
"Such convoys are not helpful to resolving the basic economic problems of Gaza and needlessly carry the potential for escalation."|

H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon
Secretary General
United Nations

I write to you to draw your attention to a developing matter of concern in the Middle East that could affect the peace and security of the region. (...) >>>

Jul 26, 2010

Nuns and feminazis under the banner of the Virgin - See also present log on July 12th, "Oh hell, the Lebanese feminazis are coming!" The vessel apparently hasn't sailed yet. These bastards have the gall to name the voyage "Maryam", in honour of the Virgin Mary (Jesus wept!). Apparently part of the feminazi fleet is a contingent of misguided nuns. Israel has put the Vatican on notice. Word has it there are tweo vessels, "Julia" and "Junia" which are due to sail shortly from Tripoli for the Turkish occupied eparchy of Northern Cyprus -

Axis of Logic: "Lebanon Gives 'Julia' Green Light to Sail to Cyprus Amid Israeli Pressure to Stop Departure of Ships to Gaza"

Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi confirmed that the ministry allowed organizers of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla to sail from the northern port city of Tripoli to Cyprus before heading to the Hamas-run territory. Aridi's remarks on the vessel "Julia" on Sunday night came as Israel's Haaretz daily reported that the Jewish state had initiated diplomatic efforts designed to prevent the departure of at least one ship, carrying 50 to 70 Lebanese women and food aid.

Israel has been in touch with the U.N., U.S., France, Spain and Germany. It has also been speaking with the Vatican because "Mariam" is expected to include several dozen Catholic nuns, Haaretz said. However, according to Aridi the ship was not named "Mariam," stressing that the voyage was christened "Mariam" in honor of Virgin Mary. (...) >>>

Jul 23, 2010

Mere Rhetoric: "Israel Publishes Gaza Travel Guidebook For Pro-Hamas Freedom Flotilla"

FROM: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
TO: Free Gaza Freedom Flotilla
RE: Gaza Tourism Guide

Dear Crazy People,

We’ve been given to understand that you intend to stage another media stunt, wherein you’re again going to float some empty ships – they may be full this time, they were mostly empty last time – in the general direction of the Gaza Strip. Your hope is apparently that your cameramen will capture the Israeli reaction and edit it into an overreaction or, failing that, simply reprint your feverish fantasies with slack-jawed credulity. Again.

Our problem isn’t so much that your goal involves obfuscating the millions of tons of food and aid we’ve delivered to Gaza civilians, which allowed Hamas to move money away from infrastructure and into weaponry, which led to more of our cities getting bombarded with rockets and missiles. It’s not even how, knowing that we deliver 15,000 tons of goods every week, your 10,000 tons of concrete isn’t exactly a shining testament to your good intentions. Not when just last week we handed over 810,209 liters of heavy duty diesel fuel, 21 truckloads of milk powder and baby food, 897 tons of cooking gas, 66 truckloads of fruits and vegetables, 51 truckloads of wheat, 27 truckloads of meat, chicken and fish products, 40 truckloads of dairy products, 117 truckloads of animal feed, 36 truckloads of hygiene products, 38 trucks of clothing, 22 trucks of sugar and 4 trucks of medicine and medical equipment. But again: not the issue.

Really what we’re concerned about is that you suck at driving boats (...) >>>

Jul 22, 2010

Politeia: "Is Gaza a Stinking Rat's Nest?"

It is. But it's not as poverty stricken as the propaganda suggests. Another Sorelian myth blasted.

- Jewish Chronicle: "Palestinian territories beat Egypt in well-being"
- Walid Shoebat's vlog: "Gaza, not as poor as the propaganda suggests"
- Daniel Dagan: "Gadaffi (r)aid ship docked and unloaded in the Egyptian port of Al Arish"
- Tom Gross Mideast Media Analysis: "A nice new shopping mall opened today in Gaza: Will the media report on it?"
- Jews for Sarah: "What ‘Humanitarian Crisis?’ – New mall opens in Gaza, brimming with food, furnishings and ‘Zionist clothing'" (Kudos to HuffPost for having enough integrity to publish THIS)

Jul 19, 2010

Gaza has a border with Egypt, you know - The Israeli journalist residing in Berlin, Daniel Dagan is drawing attention to the fact that the Gadaffi (r)aid ship docked and unloaded in the Egyptian port of Al Arish, disclosing the fact that Gaza can be reached from a country other than Israel. To pressure Israel to lift the blockade is another example of the staggering hypocrisy involved. While it would be very convenient to provide Iran's proxy, Hamas with a port at Europe's doorstep, the short term goal of the exercise is to delegitimate the state of Israel -

Daniel Dagan: "Gaza Armada und Die Linke: Lügengebäude aus Tausendundeine Nacht bricht zusammen / Al Jazeera and Gaddafi show us the Arab-Arab border of Gaza!!! / קדאפי ואל ג’זירה מראים לאירופים את הגבול הערבי-ערבי של רצועת עזה"

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Jul 18, 2010

Al Jazeera: "Gaza aid ship docks in Egypt"

A Libyan aid ship originally bound for the Gaza Strip has been diverted to a port in Egypt after the Israeli navy warned the vessel against trying to break an Israeli blockade on the Palestinian coastal territory. An Egyptian official said the Amalthea arrived in El Arish, on Egypt's Mediterranean coast, about 45km south of the border with Gaza, in mid-evening on Wednesday.

"Medical supplies and passengers will enter Gaza through the Rafah border [crossing], while food will enter through the Awja border," Captain Gamal Abdel Maqsoud, who is in charge of the port, said. He said Egypt's Red Crescent would be responsible for taking the 2,000 tonnes of food and medicine over both borders and had trucks waiting in El Arish. Yousseuf Sawani, executive director of the Gaddafi Foundation which charteredthe vessel, confirmed earlier that it had decided to divert the ship away from Gaza for safety reasons. (...) >>>

Jul 14, 2010

Israel to UN, "you stop the propflot" -

In the meantime ... Germany bans IHH for Hamas links -

JP: "Israel: We won’t let ship reach Gaza"

Activists aboard the Libyan commissioned aid ship the Almathea are still intending on sailing directly to Gaza despite Israeli warnings not do so, said MK Ahmed Tibi (Ta'al) in an interview with Army Radio on Sunday. Tibi has been in contact with the organization sending the ship, the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation. "The goal is to reach Gaza," said Tibi. "There is not only a humanitarian goal, but there is also a political message."

Tibi stated that the activists aboard the ship, expected to arrive in the area on Wednesday, "have no intention of physically confronting IDF soldiers." (...) Greek authorities said on Saturday night that the ship was headed for Egypt. (...) But Al-Jazeera, which has a reporter on the vessel, reported that its Cuban captain was indeed headed for Gaza. (...) On Friday, Israel asked that the UN step up efforts to prevent the ship from setting sail.

In an official letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Ambassador to the UN Gabriela Shalev asked the international community to use its power to halt the ship. “Israel calls upon the international community to exert its influence on the government of Libya to demonstrate responsibility and prevent the ship from departing to the Gaza Strip,” the envoy wrote.

“Israel reserves the right under international law to prevent this ship from violating the existing naval blockade on the Gaza Strip,” Shalev told Ban Ki-moon. “The declared intentions of this mission are even more questionable and provocative, given the recent measures taken by Israel to ensure the increase of humanitarian aid flowing into the Gaza Strip,” Shalev wrote in her letter. (...) >>>

Jul 12, 2010

Son of mad dog of desert reports present -

Haaretz: "Charity led by Gadhafi's son sends humanitarian aid ship to Gaza"

The son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has organized a humanitarian boat to sail from Greece to the Gaza Strip in effort to break Israel's naval blockade of the coastal territory, AFP reported on Friday. The Gadhafi International Charity and Development Association headed Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi expects its Hope cargo ship to set out later Friday, organizers told AFP. The ship will carry "about 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid in the form of foodstuff and medications" and "a number of supporters who are keen on expressing solidarity with the Palestinian people in the plight amidst the siege imposed on Gaza," organizers said. (...) >>>

Jul 9, 2010

Email address & phone of the Free Gaza coordinators -

Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center

Inside documents of the Free Gaza movement seized in the recent flotilla expose considerable discrepancies between its strategy and tactics and its public stance. The documents prove, among other things, the attempts to conceal the aid to the Hamas administration since Hamas is designated as a terrorist organization in the US. (...) >>>

The Nazi component -

Jihad Watch: "Jihadists love Nazism: Turkish supporters of Jihad Flotilla fly swastika flag"

And no doubt they support Hitler's genocidal aspirations for the Jews, as these coalesce so nicely with Islamic antisemitism.

Photo courtesy The Religion of Peace. >>>

June 27, 2010

Case closed? There are still the Lebanese vessels under way via Turkish occupied Cyprus. When will that effort collapse?

PJM/Faster, Please!: "Iran Wimps Out", by Michael Ledeen

As I told you a while back, they’re not going to take on Israel by sending ships — with or without the Revolutionary Guards — to challenge the Gaza blockade. The details are delicious. (...) Israel said that if any Iranian ship tries to enter Israeli waters, it will be treated as an act of war. So the Iranians bagged it.

Now ask yourself this question: how would the regime react if the tough guy in the White House said, “If we find any evidence of Iranian support for the terrorists killing Americans in Iraq or Afghanistan, we’ll consider it an act of war and will react accordingly”? Which Bushitlercheney should have done years ago. It’s still the right thing to do. Lots of lessons here (...) >>>

Jun 26, 2010

Manipulating the narrative -

Honest Reporting: "Behind Bars: Photo Bias Breaks Out of Gaza"

Are Gazan children really behind bars or does the imagery fail to give the bigger picture? Images can be a powerful weapon to be deployed in the battle for public opinion and Israel is constantly a victim of photo bias. A single photo can say more than thousands of words printed in a story. Perhaps that's why The Independent chose to include the photo below in an article addressing Israel's offer to relax its blockade of Gaza. After all, what could be more symbolic of suffering and mistreatment than the image of small children behind bars? (...) >>>

Jun 23, 2010

Lebanese propflot ETS for Gaza via Cyprus ... that would be ... Turkish occupied Northern Cyprus, another 'occupation' we hear so little about -

FoxNews: "Lebanon grants permit for blockade-busting ship bound for Gaza to sail to Cyprus"

Another blockade-busting ship with activists and aid on board could be bound for Gaza within a few days after Lebanese authorities granted permission Monday for it to sail first to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. (...) "We have been granted permission to go to Cyprus and we are now in the process of making final preparations," said Yasser Kashlak, a Syrian of Palestinian origin who heads the group organizing the trip— the Free Palestine Movement.

Organizers said the ship plans to sail in the next few days, but did not give an exact date for departure because of security concerns. Lebanese Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi said the ship named "Julia" is now docked at the northern Lebanese port of Tripoli and can set sail once it is cleared by port authorities there. He said the ship would be allowed to sail to Cyprus and not directly to Gaza because Lebanon and Israel are technically in a state of war and Lebanon views Gaza as Israeli controlled. (...) >>>

Aall at sea -

JTA: "S.F. protesters prevent Israeli ship from unloading"

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Port of Oakland to prevent an Israeli cargo ship from unloading. About 500 protesters gathered at the port at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday to meet the Zim shipping lines cargo ship. They convinced dockworkers to agree not to unload the ship when it arrived in the port. The ship did not arrive until 6 p.m. on Sunday.

A second shift of dockworkers, at the request of the demonstrators, agreed not to cross the picket line and did not arrive to unload the ship. The boycott of the cargo ship was set to last for 24 hours, an activist told the San Francisco Chronicle. The protest was launched in reaction to Israel's interception three weeks ago of a Gaza-bound flotilla (...) >>>

Jun 21, 2010

Oh hell, the Lebanese feminazis are coming! -

Jay Tea on "Wizbang" breaks down the morality issue - "Boycott Turkish Products" has Aaron Schock dealing with the mountain of hypocricy (both excellent posts) -

JP: "A floating symbol of failure" 

Samar Alhaj, a Lebanese lawyer and female activist with ties to Hizbullah, proposes transforming women into “the new secret weapon” against Israel. That’s why, says Alhaj, the ship Mariam – named after the Virgin Mary – which is slated to set sail from Lebanon to challenge Israel’s naval blockade on Gaza, is making room for ladies only. (...)  United by their hatred for Israel, Sunni, Shi’ite and Christian women from Lebanon, the US, France, Britain, Japan, Kuwait and Egypt hope to present a particularly thorny challenge to Israel’s predominantly male naval force, who will have to contend with a boat full of “the gentler sex” on the open sea resolved to force their way into the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. (...)

Though it has the trappings of a feminist endeavor, this new flotilla could not be farther removed from the egalitarian ideals of feminism. According to the Guardian, the organizers, which include Hizbullah, rejected a request by Haifa Wehbe, a Miss Lebanon runner- up and popular singer, to join. Wehbe’s “nudity, degradation and immodest dress” would “damage the reputations of all Arab and European women on board,” Hizbullah sources reportedly said. For those uninitiated into a culture of honor killings and face veils, it is not immediately clear how Wehbe’s participation could damage the reputations of her fellow sea-goers. But apparently, for Hizbullah, even Israelbashing takes a backseat to misogynistic religious extremism. (...) >>>

Jun 20, 2010

FEATURE -- the 'rosy' future of the (r)aid flotilla -

RealClearPolitics: "Israel is Endangered Today Like Never Before", by Caroline Glick

Israel is endangered today as it has never been before. The Turkish-Hamas flotilla two weeks ago precipitated a number of dangerous developments. Rather than attend to all of them, Israel's leadership is devoting itself almost exclusively to contending with the least dangerous among them while ignoring the emerging threats with the potential to lead us to great calamities. (...) Recent statements by the leaders of Iran, Turkey, Syria, Hamas and Hizbullah make clear that the members of the Iranian axis view the Mavi Marmara episode as a strategic victory in their ongoing campaign against Israel. The international stampede against Israel at the UN, the White House and throughout Europe exposed Israel's Achilles heel. The Mavi Marmara demonstrated that on the one hand the IDF cannot enforce its blockade of Gaza without the use of force. On the other hands it taught Israel's enemies that by forcing Israel to use force, Iran, Turkey and their allies incited a UN-EU-US lynch mob against Israel.

Iran, Turkey, Syria, Hamas and Hizbullah are moving rapidly to exploit their new discovery. In the very near future, Israel will face off against Iranian, Lebanese and Turkish ships complemented by ships full of Israel-hating German Jews and other Jewish and non-Jewish Hamas supporters. The Mavi Marmara showed Iran and its allies that they can win strategic victories against Israel by giving the IDF no option other than using force against them. This means that Israel can bank on the prospect that all the ships they are dispatching will be populated by suicide protesters. Indeed the Iranians have openly admitted this. Mohammad Ali Nouraee is one of the regime officials involved in dispatching the Iranian ships to the Gaza coast. In an interview this week with Iran's official IRNA news agency, Nouraee said that the passengers aboard the ships "are willing to become martyred in this way." (...)

First, it is a model that can be and in all likelihood will be replicated on air and land and it can be replicated anywhere. Israel can and should expect mobs of suicide protesters marching on Gaza to force Israel to surrender control over its borders. Israel can expect mobs of suicide protesters marching on Israeli embassies and other government installations around the world in an attempt to increase its diplomatic isolation. (...) >>>

Jun 19, 2010

Looking for a casus belli -

Freedomist: "Showdown in Gaza- Iranian “Relief Ship” set to “tour” Israeli Border Saturday- Israel News- World", by Paul Collier

Showdown In Gaza On Saturday? Tomorrow, June 19th, could see a dangerous upping of the ante in he Pan-Islamic bid to initiate a general war against Israel as one of Iran’s top leaders is due to arrive on an Iranian “relief ship” to tour the Israeli border in Gaza. It’s not clear if the delegation of up to 200 Iranian officials plans to try to enter Gaza or to tour the border between Israel and Egypt.

However, what is clear is that Turkey and Iran have come to some sort of understanding as to their shared Pan-Islamic agenda and are attempting to create the false impression that Israel is doing something that would justify a general Pan-Islamic war against the Jewish state. Iran’s Larijani plans to reach Gaza. (...) >>>

Jun 18, 2010

Secondary clash in NYC - You can sign the petition here -

CNSN: "As Pro-Palestinian Flotilla Activists Gather in NYC, Jewish Group Urges State Dept. to Probe Links to Terrorism"

Tensions in the Middle East over the recent Gaza flotilla incident could surface in New York City on Thursday evening, when a pro-Palestinian group hosts flotilla activists at a public meeting Jewish activists have tried to thwart.

An organization called Al-Awda (The Palestine Right to Return Coalition) is holding a meeting in a Brooklyn church featuring a leading official in IHH, the controversial Turkish organization behind the attempt to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Pro-Palestinian, left-wing and anti-war organizations are co-sponsoring the event.

Also scheduled to speak are two people who were onboard the Mavi Marmara, the ship on which deadly clashes between Israeli commandos and pro-Palestinian activists left nine activists dead. The two are U.S.-based filmmaker Iara Lee and left-wing British activist Kevin Ovenden. (...) >>>

Jun 17, 2010

The Shark Tank: "Marco Rubio on the Gaza Flotilla- “There’s an International Effort to Marginalize Israel”"

Hundreds of Pro-Israeli supporters set up camp at Bayside Market Place in Miami to show solidarity with Israel, a besieged country that has been getting hammered in the global media of late. Israel has come under heavy criticism for authorizing IDF commandos to board a Gaza Strip bound flotilla of ships that were en route to Gaza on a ‘humanitarian’ mission. Subsequent videos of the incident clearly show that weapons were confiscated during the raid of the ship, after the “humanitarian” ship’s passengers attacked the Israeli commandos, leading to the deaths of several of the passengers. (...) >>>

Jun 13, 2010

An interview with the master of the "Mavi Marmara" -

Jun 11, 2010

ME Forum: "Erdogan and the Israel Card", by Steven J. Rosen

The deaths of nine Turkish citizens in the Gaza flotilla incident would have brought a severe reaction under any circumstances. What is nonetheless striking in this incident is the unbridled anger and fiercely hostile reaction of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish public. Mr. Erdogan said Israel was guilty of "state terrorism" and a "bloody massacre." His foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said "This attack is like 9/11 for Turkey," comparing it to a premeditated act of aggression that took 2,900 lives.

Mr. Erdogan does not always display such reactions to allegations of human rights violations. Last year, he defended Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, indicted by the International Criminal Court for killing half a million Sudanese Christians and non-Arab Muslims. In March 2010, he denied that Turks ever killed Armenian civilians. He labeled a U.S. congressional resolution on the Armenian deaths "a comedy, a parody." He said that the Turkish military garrison stationed in Cyprus since 1974 is "not an occupier" but "[ensures] the peace." On tens of thousands of Kurds killed by Turkish security forces from 1984 to 1999, he says nothing.

Could it be that there is something more to Mr. Erdogan's rage against Israel than just a spontaneous reaction to the loss of life here? Turkish elections, 13 months away, hold the answer. Backing for Mr. Erdogan's party has fallen to 29%, the lowest level since it won power in 2002 and far below the 47% it scored in July 2007. So Mr. Erdogan decided to play the Israel Card. (...) >>>

Jun 10, 2010

Who would have thought! Iran Revolutionary Guard's naval forces are prepared to accompany a flotilla -

Romandie News: "Iran ready to escort fleets aid for Gaza" (autotranslated from French)

(...)  "The naval forces of the Revolutionary Guards are fully prepared to escort flotillas of freedom and peace carrying humanitarian aid coming from around the world for the oppressed people of Gaza," said Ali Shirazi, who is the guide Supreme among the Revolutionary Guards (Pasdaran), according to the Mehr news agency.
"If the respected guide of the revolution gives an order to that effect to the naval forces of the Revolutionary Guards, they will take practical measures to escort flotillas into Gaza, making use of their capabilities and their equipment." >>>

The (r)aid flotilla, a new implement in the assymetric toolkit -

While the morally bankrupt UN scrambled last week to condemn Israel, the chief is now going ahead with a probe. Israel has rejected the outcome up front.

Washington Times: "Audio- Flotilla to Israeli Navy: 'Go back to Auschwitz'"

The Israeli Defense Forces released a new clip on Friday with an audio exchange between the captain on board the ship Mavi Marmara and the Israeli Navy radio operator. (h/t JPost): "You are approaching an area which is under a naval blockade," said the radio operator, to which one passenger on the ship replied, "Shut up, go back to Auschwitz."

Another voice then addressed the Navy, saying the ship had permission from the Gaza Port Authority to enter the blockaded area. "We're helping Arabs go against the US," added another voice. "Don't forget 9/11, guys."

This is hardly how "peace activists" on a "humanitarian mission" speak, but the Obama administration continues to cower around an international crisis involving one of our allies. What else can you expect from a president who only knows how to cast a "present" vote? >>>

This flotilla tactic might well prove to be the Reichstagfire and the Krystallnacht rolled into one. The Reichtagfire was a manufactured event that provided Hitler with an excuse to crack down on commies, while the Krystallnacht was a pogrom orchestrated by Goebbels, in which the Jews not only stood accused of provoking it, they also had to pay for the damages! What else is new?

Al Manar TV: "Following Sayyed Nasrallah's Call, Lebanon Prepares Aid Boat"

Less than twenty-four hours after the call of Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah to increase the number of Freedom Flotillas, two groups in Lebanon launched a campaign on Saturday to raise funds to buy a ship that they hope can set sail from Lebanon for Gaza next week carrying educational supplies and journalists.

The non-governmental groups "Free Palestine Movement" and "Reporters Without Limits" said they hoped the boats would set off for the blockaded Gaza Strip at the end of next week. It will carry aid, namely educational supplies for Palestinian children as well 50 Arab and foreign journalists and 25 European activists, including some MPs, organizers told a Beirut news conference. (...) >>>

Al Manar TV: "“Flotilla Assault Marks the Beginning of the End for Israel”"

The former speaker of Iran's Parliament, Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, says the Israeli assault on the Freedom Flotilla is "just the beginning of the end for Israel." (...) Haddad-Adel said the attack "opened a new horizon to the world" and that the world can now see the true nature of the Israelis. He added, "The Israelis showed that they are enemies of humanity, not only Arabs or Muslims, but every human being." "Philosophically and logically speaking, when a problem is designed wrongly, it is impossible to find a correction. Every solution for a wrongly-designed problem is necessarily wrong. This is the case for the Israelis. (...) >>>

Politeia: "Relativist Foreign Policy and the Free Gaza Propflot"

Post on relativist subjectivism in international affairs.

"We Con The World, We Con the People"

ArutzSheva: "Flotilla ‘Aid’ to Gaza Includes Expired Medicines, Old Equipment"

Much of the equipment and supplies aboard the “humanitarian” ships for Gaza has been checked and found to be worthless. The cargo was taken off the boats at the Ashdod port and checked there, in accordance with the Israeli embargo on Gaza. The embargo is an acceptable measure taken between entities that are in a state of armed conflict, as are Israel and Hamas-run Gaza. (...) >>>

Politeia: "The Real Purpose of the Gaza Propflot"

Contains links to news, articles and videos marking the first week of the flotilla tactic and the IDF storming of the Turkish "Mavi Marmara" terror vessel. Also debriefing and first investigation into the IHH and the Free Gaza organization. >>>

June 6, 2010


- IDF: "Flotillas to Gaza"
- Stand with Us
- Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
- Plein 2010: "De Derde Jihad" (Dutch)

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