Turkish “Union of Good” is Up to No Good

Totally Provocative Attempt to Storm Israel’s Gaza Blockade Creates International Incident

One of the Free Gaza Movement Ships

The Terror Finance Flotilla

The convoy of ships allegedly trying to bring aid to the Gaza Strip was organized by a group belonging to an officially designated terrorist organization.

By Jonathan Schanzer
May 31, 2010

The Turkish organizers of the Gaza Strip-bound flotilla that was boarded this morning by Israeli commandos knew well in advance that their vessels would never reach Israeli waters. That’s because the organizers belong to a nonprofit that was banned by the Israeli government in July 2008 for its ties to terrorism finance.

The Turkish IHH (Islan Haklary Ve Hurriyetleri Vakfi in Turkish) was founded in 1992, and reportedly popped up on the CIA’s radar in 1996 for its radical Islamist leanings. Like many other Islamist charities, the IHH has a record of providing relief to areas where disaster has struck in the Muslim world.

However, the organization is not a force for good. The Turkish nonprofit belongs to a Saudi-based umbrella organization known to finance terrorism called the Union of Good (Ittilaf al-Kheir in Arabic). Notably, the Union is chaired by Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, who is known best for his religious ruling that encourages suicide attacks against Israeli civilians. According to one report, Qardawi personally transferred millions of dollars to the Union in an effort to provide financial support to Hamas.

In 2008, the Israelis banned IHH, along with 35 other Islamist charities worldwide, for its ties to the Union of Good. This was a follow-on designation; Israelis first blocked the Union of Good from operating in the West Bank and Gaza in 2002.

Interestingly, the Union of Good may not only be tied to Hamas. Included in the Israeli list of 36 designees was the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO). In 2006, both the U.S. government and the United Nations designated the IIRO branch offices in Indonesia and the Philippines for financing al Qaeda. French magistrate Jean-Louis Brougiere also testified that IHH had an “important role” in Ahmed Ressam’s failed “millennium plot” to bomb the Los Angeles airport in late 1999.

The U.S. government, it should be noted, also views the Union of Good as a terrorist organization. On November 12, 2008, a press release from the U.S. Treasury announced the umbrella group’s leaders as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT), stating that the group was “created by Hamas leadership to transfer funds to the terrorist organization.”

“Terrorist groups such as Hamas continue to exploit charities to radicalize vulnerable communities and cultivate support for their violent activities,” said Treasury Undersecretary Stuart Levey.

According to Treasury, Hamas’s leadership actually created the Union of Good in 2000—just after the launch of the armed campaign against Israel—as a means to transfer funds to Hamas. At the time of designation in 2008, the Treasury believed that the Union of Good was transferring “tens of millions of dollars a year” to Hamas-controlled entities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

As the Treasury release explained, “The Union of Good acts as a broker for Hamas by facilitating financial transfers between a web of charitable organizations—including several organizations previously designated… for providing support to Hamas—and Hamas-controlled organizations in the West Bank and Gaza. The primary purpose of this activity is to strengthen Hamas’ political and military position in the West Bank and Gaza.”

It gets worse. The Treasury, drawing from declassified documents, stated unequivocally that the Union of Good “compensated Hamas terrorists by providing payments to the families of suicide bombers. One of [the charities], the Al-Salah Society, previously identified as a key support node for Hamas, was designated in August 2007… The Society employed a number of members of the Hamas military wing and supported Hamas-affiliated combatants during the first Intifada.”

Then there’s the leadership. Apart from the aforementioned Qardawi, Union of Good’s top officials include Hamas members, as well as Yemeni national Abd al-Majid al-Zindani, who was designated by the U.S. Treasury as a terrorist in 2004 for providing support to al Qaeda.

Thus, the convoy of ships allegedly trying to bring aid to the Gaza Strip could never be characterized as a “peace flotilla.”   With ties to Hamas and other dangerous groups, the IHH can only be described as a dangerous organization. Its members only underscored this fact when they attacked Israeli naval personnel with iron bars and knives, ultimately leading to the regrettable deaths this morning on the Mediterranean Sea.

Jonathan Schanzer is a former terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Photo: AFP

68 responses to “Turkish “Union of Good” is Up to No Good

  1. Navy prepares for Gaza flotilla
    May 30, 2010/ Israel News Snips

    Large naval forces stationed at Haifa Port to ‘prevent precedent of opening unsupervised maritime route to Gaza’. Source says mission to intercept aid ships ‘relatively simple’ but large forces deployed to ‘minimize PR damage’

    For the past three days, three Israeli missile ships have been docked at the military port in Haifa ahead of the arrival of the Free Gaza Movement flotilla. Every night since Friday, Shayetet 13 commando forces, naval officers, and mechanics teams have been boarding the ships. Israel Defense Forces spokespeople
    were also there, to document and distribute images of the interception, since the PR battle against this particular “enemy” is as important as the actual struggle.

    This force, which includes the Hanit warship, one of the Navy’s most advanced missile boats, will be the first interception force the aid activists are met with. The force will be headed by deputy commander of the Navy’s Missile Boats Flotilla, and he will command the Shayetet 13 forces and naval officers as required.

    Fear of regular ‘Turkey-Gaza’ line
    The reason for the decision to deploy such a large force against the flotilla is that if the current sail were to succeed – even partially – in reaching the Gaza port or not far from the Strip’s coast, Hamas would be able to receive anything it desires, starting with Iranian money and ending with heavy rockets possesses by Hezbollah and antiaircraft missiles and weapons.

    Should the Turks succeed in their efforts to open a sea line to Gaza as a result of the precedent which may be created by the current sail, the southern part of the State of Israel will be under clear and immediate danger, similar to the situation in the north.

    Members of IHH, the Turkish organization which funded and organized the sail, insisted on the inclusion of European parliament members, whom they view as an “insurance policy” against the Israeli Navy’s firm hand.

    Another freighter named Rachel Corrie, after the American left-wing activist killed by an IDF bulldozer in Gaza, is making its way eastward and may serve as the foundation for another sail the Turks will try to launch in the coming days as a sort of “second wave”.


  2. Terrorism or Self-Defense?

    Fox News June 1st – All Star panel on Israel’s controversial raid on Gaza Supply ship.
    Charles Krauthammer “There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza.”

    This wasn’t about humanitarian aid, this was about breaking the blockade according to the organization’s spokesperson. Gaza is run by Hamas and they are the ones that want to destroy Israel. Hamas declared war on Israel two years ago.

    • From the” words are important” department
      June 02, 2010

      Yesterday on Fox News Channel’s special report, Charles Krauthammer argued that the term humanitarian should not be applied to ships whose soul intent was to break the blockade of Gaza. Krauthammer’s analysis is spot on, and he makes it clear that the entire affair had nothing to do with providing aid to Gazan’s, but was intended to provoke Israel.

      CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: The fundamental deception here is the use of the word “humanitarian.” As we saw, humanitarians don’t wield iron clubs and would have killed the Israelis had the Israelis not drawn their pistols in self-defense. But there’s a larger issue here. What exactly is the humanitarian crisis that the flotilla was actually addressing? There is none. There’s no one starving in Gaza. The Gazans have been supplied with food and social services, education, by the U.N., by UNRWA, for 60 years in part with American tax money.

      Second, when there are humanitarian needs, the Israelis allow every day food and medicine overland into Gaza. The reason that it did not want to allow this flotilla is because, as the spokesman for the flotilla said herself, this was not about humanitarian relief, it was about breaking the blockade.

      While the traditional media collectively bleat about Israeli aggression, security analysts at Stratfor concur that the entire operation was a publicity stunt designed to put Israel on the defensive in the court of public opinion. Two of the most damning facts to those that label the blockade runners as “humanitarian” is that food and supplies go into Gaza daily and the Israelis had offered to deliver the flottila’s goods after inspection to ensure that no weapons were part of the shipment.

      Traditional media will continue to misuse the words “peaceful” and “humanitarian” and as more information becomes available, it is clear that the words are nothing more than props for terrorists.


  3. All aboard! Obama pals back violent Gaza flotilla. Activists from president’s circle of friends top supporters of anti-Israel protest ships

    May 31, 2010 Snips

    The group behind the Gaza flotilla that engaged in deadly clashes with Israeli commandos today counts among its top supporters the friends and associates of President Barack Obama, namely the founders of the Weather Underground terrorist organization, William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, as well as Jodie Evans, the leader of the radical activist organization Code Pink.

    Ayers, Dohrn and Evans’ Code Pink have led several recent Free Gaza Movement initiatives, including attempted marches into the Gaza Strip. Dorhn was in the Middle East just last month on behalf of the movement.

    Images of [John Kerry’s letter supporting the group in Egypt] were also posted on the Electronic Intifada website run by Ali Abunimah, who was with Evans’ group in Egypt and who, WND previously reported, spoke at pro-Palestinian events in the 1990s alongside Obama.

    Abunimah traveled in some of the same political circles as Obama in the 1990s. Abunimah previously described meeting with Obama at a fundraiser at the home of Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi, reportedly a former PLO activist. Khalidi was also a close associate of Obama.


    • In the late nineties there was a criminal investigation in Turkey against IHH. The organization was suspected of involvement in supplying arms to Muslim terrorists. That did not lead to a ban of the organization. During disaster relief in Turkey itself, such as earthquakes, the IHH has indeed been kept at a distance ever since.

  4. Ahmadinejad: ‘Cut Off’ Israel’s Hands
    01 Jun 2010

    Iran’s president on Tuesday demanded that the UN Security Council “cut off” Israel’s hands with a resolution against Israel over its raid on an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip. In a speech broadcast live on state TV, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Israel should be prevented from committing more “crimes,” the Jerusalem Post reported.

    “I ask the Security Council to keep the crimes of the Zionists on its agenda and to cut off their hands from committing crimes with a strong resolution,” Ahmadinejad said during a provincial visit to town of Ilam, some 700 kilometers southwest of Teheran.

    He said such a resolution by the Council would secure international confidence in the body and send a message that it doesn’t issue “resolutions only against countries the US and its allies want.”

    Ahmadinejad was referring to the push by the US, four other permanent Security Council members — Russia, China, Britain and France — and Germany for a new set of UN sanctions against Iran over its refusal to stop enriching uranium.


  5. This IS the Obpama agenda:


    B. Hussein Obama is now working with Islamists for the destruction of the State of Israel. This blog warned that a nuclear confrontation was going to occur sooner or later and now it is simmering beyond Iran.

    B. Hussein Obama could have diffused this entire situation by sending in C-130 transports and pressuring Turkey not to send this flotilla into confront the Jews. Instead he signed off on this covert Islamic operation, and now it has nuclear Israel pitted against nuclear Turkey.

    As this blog warned, the Jews might now face the Turkish Navy as it attempts to run the terrorist blockade into Gaza.
    Egypt has currently opened the border into Gaza creating an immense insurrection zone as Islamists inflame this situation.

    The Jews can not allow any of this to take place and if a Turkish action does take place, Mr. Obama has just destroyed NATO, and it is past time that Ed Koch and the liberal Jews figure out that their Mr. Obama now has an American nuclear armed Turkish Islamic state facing American ally of Israel with nuclear arms.
    When the Jews are forced to fire upon the Turkish military as they were forced by this first flotilla mob of Islamists, then NATO treaties kick in and B. Hussein Obama with all NATO will be a war with Jews and be forced to respond in their destruction.

    Does not anyone get the holocaust point in this besides what has been warned here, not just for Jews, but for the Philistines in Gaza?

    One move now by Islamist Turkey will invoke Hezbollah, Hamas, ignite to Syria and Iran, in a Jewish state facing massive insurrection within it’s borders, terror attacks on the north from Lebanon, Syria bombardments with Turkish NATO forces, and Barack Hussein Obama using American created bases in the Israeli state to kill Jews on their very own soil.

    Is the warning registering in what Obama has done? Does the point made hidden in the blogs here over Obama’s Gulf Gusher that he will kill a few Jews to deflect the spotlight off of him start to be comprehended?

    This is a deliberately created disaster by B. Hussein Obama with the French in on this with all those other harpies in Europe and the Jews are the target, and when the Jews start dying, the Jews will use nuclear weapons to survive and the entire region is going to have a great number of dead Muslims.

    Obama is showing Jews the sole of his foot, Muslims are cutting the vein of their own jugular and Obama’s seal is on the nuclear holocaust he has just created.

    Who but B. Hussein Obama could usher in the anti Christ as an answer man, in setting up a scenario where Obama has pitted NATO and America, by Turkey against the Jewish nation?

    The Ed Koch’s of the world had better start having the Obama green kool aid wear off fast as no one but this blog has explained what has just been initiated.


    LC misses out why Obpama has sent 5 carrier battle groups to the Persian Gulf.
    They are not t o defend Israel against Iran. They are the excuse
    for why America will receive a nuclear attack by the “two” bombs

    we are told Iran may soon possess.

    Nothing doing.

    There will be two explosions but the bombs won’t have been made in Iran.

    If you live in NYC or DC I’d suggest moving out.
    Two great American cities destroyed will not kill the USA,
    but emergency law will be decreed.

    I hope I am wrong but things keep building towards one point.

    Deadline November this year. Bilderberg meets tomorrow in Spain,
    WND has those reports.All bets are now in.

  6. Western Media Forgets to Mention That ‘Gaza Flotilla’ Is a Terror-Linked Organization (Video)
    by Jim Hoft

    The so-called peaceful leftists and Pro-Gaza activists who attacked the Israeli soldiers today with pipes, metal rods and chairs belong to a terrorist-linked organization. The International Humanitarian Fund (IHH), which plays a central role in organizing the Gaza Flotilla, is a Turkish humanitarian relief fund with a radical Islamic anti-Western orientation. The president of IHH (Bulent Yildirim) recruited “Jihad warriors” and transferred firearms, and explosives to Al Qaeda and other Islamic terrorists organizations.

    For some strange reason the state-run media forgot to mention this in their reports today?

    Here is one video that shows the Gaza Flotilla activists chanting “Kill the Jews”.

    From the video: Gaza flotilla participants chanted Islamic battle cry invoking killing of Jews. The name Khaibar mentioned in battle cry was the last Jewish village defeated by Muhammad’s army in 628. The battle marked the end of Jewish presence in Arabia. There are Muslims who see that as a precursor for future wars against Jews. At gatherings and rallies of extremists, this chant is often heard as a threat to Jews to expect to be defeated and killed again by Muslims.


  7. Glenn Beck covered this topic today. The history of Israel and their statehood was because of Harry Truman.

    The Socialists worldwide are protesting against Israel (National Socialists Workers Party = Nazi).

    IDF (Israeli Defense Force) identified 50 passengers so far on the Peace ship who have ties to terrorists. They had prepared wills and were prepared to die to break the blockade. There were jihadi flags on board. That’s humanitarian.

  8. The nukes that Russia already gave Iran,

    Turkey is the fuse,

    Iran is the excuse,

    Yes I speak Obama
    Да, я говорю русского, for those who do not speak Obama, I will translate the Russian as I do speak it in my internet connections.

    The chief of the FSB, the current KGB in Russia, Comrade Alexander Bortnikiov made the following statement:

    ” Мы имеем информацию на которую показано что террористы продолжают попытать получить доступ к ядерным материалам и биологическо и химикату components.”


    “We have information which indicates that terrorists are continuing to attempt to get access to nuclear materials and biological and chemical components.”

    End translation.

    Well the linguistic translation is ended, because what the head of the FSB is initiating is what is terms, CRA, or Covering Russia’s A**.

    I ask readers to recall now an exclusive of this blog in the Persians selling weapons grade uranium to the South American communists of FARC, to which President Bush immediately sent out execution squads to terminate FARC, as it has been the policy of Russian Bolshevism to set up a nuclear front in South America to attack these United States from.
    Iran is the conduit for this and the main front is Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, backed by Danny Ortega and the Castro’s of Cuba.

    This Iranian uranium was not Iranian at all. What it was, was an amount which the Persian communist had purchased directly from the Soviet Republics, during the time Bill Clinton had allowed the KGB to sell around a dozen nuclear warheads to Iran and 1 lone nuclear SS missile which was too large for a Scud so Saddam Hussein could not launch it.
    This Satan warhead was evacuated by Vladamir Putin moments before liberation back to Moscow.

    Those are the facts which President Bush has hidden as this blog has exclusively noted and framed. Mr. Bush did this to keep the governments of Eurasia from all imploding. The KGB did though arm Iran and it is why Bill Clinton allowed Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to go nuclear to offset Iran.

    What the FSB now though is accomplishing is deflecting a mandatory American strike when these weapons show up in Tel Aviv, western Europe and these United States.
    The Russians have just confirmed that Iran and the proxy communists of al Qaeda under Zawahiri have not just been provided by the FSB nuclear, biological and chemical weapons whose structures can all be traced directly back to Russia, but there are operations sanctioned now for their use inside these United States.
    It will not be Faisal fizzlers, but will be weapons which have Americans in spasms dying in seconds from chemical weapons, coughing up lungs in biological weapons as they fry in their own blood, and incinerated from nuclear bombs.

    These original Iranian supplies of Russian uranium could be traced back to Russia as all elements are local, as well as the biological germs, as well as the chemical makeup synthesis, can all be traced back to Russian Bolsheviks.

    This new store though is of the same vintage pointing to the “stans” which Russia is now going to lay the trail so it does not come back to Medvedev. The Russians are now warning the world to save themselves from Obama’s itchy sodomite finger in his being forced to retaliate with nuclear weapons.

    Obama will bomb some Muslim nation, and I would bet a good bottle of vodka that Putin already has a scenario worked out where once Obama strikes in this retaliation that Russia will be “invited in” as they invaded Afghanistan.

    Never forget the Russians know the chess game, and when they initiate murder, they have their military there to acquire in invasion just like they did in Poland.

    The Russian FSB just tipped the hand that their proxy terrorists are going to strike with nuclear, chemical and biological weapons as they obtained them from Russian stans, and America is in their crosshairs.

    In that, Poland is a good place to end this translation, as Russia wiped out the Polish Government, leaving only their crony like in the Ukraine.
    Russia is fully in a mode through proxy terrorists in a process of decapitating the west in political, economic and military stockpile.

    That is the meaning of the translation and one knows it if one speaks Obama.

    An American city is now in play at 86% of being incinerated, with one being the “moderate” choice to only gage a kinder and gentler Obama response, which Russia can take advantage of without too much nuclear pollution harming their troops.
    Ed Koch, you voted for this, and in logical deduction, your New York is 100% the target in this 86% chance now on what the Russians are confirming in the terrorists have the WMD’s, and will use them on intended targets in the west.

    It is now too late to shut the gate as the wolf has left the cage. Only explicit threats on Moscow and Peking will stop this, but then Mr. Obama just in policy informed the world, he will not respond to mass murder of Americans as Mr. Obama disarms America.

    The Russians speak Obama and that is why this is being initiated. It is what I have been warning of since Obama came on the scene.

    agtG 247

  9. Sorry, that was a Lame Cherry article,

    here is the more concise version from Conservativemonster

    This story was planted I believe to give ‘plausible deniability’ to the Russians when an attack does happen. Al Qaeda will take the blame, but they will be acting on behalf of the RUSSIANS. What else do the Russians know?

    This is BAD…

    We are being set up, you have been warned. The 9/11 truther loons will scream “false flag”, but they will be really acting as cover for the Russian involvement in the attack.

    – Steve Cooper

    In 1998, I asked a former Russian intelligence official how Moscow might successfully pull off a surprise nuclear attack against the United States without suffering a devastating retaliation.He replied without hesitation, saying: “If you ever hear that Arab terrorists have attacked an American city with nuclear weapons don’t believe it.” The attack, he said, would be from Russia.
    – JR Nyquist

    MOSCOW, June 2 (Reuters) – The chief of Russia’s state securityservice said on Wednesday that terrorists were seeking access to nuclearmaterials across the former Soviet Union, Interfax news agencyreported.

    Do you remember the red and black outfits that Obpama and family wore to their victory celebration.


    If Obama is allowed, he will bring down our country.
    He is a traitor in the full meaning of the word/

  10. Peace Convoy? This Was an Islamic Terror Ambush
    Mon May 31, 2010 1:51 pm (PDT)


    As the international community rushes to condemn Israel for the violence on board one of the ships in the Gaza flotilla, which left a reported 10 people dead and dozens injured, it is now obvious that the real purpose of this ‘armada of hate’ was not merely the further delegitimization of Israel but something far worse.

    Gaza’s markets are full of produce, thousands of tons of supplies are traveling into Gaza every week through the Israeli-controlled border crossings, and there is no starvation or humanitarian crisis. It was always obvious that the flotilla was not the humanitarian exercise it was said to be.

    Here is footage of the IDF offering to dock the Marmara — the main flotilla ship — at Ashdod and transfer its supplies and being told ‘Negative, negative, our destination is Gaza’.

    And now we can see that the real purpose of this invasion — backed by the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), a radical Islamic organization outlawed by Israel in 2008 for allegedly serving as a major component in Hamas’s global fund-raising machine — was to incite a violent uprising in the Middle East and across the Islamic world. As I write, reports are coming in of Arab rioting in Jerusalem.

    The notion – uncritically swallowed by the lazy, ignorant and bigoted BBC and other western media – that the flotilla organisers are ‘peace activists’ is simply ludicrous. This research by the Danish Institute for International Studies details the part played by the IHH in Islamist terror in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Chechnya. According to the French magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguiere testifying at the Seattle trial of would-be al Qaeda Millenium bomber Ahmed Ressamin, the IHH had played ‘[a]n important role in the al Qaeda Millenium bomb plot targeting Los Angeles airport. It was also involved in weapons trafficking, and played in addition a key role in galvanizing anti-Western sentiment among Turkish Muslims in the lead-up to the 2003 war in Iraq. ‘Peace Activists’ these people most certainly are not.

    Click to access DIIS%20WP%202006-7.web.pdf

    And this flotilla was but the latest jihadi attack, deploying the Islamists’ signature strategy of violence and media manipulation

    Here from MEMRI (via Just Journalism) is a clip showing the hysteria against Israel being whipped up on board before the ships set sail, with the chanting of intifada songs about ‘Khaybar’ – the iconic slaughter of Jews by Muslims in the 7th century which is used as a rallying cry to kill the Jews today — and threats of martyrdom.

    This was not merely a propaganda stunt, but a terrorist attack.

    This is what the Jerusalem Post reported earlier today about what happened last night:

    According to the IDF, the international activists ‘prepared a lynch’ for the soldiers who boarded the ships at about 2 a.m. Monday morning after calling on them to stop, or follow them to the Ashdod Port several hours earlier.

    … Upon boarding the ships, the soldiers encountered fierce resistance from
    the passengers who were armed with knives, bats and metal pipes. The soldiers used non-lethal measures to disperse the crowd. The activists, according to an IDF report, succeeded in stealing two handguns from soldiers and opened fire, leading to an escalation in violence.

    Also in the Jerusalem Post,
    David Horowitz wrote:

    Benayahu said soldiers, who had been dispatched to block the flotilla because of fears that it was carrying weaponry and other highly dangerous cargo into the Hamas-controlled Strip, were attacked with knives and bars and sharpened metal implements.

    Benayahu said two pistols that had been fired were subsequently found aboard the one ship, the Marmara, on which the violence erupted. And, most dramatically, he said that one IDF soldier had his weapon snatched away by one of the ‘peace activists’ on board, that this weapon was then turned against the IDF soldiers, who came under fire, and that they had no choice but to shoot back in self-defense.

    … What seems urgent now is to make publicly available footage that shows exactly what did unfold. In early afternoon, video footage screened on Israel’s Channel 2 appeared to show one of those aboard the Marmara stabbing an IDF soldier. Any such footage should have been made available hours earlier. Critically, if footage showing a soldier’s weapon being snatched and turned on the IDF troops exists, it should be broadcast, and the sooner the better.

    Some of this footage is now available on the web but much of it is hard to follow: as ever, the Israelis have been far too slow in making the most telling images and information available in comprehensible form (including in English rather than in Hebrew, for heaven’s sake!).

    This clip appears to show masked and armed flotilla activists beating Israeli soldiers (although here is the BBC report accompanying that footage, in which the voice over appears to be claiming, perversely, that the people in masks were Israeli soldiers.


    That said, the report on Radio Four’s World at One was fair and balanced.

    This clip shows an Israeli soldier being stabbed.

    These IDF clips and shows attacks on the commandos including throwing one off the deck, attacking others with a metal pole and a firebomb and an attempted kidnap of another.

    It is also becoming clearer as the day wears on that, far from storming the boats in order to attack those on board, the Israelis were hopelessly ill-prepared for the violence they encountered. Israel’s Channel 10 and IDF radio have reported that the Israeli naval commandos were equipped with paint ball rifles to ensure minimum casualties among the flotilla terrorists, with their hand guns to be used only as a last resort. The terrorists tried connecting the steel cables from the overhead helicopters to the boat’s antenna, in order to cause the helicopters to crash. Only when the terrorists beat the soldiers with iron rods, stabbed them with knives and tried to lynch them did the soldiers respond. The Israeli commandos were pushed down stairs, thrown overboard, and shot at.

    Here is a report by an Israel army radio reporter on board:

    ‘The activists had many things ready for an attack on the soldiers,’ Lev-Rom said, ‘including, for instance, a box of 20-30 slingshots with metal balls; these can kill. There were also all sorts of knives and many similar things. These are what they call “cold” weapons, as opposed to live fire. It was quite clear that a lynch had been prepared.’

    Lev-Rom said, however, that it appears the army, ‘even though it prepared for many different scenarios, was not ready for this one. The army seems not to have known what type of people were there and what type of weapons they had. It was hard for Israel to conceive that the ship, sponsored by the country of Turkey, would have such weapons. Israel was prepared to deal with anarchists, and instead had to deal with terrorists – that’s the feeling here.’

    Here is an even more vivid account showing how unprepared the Israeli soldiers were:

    Navy commandos slid down to the vessel one by one, yet then the unexpected occurred: The passengers that awaited them on the deck pulled out bats, clubs, and slingshots with glass marbles, assaulting each soldier as he disembarked. The fighters were nabbed one by one and were beaten up badly, yet they attempted to fight back.

    However, to their misfortune, they were only equipped with paintball rifles used to disperse minor protests, such as the ones held in Bilin. The paintballs obviously made no impression on the activists, who kept on beating the troops up and even attempted to wrest away their weapons.

    One soldier who came to the aid of a comrade was captured by the rioters and sustained severe blows. The commandos were equipped with handguns but were told they should only use them in the face of life-threatening situations. When they came down from the chopper, they kept on shouting to each other ‘don’t shoot, don’t shoot,’ even though they sustained numerous blows.

    The Navy commandos were prepared to mostly encounter political activists seeking to hold a protest, rather than trained street fighters. The soldiers were told they were to verbally convince activists who offer resistance to give up, and only then use paintballs. They were permitted to use their handguns only under extreme circumstances.

    The planned rush towards the vessel’s bridge became impossible, even when a second chopper was brought in with another crew of soldiers. ‘Throw stun grenades,’ shouted Flotilla 13’s commander who monitored the operation. The Navy chief was not too far, on board a speedboat belonging to Flotilla 13, along with forces who attempted to climb into the back of the ship.

    The forces hurled stun grenades, yet the rioters on the top deck, whose number swelled up to 30 by that time, kept on beating up about 30 commandos who kept gliding their way one by one from the helicopter. At one point, the attackers nabbed one commando, wrested away his handgun, and threw him down from the top deck to the lower deck, 30 feet below. The soldier sustained a serious head wound and lost his consciousness.

    Only after this injury did Flotilla 13 troops ask for permission to use live fire. The commander approved it: You can go ahead and fire. The soldiers pulled out their handguns and started shooting at the rioters’ legs, a move that ultimately neutralized them. Meanwhile, the rioters started to fire back at the commandos.

    It is becoming ever more clear that Islamist terror attacks like this are fiendishly staged theatrical events in which the western media – and beyond them, western governments — play an absolutely essential role in the drama. If those media and governments refused to swallow the lies and instead called operations like this and the players behind it for what they actually are, such terrorist operations would not happen. The Islamist strategy of war against Israel is carefully calibrated to deploy the most effective weapon in its armoury in the cause of jihadi violence – the western media.

    Right on cue, western governments accordingly deliver their own script in condemning the victims of terror for defending themselves. And so, courtesy of the west’s fifth columnists, yet another nail is driven into the west’s own coffin.

    Let’s see whether this time the western elites show any signs of waking from their lethal trance.

    **Update 1: I am told that the Jewish Chronicle website was taken down earlier (now restored) by a massive denial of service, apparently to shut down its balanced coverage of the Ashdod flotilla incident. The JC’s teccies, and the server hosts, say this hasn’t been caused by just one or two people — it’s clearly now coordinated and growing.

    **Update 2: The journalist who wrote this account, Ron Ben-Yishai, cannot be accused of being an Israel government stooge: it was Ben-Yishai who in 1982 was first into the Palestinian refugee camps at Sabra and Shatila in Beirut and blew the whistle on the massacre there that had been perpetrated by the Phalangists while Ariel Sharon looked the other way.

      • Other items that won’t be transferred to Gaza are the weapons and military equipment found aboard the Mavi Marmara. These include knives, clubs, slingshots, bulletproof vests, gas masks and night vision goggles. The military says that the presence of these items on board the ship proves that the passengers had hostile intentions from the start.

        The fact that all the weapons and military supplies that the army uncovered were found on a single ship, the Mavi Marmara, indicates that perhaps just a few of the flotilla’s participants were in on the plans to violently attack boarding soldiers, while the rest of the participants were sincere in their desire to send aid to Gaza.

        Not the love boat, that is for sure…
        (You know the tune)

        The terror boat,
        Promises something for everyone,
        The terror boat,
        Not really helpful, but they like guns,
        Set a course for adventure,
        It’s time for a real tap dance,
        Set a course for a venture,
        It is war we start if given a chance…
        The terror boat, pulls in a few kind souls to look legit,
        The terror boat, this is fraud as good as it can get.
        Set a course to expose them, it is time for a “real” romance,
        Set a course for the true facts, and lets all pull down their pants !

        The terror boat…

  11. Bridgette, Remember the name Peck we kept finding 2 years ago, Peck’s Bad Boys ? Hummm..found another one on the floating tortilla too ! LOL !

    He was on FOX yesterday regarding those electric wheelchairs onboard. Edward L. Peck. Former US Ambassador ? Interesting….


      • He seems to be stirring the pot a bit maybe ?

        Jeremiah Wright Controversy
        Main article Jeremiah Wright controversy In March 2008 the U.S. Presidential campaign of Barack Obama was affected when videos of sermons by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, his former pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ, came to media attention. In one broadcast on many media outlets, including ABC News, Wright, on Sept. 16, 2001, referenced an appearance of Peck on Fox News before saying, “We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye…and now we are indignant, because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought back into our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.” Wright attributed to Peck the credit for allegedly “pointing out” that “America’s chickens are coming home to roost”, a phrase Wright repeated several times. According to PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler, though Peck did cite numerous faults against America and criticized its foreign policy, “Peck never used the phrase about chickens coming home to roost. His answers were more nuanced.”[6]

        [edit] Gaza flotilla
        Main article: Gaza flotilla raid
        In May 2010, Peck was among the pro-Palestinian activists in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla trying to break through Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Peck was not harmed in Israel’s raid; he reported he was brought to Israel “at gunpoint” and expelled the same day for “having illegally entered Israel”;[7] he flew to Newark, New Jersey.[8][9]

        • http://www.cairchicago.org/2010/06/01/cair-president-obama-must-condemn-gaza-flotilla-%e2%80%98massacre%e2%80%99/

          Twist again, it’s the midnight hour ! Oh baybee twist ! Let’s do the twist ! Oh baybee round and around baybee yeah ! Ohhhhhhhh yeah ! It goes like this !

          Lets pack weapons, night goggles and illegal to transport items and cry “they hurt us !” Liars. Troublemakers, war stirrers, 2 faced people. Did I mention liars ? Pure liars. They asked them to port for inspection. They refused so Israel soldiers boarded. You saw the films of the rest.
          TRYING TO START WAR WITH ISRAEL ON PURPOSE ? WE SEE YOU ! BOO ! It is on film. What part of this is confusing? slimey snakes in the grass..
          Did I mention liars ?
          Next ship to port flying an Irish flag…Found luck of the Irish ALL over my digs…They better inspect that one very well….No, I am not Jewish, but even I would go over every ship with a fine toothed comb….These people love to break border laws no ? They get excited about that…Film every ship from now on…film…as proof. 1 tiny lil country surrounded by all those big, Islamic countries……

          Hint: Mohammad NEVER stepped a foot in Jerusalem so what is the beef ?
          Let me repeat…never stepped a foot there. READ REAL HISTORY.
          Can we all visit Mecca all you humanitarian people ?
          Oh, I forgot that Christians are forbidden there…
          Those double standards again…Nice people ?
          Liars. Trouble stirrers..That is exactly what they went there for, to bully and shove their way through…not to mention innocent night goggles..
          It is all B.S. All of their spin. Sounds like Arizona and border problem there does it not ? Shove and bully your way in… the new gig. Lets see where O stands. This will be interesting…

  12. Watch the video above then read this. Different spin no ?


    • June 03, 2010
      Ayers, Dorhn helped organize ‘peace’ flotilla
      Rick Moran

      It’s not like these people don’t have enough blood on their hands already:

      Former Weather Underground leaders William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, as well as Code Pink founder Jodie Evans, helped organize the Free Gaza Movement, which launched the six-ship flotilla from Turkey to Israel that ended in a violent clash with Israeli Defense Forces, BigGovernment.com reported.
      In January, the trio were spotted in Egypt attempting to stir up crowds on the streets with 1,400 other left-wing activists after the Egyptian government refused to allow Free Gaza Movement members to enter the Gaza Strip. About 100 marchers were eventually allowed to cross the border, where they were met by former Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh.

    • The rabid hysteria in the rest of the world capitals will subside as facts emerge. Searches of the “peace” ship Mava Marmara discovered aid that you wouldn’t expect to find on a “peace” ship: bulletproof vests and night-vision goggles, like those worn by Navy Seals. And 50 of the “peace activists” were discovered to be traveling without passports, risky business anywhere, but particularly in the Middle East, and with envelopes stuffed with enormous amounts of cash. Cash, of course, is always welcome, particularly by terrorists.

      Several familiar faces were found to be on board when the boats docked under Israeli escort. These included a former American ambassador to Mauritania and a former member of Congress, Cynthia McKinney of Georgia, a longtime supporter of Arab causes and tireless needler of George W. Bush, who she said had advance knowledge of Sept. 11. Raging against Israel is all in the day’s work on the goofy American left.

      The obvious question to these angry critics of the only democracy in the Middle East is how, if Israel shouldn’t do it, can the free nations of the world keep arms from flowing to Hamas? Since the question is never asked, the only conclusion a reasonable man can make is that the free nations of the world don’t think disarming terrorists is necessary.

    • Edward Peck, 81, of Chevy Chase, Md., a Washington suburb, was among activists in the flotilla trying to get humanitarian aid to Gaza, Ann Peck said in a phone interview with The Associated Press

  13. Excellent review and information and connections to Chicago. Multiple organizations named.

    Is Chicago ground zero for the free Gaza Movements Flotilla Coalition.
    June 3, 2010


  14. New aid ship heads to Gaza, Israel vows to stop it
    Jun 4, 7:21 AM (ET) Anips

    ISTANBUL (AP) – An aid ship trying to break the blockade of Gaza could reach Israel’s 20-mile (32-kilometer) exclusion zone by Friday afternoon, an activist said, but Israel’s prime minister has vowed the ship will not reach land.

    The dueling comments suggest a potential new clash over Israel’s three-year-old blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip – and come only four days after an Israeli commando raid on a larger aid flotilla left nine activists dead.

    Greta Berlin, a spokesman for the Free Gaza group, says the 1,200-ton Rachel Corrie is heading directly to Gaza and will not stop in any port on the way. It is trying to deliver hundreds of tons of aid, including wheelchairs, medical supplies and concrete.

    Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead McGuire and the former head of the U.N. Oil-for-Food program in Iraq, Denis Halliday, are among the 11 passengers on board, she said.

    Israel will not allow the aid ship to reach Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told senior Cabinet ministers late Thursday. According to a participant in the meeting, he said Israel made several offers to direct the ship to an Israeli port, where the aid supplies would be unloaded, inspected and transferred to Gaza by land, but the offers were rejected.

    Netanyahu has hotly rejected calls to lift the blockade on Gaza, insisting that it prevents missile attacks on Israel. The Rachel Corrie’s cargo of concrete is also a problem, because Israel considers that to have military uses


  15. Those poor starving people need aid ? Maybe Michelle can help them out with their obesity issues. They are pretty high up on the list for starving people….

    Citizen Carlyle (FUBO) // June 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Is Israel starving the poor abused Palestinians?

    Oh, Oh, lookee here – Obesity Chart

    Palestinian men #8
    Palestinian women #3 ! ! ! ! !

    Ooops – I can hear brains exploding everywhere!

  16. Take a look at the pics of this beautiful couple who desire to help Hezbollah from Toledo, Ohio.

    Couple arrested on terrorism charges

    Federal agents and police arrested a Toledo husband and wife Thursday and accused the couple of conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

    Hor I. Akl, 37, and his spouse, Amera A. Akl, 37, both of whom are dual citizens of the United States and Lebanon, were arrested on charges also that they conspired to launder money and committed arson relating to an insurance fraud scheme.

    Mr. Akl is also charged with two counts of bankruptcy fraud and one count of perjury, U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach said in a statement.

    A preliminary hearing was scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, set when the couple appeared in federal court in Toledo Thursday afternoon.

    Both will be detained until the hearing.


  17. “White House linked to flotilla organizers.”


    • ohhhhh !

    • It’s time to get rid of Brennan! He’s been a “yes” man for the Obama regime! When he called Jerusalem by its Arabic name “Al Quds” in a speech he gave, wasn’t he showing his distain for Israel! Would you or I use that term? I heard him say it in a You Tube and had no idea what he was talking about. Obama is already linked to Code Pink, Ayres, and Dohrn who are anti Israel. Of course, the WH denies it…and if they deny it, it is more than likely true.

      “A top adviser to President Obama is the contact person within the White House for communications with the Free Gaza Movement over plans to challenge Israel’s blockade of the terrorist Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, according to a reputable source close to the Netanyahu government.

      The source, a career official whose reliability was established through his tips for the book, “Why Israel Can’t Wait,” identified John O. Brennan, deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism, as the contact. “

      • Bridge
        it’s like when I walked into this mid-eastern deli here because they had great pita sandwiches…. They had “olives from Palestine ”
        hmmmm “I thought. There hasn’t been a Palestine in a long time”
        (the olives were either really really old or it was wishful thinking)
        I walked out and never went back. ….. That was a few years ago.

          • Trying…

            Career highlights
            CEO of The Analysis Corporation
            Chairman of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA)
            Interim director, National Counterterrorism Center[9]
            Director, Terrorist Threat Integration Center
            Deputy Executive Director, CIA
            Chief of Staff to Director of Central Intelligence, CIA
            Chief of Station, Middle East, CIA (1996 – 1999)
            Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, CIA
            Deputy Director, Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis, CIA
            Daily Intelligence Briefer at the White House, CIA
            Deputy Division Chief, Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis, CIA
            Chief of Analysis, DCI’s Counterterrorism Center, CIA
            Middle East Specialist and Terrorism Analyst, Directorate of Intelligence, CIA
            Political Officer, U.S. Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Department of State
            Career Trainee, Directorate of Operations, CIA.
            [edit] Education
            B.A., Political Science, Fordham University, including a year abroad studying Arabic and Middle Eastern studies at American University in Cairo.
            M.A., government, with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin.
            [edit] Personal

    • Great catch AOne !
      Lemme show you something..

      A top adviser to President Obama is the contact person within the White House for communications with the Free Gaza Movement over plans to challenge Israel’s blockade of the terrorist Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, according to a reputable source close to the Netanyahu government.

      The source, a career official whose reliability was established through his tips for the book, “Why Israel Can’t Wait,” identified John O. Brennan, deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism, as the contact.

      The allegation raises the bizarre possibility that the Free Gaza Movement’s flotilla action in the Mediterranean was being coordinated with the White House, something that would align with a shift in U.S. policy toward Israel being debated within the Obama administration.

      Mike Hammer, a National Security Council spokesman, told WND flatly the report “is not true


      identified John O. Brennan, deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism, as the contact.

  18. Imam Unmosqued

    The imam behind a proposed mosque near Ground Zero is a prominent member of a group that helped sponsor the pro-Palestinian activists who clashed violently with Israeli commandos at sea this week.

    Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a key figure in Malaysian-based Perdana Global Peace Organization, according to its Website.

    Perdana is the single biggest donor ($366,000) so far to the Free Gaza Movement, a key organizer of the six-ship flotilla that tried to break Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip Monday.

    Nine passengers aboard the largest ship died in clashes with Israeli commandos, and a new confrontation loomed today, when another Free Gaza Movement ship was due to reach Gaza waters in defiance of Israel.

    Efforts to reach Imam Abdul Rauf yesterday for comment were unsuccessful.

    Deborah Burlingame, the sister of the American Airlines pilot whose hijacked plane struck the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, said the indirect ties of the imam to the protesters who confronted Israeli forces Monday were not surprising.

    “I think it goes to show he is not the man he represents himself to be. We have two Imam Raufs,” she said.

    “We have the anti-Israel, anti-democratic imam, and we have the smiling, soft-spoken moderate Muslim who says ‘Why can’t we all get along?’ ”

    The Free Gaza Movement is a charity that has made nine seaborne aid missions in the past two years to break the Israeli blockade.


    Remember: Today..6/6/10….for all those near New York….be there with Pam Geller !!!!

  19. From CW:

    Check this out…looks like they are taking a page from our founding fathers. No NBC’s allowed in the Egyptian military for national security reasons. Go figure!!! You would think they were wooried about someone like BO!

    Egypt to strip men married to Israelis of citizenship

    Egypt to strip men married to Israelis of citizenship AFP/File – Egyptian couples arrive at Cairo stadium for a collective wedding organised by Karme el-Islam association, …
    by Jailan Zayan Jailan Zayan – Sat Jun 5, 11:14 am ET

    CAIRO (AFP) – A Cairo court on Saturday upheld a ruling to strip Egyptian men married to Israeli women of their citizenship in a case that has highlighted national sentiment towards Israel.

    Judge Mohammed al-Husseini, sitting on the Supreme Administrative Court, said the interior ministry must ask the cabinet to take the necessary steps to strip Egyptian men married to Israeli women, and their children, of their citizenship.

    The court said that each case should be considered separately, in a ruling that cannot be appealed.

    The ruling reflects Egyptian sentiment towards Israel, more than 30 years after Egypt signed an unpopular peace deal with the Jewish state.

    Before reading the verdict, Husseini said the case would not apply to Egyptian men married to Arab Israeli women.

    “The case for (Egyptian) men married to Israeli Arab women is different to those married to Israeli women of Jewish origin because (Israeli Arabs) have lived under Israeli occupation,” Husseini told the court.

    “The court’s decision is taking into account Egypt’s national security,” the judge said.

    Lawyer Nabil al-Wahsh said he originally brought the case to court in order to prevent the creation of a generation “disloyal to Egypt and the Arab world.”

    Children of such marriages “should not be allowed to perform their military service,” he said.

    The number of Egyptian men married to Israeli women is thought to be around 30,000, according to Wahsh. Only 10 percent of them are married to Arab Israelis.

    “This ruling is for the benefit of Egypt, a nation of leadership, history and civilisation,” Wahsh said. “It is for the protection of Egypt and Egypt’s youth and its national security.”

    “The decision comes as Israel continues its assault on those who love peace. The latest example is the aggression against the aid boat which was heading towards the blockaded Gaza Strip,” he added.

    On Monday, Israeli naval commandos raided a humanitarian flotilla carrying aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip, in a bungled operation that left nine pro-Palestinian activists dead and scores injured.

    A lower court ruled last year that the interior minister must look into the cases of Egyptian men married to Israeli women, and their children, in order to “take the necessary steps to strip them of their nationality.”

    The interior and foreign ministries had appealed the case, saying it was for parliament to decide on such matters.

    Thousands of Egyptians, particularly a large number who lived in Iraq and returned after the 1990 Gulf War over Kuwait, moved to Israel in search of work and married Israeli women.

    In 1979, Egypt became the first Arab country to sign a peace deal with Israel.

  20. Turkish troops deployed in Cyprus/P.M. Erdogan prepares large wave of flotillas, possibly being on board one of them!
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is clearly spoiling for more trouble with Israel. This is manifested by the steps which are revealed here by debkafile’s military and intelligence sources. The peaceful outcome of the Rachel Corrie incident Saturday, June 5, and Israel’s efforts to keep the crisis under control have had no effect on his determination to raise rather than de-escalate Turkish-Israeli friction.
    Friday, Erdogan made sure his close aides leaked word to the media that he was preparing a large wave of flotillas to challenge Israel’s blockade, to be escorted next time by armed Turkish warships with himself possibly on board.

    To this, our sources add:
    1. The prime minister’s office in Ankara is forking out millions of dollars to the IHH (Insani Yardim Vakfi), the Istanbul-based terrorist group linked to al Qaeda and Hamas, with orders to purchase 8-10 large ships for a formidable fleet to challenge the Israeli Navy and its enforcement of the 20-mile blockade of the Gaza Strip.
    This is the second time he is recruiting the IHH terrorists who assaulted Israeli commandos boarding the Mavi Marmara on May 31, leaving nine people dead and 45 injured in consequence.


    • So Peachy, This means he is officially starting a war with Israel no ?

      What business is it of his ? How are thing in his country ? Should he not tend to the weeds in his own yard and let others worry about theirs ? What a &$*^$^ trouble maker. He is a war starter.Was Turkey recently mad as the EU did not let them join ? Is this sour grapes ? What is in it for him ?

      1. The prime minister’s office in Ankara is forking out millions of dollars to the IHH (Insani Yardim Vakfi), the Istanbul-based terrorist group linked to al Qaeda and Hamas, with orders to purchase 8-10 large ships for a formidable fleet to challenge the Israeli Navy and its enforcement of the 20-mile blockade of the Gaza Strip.
      This is the second time he is recruiting the IHH terrorists who assaulted Israeli commandos boarding the Mavi Marmara on May 31, leaving nine people dead and 45 injured in consequence.

  21. This is very serious. Iran offerred to escort the flotilla according to Drudge.

    • Iran ? Kidding me ? Escort ? Who wants their help ? This smells like a 30 day old crappy diaper…Setting up Israel…smells like crap…

    • Just read that over at gatewaypundit! It does appear to be getting very serious, while at the same time…even if Iran already has nuclear capabilities….they could only have a few. Israel has over 150 + (admitted)….they (Iran) must know they would totally wiped off the map if they keep pushing Israel’s buttons !!! Also, read earlier tonight, that Iran is getting electronic equipment, etc. through Dubai ! Didn’t Clinton sell a lot of his holdings there last year? Just imagine all the things we know….and then think about what in the heck we do not know! THAT is what is spoooky !

      Sure wish we had a leader that would stand beside the Great Nation of Israel !

  22. From:CW

    Citizen Carlyle (FUBO) // June 7, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Reuters is up to its old anti-Israel tricks, this time cropping, not Photoshopping, news photos to favor the Palestinians. Arutz Sheva provides the visual evidence that the news agency cropped out a knife held in the hand of a “humanitarian” on the flotilla ship that attacked the Israeli commandos.


    A second photo, found by Charles Johnson, was cropped to eliminate not just a knife but a pool of blood.


    You see – the WHOLE truth is SO important

  23. More at CW:

    LM // June 7, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Clarification/Correction Regarding Audio Transmission Between Flotilla and Israeli Navy

    5 June 2010

    Yesterday evening on 4 June 2010, the IDF released an audio recording of a radio transmission between the Israeli Navy vessel and the Flotilla ships wherein unidentified flotilla passengers tell the Israeli Navy vessel to “shut up, go back to Auschwitz” and “we’re helping Arabs go against the US, don’t forget 9/11.” There have been questions regarding the authenticity of the recording as well as its attribution to a communication with the Mavi Marmara.

    So to clarify: the audio was edited down to cut out periods of silence over the radio as well as incomprehensible comments so as to make it easier for people to listen to the exchange. We have now uploaded the entire segment of 5 minutes and 58 seconds in which the exchange took place and the comments were made.

    This transmission had originally cited the Mavi Marmara ship as being the source of these remarks, however, due to an open channel, the specific ship or ships in the “Freedom Flotilla” responding to the Israeli Navy could not be identified. During radio transmissions between Israeli Navy and the ships of the “Free Gaza” Flotilla on 31 May 2010, the Israeli Navy ship attempts to make contact with the ‘Defne Y’ on channel 1-6. Other ships from the flotilla respond on the channel, without identifying themselves. At some point during the radio exchange the Israeli Navy is told by one of the ships to “shut up, go back to Auschwitz” (2:05) and “don’t forget 9-11″ (5:42).

    Below are both the edited and unedited version of the exchange:



  24. Let’s see now:
    we could go with the IDF. Or Whatdefuck

    now who would I choose to believe???!!!


    think I’ll put my money on the IDF

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