Another Terrorist Flotilla Headed for Gaza

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


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Once again, Palestinian activists have announced their intention to break through Israel’s blockade of Gaza. On Tuesday, Huseyin Oruc, spokesman for the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), a Turkish Islamic aid group the Israeli government and other countries consider a terrorist organization, said an international coalition of 22 non-governmental organizations plans to send 15 ships with a total of 1,500 people. Israel has urged the Turkish government to stop the mission, but officials in Ankara insisted that they don’t have the right to prevent it. The attempt to break the blockade would be the second one a year after nine people were killed aboard the Mavi Marmara when they attacked Israeli commandos attempting to board the vessel on May 31, 2010.

Relations between Israel and Turkey, long-time allies before the incident, have yet to recover. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party government, which has moved Turkey away from its previously secular traditions towards Islamism, froze relations with Israel after the deadly incident. The prime minister has since demanded an apology from Israel as a condition for improving relations. Israel has refused, and relations continue be be strained. Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu indicated as much in a Monday interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. “We urge Israel not to repeat the same mistake,” he said. “It is Israel’s responsibility not to implement [a blockade] against Gaza. A fact-finding mission of the UN declared that this … is illegal.” “The Mediterranean does not belong to any nation,” he added, contending that last year’s flotilla “raid” occurred in international waters.

Yet it is not just Israel which considers this new attempt to run the blockade as unnecessarily provocative. During a meeting with the U.N. Security Council on April 21, Israel’s UN Ambassador Meron Reuben warned that the organizers of the so-called peace flotilla had “ties to Hamas and other terrorist organizations,” and that “participants engaged in the planning of this flotilla have made very troubling statements expressing their willingness to become martyrs in this effort.” Both the United States and Germany echoed that sentiment with U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice contending that “[T]here are distinct mechanisms to deliver goods to Gaza and there are no justifications to sail directly to Gaza,” and German Ambassador Peter Witting calling on the organizers to “find other ways to deliver aid to the people of Gaza.”

IHH leader and flotilla organizer Bulent Yildirim was defiant. In a speech on April 7, during a memorial service held in the Turkish city of Alanya for IHH operatives killed aboard the Mavi Marmara, he declared that “we [participants in the upcoming flotilla] are not afraid to die as shaheeds,” and reiterated the IHH’s determination to continue dispatching flotillas until “the siege of Gaza is lifted” and “we complete our journey to Al-Aqsa [mosque].” He claimed the flotilla will go on as scheduled and that it will include “a ship from every country in Europe” as well the Mavi Marmara.

Another group involved in the flotilla is the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) a left-wing organization of anti-Israeli activists established in the United States in 2001. On their California website, the ISF posted a call for applications from its membership to participate in the upcoming attempt to run the Israeli blockade. According to The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center the ISM is recruiting activists “who previously participated in ISM flotillas, especially those who were detained and deported by Israel.” Anticipating a confrontation, the website instructs those who participate to “deploy broad use of the tactic of ‘greater nonviolent resistance after capture,’” including “[R]efusing deportation until a set of conditions is met” and “[E]xtreme nonviolent noncooperation during captivity”

The radical group Free Gaza Movement (FGM), which organized the previous flotilla, is also involved in this one. They have stated their intention to name the upcoming provocation “Freedom Flotilla–Stay Human” in honor of Vittorio Arrigoni, a pro-Palestinian activist who was found murdered in the Gaza strip hours after being kidnapped there. Despite attempts by radicals to blame Israel for the crime, the BBC reports that Salafist radicals, an Islamist movement that considers Hamas too moderate, was responsible.

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  • welldoneson

    Ah, yes, the hard left.
    Ignore laws. Quote some BS as "law".
    Deny your intentions while stating them.
    Blame your enemy for what your friends do.
    And, most important, lie like the Devil himself…
    unfortunate that more than a few of these twits
    are likely to be meeting the old liar himself really soon.

  • tullamore

    Code Pink founder Susan Medea Benjamin lives at 1519 Sanchez st., San Francisco, between 28th & Valley sts., middle of the block in a pink ( get it?) wooden house built 1885, with her husband Kevin Danaher, founder of "Global Exchange" and her son Adrian Benjamingomez, leftover from her years in Cuba.

    • Grantman

      Not good posting this personal info no matter how much you dislike her. This is no one's business and certainly not appropriate for a post comment.

  • geez

    I'm shocked the radical and chief won't be on one of the flotilla's. I'm sure he's helping all his friends in some way.

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    We do not know what the government will do with that trash and for what I see not many here are in the least concerned.
    Yet. Lets assume the boats are inspected and let through… How would they refuel those vessels for their trip back?
    Gaza islamics only have the Israeli Ashdod refinery supplied fuel and some small amounts brought in from Egypt via contraband tunels. Hardly a thing that rabble does is legal or up to standards.
    Be that as it may. There is or will be enough fuel to run many large vessel for days. If one of those 15 vessels is a tanker it could spring a leak suddenly…
    Besides the storage tanks could possibly run dry.
    Some folk is playing very dangerous games overseas.

  • Cuban Refugee

    Evil is as evil does … may each and and every communist, useful idiot and anti-Semite aboard the hate-filled ships meet the Palestinian-sympathizer Vittorio Arrigoni's fate. If World War III has already started, this could be one of its defining battles. Let us pray that angel warriors enter every vessel in the name of Israel and its people with fields of resplendent light to defeat the sword of Allah. Although very powerful forces stand behind the flotilla under the guise of "protection," there also is a supreme and transcendent Divine energy operating to protect the innocent.

    • Queen Esther

      Beautiful!! Amen

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    This flotillia is provocative in its intentions.Israel has to stop this ship from
    the start when it comes near to the shores of Israel.The funny thing is,that
    if the,so called free world,did,nt turn its face the other way and leaving Israel
    in most cases totally alone this and a lot of other terrorist acts would never had
    happened. And yes Cuban ref the 3th world war has already started.

  • StephenD

    The radicals have their orders to resist with “[E]xtreme nonviolent noncooperation during captivity” LOLI want to know how they'll resist when the boats are sinking. Israel will make a huge mistake if she tries to placate these folks in any way. The law is clear. If they try to break the blockade Israel has the right to initiate military action. To hell with boarding the vessel. Drop it to the bottom as soon as it crosses the blockade. No more Mr. Nice Guy Israel! Remember the Fogel Family!!

  • Bert

    The danger to Israel is clear and there is ample advanced notice. And yet I suspect that Israel will again bungle this situation. Israel should place the blame directly on the White House and the Europeans for not stopping this in advance. It is time for an Israeli ultimatum: The flotilla must choose either peace or war. If they want peace they must submit to inspection by Israel and dock away from Gaza. If they refuse, the ships will find the waters mined and if they do not turn back they will be sunk. This means Israel will have to finally realize the gravity of the threat and respond with all necessary force. If it is the intention of Europe to back up this aggression against Israel, better to manage it on Israel's terms than to bow to pressure and invite more such events in the future. History shows that Israel's enemies are mostly cowards who back down in those rare times when Israel has shows a little backbone. Israel can win this public relations war but it must show uncharacteristic resolve and act early and put the other nations on the spot.

    • BIG IRISH

      I agree 100 percent Bert – when you are dealing with savage animals (muslims) then you have to act accordingly – treat them as savages – God Bless Israel.

  • Fred Dawes

    No laws no ideals and no nation.

  • JosephWiess

    Sink 'em to the bottom of the sea.

  • Alfonz Shmedlap

    W., 04/27/11 common era

    The IDF should sink the damn boat(s). No more fooling around, terrified of world Gentile opinion! No matter what Israel does or doesn't do, Obama, HIllary, the U.N., the E.U., and the P.A. will get their panties in a bunch and harange Israel about morality.
    No more Mister Nice Guy, Israel. Sink the damn boat. If there happen to be sharks in the water, too damn bad. It's just plain dumb to try to "mess" with HaShem's Chosen People.

  • flyingtiger

    Since other nations are treatening a boycott, Isreal should dink the boats and shoot everyone in the water. What does Isreal have to lose?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    How strange a coincidence that Israel will be having live fire exercises at the
    same time the pirate boats try to slither past the danger zone. Deep Six ring
    a bell with any of these suicidal idiots. If Israel would link it's ships guns and
    torpedoes to the internet and sell a video game 'Sink a Pirate' it could raise
    funds in the hundreds of millions to take back Gaza and the West Bank………
    I'de pay $1,000.00 or more for a shot, up front and personal, Israel must fight
    these leftards……."Once a pirate, always a pirate" Jack Sparrow…………William

  • Mmc

    The US could diffuse the entire Flotilla fiasco by inspecting every ship wishing to cross the blockade. Sadly, I fear instead of preemptive action our leadership is going to let this turn south and use Israel’s right of self-defense against her. God Bless Israel.

  • Queen Esther

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEw8m5HKP0Q

    The above is a link to a video depicting Israel Defense Forces seizing a ship headed for Gaza that was loaded with weapons on 3/14/11. The danger is real for Israel. These ships need to be inspected. The leftists on the flotillas are asking for trouble. They are poking Israel for their own political reasons.
    They are spreading false propaganda about Israel. It wasn't so long ago that the National Socialists (Nazis) in Germany spread false propaganda about the Jews – that didn't end very well. I am not saying that we are heading for such an end – however, these tactics are very dangerous.

    Am Yisrael Chai!!

  • CB Harder

    Maybe this time they(the Dorhn-Ayers) can leave their heads behind!Shaheeds 'r us!

  • Vermont Yid

    Screw world opinion of Israel. And screw Obama too. He's the worst enemy of Israel. Sink the ships that attempt to run the blockade, and don't pull anyone out of the water.

    NEVER AGAIN!

  • NStahl

    If the flotilla sails, sweep the decks with 25 and 40 mike mike. That will cure all attitude problems aboard.

  • Kurt Brusk

    Heads up. It is possibile that some of these militants will have firearms, and will use them to provoke an incident, either up close or ship-to-ship. The worst of them want Israeli blood. May they fail miserably and ignominiously.

  • Detter

    Human rights, eh? So why don’t the Islamic states take them into their country, eh? But noooo they have to make war with the smallest nation in the world…only 8 Million in Israel…and they are not just Jews living in a peaceful nation…

    Get a clue real soon…

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Prevent-the-IHH-Flotilla-Towards-Gaza/117646254988615 Jill

    I am totally shocked that they are sending yet another flotilla over to Gaza, especially after the first flotilla incident was so horrible…..makes you wonder why they would risk it again?? I would like to invite you to check out Prevent the IHH Flotilla Towards Gaza http://www.facebook.com/pages/Prevent-the-IHH-Flo

    I appreciate any support you can give us.