Flotilla II: The Merchant Ships of Hamas Propaganda

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The flotilla is certainly not the humanitarian mission that some of its propagandists would have us believe. There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Recognizing that the humanitarian fiction is being exposed, the activist Palestinian lawyer Huwaida Arraf tried to change the subject. She admitted to a press conference that the flotilla is not about humanitarian aid after all. It is intended to support Palestinians’ demand for “liberation.”

Even Jamal El-Khoudary, chairman of the board of the Islamic University in Gaza who has led Gaza’s Popular Committee Against the Siege, conceded that the siege on goods is now mostly over. The flotilla participants and supporters know they can get whatever true humanitarian aid they wish to provide to the Gazan people delivered to them through internationally recognized channels.

As reported by The New York Times on June 25th:

For the past year, Israel has allowed most everything into Gaza but cement, steel and other construction material — other than for internationally supervised projects — because they are worried that such supplies can be used by Hamas for bunkers and bombs.

Humanitarian and consumer goods enter Gaza on a daily basis. The Israeli Defense Force itself transports to Gaza 5800 tons of goods a day, roughly double what the flotilla claims to be bringing.

Considering Hamas’s use of Gaza to launch more than 10,000 rockets into Israeli civilian populations, Hamas’s ongoing state of armed conflict against Israel (which it has vowed to destroy), and its blatant attempts to smuggle in arms by land and sea, Israel is fully entitled under international law to protect its citizens by inspecting goods entering Gaza to prevent weapons from reaching Hamas. This is the purpose of the naval blockade. Ships’ cargo is inspected and can be delivered to bona fide recipients in Gaza once it is determined that no arms and materials for military use are included. Regardless of the security risks, Israel has made sure that the humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza continue to be met.

According to the Times, “health conditions remain better than across much of the developing world.” Unemployment is down and there has been a building boom in Gaza, as the Times goes on to describe:

Two luxury hotels are opening in Gaza this month. Thousands of new cars are plying the roads. A second shopping mall — with escalators imported from Israel — will open next month. Hundreds of homes and two dozen schools are about to go up. A Hamas-run farm where Jewish settlements once stood is producing enough fruit that Israeli imports are tapering off.

Serious problems persist in Gaza, to be sure.  But they are largely of Hamas’s own making, as it focuses more on planning and launching attacks against Israel than taking care of its own people. The flotilla is nothing more than a propaganda diversion from that hard truth.

Joseph Klein is the author of a recent book entitled Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations and Radical Islam.

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  • Galia

    I can only agree with you – the flotilla is a PR move by the Hamas, aho feel that their interest is being pushed aside.
    It has been, and rightfully so – since all passages are open, and supply is passing on a regular basis. There's no current humanitarian situation in Gaza, and will not be one in the near future.

  • Amused

    Why ? Oh gee , let me guess . Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood want Israel destroyed…hmmm….that must mean that heir supporters want the same .Especially since there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza .

  • Bert

    What I find most disgraceful is the failure of the American Jewish establishment to vigorously speak out in behalf of truth and justice to expose these terrorists and their supporters. We keep pointing out that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza, but for the terrorists, truth means nothing at all. Their biggest advantage is the perpetual ineptness of American Jews. Even worse is that the American Jews who are the loudest are the self-hating Jews on the fringe who side with the enemy.

  • http://www.19.org Edip Yuksel

    Yes, heroic Israeli soldiers attacking a group of people with no weapons in international waters and slaughtering 9 of them is "self defense". Israeli soldiers are victim of activists who tried to defend themselves with clubs, chairs and anythig. Terrorists have tanks, jets, and even nucleer weapons. About a year ago the terrorists attacked an Israeli city and killed 1500 Jews, about 400 of them being children. These terrorists are bloodthirsty animals. They want to destroy Israel.

    Very dangerous pirates are now sailing towards Israel and Israel is in great danger of being vanquished by these terror attacks. Poor Israel needs even more support from the United States and other world countries.

    Anyone who stands against Israeli military or the settlers, is a terrorist and threat to Israel's existence.

    • mjazz

      The palestinians recently shot a missile at a school bus, and stabbed a Jewish family to death, including an eight month old baby. How can you defend these people?

      • HoR_Emperor

        He defends them because he is an evil person who hates Jews.

        • common terry

          i was ISM in palestine in 2002 standing in front of israeli tanks.

          i have had two israeli girl friends. they were awsome. noam chomsky is my hero. i helped feed the homeless in boston for years with my friend eric weinberger (who was a freedom rider in the south in the 60s). all of them are Jews. I hate no Jew. I hate governments.

          You all are pro israel and pro wall and yall think the indians sold us manhattan. USA and Israel are allies built on conquest and deep down you know it. You are in denial over this and climate change because you like your lifestyles built on military domination.

          Who would Jesus Deport?

          • MixMChess

            "i was ISM in palestine in 2002 standing in front of israeli tanks."

            Too bad they didn't run you over.

            "noam chomsky is my hero."

            You need new heroes. I guess you also apologize for the Khmer Rouge? I guess you also support the works of the neo-Nazi Robert Faurisson. Remember, Chomsky defended not just the man and his freedom of speech but also the scholarship of his works. He even wrote preface for a book by Faurisson and then lied about it.

            "I hate governments."

            Fair enough, then go take your battle to the governments that need to be brought down FIRST, like Iran, Libya, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Syria… Or are you just targeting Israel because its easy to target the Jews? I thought you didn't hate Jews?

            "You all are pro israel and pro wall and yall think the indians sold us manhattan."

            The "Wall" has reduced Palestinian terrorism attacks and suicide bombings by over 98%. Why do you want to increase the effectiveness of attacks against Israeli children and civilians? I thought you didn't hate Jews?

            "USA and Israel are allies built on conquest and deep down you know it."

            Yes, this is why Israel has actively been giving land to the Palestinians and actually SHRINKING its territory. Moron.

            Are you ready to admit you're a HYPOCRITE and a LIAR now?

          • phuckislam

            oh, I can see how climate change is directly connected to thus conversation.( time to start taking your tablets again terry}

          • StephenD

            Shhhhh….It's alright. The adults are talking now.
            You can go snap off in a corner somewhere.
            There…don't you feel better?

            What a Dolt!

    • MixMChess

      "Yes, heroic Israeli soldiers attacking a group of people with no weapons in international waters and slaughtering 9 of them is "self defense". Israeli soldiers are victim of activists who tried to defend themselves with clubs, chairs and anythig. Terrorists have tanks, jets, and even nucleer weapons."

      This is all LIE and Edip Yuskel knows it, he is a master of Islamist sanctioned lying. The flotilla HOAX has already been exposed countless times. The activists on board were part of the international Turkish terrorist IHH organization and they had premeditated a confrontation with the Israelis.

      Here they are shouting death to the Jews on their way to Gaza: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3L7OV414Kk&fe

      Are these people really peace activists who were engaged in self defense?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esitLPiqmMs&fe

      The Mavi Marmara was breaking international law by trying to break a legal blockade of Gaza. The IDF issued numerous warnings prior to the action, requesting the ship to redirect toward Ashdod where they would be able to unload their "aid material" and transfer it to Gaza after inspections. Oddly enough, there was NO aid on the Mavi Marmara, only stacks of CASH and WEAPONS for Hamas operatives. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

      During the boarding of the Mavi Marmara, the demonstrators onboard ATTACKED the IDF naval personnel FIRST. Unfortunately, the IDF had rappelled down with only paint guns and were unable to defend themselves. The IHH terrorists attacked the Navy personnel with live fire and weaponry including knives and clubs. Additionally two handguns used were ripped from IDF soldiers. The soldiers were being beaten to death and one was tossed overboard. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

      Don't believe me? How about the anti-Israel BBC which produced a documentary that surprisingly completely absolves Israel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

      Your LIES won't work here Nazi Yuskel.

    • MixMChess

      "About a year ago the terrorists attacked an Israeli city and killed 1500 Jews, about 400 of them being children."

      Palestinians are bloodthirsty animals and exhibit disgusting moral behavior. During Operation Cast Lead Israel targeted only terrorist operatives. Even the UN confirmed that over 85% of those killed were terrorists. Only a handful of children were harmed and only because Hamas used them as human shields.

    • Larry

      To: Edip Yuksel.
      You are one ignorant bigot. Did you not see the video's of the attack on The Israeli boarding party. Simply put they were being assaulted. They had every right to defend themselves. The attackers were known terrorists and not innocent bystanders.
      If these Flotilla idiots want to protest let them go to Syria. That is the place were Assad is murdering civilian protesters by the hundreds. The problem is that jackasses like you will never see the danger that Israeli's live with.

  • LindaRivera

    Leftists! Vile hypocrites! Where are your flotillas to help non-Muslim innocents? You REFUSE to help the hundreds of thousands of VICTIMS of Islam, preferring instead to help humanity haters-Muslim terrorists!

    Jihad Slavery in Sudan, with Dr Charles Jacobs

    Islamic genocide, Slavery and jihad in Sudan(Africa)

    G-D help these innocents.

  • mjazz

    There are plans for lawyers to take action against the insurers of these boats.
    I hope this works It's not a good idea to sail in an uninsured vessel.
    Jordan has ten, Syria has 12, and Lebanon has 10 refugee camps, why is it we never hear news about them?

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

    The Gaza Flotilla's goals are not peaceful, I believe they are trying to gain more attention and publicity. Israel, has every right to defend their country, just like the United States would. I would like to invite you to check out Prevent the IHH Flotilla Towards Gaza http://www.facebook.com/pages/Prevent-the-IHH-Flo

  • common terry

    Dont fear the Jews. If the Jews were like the Christians, they would have killed all the Natives, like the Americans killed most all the "merciless indian savages". (and built a wall to keep their descendants out, and defend our conquest of the USA).

    No one kills their enemies like the Chrisitans, (except maybe the Mongols).
    from wikipedia on the Crusaders siege of Jerusalem :

    "…[our men] were killing and slaying even to the Temple of Solomon, where the slaughter was so great that our men waded in blood up to their ankles…" According to Raymond of Aguilers, also writing solely of the Temple Mount area, " in the Temple and porch of Solomon men rode in blood up to their knees and bridle reins." However, this imagery should not be taken literally; it was taken directly from biblical passage Apocalypse 14:20.[4] Writing about the Temple Mount area alone Fulcher of Chartres, who was not an eyewitness to the Jerusalem siege because he had stayed with Baldwin in Edessa at the time, says: "In this temple 10,000 were killed. Indeed, if you had been there you would have seen our feet coloured to our ankles with the blood of the slain. But what more shall I relate? None of them were left alive; neither women nor children were spared".[5]

    Why Jews dont fear the Christians after what the good Germans did, i dont know.

    • Randy

      what a Jackass So only the Christans did the killing during the Crusades. No Muslims?

    • SpiritOf1683

      And weren't those who freed Jews from concentration camps and destroyed the Nazi regime mainly Christians, eh doofuss?

  • LindaRivera

    To common Terry:

    You ask who would Jesus deport? Jesus the JEW would be considered the enemy by your friends!

    If Jesus had been born in this time period, from the time Jesus mother carried Jesus in her womb, Jesus and his family would have been targeted for murder by the Islamics for being Jews living in their Jewish homeland of Israel.

    The famous, highly cherished majority Christian Biblical cities of Bethlehem in Judea, and Nazareth are now majority Muslim – the Christians driven out by cruel and relentless Muslim persecution.

    There are no flotillas going to the aid of persecuted Christians in Gaza.

    • SpiritOf1683

      Now had the West only produced trash like Common Terry, we would have spent centuries facing Mecca.

  • BS77

    The Ship of Fools….full of "useful idiots" for Hamas….many of them indoctrinated liberal leftists ……they would have voted for Arafat if he had run as a liberal Democrat. These morons are beyond stupid….. it is embarrassing to see Americans like these jerks serving thugs, dictators and terrorists.

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