Libyan Jihadist’s Mavi Marmara Connection

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It turns out that major Libyan rebel commander Mahdi al-Harati was one of the jihadists on the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish ship that tried to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza in May 2010. As John Rosenthal notes, “after the seizure of Tripoli, al-Harati was named second-in-command to Abdul-Hakim Belhadj, the head of the newly formed Tripoli Military Council.” Belhadj also has an interesting pedigree, having been in phone contact with the leader of the 2004 Madrid train bombings just weeks before they were perpetrated.

Al-Harati, for his part, told the Spanish daily ABC in December that “I was wounded on the Mavi Marmara and spent nine days in an Israeli prison.” ABC reporter Daniel Iriarte had come upon al-Harati and two more of Belhadj’s men in Syria; they candidly told him they were there to help their “Syrian revolutionary brothers.” That should raise alarms as to just what sort of elements might be replacing Bashar Assad—who, like Gaddafi before him, is a brutal thug but not necessarily the worst the region has to offer.

That al-Harati’s résumé includes the Mavi Marmara is, however, rich in irony from an Israeli standpoint. The nine Turkish club- and knife-wielding lynch-mob members who were killed on the ship became, as I noted back then, the most internationally regretted jihadists of all time. This despite the fact that anyone with access to YouTube could see that the mob had savagely assaulted the Israeli naval commandos who boarded the ship bearing paintball guns.

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  • Larry

    For anybody who is surprised at this connection I have a wide range of bridges in a wide variety of climates for sale. Some large, some small, all good earners.

    Can give a discount on a some damaged by design, nature, or warfare.

  • Anamah

    Great accomplishment for this administration. The world knows now, what to expect from each one of them.

  • 11bravo

    I have another connection for you; it may not be as apparent as this one-known to only a few-you may have a slight incling so I will give you a Mark Steyn "hint".
    It starts with an I…and ends in "SLAM". Bwwaaahhhh!!!

  • Nakba1948

    Trying to whitewash the murderous actions of the IOF, I see? Zionist stormtroopers killed 10 Turkish activists in cold blood. End of story. Hell, even the puppet David Cameron called Israel out on the atrocity. The whole world has your number, you Zionist pigs, and everyone detests Israel for its genocide against the Palestinian people.

    • UCSPanther

      Still on about Turkey's failed propaganda flotilla?

      Israel got vindicated because the idiots running that boat were dumb enough to have a laptop with their mission briefing and objectives on board…

    • MixMChess

      Even the notoriously anti-Israel UN and subsequent BBC report confirmed that the Turks were well-known terrorists and Israel acted in complete self-defense. Recall they were chanting death to the Jews prior to being intercepted by Israelis. Try again :-(.

  • Ghostwriter

    And you sound like Adolf Eichmann,Nakba1948!

    • Nakba1948

      Says a regular poster on a hate site that spreads daily anti-Muslim propaganda; you guys have nothing on Der Stürmer. You folks don't understand irony too well, do you?

      • MixMChess

        Says the person whose screen name is from a fabricated incident invented to smear Jews.

  • LindaRivera

    UK DAILY MAIL

    7,000 held in Libya's new reign of fear and torture.

    UN raises concerns of torture and ill-treatment
    Many held simply because they have darker skin

    By Tom Leonard
    24th November 2011

    Thousands of people including women and children are being held illegally and tortured by rebels who helped oust Colonel Gaddafi, according to a UN report.

    Around 7,000, many of them foreigners, are behind bars in private prisons and makeshift detention centres.

    The report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will be embarrassing for Britain and other governments which supported the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime despite concerns about who would take power in their place.

    As an example of the atrocities committed by the rebels, the report highlighted the town of Tawerga, whose inhabitants have been accused of siding with Gaddafi during the civil war.

    The UN said Tawergas are ‘reported to have been targeted in revenge killings, or taken by armed men from their homes, checkpoints and hospitals and some allegedly later abused or executed in detention’. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2065570/7

  • LindaRivera

    Gaddafi was reformed and cooperating fully with the US and other Western powers. Gaddafi had his picture taken many times with American, British and European leaders. Gaddafi referred to President Obama as his son. Why did US/NATO go to war against Gaddafi and Libya? Gaddafi was fighting against Al-Qaeda.

    Admiral James Stavridis, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and the commander of the U.S. European Command told the U.S. Senate
    that Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah fighters are among the Libyan rebels
    currently receiving support from the US and its NATO allies. This was
    confirmed by one of the Libyan rebel officers, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, who leads one of the Al-Qaeda units.
    (US Aid to Israel’s Enemies, Oct 13th, 2011, frontpagemag)

    U.S/NATO joined with Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah terrorists to wage relentless war for months. Bombing Libya back to the stone age.
    Barbaric Al Qaeda and Hezbollah who MURDER our troops in Iraq were considered desirable for placing in power in Libya. Making the world a safer place for terrorists. US/NATO have great guilt in making the world a far more dangerous place.

  • LindaRivera

    There is mostly silence about the horrors taking place against Libya's blacks.
    STOP the GENOCIDE of Blacks by the U.S. backed cruel, anti-Gaddafi Libya rebels!

    The Obama-supported rebels left in charge are now conducting a “large scale cleaning in the areas under their control with the extermination of all blacks in the capital”, according to The Independent.

    Barbaric atrocities, kidnappings and ruthless genocide of blacks in Libya by US/France/NATO backed Al-Qaeda/Hezbollah rebels has been going on for many months.

    US/NATO who have waged war for months for Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda
    who MURDER our troops in Iraq-are RESPONSIBLE for stopping the genocide.

    US/NATO are also responsible for rescuing the many terrified blacks kidnapped by the rebels, including the kidnapped black children who have been horrifically abused by the black-hater Muslim rebels.

    Blacks must have human rights!

    STOP THE GENOCIDE!

  • LindaRivera

    The jihad boat, Marmara, carried NO aid. Jew haters believe that Jews should not defend themselves from violent Muslim attackers. They want Jews to submit to being attacked and murdered. Self defense is a human right!

  • LindaRivera

    Human rights investigations
    evidence-based, independent and rigorous investigation of human rights abuses
    Libyan rebel ethnic cleansing and lynching of black people

    Posted on July 7, 2011 by HRI Mark
    http://humanrightsinvestigations.org/2011/07/07/l

    Click on the above link. Absolutely horrifying. All made possible because of the totally unprovoked, illegal US/NATO war. Shocking ongoing barbaric atrocities and genocide of Blacks by the US backed Muslim rebels has been going on for several months. Under Gaddafi, Blacks lived in safety. God help the Black people!

    "the brigade for purging slaves, black skin"
    - slogan seen painted in rebel country.

  • http://www.joequinn.net Joe Quinn

    You forgot to mention that al-Harati was being paid by the CIA Ooops!
    http://www.sundayworld.com/columnists/index.php?a

    P. David Hornik is clearly a very poor (or biased, or both) researcher