Useful Idiots in Marmara 2 Gaza Aid Convoy Sexually Assaulted in Benghazi

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Who knew that Benghazi was so dangerous?

Bad ideas don’t get any dumber than the UK aid convoy to Gaza which involved driving 5,000 miles through France, Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt to get to Gaza.

If something smells fishy about this plan being a publicity stunt rather than an aid delivery, then you’re just seeing the obvious. This convoluted stunt broke down in Egypt after the authorities wouldn’t let the convoy cross into Gaza.

At which point the already bad idea got even worse as some of the Muslims with UK citizenship decided to go back to the UK by way of Benghazi.

The incident took place on Tuesday, when two groups from the aid mission, a British-Pakistani family – a father with his two daughters – and another man and a woman, decided to leave the convoy, which was being delayed at the Libyan-Egyptian border, and return to the UK.

The five took a taxi back to Benghazi but were stopped at the Sidi Al-Faraj checkpoint by members of the Libyan regular army. They were then kidnapped and taken to a farm in the Sellouk area, where at least one of the girls was sexually assaulted. Four of the kidnapped Britons managed to escape and found a local police station. The fifth was later rescued.

It is not clear how many of the three kidnapped women were abused. It has been reported that one was raped. Deputy Prime Minister Awadh al-Barassi said in a statement released on his Facebook page that both daughters had been “brutally raped” in front of their father. “I express my very deep sorrow at what happened,” he said.

“This heinous incident does not under any circumstances reflect the genuine generosity and morality of the Libyan people or the traditions of Arab-Islamic culture,” Barassi said, “and I demand the authorities to take the necessary action.”

Err yes. I think we all know about the traditions of Arab-Islamic culture when it comes to raping women.

The convoy people are trying to spin this as not a rape, but just touching. But the Libyans, who have every reason to minimize this, are saying something different.

Libya’s deputy prime minister Al-Barassi told Libya al-Hurra TV late Thursday that he has met the women and they are in “very bad shape”.

Compare that to the claims from the convoy reported in The Guardian.

A supporter of the convoy, writing on the All United for Free Palestine page, said five people had been kidnapped, but said that reports in foreign media that two females had been raped were inaccurate. “I stress that the report of the two females being raped is not true. All are now safe and being looked after Alhamdulilah.”

I just bet.

  • Ar'nun

    "The convoy people are trying to spin this as not a rape, but just touching. But the Libyans, who have every reason to minimize this, are saying something different."

    WTF!!! So to protect their precious ideology they are downplaying their own rapes???? This must be another form of "Sexual Jihad".

    Now I am having a moral crisis here. Hopefully my fellow commentors can help me. I know there is nothing good in this story. But I am having a really hard time trying to feel bad for these people. If they were willing to smuggle things into Hamas, this event just seems like Karma to me.

    I'm also wondering how long until they blame the Jews for this.

    • SRyder

      That's a really nasty article and rotten comment to boot; before getting on your high horse about other religions, look at how you have completely disregarded the feelings of these women and their families. They have been through a harrowing experience as it is…and despite your pretentious moralising, I don't think you have much respect for women yourself, if you make comments like that.

      • Drakken

        Your just going to have to get over your moral outrage that a bunch of islamic savages got raped by another bunch of islamic savages, if your looking for sympathy, too bloody bad, I am fresh out. I wish those muslims would stay where they are, because they sure aren't welcome here.

        • SRyder

          I think you'll find they were born 'here'. I'm not looking for sympathy, I'm highlighting your hypocrisy.

          • Drakken

            I could care less if they are born here, they are muslim first and foremost, and belong to umma not the west, so take your hypocracy and get bloody stuffed with it.

          • defcon 4

            A muslime lecturing someone on hypocrisy is like a nazi lecturing someone on antisemitism.

      • Lan Astaslem

        What comes around goes around. The savage imbeciles got what they deserved.

      • Ar'nun

        What exactly did I type that got your panties all bunched? Excuse me for not feeling bad for people aiding people whose goal it is to kill people like me. Gaza gets plenty of aid from around the world, these naive people were unnecessary. Islam is like a crocodile, and these people feed the crocodile hoping it will eat them last. This time it ate them first.

      • Larry

        The stupid young girls of International Solidarity and Students for Free Palestine are tolerated by the brave "fighters" in Fakestine because they get used as sex toys by said brave "fighters".

        Go do some searching, google is your friend in this, and find out just what happens with them.

    • Cat K

      Yes, I sympathize. It challenges our sensibilities every day. Can we sympathize with Leftists and anti-Semites when they are brutalized while trying to destroy Israel and spread lies and hate? Can we sympathize with leftists and Islamists on any day? We must never lie to ourselves about where their actions can lead and what is at stake -such as genocide and the destruction of the faiths they despise (Judaism and Christianity). Yet, we stop before we descend into the depths in which they live- as they are energized by their own hate propaganda. And they never stop to sympathize with those they seek to destroy. Not even when little children and families are brutally killed.
      So, it is a moral dilemma and a balancing act for us.
      I've got to believe that this difficult exercise in examining our own morality makes us stronger.

      • Ar'nun

        Well said, thank you.

    • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

      Yes, it is already proven that sexual jihad is an Islamic imperative, as is cannibalism and stealth jihad. ANYTHING is permissible to further Islamic submission and conquest – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/13/islam-blood-a

      Besides, their blood lust is boundless – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/13/muslim-blood-

      Insatiable.

      Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • Trevor

      I don't know what disgusts me more. The fact that you need to hear other people's opinion before you can decide whether "rape" is right or wrong or if it's the 10 thumbs up your disgusting comment has.

      Calling you people Animals would be an insult to Animals.

      You're no better than the Jihadi rapists!

  • tarasbalderdash

    Possible solutions:

    1) Tolerate it because other cultures must be respected.
    2) Condemn it and do nothing.
    3) Bomb the hell out of the place and build a roller rink on the smoldering ruins.

    My party, the Ghengis Khan Libertarian Party, favors choice 3. The UK is very likely to go with a combination of 1 and 2.

    • SRyder

      How about: condemn it and bring the culprits to justice. Provide victims with proper support and counselling. Educate people with a superiority complex about other cultures.

      • Drakken

        Side with the savages, perish with them, effem no sympathy nor empathy from me. If you want to give moral equivilance to those that wish us harm, your no better than they are.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "How about: condemn it and bring the culprits to justice. Provide victims with proper support and counselling. Educate people with a superiority complex about other cultures."

        The truth is that we're speaking generally about deceptive enemies. There are victims every day in every city and if you want to talk about actual victims as individuals, do so without insulting people who are looking at the trends from a different angle, which is the cause of those atrocities.

        If you had been more respectful and balanced in your presentation you'd probably find most or all would agree that individually everyone deserves justice. We just don't happen to have time at every moment to fall in to Islamic traps in order to appease your sensibilities.

        • Drakken

          I must say, you said that way nicer than I did ;)

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "How about: condemn it and bring the culprits to justice."

        That's what our culture is all about.

        "Provide victims with proper support and counselling."

        The source for your morality and ideas is Western and ultimately can be traced to the Judeo Christian prophets (and not the Islamic lies about them).

        "Educate people with a superiority complex about other cultures."

        We are trying to do that. Leftists and Jihadis believe their respective cultures are superior when they are clearly inferior. Even you agree.

      • defcon 4

        "bring the culprits to justice". Do you mean islamic "justice" Ahmed?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      It's their own culture.

      These are Muslims from the UK.

    • kuffar geoff

      Wow! How do I join the GKLP? Do you have a website? All of the soros funded groups are in a fury right now on how to blame this on the joooos.

      • tarasbalderdash

        Stand on your own, honor your ancestors, encourage trade and destroy your enemies by using their own weaknesses against them…and you're in!

  • Simon

    This article appears to be saying that it was their own fault – another version of "she asked for it".
    By the way did you hear the one about the Rabi who has been charged with raping his three daughters over a period of ten years? Another country, another "culture".

    • Daniel Greenfield

      There's a difference between "she asked for it because of the way she was dressed" and "traveling on a campaign to support terrorists from a religion that believes raping enemy civilians is allowed in times of war can lead to being raped"

      If you support terrorists, murderers and rapists.. they just might turn on you.

      It has nothing to do with rape and everything to do with the inherent morality of not supporting rapists

  • Junior

    A horrible insensitive article. The title says it all. No wonder humanity is going downhill. No morals whatsoever. Forget the disgusting inhuman attackers, the author and some of the commentators are just as bad. I wonder if they feel their own mother deserves to be raped too, as every single culture in the world has people who rape, thieve and murder.

    • Drakken

      Tell your islamic friends to have morals first, and then we'll talk, other than that, effem!

    • Lan Astaslem

      You obviously have no understanding of what a useful idiot is. Nobody here is cheerleading for rapists; we're just islamsavvy and tired of the left's double standards, hypocrisy, manufactured outrage and faux compassion.

    • Ar'nun

      My mother wouldn't support terrorists who brutalize women for sport. Maybe these people should have picked up a news paper prior to their voyage.

    • CBinTH

      Well, I largely agree, although it's a common 'Islamist' trope that there is much more sexual assault amongst non-Muslims and in non-Muslim states, which I find dehumanising and offensive, and which is part of an ideology which 'weaponises' religion by whitewashing Islam and demonising the 'other'.

      So this sort of news about an outrage does go some way to fighting that negative stereotyping of the West. As to your points about the negative stereotyping of Muslims, I agree, although I would add that established feminist beliefs would predict more rape in conservative, patriarchal societies, and that even if one discards feminist beliefs, one would expect rape to correlate both with anarchy, on the one hand, and the proportion of the population who are young men, on the other.

      The response of Libyan government officials is admirable, though.

    • Dan

      Really? The author and commentators are just as bad as the rapists? I don't think so. The fact is that they were raped, and their comrades tried to spin this so that nobody hears what happened. Why is that? It's because they are useful idiots. The only insensitivity is of these clowns who travel to gaza to support hamas terrorists. Excuse me, but I will not shed a tear about another incident where islam proves its disrespect to women.

  • JGoldstien

    supporting terrorist?? how?? you think they left UK with rockets or planned on getting them on the way?

    and somehow you assume that Hamas actually needs a bunch of aid workers to bring in their 'supplies' lol have u not heard of the 400 odd tunnels that Egyptian destroyed only in the last few weeks!

    and whatever they won't through I am sure it's their own decision about covering it..not everyone would want the world to be discussing their rape let alone want useful idiots like Daniel greenfield speculate on their behalf

    good luck writing your book! we all know where it will sell the best

    • Ar'nun

      You can support terrorists in more ways than weapons and munitions.

    • defcon 4

      I'll bet your one of the libtards who refers to Gaza as a concentration camp aren't you?

  • Drakken

    JGoldstein, if you want symapthy for a bunch of muslim terrorist loving do gooders? Get on a plane and go there, I'll get out the lawn chair and a couple cocktails and a really good cigar and watch Darwin in action. As far as those that support muslim savages? They get what they deserve.

    • Mary Sue

      Like Saint Pancake!

      • Drakken

        You have a big Amen there Mary Sue! ;)

  • gee59

    Now if they could figure out a way to blame us for this – it would be on the front page of every newspaper in the world. Too bad there are exactly zero Jews in all of Libya – that ethnic cleansing thing ya know.

  • greg

    yee look like God is realy exist.

  • F.K. Juliano

    I'm only surprised they made it that far. Algeria is a rough, rough place, literally a land of cutthroats.

  • RUI

    "Alhamdulilah" must be enemy for Comedy Gold.
    I'm sorry, I wanted to sympathize with these people, but I can't stop laughing. Poetic justice is about all I can summon up now. It's enough comedy for one year.

  • defcon 4

    When is the adultery trial going to commence? Or were there a couple of male witnesses who can testify to the rape? Because we all know women's testimony is only worth half a man's in islamofascist jurisprudence.

  • BS77

    See the leftist idiot go to Libya or some other ME hell hole. See the leftist idiot kidnapped, hospitalized or shot. End of Story.

  • Jonah

    This article and comments are so shameful.