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‘Activists’ Hoping to Help Breach Gaza Blockade, Raped in Benghazi

The convoy which seeks to breach the legal Israeli blockade of Gaza, was organized by the IHH. The IHH claims to be a humanitarian agency, but is described by experts as a radical Islamist terrorism financing organization.
Convoy members stuck in Libya, watching TV news in ex-Gadaffi House

Convoy members stuck in Libya, watching TV news in ex-Gadaffi House, March 26, 2013
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Three female British nationals who had been attempting to take part in yet another effort to breach the Israeli blockade of Gaza were brutally gang raped when, blocked from leaving the Libyan border, they were abducted and assaulted.  Early reports are that the men who abducted and attacked the women are Libyan soldiers.

The women were part of a ten vehicle convoy which had been wending its way through southern Europe and northern Africa towards Egypt, allegedly seeking to bring in “humanitarian” aid to Gaza.  Typically these efforts to break the legal blockade of Gaza carry little of real value, any of which can be brought in through other points of entry.

This vehicular convoy was organized by the Turkish nongovernmental organization IHH, which describes itself as a humanitarian relief organization, but which terrorism experts consider a “a radical Islamist group masquerading as a humanitarian agency.”

According to terrorism financing expert Jonathan Schanzer, the IHH belongs to a Saudi-based umbrella organization known to finance terrorism called the Union of Good.  Schanzer wrote that “the Union is chaired by Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, who is known best for his religious ruling that encourages suicide attacks against Israeli civilians.”  Qardawi is alleged to have personally transferred millions of dollars to the Union in an effort to provide financial support to Hamas.

The IHH, of course, is the same “humanitarian” agency that had organized the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in late May, 2010.  During that effort Israeli naval forces repeatedly informed those on board the ships that they had to turn back and all goods could be distributed if they docked at the Israeli port of Ashdod. When the flotilla ships refused to turn back, Israeli naval commandos boarded the ship, where they were brutally attacked. The Israelis eventually opened fire, leading to the death of 9 aboard the ship, and injury to many more, including to the Israeli soldiers.

The “aid” convoy of approximately ten trucks left Britain on February 25, but had been detained for many days along the Libyan-Egyptian border.  Egyptian border guards refused to allow them to cross into that country. The convoy was named the “Mavi Marmara” after the ship on which the Israeli and Turkish nationals had been injured during the 2010 confrontation.

The British nationals, frustrated by the long wait at the Egyptian border, went to Benghazi, hoping to make arrangements to fly back to Britain.  It was in Benghazi that the five were abducted, and the three women, two of whom are sisters and who were accompanied by their father, were sexually assaulted.  The father was present and witnessed the horrific assaults on his daughters.

The IHH allegedly mediated for the release of the captives, and they were released to the Turkish Consulate in Libya, where they are currently reported as safe and waiting to return to the UK.

The Libyan Deputy Prime Minister, Awadh al-Barassi, said he had been to visit the women who had been assaulted and their family was “in a very bad psychological state.”

“Sadly [the perpetrators] belong to army, but they don’t reflect the ethics of Libya army,” Mr al-Barassi said in an interview with the national Libya al-Hurra television channel.

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About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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48 Responses to “‘Activists’ Hoping to Help Breach Gaza Blockade, Raped in Benghazi”

  1. Joseph Roe says:

    This is very disheartening.

  2. To maybe help contextualize this evil phenomenon, who curses Israel is cursed by the Father of Mercy Himself, boruch hu u'vruch shemo.

  3. To maybe help contextualize this evil phenomenon, who curses Israel is cursed by the Father of Mercy Himself, boruch hu u'varuch shemo.

  4. Alan Feinstein says:

    Sleep with dogs and you get fleas, sleep with these dogs and you are lucky if all you get are fleas.

  5. David Asher says:

    .stupidity is costly..don't go if you don't know.

  6. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Looks like some of obama's al qaeda allies are still in town not caring who they kill or rape knowing the lord and savior will protect them.

  7. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Secretary Kerry, quoting Obama: "Once again, anger is drawn out following a video on YouTube. There can be no peace insulting the prophet. The quran allows rape, and the infidels should expect a response when they condemn it".

  8. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    WHY? Because it exposes what the REAL mentality of the islamists is?

  9. Alan Winters says:

    violence begets violence.

  10. Rose Galston says:

    ou know I really want to say they deserved it…BUUUUT I know that's wrong so I won't say they deserved it! however they should choose better friends next time!

    Stormin'Norm!

  11. Leslie Markow says:

    Won't find this on CNN……

  12. Ed Karesky says:

    Yea, the Libyan army are real humanitarians right? Get real.

  13. What did those women expect from Barbarians who do it in the name of Allah!

  14. Obaid Karki says:

    That’s too boring ain’t it? Libya ain’t cashcow as sought. It’s a quicksand. Mi6 exploited Anglosexual Geographical Muslims innocence to send them to their death in NO-MAN-LANDS to be raped and get killed by Old-Guards Dogs to get McCain Germs fight each other than fight tyrant dictators. I am devastated. Indeed. UK put-down this horrible crime because the Trio RAPED ain’t British enough. After all they are neither Israelis nor English to worry about. They’re just petty Pakistani Girls holding British Passports raped before their father by some Qadafi-Residues. These Psychos motive ain’t only sex but to smudge Libyans Revolution image before their British allies who freed them from tyranny.

  15. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    They didn't "deserve" it they "earned" it

  16. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Obama taught them well

  17. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    "Libyans revolution image?" You meaan the image of Jews being refused access to synagogues now? You mean Christians massacred and expelled? You mean their "gun for hire" mentality in being used by obama to massacre Americans in Benghazi? Hell of an image

  18. Anya Khan says:

    WOW I havn't heard Turkey breaking off relations with Libya. How not shocking.

  19. Anya Khan says:

    It is hard not to find a good way to remain calm when your enemies attack themselves.

  20. Rubin Katz says:

    Three female British nationals – who else? They still won't learn, nor even admit it when they get home and the BBC will keep shtum!

  21. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    This is the type of news you will never read in the US main stream media for fear of offending Obama and "insulting islam." But then, they tried to hide the Benghazi massacre so that is no surprise

  22. Obaid Karki says:

    yes. if that pleases you

  23. David Most says:

    Rape has become a Muslim modus operandi whenever the opportunity presents itself. With black shrouded Muslim women all around them, the temptation to rape these 'unclsthed' Western 'Seductrices' is just too much.

  24. Cody Flecker says:

    Does anyone really care if these morons get raped? You go into hostile territory and this is what you received. Guess what? in the future just don't go, stay at home and try and improve people at home. I am sure that the British public could certainly use your humanitarian help.

  25. Steve Marks says:

    Karma is a bitch ain't it!

  26. Heather Dow says:

    This is not what Israelis would do if these people came to Israel in a desire to know the truth – in fact Israelite's would NOT do this at any time. Islamism does not respect woman.Could have gone to Israel in peace to see Gaza from their side then this would not have happened and maybe these women would have had their eyes opened to reality not fantasy. Absolutely does not excuse the Libyans behavior – rape is reprehensible anywhere and any time.

  27. Joe Ivers says:

    'I will bless them that bless you, and curse them that curse you, and in you shall all find blessing'. (Note: that includes me).

  28. Henna du Plessis says:

    If Secretary Kerry and Obama says "The quran allows rape" , then Muslim law has been been observed and no crime has been committed. However, like Alan Feinstein says " Sleep with the dogs….."

  29. It was " humnitarian aid" because the women are just chattel and the men needed sex. The violent sec took the edge off the waiting and the raped girls now understood who was boss so they'd shut up, and the father can now commit suicide because of his responsiibility. I hope you understand the satire.
    This is savage behavior cloaked in money, smiles, and lies.

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