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New Gaza Flotilla Coalition Strategy: A Ship Full of Women

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

(JNi.media) The Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) met in Barcelona on Sunday to evaluate past actions and to plan for future work, “in light of the extremely deteriorated situation in Palestine, the Israeli oppression and the continued blockade of Gaza.”

The following strategic plan was adopted: in 2016 a Women’s Boat to Gaza will sail to challenge the Israeli blockade; then, in 2017, the focus will shift to solidarity with the fishermen of Gaza; and in 2018 the coalition plans to send in a large vessel carrying hundreds of supporters from around the world to “challenge the blockade.”

The land, air, and sea blockades of the Gaza Strip have been enforced by Israel since 2007, and by Egypt when it has not been ruled by the Muslim Brothers. After Hamas had won the Palestinian elections in the strip in 2006, and eventually seized control of the Gaza Strip from the PLO, it declared war on the Jewish State, vowing to destroy it, and refusing to honor the peace accords between Israel and the Palestinians. There was also the June, 2006 kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, which was followed by Operation Summer Rains—open warfare between Hamas and the IDF. Since then, Egypt and Israel have sealed their border crossings with Gaza, opening them infrequently only to close them in a hurry when some residents of Gaza inevitably shoot rockets at the other side.

Israel insists that, in this perpetual state of war with Hamas, the blockade is necessary to limit rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip on its civilians and to prevent Hamas from obtaining other weapons by sea. Egypt, for its part, razed an entire Gazan neighborhood last year, to create a wide and easily governable no man’s land between Egypt and the Gaza strip. Egypt has also been systematically flooding the Hamas smuggling tunnels connecting its territory with Gaza.

At this point, Hamas holds the key to removing the blockade: embrace the peace accords, disavow its plan to annihilate the Jews of Israel, and begin to care for its own, downtrodden population. But since that’s not in the cards, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition is there to lend its support.

In the Barcelona meeting, on Saturday October 31 and Sunday November 1, the following campaigns were represented:

Canadian Boat to Gaza European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza Freedom Flotilla Italy Palestine Solidarity Alliance (South Africa) Rumbo a Gaza (Spain) Ship to Gaza – Norway Ship to Gaza – Sweden It was the first FFC face to face meeting after its Freedom Flotilla III, in which most of the boats turned back to Greece harbor midway, and the flagship Marianne was boarded peaceably by the Israeli Navy, and all the delegates on board were detained and sent home.

The Barcelona meeting ended with an ambitious resolution, to “continue our work until the blockade of Gaza is lifted, occupation comes to an end and all just rights of the Palestinian people are restored.”

Egypt Floods Hamas Terror and Smuggling Tunnels with Seawater

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

 

If Israel were to flood Hamas terror and smuggling tunnels, the world would have condemned Israel the next day. When Egypt does it, no one outside Gaza says “boo,” and Israel can breathe a bit easier

The al-Sisi regime has flooded underground tunnels in six different areas in southern Gaza for the second time in two weeks, according to the Turkish-based Anadolu agency.

Smugglers use the tunnels to transport terrorists, ammunition, weapons and goods and merchandise that are heavily taxed by Hamas.

Wiping out the system severely hampers Hamas’ ability to rake in heavy taxes on smuggle goods and to maintain a hammerlock on supplies of goods and merchandise.

Terrorists have infiltrated into the Sinai Peninsula from Gaza and to carry out murderous attacks on Egypt police and soldiers carrying out al-Sisi’s orders to re-assert Egyptian authority in an area where anarchy has allowed Islamic State (ISIS) and other terrorist groups to carve out fiefdoms of power.

Flooding tunnel is not the only drastic action that Egypt has used to protect itself, as well as reducing the possibility of attacks on Israel for the Sinai.

Two years, Egypt began bulldozing homes of Gaza Arabs on the Egyptian side of Rafah, a city that straddles the border with Gaza. Last January, it extended the buffer zone to more than a mile and has displaced thousands of families, with only a few peeps from the international community.

EU Gives 13M Euro ‘Social Allowance Payment’ to Palestinian Authority

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

The Palestinian Authority received 12.6 million euros from the EU on Friday, according to a statement by the Office of the European Union Representative. Most of it went to Gaza.

It was the third of four quarterly payments of social allowances by the EU pledged to support poor Arab families in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

“Eligible beneficiaries are households living in extreme poverty that are registered in the cash transfer program of the Ministry of Social Affairs,” the statement read. “The program is designed to provide a basic safety net to the poorest and most vulnerable Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, through cash and in-kind assistance.

The Palestinian Authority grants convicted, incarcerated murderers monthly stipends of up $3,500, and release grants of up to $25,000, according to the Israel Government Press Office. The GPO quoted a senior PA official responsible for prisoner affairs who said in June 2014 that former Arab prisoners were to receive grants of up to $50,000.

“In this way, the PA is giving a strong financial incentive to terrorism, including through the misuse of fungible foreign financial assistance,” said Israel’s foreign ministry. “Publicly rewarding convicted murderers gives an official stamp of approval to terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians. It is a highly persuasive form of incitement to violence and terrorism… and may tempt young Palestinians to seek an answer to familial financial difficulties through the use of violence.”

The EU contribution covers nearly 40 percent of the total cost of providing cash assistance to over 122,000 Palestinian households living in poverty,” the statement continued.

“Almost two-thirds of the beneficiaries are in Gaza, including over 8,100 families who have been added to the program one year after the escalation of hostilities and its disastrous consequences…. this amount includes 10 million euros to provide immediate relief and build the resilience of households that have been pulled into further poverty as a result of the 2014 hostilities in Gaza,” said Ralph Tarraf, the EU Representative.

“With this amount, an estimated 10,000 households in Gaza who fulfill the criteria of the cash transfer program will benefit from a limited number of quarterly payments in 2015, until a more sustainable solution is found to ensure their livelihood in safety and dignity.”

Instead of using the donated funds to improve the lives of Gaza residents, however, the ruling Hamas terrorist organization has been redirecting most resources towards its endless goal to annihilate the State of Israel.

A Hamas fighter captured by Israel this past July revealed the group has rebuilt much of its terrorist infrastructure since the 2014 summer war, including its multi-million dollar subterranean tunnel network.

Very few Gaza families have benefited from the millions of dollars and euros pledged and the building materials shipped into the region to construct their neighborhoods and homes.

Instead, precious materials were used to build a new road along Gaza’s border with Israel in order to execute surprise attacks against the Jewish State.

Since February 2008, more than 1.9 billion euros from the EU coffers have been disbursed through PEGASE — the financial mechanism launched in 2008 to support the direct financial support programs of the PA Reform and Development Plan (2008-2010).

In addition, the EU continues to provide assistance to the Palestinian Authority through UNRWA and other cooperative projects.

In 2013, the EU paid $32 million (29 million euros) in direct support for the PA budget, in addition to its contribution of $389 million (353 million euros) in indirect support.

Air Force ‘Retaliates’ for Rocket Attack

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

 

The Israeli Air Force attacked “two terror sites of the Hamas organization” in southern Gaza Monday night following a rocket strike on Gaza Belt communities.

It exploded in an open area, causing no injuries, no damage, more tension, stress and another sleepless night for Jews living near the area from where Jews were expelled and from where the IDF withdrew 10 years ago to make Israel safer.

The IDF Spokesman’s office noted that last night’s attack was the 18th of the year.

They have become so routine that one major website in Israel reported that the rocket was “lobbed,” like a softball.

IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said what everyone living near Gaza knows, calling the situation “intolerable.”

In fact, it has become tolerable, just like years of official Palestinian Authority incitement was tolerated until the results of terror have become intolerable and uncontrollable. Gaza Belt Jews tolerate the constant stress and trauma and occasional injuries, property damage, and sometimes death.

The government tolerates it.

The IDF tolerates it.

Until the next war.

For the record, the IDF stated:

The intolerable reality of civilians continually living under the threat of Gaza rockets is unacceptable, unbearable and must stop. Hamas must enforce their responsibilities or face the consequences. We will act against those that attack us and hold those that enable attacks against Israel accountable.

Friday Sermon at Gaza Mosque: ‘We Will Turn You Into Scattered Body Parts’

Monday, October 26th, 2015

It has become a regular fashion statement for radical Islamist clerics to rise to the podium in pristine dark robes and snow-white keffiyahs in order to preach new ways to murder Jews.

Among the Gaza crowd in particular it is de rigeur for Islamist preachers to find a spare but elegantly appointed archway from which to deliver the words of “glory,” so cameras will have a nice but neutral backdrop for the deliverer of the ‘hellfire.’

On October 23, Abu Hamza Shour exhorted followers at a Gaza mosque during his Friday sermon to “poison their daggers” and “blow up” Jews in “martyrdom operations.”

The sermon, posted on the Internet, was picked up and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

“The time for demonstrations and rallies is over, and so is the time for pleading for help,” the cleric said.

“It is now the time to harvest, the time for operations, the time for swords, bloodshed, and the pulling of the trigger.

“O son of the West Bank rage! By Allah, only rage will liberate this land.

“O people of the West Bank, kill them! Poison your daggers, and then stab or slaughter them.

“Blow them up, shed their blood, pounce on them, dismember them, paralyze them, make the earth quake under their feet, trample on their heads.

Displaying an explosives belt he proclaimed, “The next martyrdom-seeking operations will be carried out with [such] explosives belts…

Abu Hamza Ashour held up the explosives belt, saying to the imaginary Jews in the audience: “This is what awaits you. This is what is being prepared for you. This is your nightmare. This is what the mujahedeen are preparing for you. (This sounds a little like the chant that Jews say during the kapparot ceremony that is performed each year prior to Yom Kippur, in which the repentent sinner expresses remorse and transfers his or her sins to a live chicken — or money — in order to expiate the aforementioned sins.)

“By Allah, we will use it to turn you into body parts, and we will send you messages written in blood.

“By Allah, we will annihilate you with it. We will turn you into lifeless corpses, and into scattered body parts, Allah willing. This is what will liberate our land, Allah willing.

Arab Baby Named “Knife of Jerusalem”

Monday, October 26th, 2015

A baby girl born to Palestinian Arab parents living in the southern Gaza Strip was named “Knife of Jerusalem,” according to the official Fatah Facebook page, as explained by Palestinian Media Watch.

The birth certificate and a picture of baby Knife of Jerusalem was posted on the Fatah Facebook page on Oct. 23, 2015.

Fatah is the party of acting Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas.

AS PMW also noted, a Gazan family named their baby after the murdering terrorist Muhannad Halabi, who stabbed to death two Israelis in Jerusalem’s Old City on Oct. 3.

Family of American Killed in Flotilla Raid Suing Ehud Barak, But Accounts Suggest Not Guilty

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

(JNi.media) The parents of a young American who lived in Turkey and was killed on board the Marmara in the flotilla to Gaza in 2010, filed a civil suit in a Los Angeles court against Ehud Barak, who served as Israel’s Defense Minister at the time. The plaintiffs allege that their son, Furkan Doğan, was shot five times, once in the head at close range.

Furkan Doğan was born to ethnic Turkish parents in Troy, New York on October 20, 1991, precisely 24 years to the day prior to the lawsuit. He moved to Turkey at the age of two. His father, Ahmet Doğan, graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with an MBA in accounting, and works as assistant professor of accounting at Erciyes University in Kayseri, Turkey.

Doğan was not too interested in politics, according to the NY Times’ Roger Cohen. It’s not clear, then, why he decided to participate in the Gaza Flotilla. His father said “Furkan was a US citizen only and he never thought that he would be killed since he was an American citizen.” But his final diary entry written on the ship, reveals a zeal for martyrdom: “It is the last hours to martyrdom, insha’Allah [God willing]. I am wondering if there is a more beautiful thing. The more beautiful thing is only my mother, but I’m not sure. The comparison is very difficult. Martyrdom or my mother? Now, the hall has been evacuated. So far people were not serious, but they have become serious recently.”

According to Reuters, the civil case is being brought by some of the same human rights lawyers who have been attempting, to push on the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague to launch a criminal investigation of the Marmara case.

According to IDF accounts consolidated by Wikipedia, the MV Mavi Marmara was part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, organized by the Free Gaza Movement and the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (İHH). It claimed to be carrying humanitarian aid and construction materials, in an attempt to ram through the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip. Israel, which questioned the humanitarian motives of flotilla organizers, said they were welcome to unload their cargo in Ashdod, in southern Israel, to be trucked to Gaza following an inspection—but they refused.

On May 30, at 11 PM, the Israeli Navy’s three warships, UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, and 71 commandos made contact with the flotilla, some 120 miles northwest of Gaza, 80 miles off the coast of southern Lebanon, in international waters, and ordered the ships to follow them to port in Israel or be boarded.

After a failed attempt to board the Marmara from speedboats, the Navy sent in the Black Hawk with a 15-man assault team on board. A rope was dropped from the helicopter to the ship’, but three passengers tied it to the deck. A second rope was dropped and the soldiers started sliding down to the deck. Each soldier was met by a group of violent passengers who assaulted him with makeshift weapons. The commandos responded with their less-lethal weapons and tried to physically fight off the passengers.

Three Israelis were captured. The first, the commanding officer of the assault team, was roping down from the helicopter when he was attacked by ten men before his feet hit the deck. He was beaten across his body and head, then picked up and thrown to the lower deck, where he was attacked by a dozen passengers. They beat and choked him, removed his bulletproof vest and sidearm and smashed his helmet, and shoved him into a passenger hall below deck.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/family-of-american-killed-in-flotilla-raid-suing-ehud-barak-but-accounts-suggest-not-guilty/2015/10/22/

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