What is known is that the mainstream media, which is not a big fan of the Jewish State, will misrepresent the flotilla. Last year Reuters even doctored the pictures to make the terrorists look like innocent victims. So what follows is some of the background on the boat trip that the mainstream media will not tell you:
Purpose: The purpose of the second Gaza flotilla is the same as the first, to delegitimize the Jewish State of Israel and turn her into a pariah nation. The terrorists aboard are hoping that there is violence so that violence could be used to further hurt Israel.
During the past year, the Hamas-run Gaza has opened new shopping malls, theme parks and resort hotels. Not shabby for an area supposedly being strangled by an Israeli naval embargo. As for humanitarian aid, Israel transfers 5,000-6,000 tons of humanitarian supplies per day to Gaza.
Who is Behind It? This flotilla has many parents, however the two most significant are progressive Americans and Turkish terrorists.
The Americans have named their boat after their favorite American, President Obama. Called the Audacity of Hope, their hate boat includes progressive activists, long term supporters of the Palestinian cause and 9/11 “truthers” (people who believe 9/11 was an inside job). Some of the passengers include:
Greta Berlin, a member of the Anti-Semitic, International Solidarity Movement (ISM); Linda Durham, Who was part of the Gaza protests in 2009 supported by former Presidential candidate Senator John Kerry and led by the wife of Obama ally Bill Ayers, Bernadette Dohrn; Hedy Epstein board member of both the St. Louis Workers Rights Board and the Marxist, Palestine Solidarity Committee which in the past has endorsed PLO terrorist activity; Ridgely Fuller Code Pink activist; Kathy Kelly a long time pacifist who was honored by the Chicago Communist Party; Richard Levy, member of the Progressive Jewish Alliance who sued the Simon Wiesenthal Center to stop them from building a tolerance center in Jerusalem on what he claimed was a Muslim cemetery (it didn’t exist); Ray McGovern of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity was one of 100 "prominent Americans" who signed an October 26 2004 statement circulated by 911Truth.org calling on the U.S. Government to investigate 9/11 as a possible "inside job; Robert Naiman peace activist who attended a meeting in Sept 2010 with Iranian President Ahmadinejad, and other leaders of the “peace and social justice movements;” Alice Walker who wrote “The Color Purple;” and Medea Benjamin, founder of Code Pink, 9/11 “truther”, progressive activist.
According to Leslie Cagan, former co-chairman of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism and coordinator of the American boat, the Audacity of Hope will not be carrying any aid, simply letters.
The group has received support by the Progressive Democrats of America, a group whose leadership includes Democratic politicians including, John Conyers, Donna Edwards, Raul Grijalva, Barbara Lee, Jim McGovern, Lynn Woolsey and Dennis Kucinich.
On other flotilla boats will be terrorists from the Turkish organization IHH, which was involved in the deadly IDF raid on the Mavi Marmara in last year’s Gaza flotilla, additionally two of the people participating in the flotilla have connections to Hamas. They named the first one as Amin Abu Rashad, one of the Dutch organizers for the Gaza flotilla had served in the past as the head of the Hamas’ Charitable Foundation in Holland which was closed down by Dutch authorities’ because of its involvement in funding terror activities.
Unlike last year’s flotilla when the terrorists had their own boat (which contained shipments of arms to Hamas), this year it is believed that the terrorists will be spread out among the boats with the hope that if there is violence “civilians” will be hurt.
The other Hamas figure is Mohammed Ahmed Hanon who is the head of the ABSPP, which is involved in transferring funds to terrorists.
Just like the one a year ago, this guerilla flotilla is being launched under the false pretext of providing humanitarian assistance. But if humanitarian aid was their goal, they would send any supplies through Egypt a solution which was offered by both the Arab nation last week, the American boat would have supplies instead of letters, and the Hamas and Turkish terrorists would not be allowed to participate. The truth is that this flotilla is being run by radicals within the American Progressive movement and terrorists, designed to serve their extremist political agenda.
Sadly this flotilla holds the potential for dangerous consequences. According to the IDF, some of the flotilla participants have prepared sacks with sulfur, which they plan to pour on the soldiers as they board the vessels.
“This is a chemical weapon, and if poured on a soldier it can paralyze him,” an IDF source told The Jerusalem Post “If the sulfur is then lit on fire, the soldier will light up like a torch.”
The objective of these “Ships of Fools” has nothing to do with helping the people of Gaza, or promoting peace. Its purpose is to delegitimize Israel and kill Jews.