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 Post subject: Re: Gaza aid from NZ
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:48 am 
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Gaza blockade running flotilla ready to sail

Governments warn against participation


An international flotilla of ships threatening to run the blockade of the Gaza Strip despite warnings from Israel and a chorus of world leaders advising against it has run into another problem, as Egypt has agreed with Israel that it would be better if the cargo was offloaded in El Arish and transferred to Gaza through the Rafah border crossing.



The announcement is likely to be met with frustration from the activists onboard the boats scheduled to embark from Greece later this week. Israel has stated repeatedly that the flotilla is unnecessary and that activists are merely using "humanitarian aid" as a veneer and that their real purpose is to force a confrontation with the IDF in order to embarrass the Jewish State.





Nevertheless, the IDF has made plans to stop any boats that do approach the Gaza coast and estimate that due to the withdrawal of the Turkish IHH organization, which was behind the Mavi Marmara incident last year, that the chances of violence are low.


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Flotilla organizers vow to push on despite setbacks

Last Saturday, the first of ten vessels scheduled to participate in the upcoming Gaza blockade running flotilla left its French port of l'ile Rousse in Corsica. The vessel dubbed "Dignity" is expected to meet the remainder of the ships at an agreed point before they continue towards Gaza. On Tuesday Israel's Defense minister Ehud Barak announced to the participants that, "we will warn them first, we will explain, we will try to prevent friction, but in the final analysis the flotilla cannot pass through to Gaza. We are therefore calling for the flotilla to be canceled, and are saying that if there is any kind of friction or damage, the responsibility will rest with the participants and the organizers." According to reports received by the IDF, several of the activists have ties to terror organizations, and despite the fact that the Turkish relief organization IHH decided not to participate, several of its members are still preparing to board the vessels. The IDF has also received information that some of the participants are planning to use chemical weapons such as sulfur on the soldiers, while others have said that they are planning to "murder Israeli soldiers" boarding the ships.


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Stand With US creates website about flotilla
International Israel advocacy group Stand With Us has created a website exclusively to help Israel's friends around the world deal with fallout from the troubled Gaza blockade busting flotilla planned for later this week. The website contains videos, speeches and other information which Stand With Us hopes will be used by bloggers and other media. It also contains links to templates for pro-Israel, anti-Hamas signs, which include slogans such as "Free Gaza -- From Hamas," "Peace Activists Don't Use Knives and Clubs" and "Stand with Israel."

Gaza flotilla running into delays, might not sail till next week

Turkey and Israel repairing relationship



A flotilla of ships planning to run the blockade of the Gaza Strip has run into significant difficulties including insurance companies cancelling coverage, mechanical problems and a large number of activists pulling out and going home. Campaign organizers told the Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that the boats might not be able to sail until next week, if at all.


Over 1,500 people were originally planning to sail on the flotilla, but only 350 remain, as several governments have strongly advised against it and even UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon has publically declared that it is unnecessary and pointless. The boats are also running into problems with local authorities in the Greek ports where they are currently making ready to sail. Several of them have been declared to be in violation of safety rules by the port authorities, and accusations have been made that the boats were sabotaged.


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Who Is Behind the Second Gaza Flotilla?


Ehud Rosen

•The second flotilla is coordinated by Muhammad Sawalha, a senior UK-based Muslim Brotherhood figure connected to Hamas. Many of the participating organizations can be directly linked with the Union of Good (UoG), a coalition of European charities affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which in 2008 was designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. Treasury for transferring funds to Hamas. The UoG was initiated by Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood on a global scale, shortly after the outbreak of the Second Intifada in 2000.
•For the Brotherhood, two chief centers of organization can be clearly seen. On the European and global scene, the centrality of its UK-based activists is once again demonstrated, while in the Middle East, its Jordanian branch is noticeable.
•Other main organizers include the anti-Israel International Solidarity Movement (ISM), as well as far-left socialists from Europe and the United States. Many of the flotilla's main organizers have stated that its prime aim is to create provocations and harm Israel's image.
•Following Israel's Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, which ended in January 2009, a series of international conferences was held in Turkey to restructure the struggle against Israel. A conference in February 2009 featured 200 radical Islamist scholars who came to meet with senior Hamas officials to plot a new, "third jihadi front" (in addition to Pakistan and Iraq) centered on Gaza. The conference gave birth to the infamous, pro-Hamas Istanbul Declaration, which also provided justification for attacking foreign navies which might try to prevent arms smuggling to Gaza.
•In general, the same organizers stand behind the second flotilla, with several changes. The most important may be the IHH decision not to send the Mavi Marmara, the ship which brought the first flotilla its publicity following violent clashes between IHH activists and the IDF in which nine Turks were killed. Rather than take a leading role, it appears that the IHH will settle this time for sending activists to sail on other ships.
•Thus, the flotilla is far from being a peaceful, humanitarian effort to support the Palestinians in Gaza. It should instead be seen as a major, pro-Hamas effort to delegitimize Israel by a "red-green alliance" of leftists and Islamists.


The Second "Freedom Flotilla" is a joint and coordinated effort of several groups working to delegitimize Israel on a global scale. The claim of the organizers that they are seeking to relieve the siege of Gaza and to provide urgently needed humanitarian aid rings completely hollow, given the vast economic improvements the territory has been witnessing. Indeed, the New York Times reported on June 25, 2011, that "two luxury hotels are opening in Gaza this month." The report from Gaza continues with a description of a "second shopping mall" about to open and "hundreds of homes" under construction.1 The motivation behind the flotilla is thus clearly political. All the groups involved have separately sent ships and land convoys aimed to "break the siege" of Gaza in order to hurt Israel's image.



The latest campaign is coordinated by Muhammad Sawalha, a senior UK-based Muslim Brotherhood figure who, according to Israeli sources, helped establish Hamas’ operational infrastructure in the West Bank in the late 1980s. He found asylum in Britain in 1990 and is one of the central leaders of Islamist, anti-Israel, and pro-Hamas activities in Britain. Many of the participating organizations can be directly linked with the Union of Good (UoG), a coalition of European charities affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which in 2008 was designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. Treasury for transferring funds to Hamas. Other main organizers include the anti-Israel International Solidarity Movement (ISM), as well as far-left socialists from Europe and the United States. Many of the flotilla's main organizers have stated that its prime aim is to create provocations and harm Israel's image.



Origins of the Flotilla Campaign


The first group to send ships to Gaza may have been the ISM, which in August 2008 sent two small Greek-registered fishing boats from Cyprus to Gaza with 44 people on board, calling itself the Free Gaza Movement (FGM).2 The ISM was founded in 2001 by a Jewish American, Adam Shapiro, and his American wife of Palestinian origin, Huwaida Arraf,3 after the outbreak of the Second Intifada. Together with its Palestinian partners, ISM sponsored protests in the West Bank and Gaza, where it was known for welcoming any violence that occurred during its protests and for encouraging its volunteers to compare Israel with the Nazis. In March 2003, a senior member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) was found hiding in an ISM compound. By 2004, ISM's own publicity material had shown its willingness to work with the National and Islamic Forces, a coalition of Palestinian factions that included Hamas and the PIJ. In more recent times, Huwaida Arraf went on to serve on the advisory board of Kinder USA, a charity that an FBI analyst believed was involved with raising funds for Hamas.4



FGM members would later join the first flotilla in May 2010 on the Rachel Corrie, sponsored by the Perdana for Global Peace Foundation (previously the Perdana for Global Peace Movement),5 an organization established by the anti-Semitic/anti-American former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.6 The ISM/FGM had received a large donation of 300,000 euros for the voyage.7 The Rachel Corrie, however, fell behind the original fleet due to mechanical problems.



Other groups and activists usually come from the European and American far-left, such as Dr. Paul Larudee, another ISM and FGM co-founder who now heads an American network called the Free Palestine Movement (FPM);8 anarchist ex-Israeli Dror Feiler; or Greek socialist Prof. Vangelis Pissias.9



However, the more important group in organizing the flotilla is the one affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe, and its Palestinian branch, Hamas. Following Israel's Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, which ended in January 2009, a series of international conferences was held in Turkey to restructure the struggle against Israel. The relationships between Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the Muslim Brotherhood, and Hamas have been widely documented in the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs monograph Turkey, the Global Muslim Brotherhood, and the Gaza Flotilla.10 Since 2006, Turkey has become a new center for the Global Muslim Brotherhood, while the Hamas regime in Gaza acted as the main axis for this activity.11



A conference held in February 2009 featured 200 radical Islamist scholars who came to meet with senior Hamas officials to plot a new, "third jihadi front" (in addition to Pakistan and Iraq) centered on Gaza.12 One of the participants in the conference, the Saudi scholar Mohsen al-Awajy, told a BBC reporter: "Gaza is a gift....Gaza gives us power, it solves our differences. We are all now in a unified front against Zionism." Thus, Gaza's status is raised as an Islamist symbol for jihad against Israel. The conference gave birth to the infamous, pro-Hamas Istanbul Declaration, which also provided justification for attacking foreign navies which might try to prevent arms smuggling to Gaza.13



In March 2009, the first of three Gaza Lifeline/Viva Palestina land convoys arrived in Gaza. It was led by former British MP George Galloway, under the auspices of a charity he established named Viva Palestina. He was joined with others who, according to Israeli sources, are affiliated with Hamas, particularly Zaher Birawi.14 Another two land convoys made their way to Gaza in July 2009 and January 2010. While the Hamas government was the recipient of all vehicles, goods, and cash in the first convoy,15 the second exposed a deeper connection to the Union of Good (UoG), a coalition of European Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated charities initiated by Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood on a global scale, shortly after the outbreak of the Second Intifada in 2000. The UoG serves de facto as an important financial arm of Qaradawi's Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated groups around the world, and was designated as a terrorist organization in 2008 by the U.S. Treasury for transferring funds to Hamas.16 The official recipient of the second convoy's aid was a Gaza-based NGO named Expertise for Consulting and Development, or CODE. On its website, CODE noted that it had previously received funding from the UoG for several projects.17



A much more obvious connection to the Union of Good can be easily made with the largest coalition involved in organizing the Freedom Flotilla - The European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG). The campaign was formulated in late 2007 or the beginning of 2008 during one of the Palestinians in Europe Conferences, an annual gathering which has been taking place since 2003, initiated by the London-based Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), which in December 2010 was deemed "illegal" by the Israeli defense minister as a "European Hamas affiliate."18 The campaign currently lists an address in Brussels. However, its president, Dr. Arafat Shukri (aka Arafat Madi), is also PRC's executive director, and until recently, both PRC and the ECESG also shared the same address and contact details.19 Furthermore, the campaign's website (www.savegaza.eu/) is registered under Shukri's name and PRC e-mail address. Another founding member of the campaign is Dutch-based activist Amin Abu Rashed, who took part in the first flotilla. Abu Rashed was described in the Dutch media, quoting an intelligence source, as "leader of Hamas in the Netherlands."20



Out of 33 NGOs participating in the campaign, almost half are known to have strong connections with the UoG and the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE), an umbrella of the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. The campaign has also acquired the support of far left European politicians, groups, and individuals.21



The Turkish charity IHH was a very important organizer of the third land convoy, which took place in January 2010. IHH is also a member of the Union of Good. The third convoy, it must be noted, ended with a violent conflict with Egypt, which insisted that the cargo enter Gaza through the Egyptian port of El-Arish in Sinai. The convoy held several demonstrations in Aqaba, Jordan, some held under the flag of the Islamic Action Front, the political wing of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, another key organizer. At one of them, Turkish IHH leader Yildrim spoke, saying: "Up until now the world thought only Israel was a war criminal. But Egypt has proved it is also complicit in this crime. By preventing us, Egypt has proved it is an Israeli-guided state. We will not remain silent against Egypt and will besiege Egyptian embassies and consulates for days if needed....They are proposing the aid convoy to enter Gaza through Israel. In other words, they have sold Gaza to Israel."22 Five days later, the convoy returned to Syria by land in order to sail to El-Arish.



When the convoy finally arrived in El Arish, the Egyptian authorities said that 59 of its vehicles must enter Gaza via an Israeli crossing rather than through Rafah. Some convoy participants responded to the Egyptian decision by rioting. They broke down the gates of the port and attempted to drive their vehicles out, but were contained by the police. Then they blockaded the port, waving Hamas banners; fought the police with sticks and projectiles; vandalized port property; and took security officers hostage.23 For its part, Hamas called a demonstration in Rafah in support of the convoy and against Egypt. This cost a 21-year-old Egyptian border guard his life.24 Several of the convoy's participants were arrested, but were released following the intervention of Turkish MPs. Part of the convoy was also allowed into Gaza. However, when Galloway got back to Rafah he was deported and declared persona non grata in Egypt.25



This incident harmed the Gaza Lifeline/Viva Palestina convoys, but also brought a change in strategy for its partners. Soon after, Muhammad Sawalha, one of the main organizers of the convoys, revealed in an interview to Hizbullah's Al-Intiqad magazine their plan to send a sea convoy (the May 2010 flotilla), adding, "this time we want to confront the Zionist enemy directly."26 And indeed, in many Islamist websites, the flotilla was referred to as Gaza Lifeline No. 4.


The Second Flotilla - What Has Changed?


In general, the same organizers stand behind the second flotilla, with several changes. The most important may be the IHH decision not to send the Mavi Marmara, the ship which brought the first flotilla its publicity following violent clashes between IHH activists and the IDF in which nine Turks were killed. Rather than take a leading role, it appears that the IHH will settle this time for sending activists to sail on other ships.27



This decision apparently brought about a reshuffle in the organization of the flotilla structure, bringing the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood even closer into the picture. Its Gaza Lifeline Committee, which operates under Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood-controlled professional associations, recently purchased a ship for 560,000 euros. Wael al-Saqa, head of the committee, said the ship is able to carry up to 200 people, and is planned to carry Arab participants in the flotilla.28



As for the overall organization, Muhammad Sawalha now appears as the flotilla's coordinator under his title as Vice-Chairman of the International Campaign to Break the Siege on Gaza (ICBSG).29 The ICBCG is a UK-registered group, listing Sawalha as its sole director. The campaign is now also the official coordinator of the Miles of Smiles land convoys, the third of which recently arrived in Gaza.30 Miles of Smiles is another UoG-affiliated operation, mostly identified with Interpal, a major UK-based charity and member of the UoG, which was designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. Treasury in 2003 as well.31 Yet a further connection may be seen in the British coalition involved in the flotilla, Britain2Gaza, which is another UK-registered group which has both Sawalha and Hamas-affiliated Zaher Birawi, a convoy and flotilla spokesman, as its directors.



Sawalha signed the Istanbul Declaration of February 13, 2009, which provides important insights into his motivation to take a leading role in the flotillas. Among other points, the declaration states:


The obligation of the Islamic Nation to open the crossings - all crossings - in and out of Palestine permanently, in order to allow access to all the needs of the Palestinians - money, clothing, food, medicine, weapons and other essentials, so that they are able to live and perform the jihad in the way of Allah Almighty (emphasis added).32
Another prominent figure is German-based Walid Abu al-Shewarib, who was previously hailed for the role he played in helping to organize the first flotilla.33 An official Europol document, said to be based on German information, describes him as "a Hamas member who is a leading member of the association Islamische Gemeinschaft Deutschland (IGD, Islamic Community in Germany), considered to be the headquarters for the Muslim Brotherhood in Germany." He is also managing director of the Islamisches Kultur und Erziehungszentrum Berlin (Center for Islamic Culture and Education), regarded as the point of contact for Hamas in Berlin.34



In the last few weeks, the ex-Israeli activist Dror Feiler has been constantly speaking with the Israeli media. When it first seemed that the IHH would not take any part in the second flotilla, he told Ynet News: "We must remember that the Turks aren't participating so Israel won't be able to claim that this is an Islamist flotilla, so there are benefits."35 Feiler may be one of the flotilla's organizers, but he seems to misread the background of his own colleagues. The Islamist, pro-Hamas character of this flotilla is much deeper than the IHH alone.



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Notes



1. Ethan Bronner, "Building Boom in Gaza's Ruins Belies Misery that Remains," New York Times, June 25, 2011.

2. Huwaida Arraf, "Our Boats to Gaza," This Week in Palestine, no. 156 (April 2011), p. 30.

3. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/ma ... s.weekend7

4. Steven G. Merley, Turkey, The Global Muslim Brotherhood, and the Gaza Flotilla, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 2011, p. 26.

5. http://www.perdana4peace.net/?p=2937

6. Mohamad is known for his 2003 statement that "Jews rule the world by proxy," see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PJ9u8h3Gzw and, regarding the 9/11 attacks, that "if they [the U.S.] can make Avatar, they can make anything," see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZewcnqiZzc

7. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6534NF20100604

8. Larudee's profile is available at http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_ ... c_e182.htm

9. http://flotillamassacrepassengers.wordp ... s-pissias/

10. Merley.

11. Ibid., p. 8.

12. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7895485.stm

13. http://globalmbreport.org/wp-content/up ... tement.pdf

14. http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_ ... s_e129.htm

15. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYFGIbaabTU

16. http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/pr ... p1267.aspx

17. http://code.ps/ar/details.php?id=44 ; http://www.code.ps/vb/showthread.php?t=641

18. http://dover.idf.il/IDF/English/News/to ... 2/2703.htm

19. See, for example, The Register of Members' Financial Interests: Part 1As at 10th January 2011, Jeremy Corbyn MP, http://www.publications.parliament.uk/p ... jeremy.htm

20. See translation of the article at http://islamineurope.blogspot.com/2010/ ... ne-of.html

21. http://www.savegaza.eu/eng/index.php?view=13; http://www.savegaza.eu/eng/images/Broch ... aSmall.pdf

22. http://www.ihh.org.tr/12077/en/

23. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5tQTSyLJvk

24. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/07/world ... gaza.html; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o75D299ctuc

25. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/feedarticle/8889508

26. http://www.alintiqad.com/essaydetails.p ... 5549&cid=8

27. http://www.ihh.org.tr/ii-ozgurluk-filos ... ediyor/en/

28. http://www.alrai.com/pages.php?news_id=410317; http://www.addustour.com/ViewTopic.aspx ... 336820.htm

29. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/186331.html

30. http://www.alresalah.ps/ar/?action=show ... seid=36147

31. http://www.ots.treas.gov/_files/48937.html

32. http://www.hurryupharry.org/wp-content/ ... istpdf.pdf

33. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpej11uD6eY

34. Europol Information Exchange, IE 149755_058, September 10, 2007.

35. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340 ... 64,00.html



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Ehud Rosen specializes in modern political Islam, focusing on the ideology and history of the Muslim Brotherhood. He lived in London for five years while working toward his PhD at SOAS, University of London. He is currently a senior researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and teaches at Bar-Ilan University.


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Gaza blockade runners face new problems

The Irish Times reported Thursday that the "Saoirse" has dropped out of the planned Gaza blockade running flotilla after suffering engine damage while docked in Turkish waters. Fintan Lane, coordinator of the Irish Ship to Gaza organization, accused unnamed agents of an act of "dangerous sabotage." While another flotilla spokesman admitted that there was no direct evidence pointing to Israel, the damage is similar to what happened to the Swedish boat "Juliano," last week in a Greek port. The setback is the latest for the flotilla, which has been plagued with many problems and condemned by several world governments and Free Gaza Movement spokesman Huwaia Arraf admitted that the boats are unlikely to sail for several days, if at all. Meanwhile, the US State Department has warned that US citizens participating in the flotilla might be prosecuted for aiding a terrorist organization and the French Foreign Ministry issued a strongly worded denunciation of the flotilla on Wednesday.


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Flotilla organizers reject offer to transport aid on Greek ships

Organizers of the blockade running flotilla to Gaza on Sunday rejected an offer by the Greek Navy to transport their humanitarian supplies to Gaza after the government issued an order preventing them from leaving Greek ports if Gaza was their destination.



Also on Sunday, the crew of the US flagged Audacity of Hope declared an open ended hunger strike until the US government intervenes on their behalf. The captain of the ship is under arrest by Greek authorities after he allegedly attempted to leave harbor despite the government's explicit order that he not do so. Even as the announcement was being made, however, one organizer told Palestinian Maan News Agency that the act of sailing to Gaza is "a tactic, (and) maybe it's run its course."


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Gaza blockade running Flotilla fizzling

Turkey and Israel mend ties



The drama surrounding a flotilla of boats attempting to run the blockade of the Gaza Strip continued on Monday when the Canadian flagged "Tahrir" attempted to leave the harbor of Aghios Nikolaos in Crete before the Greek coast guard boarded and forced it to return. Greece has placed a ban on all Gaza bound boats leaving its ports, leading to several altercations with police and a handful of arrests, including John Klusmer, the captain of the US flagged "Audacity of Hope" who is scheduled to appear before a prosecutor on Tuesday in the port of Piraeus near Athens.



The boat's crew declared a hunger strike and gathered in front of the US embassy in Athens but were quickly dispersed by Greek police, who have expressed disgust with the situation which they are being forced to deal with at the same time as widespread demonstrations over austerity measures and other domestic concerns. The multiple problems the flotilla has had in Greece, combined with nearly universal calls for it to be abandoned, has led to many of the people who planned to participate giving up and going home.



In related news, diplomats from Israel and Turkey are working furiously at the UN to put last year's Mavi Marmara flotilla incident behind them and restore the formally cordial relationship between the two regional powers. Recent events in Syria and Iran have reportedly exasperated the Turkish leadership, leading them to reluctantly reevaluate their relationship with Israel and the US, which had been under tremendous pressure in recent years as Ankara pursued a policy of turning east.


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UN exonerates Israel in Marmara incident

Ha'aretz reported on Thursday that Turkish and Israeli diplomats have been shown a copy of the UN's final report on the Mavi Marmara flotilla incident from May 2010. The report contains harsh criticism of Turkey for failing to prevent the flotilla from sailing, as well as upholding Israel's legal right to impose a naval blockade on the Gaza Strip. The UN investigative committee, headed by Geoffrey Palmer, also criticized Turkey for its highly politicized investigation into the incident and praised Israel for its own investigation which it said was performed to levels consistent with international standards for fairness and integrity.


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"Flytilla" stalls as activists stopped in Europe

Israel Radio reported on Friday that hundreds of activists intending to fly into Ben Gurion airport in Israel on Friday to demonstrate solidarity with the Palestinians were either denied entry into the country or in many cases not even allowed to board their flights in Europe. Israel's Interior Ministry submitted a blacklist to several European airliners on Thursday which included the names of known troublemakers, and a group of fifty attempting to board a Lufthansa flight in Paris were told they would not be allowed on the aircraft. "Charles de Gaulle Airport is under Israeli occupation. We are peaceful people and have no interest in causing disorder at Ben Gurion Airport," sputtered Olivia Zemour, leader of the EuroPalestine organization that organized the "flytilla." In Geneva, 30 more activists were denied permission to board an EasyJet flight to Israel. Several activists who managed to land at Ben Gurion were summarily deported by Israeli authorities.


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Israel serving its neighbor
Almost 40,000 tons of goods including food, medicines and construction materials were delivered from Israel to Gaza on more than 1,500 trucks through the Kerem Shalom border crossing during the week ending April 27.


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Turkish police in crackdown of Islamist groups
Police in Turkey have raided the offices of the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) which was a driving force behind the May 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla incident which saw Israeli troops acting to stop several ships from illegally attempting to run the blockade of the Gaza Strip. Turkish police carried out the raid on IHH offices in the southern city of Kilis, near the Syrian border, as part of a wider crackdown on al-Qaida linked organizations in Turkey. "There has long been ample reason to believe the group was tied to Hamas, al-Qaida, and other terror groups in Syria," Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies told The Jerusalem Post. "IHH is largely viewed as a state-sponsored NGO," he added, saying the raids would further tarnish the image of the ruling Islamist AKP Party.

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Starving Palestinians in Syria ignored by the world

The Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus has seen its population of over 160,000 shrink to less than 18,000 Palestinians and several thousand Syrian refugees after years of being fought over in Syria's ongoing civil war. Since early 2013, its remaining residents have been under siege, surrounded by hostile groups from both sides who accuse each other of preventing food and medicine from being delivered by aid groups. The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the Islamist terror militia Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip are largely ignoring the situation, along with the Arab governments and the many anti-Israel NGOs who often profess deep anxiety about the welfare of the Palestinian people. A protest held outside the office of PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah this week included a sign saying "History will curse us if you allow Yarmouk's people to die of hunger," but there was no official reaction from the PA.

The Syrian war is , for me , so terrible and disgusting in what is happening and how innocent people a being scarred for generations to come when the world could stop it through the UN . No , to many people making too much money out of it .
I don't see all those kiwis who supported the Marvi Marama farce publicly lifting a finger to help
These poor people in Syria who are far worse off than anyone in the Gaza strip .
If anyone has any ideas about how we could help without our money going to highly paid aid CEO'S etc , let's hear it . My heart goes out to these people and I pray for them to be released from this cruel slaughter by the world worse than any animal is treated .


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I have been seriously thinking about how to best help the needy in Syria . I thougt of starting an NGO but apparently there is a good one already operating from Great Britain . I'll see if we can fit in with them as they already ave the set up to get stuff to and into Syria . Will keep updating on this site but would love for other peole to have their input .


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Canadian activist calls Israel 'good example for my people'
Ryan Bellerose, a Canadian active in causes to support the rights of indigenous peoples around the world, was in Israel this week and flatly refused to endorse the Palestinian narrative that the Jews "stole Palestine" from them. In an interview with the Jerusalem Post, he called the establishment of the Jewish State of Israel "a good example for my people," he added that Jews were obviously the indigenous population of the country, with a presense pre-dating the Palestinian Arabs, with dozens of "sacred sites" in the country that they have a legitimate claim to. He also expressed shock at the level of distortion regarding events in Israel as they are portrayed in the international media.


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 Post subject: Re: Gaza aid from NZ
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:12 pm 
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NZ TV is at it again ; producing a very suspect story about Palestinian children being hurt by the Israelis but failing to mention the killing of a 13yrold Israeli boy at the Syrian border and the 3 teenagers kidnapped by Hamas .

BREAKING: Assad Was Responsible for Missile Fire on Israel · . Bob WTF?

A 13-year-old Israeli boy, Mohammad Karkara, was killed in the Golan Heights in what the IDF said was a missile attack from Syria, just south of the Quneitra crossing. The explosion hit a car belonging to his father, a Defense Ministry employee contracted to reinforce the border fence in the area. Mohammad joined his father on his first day of vacation from school. Two others were hurt, in addition to his father who sustained serious injuries. The IDF responded with tank fire at Syrian military posts in the area of Quneitra. The IDF is currently investigating who is responsible for the attack and weighing the proper response. It is not clear whether the attack was directed at Israeli citizens or Syrian rebels on the border. It is feared that there will be additional such incidents in the near future.

A terrorist armed with a grenade was arrested after crossing into Israel from the Gaza strip. He was captured by a local guard in the area between the communities of Yated and Sdei Abraham. An IDF force that was dispatched to the area arrested him and took him in for questioning.

The IDF continues its efforts to locate the three youths who were kidnapped. Over a thousand soldiers combed areas of Hebron in the north and west. They continue to search in agricultural areas, caves, olive orchards and wells. The soldiers see this as their national duty. They are literally turning over every stone in order to find information regarding the kidnapped youths. Arsenals of weapons were uncovered during the search. A Palestinian man was killed when he did not heed warnings of Israeli soldiers to stop. The man killed is apparently mentally unstable and the IDF is investigating the incident. An unmanned drone which landed in Hebron was returned to the IDF by the Palestinian Authority.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu related to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas' condemnation of the kidnapping of three Israeli youths. He called the statement positive but said that he will be judged on his actions. Netanyahu reiterated that Israel holds conclusive evidence that Hamas is responsible for the kidnapping of the 3 youths.


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 Post subject: Re: Gaza aid from NZ
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:24 pm 
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TV3 tonight did a story on the young Palestinian murdered in Israel giving passing mention to the 3 Israeli teenagers kidnapped and murdered recently . They unequivocally stated that this murder was in retaliation but never , whatsoever , mentioned the fact that the Israeli prime minister had already stated that the authorities knew that the youths family were in a feud with another Arab family where previous accusations of kidnapping had been made .
I have rung tv3 but am not expecting any apologies for their ignorance .
The TV standards process is a farce and is not worth following as they set the agenda . they state the perameters of the so called standards and will not look at anything they consider doesn't fit hence taking away our freedom to think for ourselves and argue our case .


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