[This was written and sent out on my mailing list on May 31, but due to a technical problem only posted at 1 am on June 1. Please do also read the previous dispatch on this list: Fancy restaurants and Olympic-size swim pools: what the media won’t report about Gaza.]
* The UN Security Council is due to meet tonight in emergency session (while ignoring the rest of the world’s conflicts – as usual).
* Because there is an Israeli (read: Jewish) involvement in today’s events, there has been a hysterical reaction all day by some mainstream media outlets, who all but ignore other conflict from Thailand to Pakistan to Somalia to Dagestan (and hundreds of places elsewhere).
* American missile strike on a private home in Pakistan kills Al Qaeda leader – plus his “wife, three of his daughters, his granddaughter, and other men, women, and children” (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/middle_east/10200712.stm). No one seems to be getting hysterical about this anywhere in the world. Now imagine if Israel had been involved…
(Above, a “peace activist” aboard the boat Marmara brandishes a knife at Israeli soldiers who initially asked him to cooperate peaceably according to eyewitness accounts.)
(Above, hundreds of Israelis wave Israeli flags during a demonstration outside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv on Monday in support of Israel against what they said was Turkish aggression.)
(Above, protesters burn a Star of David during a demonstration outside the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul on Monday.)
1. Videos of today’s incident off the coast of Israel
2. Throwing an Israeli off the top deck of the boat
3. The chanting of anti-Semitic slogans
4. Who are these peace activists?
5. Netanyahu flies home
6. Six Turkish soldiers die in PKK attack
7. One of the reasons Israel had reason to be suspicious of the boats
8. Some initial media reaction
9. New British government, same prejudices
10. Jews for Jihad
11. UPDATE: Wanting to kill Israelis and die
12. “Boatloads of bloody-minded pacifists” (By Andrew Bolt, Australian Daily Telegraph)
VIDEOS OF TODAY’S INCIDENT OFF THE COAST OF ISRAEL
[All notes below by Tom Gross]
Israeli naval patrol boats intercepted six blockade-running vessels overnight. The boarding turned violent on one of the boats, when pro-Hamas activists attacked the Israelis with long metal bars, knives and hammers. Some reportedly managed to seize weapons from the Israeli sailors and turned on them with live fire prompting Israel to open fire in response.
On a personal note, to state the obvious, any loss of life including those who lost their lives last night, is deeply regrettable, but it is important to be properly informed of the context in which this incident occurred in order to decide where the blame ultimately lies.
THROWING AN ISRAELI OFF THE TOP DECK OF THE BOAT
Below is aerial footage showing the misnamed “peace” activists throwing an Israeli off the top deck of the boat, and beating up other Israelis with iron bars:
Here they use firebombs and metal pipes against Israelis:
Here, “Peace activists” stab an IDF soldier:
(Ten Israelis were seriously injured, including from stab wounds. In a search aboard the Marmara carried out later, Israeli soldiers found caches of bats, clubs, knives, and slingshots used by the rioters.)
THE CHANTING OF ANTI-SEMITIC SLOGANS
Before they set sail from Turkey, I published this video footage, showing participants on board one of the ships chanting violent anti-Jewish slogans.
To watch it, please scroll down to the end of section 4 titled “An industry of lies” here:
WHO ARE THESE PEACE ACTIVISTS?
This research by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (an organization with which I am well acquainted and is very reliable) outlines who the IHH (the group involved in the violence aboard the boat, which the BBC and others are uncritically calling “Turkish peace activists”) really are:
This research from the Danish Institute for International Studies details the part played by the IHH in Islamist terror in Afghanistan and elsewhere, and their links to al-Qaeda:
(Please also see section 11 below titled: UPDATE: Wanting to kill Israelis and die.)
“The Turkish Islamic charity behind a flotilla of aid ships that was raided by Israeli forces on its way to Gaza had ties to terrorism networks, including a 1999 al-Qaeda plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport, France's former top anti-terrorism judge said Wednesday (June 2, 2010).
The Istanbul-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief, known by its Turkish acronym IHH, had “clear, long-standing ties to terrorism and Jihad,” former investigating judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
Bruguiere, who led the French judiciary’s counterterrorism unit for nearly two decades before retiring in 2007. “They were basically helping al-Qaeda when (Osama) bin Laden started to want to target U.S. soil,” he said.
NETANYAHU FLIES HOME
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to cut short his visit to Canada and return to Israel. He also spoke by phone with U.S. President Barack Obama and apologized that he would not be able to come to Washington tomorrow as scheduled. Netanyahu and Obama have decided to set a new meeting at a later date.
SIX TURKISH SOLDIERS DIE IN PKK ATTACK
Kurdish fighters fired a rocket into a Turkish army base on the Mediterranean Sea killing six soldiers on Sunday. The base at Iskenderum was hit by a rocket fired from a road overlooking the port where the base is located. The Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) has been fighting for autonomy for twenty-five years. The international media doesn’t appear to be interested in reporting about these particular dead Turks in the way it is covering the ones on the boats off Gaza.
ONE OF THE REASONS ISRAEL HAD REASON TO BE SUSPICIOUS OF THE BOAT
This video, taken on November 4, 2009, shows the Israel navy intercepting the “Francop” cargo ship, smuggling a massive 500 tons of weapons hidden among civilian cargo. 36 containers were sent from Iran and destined for terrorist groups to attack Israel. (Of course, the international media barely bothered to report about this at the time, or subsequently, since they are not interested in giving the Israeli side of the story.)
SOME INITIAL MEDIA REACTION
Some of the west European media reaction is worse than the Turkish and Arabic media reaction.
The headline in Aftonbladet, Sweden’s most read-paper, famous for its concocted anti-Semitic organ-harvesting story (which was outlined on this website last year), is:
“Israel Sinks to a New Low: Usually, Only Dictators and Bandits Attack Humanitarian Aid”
(In Swedish: “Israel sänker sig till ny bottennivå: Bara diktatorer och banditer brukar attackera hjälpsändningar”)
(The story is by Wolfgang Hansson, Aftonbladet’s “foreign correspondent”.)
AKP, Turkey’s ruling party, and CHP, the secularist opposition consider the timing of Israeli operation and PKK attack in Iskenderum “suspiciously coordinated”.
What a surprise, here is the leading headline by the British paper, The Guardian:
“Israel accused of state terrorism after attack”
(The Guardian’s story is already one of the most recommended today on Facebook.)
(It is most odd, but The Guardian doesn’t use the same terms when reporting on the British army killing people in Afghanistan, or in reference to one of the hundreds of other conflicts around the world.)
The Guardian editorial that has just gone online for tomorrow’s edition (June 1) might as well have been written by a member of Hamas, it contains so much false spin.
By contrast, the (London) Daily Telegraph editorial writers (who subscribe to this list) attack Turkey in their editorial.
NEW BRITISH GOVERNMENT, SAME PREJUDICES
Britain’s new foreign secretary, William Hague, issues a statement “deploring” Israel – his second anti-Israeli statement since assuming office two weeks ago.
“Saw anger at London protest at Israeli embassy I’m more used to seeing in Mid-east than Europe,” says ABC News correspondent Jim Sciutto on Twitter.
A large petition signed by many Israelis in recent hours is “demanding an immediate, fair, and unbiased investigation into the organizations behind the flotilla (and the national governments that assisted them) and their role in the violence that ensued as a result of their actions.”
JEWS FOR JIHAD
Also reported in the Swedish media: One of those detained by the IDF aboard one of the boats was Dror Feiler, the hateful Israeli-born Swedish artist who has created installations comparing Islamic Jihad suicide bomber Hanadi Jaradat (who murdered 22 people, including a number of children, in a Haifa restaurant) with an angel.
And here, Canadian Jew Naomi Klein (best known for her incredibly high level of narcissism) stages another anti-Israeli diatribe on the streets of Toronto two hours ago:
UPDATE: WANTING TO KILL ISRAELIS AND DIE
Prior to Monday’s incident, the official Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida carried an interview with three of the Turks who died on the boat saying they wished to die as “Shahids (suicide martyrs) for the Palestinian cause.”
Here is another one of the Turks who died in the fighting, being interviewed on the boat the day before, telling Iran’s Press TV the same thing:
[All notes above by Tom Gross]
NOTHING MORE TO BE SAID? OH WAIT, WHAT ABOUT THOSE “UNTIDY DETAILS”?
Boatloads of bloody-minded pacifists
By Andrew Bolt
The Australian Daily Telegraph
June 2, 2010
Nothing more to be said. Israeli soldiers kill at least nine peace activists trying to ship aid to a starving people. Or, as the front page of The Age [One of Australia’s leading papers – Tom Gross] screamed yesterday: “Israel kills boat protesters.”
End of story. There are riots and protests in London, Paris, New York, Istanbul, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and throughout the Middle East.
The UN whacks Israel and calls for an emergency meeting of the Security Council. From Moscow to Washington, Israel stands utterly friendless. Dangerously alone.
What a coup for those pledged to destroy that tiny Jewish country. How discredited and defenceless Israel seems. Someone couldn’t have scripted this any better.
Well, almost no better, because even the journalists most sympathetic to the activists on the ships intercepted by Israel couldn’t help but refer, albeit grudgingly, to a couple of untidy details too obvious to ignore.
ABC host Jon Faine, for instance, described these victims of Zionist aggression as “humanitarian activists with a few knives”. Er, with knives? Humanitarians? And a strident report in The Age, Australia’s most left-wing daily, conceded that video of the Israeli soldiers being lowered on to the ships from helicopters did shows some of the “hundreds of politicians and protesters” on board had offered “signs of resistance”.
Here are some of those “signs of the resistance” that report failed to detail.
You see the Israelis, at first brandishing just paint-ball guns, being grabbed as they landed, dragged to the ground, and beaten brutally with pipes and clubs.
On another clip, apparently shot by protesters, a soldier is stabbed in the back, and then in the front. Another soldier is beaten and thrown over the side.
Photographs show two Israeli soldiers, one of them shot, being carried off with serious wounds. This isn’t what you’d normally expect from “peace protesters” or “humanitarian activists”, even those armed merely “with a few knives”.
These clues suggest the media - and many foolish politicians - have fallen for a brilliant propaganda coup.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd also fell for it, saying he was “deeply concerned” and condemning “any use of violence under the sorts of circumstances we have seen”.
His Foreign Affairs Minister, Steven Smith, likewise attacked Israel for a “terrible and shocking event” and demanded it hold an inquiry.
Not once did Rudd or Smith suggest an inquiry into who organised this trap in which Israel had fallen - or into those who now stand most to gain.
So who are we talking about? Here’s another clue. The Israelis took over an “aid” flotilla trying to pierce the blockade which both Israel and Egypt have imposed on Gaza, controlled by the Islamist Hamas.
Only on one of six ships did the Israelis meet a resistance that clearly - and fatally - caught them by surprise. This was not on one of the ships manned by Western politicians, aid workers and other useful idiots brought along for camouflage.
It broke out instead on the Mavi Marmara, a ship supplied by a Turkish “humanitarian relief fund” known as IHH.
IHH may boast about its good works, but intelligence agencies warn that it is in fact tied to Islamist terrorists.
In 2001, Jean-Louis Bruguiere, the prominent French counter-terrorism magistrate, testified in the trial of the “Millennium bomber” that IHH had played “an important role” in the plot to blow up Los Angeles airport.
He said the charity was “a type of cover-up” to infiltrate mujahidin into combat, get forged documents and smuggle weapons.
In 2006, the Danish Institute for International Studies reported that Turkish security forces had raided the IHH’s Istanbul bureau and found firearms, explosives and bomb-making instructions.
The Turkish investigators concluded this “charity” was sending jihadists to Bosnia, Chechnya and Afghanistan.
IHH is a supporter of Hamas, listed in many countries as a terrorist group. This time it planned something more effective than an explosion. It decided to destroy Israel’s moral standing among its more fickle friends.
Its Mavi Marmara would now head a flotilla to break through the Israeli blockade of Gaza - or, rather, to provoke Israel into stopping it by force. IHH head Bulent Yildirim gloated that this would be seen as “a declaration of war” against all the countries which supplied the flotilla’s passengers, which is why so many foreigners, and particularly sympathetic journalists such as the Sydney Morning Herald’s Paul McGeough, were on board, having been recruited from Australia, Britain, the US and many other countries that IHH and its allies hoped could be turned into enemies of Israel.
It was obvious Israel would act. It had to. To relax the blockade once would be to open a corridor to yet more ships, giving Gaza another conduit for the smuggling of jihadists and militarily useful supplies.
Oh, and ignore soothing claims now that Hamas, which runs Gaza, should actually be negotiated with, rather than blockaded. Hamas fires rockets at Israel and has a charter which calls for the destruction of Israel, declaring “there is no solution for the Palestinian question except through jihad.”
Indeed, jihad was also the spirit on the Mavi Marmara as it sailed for Gaza.
Those on board refused offers by Israel that they dock at an Israeli port so their aid could be checked and forwarded to Gaza. They rejected warnings to turn back. They prepared instead for confrontation. Arab television showed a woman exulting: “We await one of two good things - to achieve martyrdom or reach the shore of Gaza.”
She said: “These are people who wish to be martyred for the sake of Allah. As much as they want to reach Gaza, the other option is more desirable to them.”
They got just what they wanted, then, as did Hamas and its chief backer, Iran.
Iran, needing a distraction from its nuclear program, pumped out instant YouTube footage of this Israeli “atrocity”.
Meanwhile Hamas spokesman Samil Abu Zuhri called for a global “intifada”: “We call on all Arabs and Muslims to rise up in front of Zionist embassies across the world.”
And in capital cities around Australia we yesterday saw the new front open as angry demonstrators took the streets.
So what, you may scoff. A few of the usual hotheads. But see this time how many of our politicians, journalists and “thinkers” are on the wrong side of this front.
See how willingly they’ve surrendered to a clever Islamist plot more effective than any Bali bomb.