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The Hamas Flotilla


New Footage Aboard Gaza Flotilla Show Preparations to Throw Israeli “Into the Sea”

June 21st 2010

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To the cry “Takbīr,” the crowd shouts “Allahu Akbar” in harmony, as the leader of the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), Bulent Yildirim addresses a gathering of men aboard the ship Mavi Marmara on May 30, in a new video released by Israel’s Foreign Ministry last week. The images and dialogue, in Arabic with English subtitles, depict four men standing in front of the crowd; Yildirim, one man labeled as member of Egypt’s Parliament, and two others preparing the group for a planned confrontation with Israel.

“Allah has given us great resources… and a great blessing,” Yildirim said, speaking of the ship they were gathered on. “Not everyone has the opportunity to travel on this ship,” he said. “Allah has given (the opportunity) to those who wanted it the most.”

“In two days, we may encounter some negative matters,” Yildirim said. “They are telling us: We will launch a military fleet, and the soldiers will board the ship!”  “If they board our ship, we will throw them into the sea, Allah willing!”

One day later, May 31, the Mavi Marmara was boarded by Israeli commandos, some of whom were beaten with pipes chains and knives, and some tossed overboard before the Israeli soldiers killed nine people in what became an international incident. World leaders, the United Nations, media and large rallies of people in many countries have almost unanimously condemned Israel for its actions.

“Don’t be like the ones who turned back, and don’t turn back… And also, that your names won’t be (recorded) before Allah as cowards,” Yildirim said.

“Millions of martyrs marching to Gaza,” the man identified as the Egyptian parliamentarian said with his fist raised.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry released this video, filmed by a passenger on board that ship that day, as part of its effort to demonstrate the intentions of the organizers of the flotilla bound for Gaza late last month. Israel declared that its actions aboard the ship were in self defense, that it has the right to keep items that can be used against Israel and its citizens out of the hands of Hamas in Gaza. Israel maintains that its blockade of Gaza is solely meant for that purpose.

Advocates for Palestinian human rights have claimed Israel is keeping basic needs and quality of life necessities out of the area, and that the flotilla was meant to deliver needed supplies.

Juda Engelmayer is an executive with the NY PR agency, 5W Public Relations and a contributor to the Cutting Edge News.

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