French judge: I knew Turkish group behind Gaza flotilla had terror ties in 1996
By Yossi Melman, Haaretz
July 17, 2010
IHH has past ties to al-Qaida affiliates, and Jean-Louis Bruguière says he is proud of the fact that already in 1996 he came to the conclusion that IHH "is a terror organization and not a charity group." Bruguière was asked to investigate the Turkish group after French intelligence discovered that Canadian couriers were sending forged Moroccan passports to France for use by Islamic militants intent on carrying out attacks in France and other European countries.
Sponsor of Flotilla Tied to Elite of Turkey
New York Times | International Herald Tribune
15 July 2010
The Turkish charity that led the flotilla involved in a deadly Israeli raid has extensive connections with Turkey’s political elite, and the group’s efforts to challenge Israel’s blockade of Gaza received support at the top levels of the governing party, Turkish diplomats and government officials said.
The truth about the Gaza Flotilla
National Post editorial board (Canada)
July 14, 2010
When Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish jihadis on board the lead ship of a Gaza-bound flotilla six weeks ago, Israel’s enemies exhibited unusually fervid spasms of agitation. Never mind that about half the victims already had declared their aspiration to die at Israeli hands as violent “martyrs”; or that the organizers were part of an NGO that Western prosecutors and researchers have linked to terrorism. As with the Gaza war in late 2008, the case was presented as a black-and-white morality play, with Israel in the role of vicious marauder.
Where are the protests?
by Barry Cohen, former Australian minister
The Australian - June 18, 2010
On January 17 this year, in Nigeria, about 300 Muslims were slaughtered by Christians. In March 500 Christians were slaughtered by Muslims. On March 26, North Korea torpedoed a South Korean ship, killing 46. On May 28, in Lahore, Pakistan, 95 members of the Ahmedi Islamic sect were killed in an attack on a mosque because they were blasphemous... The question that comes to mind is, did anyone notice? Most of these massacres received only a cursory glance from the media but few asked questions. Nobody demanded an independent inquiry.
Support Israel: if it goes down, we all go down
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by José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain
Times of London - June 17, 2010
Anger over Gaza is a distraction. We cannot forget that Israel is the West’s best ally in a turbulent region. For far too long now it has been unfashionable in Europe to speak up for Israel. In the wake of the recent incident on board a ship full of anti-Israeli activists in the Mediterranean, it is hard to think of a more unpopular cause to champion.
Plenty of blame to go around in Gaza
by Joel Brinkley
San Francisco Chronicle - June 13, 2010
"When Israel boarded another ship bound for Gaza last weekend and escorted it to an Israeli port without incident, it demonstrated to me that both sides, Israel and the activists, hold blame for the aid-ship melee the week before. But you can't tell that from the continuing accusations and debate - exposing rank hypocrisy of a scale seldom seen in modern world affairs."
New York Times Needs My Help to Find Flotilla Planners' Terrorist Ties: OK! Here's A Start for Their Research
by Barry Rubin - June 12, 2010
"In an editorial, the newspaper has held forth with the following sentence: "The Israelis claim that Insani Yardim Vakfi is a dangerous organization with terrorist links. They have yet to offer any evidence to support that charge." This is like Goldstone who keeps saying that no one has challenged his report despite literally hundreds of specific refutations."
A rush to judgment that will be refuted by history and fact
by Zion Evrony
Irish Times - June 11, 2010
"Future historians will puzzle over the western media’s portrayal of the flotilla activists as humanitarians, ignoring evidence of motive."
Why do the peace activists ignore the violence of Hamas?
By Lindy McDowell
Belfast Telegraphy, 9 June 2010
The “freedom flotilla” we were assured, was carrying “humanitarian aid”. Those on board were “peace activists”. “International peace activists” to boot. God, how could you be against anything in that lot. Israel raising (legitimate) concerns about its right to secure its own borders didn’t count in this freedom-fest.
Gaza activists were ‘useful idiots’ in a much bigger Turkish power game
By Stephen King
Irish Examiner - June 9, 2010
The deaths aboard the Mavi Marmara were regrettable and most probably avoidable. They deserve full investigation. But to avoid the mistakes of the past, politicians need to go beyond kneejerk reactions to examine the effects of their statements on the Middle East peace process, the moderate Palestinian leadership in the West Bank and Iranian efforts to establish hegemony in the region.
It's time to stop demonizing Israel
by Bernard-Henri Lévy
Haaretz, June 8, 2010
The flood of hypocrisy and bad faith that seems to have just been waiting across the media worldwide for the Mavi Marmara is by no means acceptable.
The 'activists' wanted violence: Wiesel says we must honestly assess who is to blame
by Eli Wiesel
New York Daily News - June 7, 2010
"I waited a week to write this commentary. I needed to gather more details about the unfortunate Gaza incident that caused the death of nine pro-Palestinian peace activists and instantly provoked the almost universal condemnation of Israel. By now the situation has become more transparent. From video clips made by both Israelis and their prisoners, and also from their testimonies, it appears that while the political attacks on Israel may have been understandable, they were surely hasty and exaggerated."
Flotilla - Investigation by German Public Broadcaster
June 7, 2010