ARE PRO-ISLAMIC GROUPS PURPOSELY PROVOKING ISRAEL?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 17, 2010) — The IHH, a “humanitarian” group tied to terrorists, is planning on sending six more ships to Gaza in another attempt to breach the blockade which Israel has maintained for the past three years. The groups sponsoring the flotilla stated earlier this month that “We will not give up until the blockade is over.”
As a result of the May 31 incident in which nine “activists” died in a violent confrontation with Israeli soldiers after their ship, the Mavi Marmara, defied the blockade, Israel has partially lifted its embargo on goods coming into Gaza by boat.
The Israel Project is reporting that Israel will “ease restrictions on the entry of civilian goods via land crossings into Gaza. The flow of materials for construction purposes into Gaza will also be increased for civilian projects under international supervision but will not be unrestricted. All food items will now be transferred into Gaza and restrictions on other items will also be eased.” However, it also reports that Turkey, Germany, Lebanon, Iran, and groups based in the U.S. and UK all plan to send ships to Gaza between now and October in defiance of the still-existing blockade.
Iran has reportedly already sent one ship, with another scheduled to leave port on Friday, June 18. Turkey has reportedly moved closer to Iran by providing “support to the recent flotilla” and “joining Brazil recently in brokering an agreement with Iran intended to head off new U.S. sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program.” It has also been reported that both Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and Turkish intelligence officials were aware that Osama bin Laden had been hiding in northeastern Iran and that the information has been leaked to a Kuwaiti news source for the purpose of “demonstrating to…the Obama administration how closely Turkey is now tied to the Islamic regime in Tehran.”
One writer has referred to Turkey as having “become a staunch supporter of the radical camp” by voting against UN sanctions for Iran and attempting to “turn the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into a religious war.” Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, a cofounder of the Iran Policy Committee, recently stated that this summer could see a “tremendous increase in tensions” between Israel and Iran.
While news outlets are enumerating the many items which Israel has not allowed in to Gaza and the purported suffering it has caused the Palestinians, Israel maintains that the blockade is necessary “to prevent the inflow of weapons and war materiel.” The limitation on imports was established following Hamas’s forcible takeover of Gaza in 2007. Hamas is a militant Islamic group funded by Iran which has declared in its charter that “Within the circle of the conflict with world Zionism, the Hamas regards itself the spearhead and the avant-garde. It joins its efforts to all those who are active on the Palestinian scene, but more steps need to be taken by the Arab and Islamic peoples and Islamic associations throughout the Arab and Islamic world in order to make possible the next round with the Jews, the merchants of war.”
A partial list of Hamas-led attacks against Israeli civilians can be found here. Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, has reiterated his country’s need to ensure that rockets and other weapons are prevented from reaching Gaza. Other extremist groups in addition to Hamas have carried out scores of suicide bombings against Israel during the Intifadah.
Today The Los Angeles Times has reported that Turkey has threatened to keep its ambassador to Israel from returning unless it receives an apology from Israel for the May 31 incident, agreement to an international investigation, an offer of compensation for those killed, and return of the six ships which comprised the flotilla. At present, Israel is conducting its own internal investigation which includes two observers from other countries.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.