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Jonathan Hoffman Speech to Israel Support Rally

The following is a speech by Jonathan Hoffman to the Israel Support Rally at Downing Street on May 31, 2010

My friends

We have all spent today glued to the screens trying to piece together what happened in the seas off the Israeli coast early this morning.

The first point to make is that Israel had every right to board the Mavi Marmara ship. Israel cannot allow unknown goods and people to enter Gaza. Gaza is controlled by Hamas, a terrorist regime that calls for the murder of Jews, the “obliteration” of Israel and its replacement with an Islamist theocracy. In the past, Israel has intercepted weapons-laden boats headed for Gaza’s coast. No government allows unidentified people and goods to flout their border regulations and enter their countries freely. If these activists behaved similarly at passport and security control in the U.S. or any other nation’s shores, ignoring their official protocol and violently attacking security personnel, they would also have been stopped and arrested.

The flotilla is organised by the Insani Yardim Vakfi, IHH, “humanitarian relief fund”).

In 2006 a Danish research institute called the Danish Institute for International Studies conducted a study which reported that in the past IHH had connections with Al-Qaeda and global jihad operatives. The well-documented study was conducted by Evan Kohlman, an American researcher who specialises in Al-Qaeda and related subjects. It deals with the involvement of Islamic charity funds and foundations in supporting terrorism. The IHH is an extremist Islamist organisation supporting global Jihad, and in this regard is no different from al-Qaeda and Hamas.

In recent years, especially since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip, IHH has supported Hamas’ propaganda campaigns by organising public support conferences in Turkey. At those conferences, which featured the participation of senior IHH figures, the heads of IHH expressed their support for Hamas and its strategy (including the armed struggle it espouses), in defiance of the Palestinian Authority, Hamas’ rival.

IHH is a member of the Union of Good, an umbrella organization of more than 50 Islamic funds and foundations around the globe, which channels money into Hamas institutions in the Palestinian Authority-administered territories. As a Union of Good member IHH has connections with other worldwide Islamic funds and foundations which support Hamas.

Israel outlawed IHH because of its affiliation with the Union of Good and because it is an important factor in Hamas’ global fund raising.

So this is the organisation that is behind this flotilla. An organization that also refused a request from Gilad Shalit’s family to take a package to him in Gaza.

I quote from the San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea (12 June 1994)

“It is permissible under rule 67(a) to attack neutral vessels on the high seas when the vessels “are believed on reasonable grounds to be carrying contraband or breaching a blockade, and after prior warning they intentionally and clearly refuse to stop, or intentionally and clearly resist visit, search or capture.

The flotilla was warned about breaching Israeli security regulations and was offered by both Israel and Egypt the opportunity to unload its humanitarian cargo in Ashdod and at Port Said – then it would be checked and then admitted to Gaza like all humanitarian goods. And let’s remember that the allegations of collective punishment and an Israeli blockade of Gaza are nonsense. Israel transfers about 15,000 tons of supplies and humanitarian aid every week to the people of Gaza.

But the Mavi Marmara ignored many warnings and sailed into a closed Israeli military zone.

The brave IDF soldiers were lowered onto the Mavi Marmara by helicopter. There is agonising footage taken from the helicopter which you may have seen of one of them being lowered onto the boat and then immediately assaulted and thrown onto the lower deck. He is clubbed with what looks like an iron bar. And then a large metal object. The so-called humanitarian passengers of the boat then try to kidnap him – like they kidnapped Gilad Shalit. Then they throw a stun grenade at the IDF soldiers and then a firebomb. This is all in the video. There is more footage from Channel Ten in Israel this morning which shows an IDF soldier being attacked by a knife.

The brave IDF soldiers tried to board the Mavi Marmara peaceably. Because the organisers of the flotilla had said they would resist peacefully. Israel took them at their word. At first the Israeli soldiers tried to use “paintball rifles” such as are used to disperse minor protests, such as the ones held in Bilin on a Friday about the separation barrier. They did have hanguns but they were to be used only as a last resort, to ensure minimum casualties. They would only use them in a life-threatening situation.

And that is what happened. It can be seen in the footage from the helicopter and from the side of the boat. Their lives were threatened. The “peaceful” humanitarians used knives, stun grenades, firebombs and metal pipes. The Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel said in his Press conference this morning that two guns were used.

Nevertheless when they came down from the helicopter, the brave IDF soldiers kept on shouting to each other “don’t shoot, don’t shoot,” even though they sustained numerous blows.

The result was tragic loss of life which we all regret. Some of the pro-Palestinian activists dies and five IDF soldiers were wounded, two critically. The wounded – and that includes violent activists – are receiving medical treatment in Israeli hospitals.

People of good will everywhere should condemn the violence perpetrated by the so-called “humanitarians” on those soldiers as they came down from the helicopter. It is on film for all to see. We call on the new UK coalition government to condemn the violence used by these so called “peace activists” who are a handicap to those in both Israel and Gaza who want to coexist in peace. We say “yes to peace, no to Hamas; yes to peace, no to extremism.“

But above all we salute the bravery of the IDF soldiers who carried out this operation. We wish those who are wounded a Refuah Shlehma, s speedy recovery. We salute their bravery and the bravery of all the IDF soldiers who keep Israel safe, who have done so for 62 years and who will go on doing so, whatever the provocation, whatever the slurs in the media and whatever the lies put out by our enemies.

G-d Bless the IDF.

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  1. It’s plainly clear that the chief responsibility for this lies with the activists who viciously attacked the Israeli soldiers.

    They wanted a confrontation, they provoked a confrontation, and they got what they wanted. Now they won’t accept any responsibility. They deserve no sympathy whatsoever.

  2. Andy Gill, since when did Islamists ever accept responsibility for the murder and mayhem they cause? It’s never their fault and their useful idiots around the world collude with their (at times luxurious) “victimhood.”

    Mitnaged once wrote here about cognitive dissonance and hostility to reality.

    Look at some of the responses and attempts to make excuses for these murderous Islamist thugs. If he were so minded, Mitnaged could write a doctoral thesis about this.

  3. Yohoho
    somewhere on the net there is a quote from the mother with the toddler who was on the “defended” ship complaining that her son is a bit upset – this is child abuse but where are UNICEF and all the other child protection agencies. Listening to their deafening silence using children as human shields AND proclaiming to do so is OK – remember they kept mum also when there were nuts “protecting” a high-rise from the IDF and had children with them up there (forgot whether it was Lebanon or Gaza)

    terry malloy
    the IDF has posted no news

    Andy Gill
    the “peace”hooligans didn’t want a confrontation
    – their aim was to lynch – the soldiers got it perfectly right
    – if they had been successful may they would have celebrated maybe not quite as those guys in Falluja did but most likely close to it.

  4. No apologies for cross-posting:

    From “Jack Bauer” to Biased BBC at

    “Jack Bauer
    Whalid Shoebat (a repentent former Palestinian entity terrorist) has some interesting commentary and an appeal:

    “Dear Friends

    “For all those that wish to help Israel in the PR war we need you to help now. The Muslims are trying to use the Gaza Flotilla incident to exploit in the propagnada war against Israel.

    “The Gaza Flotilla was a deliberate attempt to provoke Israel and the intention was to “kill Jews” in a martydom operation. We have provided a link that was translated by from Al Jazeera TV just before the operation took place as well as another link of video which shows the beating of soldiers which forced Israel to take forceful action.

  5. I don’t know how to procure a link of currently cartoon no 1 on this site but it makes me giggle real hard
    enjoy – it’s the one where the guy yells “Omigod he’s been shot! Someone get a public relations agent!”

    and here is a “Live” piece at the London Times where the so inclined can find quotes from the human-shield-toddler’s mother. Her name is Cetin

  6. SilverTrees

    ““The Gaza Flotilla was a deliberate attempt to provoke Israel and the intention was to “kill Jews” ”

    Whereas it turned out that the incident ” killed Muslims” Weird eh?

  7. Berchmans

    Whereas it turned out that the incident ” killed Muslims” Weird eh?

    Not weird at all. They were your allies, tried to mess with us and now they got their 72 virgins. They don’t need to dream any more giving a blast to murdered small Jewish girls, this is a legacy that they left to you as their true inheritor.

  8. peterthehungarian

    “They were your allies, tried to mess with us and now they got their 72 virgins. ”

    Where are they going to find 72 virgins in the area? 🙂 BTW I first cracked that joke re the Glasgow airport terrorist outrage so dont go thinking I would disrespect Israelis… if you got the joke that is! I know what a sour dude you are.

  9. Berchmans

    I know what a sour dude you are

    Yeah I’m definitely a sour dude… I don’t dream about giving blasts to murdered Jewish girls like your sweet type…

  10. peter
    I am at a loss (google didn’t help) what does giving blasts exactly signify? pointing a flamethrower at a human being surely can’t be it or is it?

  11. Silke

    “Giving a blast” in pseudo workers class slang (preferred by Berchmans) means having or wanting to have sex with someone. In one of his posts on CIF (a thread if I remember well about the sick Holocaust caricature expo in Teheran showing Anne Frank in bed with Hitler) Berchmans made a cursory remark joking that he too would give a blast to her. And this piece of glop preaches here compassion and peace.

  12. Peter – OMG
    from now on I hope that next time the guy is “blasting away” (by himself) in real life he will blast so much that some valuable and painful and never-healing tissue will prove not being up to the strain

  13. According to a Naval expert interviewed by Peter Snow on television in the UK, this was not even a Turkish ship! It was from the Comoros and sailing under a flag of convenience.

    Which makes the Turkish government what? Why, complicit in attempted terrorism as well as telling halal porky pies!

    Any committee of enquiry will shoot these “peaceful” souls’ testimony out of the water (pardon the pun….).

    Rumour has it that two more ships are headed for Gaza. Oh I hope that the IDF give ’em what for if they don’t come nicely into port.

    According to an article in Arutz Sheva this evening, the aid convoy was in vain. Most of the medicines and equipment were out of date and virtually useless. I have a feeling that these charmers knew that.

    (See )

    And Newsnight had an interview which echoed what the UN had said, that this convoy was not taking anything like the amount of aid to Gaza that passed through the checkpoints in a week, rather he said they were bent on provocation.

    And yes, Muslims died, Berchmans. And it served them right, didn’t it? How many people from the other boats/ships died? None! Why? Because they went along peacefully, didn’t they, in accordance with maritime law!

    Hamas and their buddies are probably doing a Rachel Corrie on the dead as I write – ie telling each other and their own media that their buddies make better propaganda now they are dead than when they were alive.

    Hamas. Still utterly predictable. Still utterly devoid of humanity.

  14. The triumph of hypocrisy?
    The agony of the free world?
    Adopting Islamism methods – the way ahead?
    I can’t decide what should be the proper title-could it be the all 3?
    What issues are to be considered?
    1:”Freedom activist” are called the supporters of the ideology stating that:
    All cultures can leave peacefully only governed by Islam and Sharia low
    All lands once conquered by Islam are Muslim territory forever and should be re conquered (From :Paris gates to Morocco- Vienna gates to Istanbul- All India- Sicily and part Italy)
    Human rights and democracy should be destroyed
    Keel all Jews
    2: “Not punished”- their war methods- not included in the international war laws:
    Islamist hate propaganda
    Terrorist dressed as civilians
    Countries supporting and sheltering terrorism
    Killing everywhere and everyone
    Shelling indiscriminately civilian areas
    Firing and hinting between civilians
    3: Freedom defenders– “Punished” tying to defend their nation–
    Uniform dressed solders acting to stop terrorists hiding in civilian areas
    Soldiers defending their lives against terrorists masked as “freedom activists”
    Closing supply logistic channels to areas controlled by terrorist and supporters
    Acting against countries sheltering terror infrastructure
    ** * To survive on this hostile and hypocritical environment what is the way forward?

  15. Jonathan,

    Some sicko creep called you a “chickenhawk.” Now, I know that this term has been thrown around and wrongly used to mean someone in favor of war who avoids military service, but what it really means is an adult male who preys sexually on young boys.

    If this sicko is in Britain, which I believe he is, I believe that this is actionable.

  16. Yohoho
    “Any committee of enquiry will shoot these “peaceful” souls’ testimony out of the water (pardon the pun….).”

    really, I am aghast – how can you dare to think so little of Goldstone and his ilk’s creativity and ingeniousness?

    They will find something to whitewash the “peace”hooligans – I have no doubt about it.

    Oh and btw as it so happens I realized that if you write un-security-council it kind of reflects what the thing has been allowed to be turned into.

  17. Silke,

    Thanks for that hysterically funny piece by Steve Martin. I have sent it around to everyone in my family. This is was the first light moment I have had all day.

  18. to all fellow news junkies – here is the RSS-feed where you get the videos and the latest (reliable/official) stuff faster than even from the fastest blog (I realized yesterday) – yes I think it is important to support the government’s message – this is no time for dallying in creativity unless to blacken the adversary stronger than the IDF does and take their choice of words seriously, to me it seems that are doing a good job

  19. Irit
    thanks :-)))
    but the credit really belongs to Peter who brought the 72 virgins back into the conversation and made me remember that – in my mind also – masterpiece