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‘Freedom Flotilla 2’ – Staying Pointless.


As the erudite JE Dyer recently observed, the withdrawal last week of the Mavi Marmara from the so-called ‘Freedom Flotilla 2’ means that we are left with a largely North American and European project: a collection of far-Left Westerners volunteering their services to Hamas and its support network in order to try to enable unfettered access to Gaza for weapons sent by a totalitarian, theocratic state with the aim of destroying a liberal, democratic one by means of one of its religiously fanatical proxies. One might think that it doesn’t get much more surreal than that, but it does.   

The American boat in the upcoming flotilla – named ‘The Audacity of Hope‘  – will be carrying a cargo of letters from US citizens to the people in Gaza, some of which have already been sent to Gaza by e-mail so that a display can be made. A press release sent out by the organisers of the US boat to Gaza puts paid to any illusions the general public may still have about these flotillas having anything to do with humanitarian aid.

“In addition to 36 passengers, 4 crew, and 10 members of the press, our boat will carry thousands of letters of support and friendship from people throughout the U.S. to the women, children and men of Gaza. There will be no weapons of any sort on board. We will carry no goods of any kind for delivery in Gaza.” (emphasis added)

Among the boat’s human cargo will be journalists from CNN and CBS News, along with two far-Left Israeli activists with whom CiF Watch readers are already familiar: Joseph Dana will be aboard reporting for ‘The Nation’ as well as Al Jazeera Stream and 972 magazine, and occasional ‘Comment is Free’ contributor Mya Guarnieri will be representing the Palestinian news agency Ma’an. Given the records of both these ‘journavists‘ and their clear and pre-stated political bias on the subject of the flotilla and its aims, we can presumably look forward to unlimited one-sided multi-media reporting on their parts.

Besides the United States, other countries represented in the flotilla appear to be Canada, with a boat called “Tahrir” also carrying activists from Australia, Denmark and Belgium, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Greece. There will be a joint Swedish/Norwegian contingent, a Swiss/German one and possibly one or two French boats. Presumably, Turkish and British activists who had been scheduled to sail on the Mavi Marmara will now be joining these other boats.

These flotillas have from the very beginning been what Chas Newkey-Burden recently described as “a vacuous project”. They never brought any significant aid to the people of Gaza or contributed to making their lives better. Their entire aim has been high-profile anti-Israel agitprop with the goal of breaking a legal naval blockade put in place to prevent the escalation of armed conflict in the region – conflict which would bring further suffering to people on both sides.

In fact the only things that ‘Free Gaza’, ‘The European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza and their various associates have achieved is some high-profile publicity for various waning celebs, self-serving smugness on the part of their ‘progressive’ supporters and a rise in the respective carbon footprints of the various members of the flotilla’s steering committee who, in the past year, have been jetting between Athens, Paris, Madrid and Strasbourg, among other places, for meetings.

Apparently, later this week and next we will once more be obliged to watch as Israeli soldiers are put needlessly in danger by self-righteous Westerners with extremist political agendas on a mission bound yet again for failure. We will also no doubt be treated to the usual inane squeals of ‘progressive’ indignation from ‘the world’s leading liberal voice‘ and dramatic descriptions of inhumane Israeli actions from the spoiled children of the extreme Left such as Guarnieri, and Dana – who is already speculating on his Twitter-feed about being ‘tazed’ and bragging about wearing “a full press flak jacket and helmet”.

And for what? None of this floating circus will of course do anything to bring peace in the Middle East even one step closer. None of these ‘human rights activists’ seems to have uttered a word on the subject of Gilad Shalit who will be commencing his sixth year of imprisonment by Hamas with no Red Cross visits and total denial of all his human rights on the very weekend that these ships of fools will set sail. None of them will be bringing him his first letters from his family after sixty months of incarceration. Instead, they chose to support his captors – human rights violators of the first order, as the ordinary people of Gaza know only too well.

Members of the general public can, however, make their opinions of this useless exercise known to its participants via their social media sites.

Canadian boat – “Tahrir” – Twitter, Facebook.

US boat –”The Audacity of Hope” – Twitter , Facebook.

Spanish boat – Twitter , Facebook

Italian boat – “Stefano Chiarini” – Twitter , Facebook   

Swedish boat – Facebook

Irish boat – “MV Saoirse” – Twitter

Swiss boat – Twitter

Greek boat – Twitter  , Facebook

French boat – apparently not versed in social media!   

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  1. At the moment Mya Guardini reveals her political sophistication in her Twitter account myaguarnieri
    will the greek government collapse? i’m in athens, so i might get to see.

      • She is listing her daily activities for us now. In this order: myaguarnieri >
        myaguarnieri
        discussed non-violent philosophies, deep-breathing, and also went through a simulated army raid. #flotilla

  2. And on the day these self-serving, attention seekers set out with all their attendant publicity, genuine aid workers will face yet another gruelling day working in dire conditions, often in very dangerous parts of the world, bringing support and care to those who haven’t got a hope in hell of getting the attention they truly need – thanks to this on-going media spotlight on Gaza.

    These Flotilla Fools will, no doubt, brag of their bravery and expect the world to listen to their tales of derring-do when they return. Meanwhile, the REAL unsung heroes – the aid workers trying to help the sick, the wounded and the traumatised of Darfur, the families scratching a living from rubbish dumps in the Phillipines, the children jumping on and off trains or living on the streets of India, the infants begging in Cambodia and so many other countries – will just get up and get on with yet another day.

    And as for those cheering the Flotilla Fools on from the safety of their armchairs, if there is conflict don’t blame the Israelis. You’re the ones that have encouraged this – you are therefore the ones who must take responsbility for the consequences.

    • Perhaps I accord them too much importance, but I think it’s time for a reminder of how the last lunacy went down:

      I doubt that the IDF will be fooled again.

      But please circulate this, again, far and wide.

      • There are in fact kids starving in Gaza. The blame game aside: that is an utterly heartless video.

        Oh – plus some juicy cliché Arab characters complete with accents.

        What if someone were to make a similar video with cliché Jews/Israelis?
        Isn’t this site supposed to be primarily against bigotry?

        • There are absolutely no starving kids in Gaza. In the past there were talks about malnutrition in the sense of a poor diet, but even that was in the height of the blockade which de-facto doesn’t exist anymore.

          there ARE starving kids in Africa and India, North-Korea, and East-Asia. Perhaps they should sale there to bring their nourishing cargo of… nothing?

        • They write advertisements for people like you Pretzelberg.

          Perhaps there are kids’ starving in Gaza, though I doubt it. There are poor children in Israel, and in Germany, and in the UK, too but they don’t get food packages from UNWRA.

        • pretzelberg, you know this how? Please give us some links to disinterested articles which show kids to be starving in Gaza. If these exist, and if they are, then it is because of Hamas rather than Israel, so that it can troop gullible media folk and international statesmen and women around to feel sorry for them.

          Here is a link to a list, which is regularly updated of supplies from Israel into Gaza, except when the crossings are shelled:

          http://idfspokesperson.com/tag/cogat/

          UNRWA gets billions of dollars in international aid, and kids are starving in Gaza? Where does the UNRWA money go?

          The masquerade of that flotilla, with its rusty wheelchairs and out-of-date medicines was heartless. The murderous attacks on the Israeli soldiers were heartless and the lies these lunatics told afterwards to shore up their beliefs were frankly crazy.

          And as for the “how would you feel if…” part of your post, you should look at some of the videos about Jews/Israelis (Palestinians very rarely make the distinction) on Palestinian Media Watch, which are regularly transmitted, including to little Palestinian children. Make a fuss about them too and I may just try to take your whingeing seriously.

    • you are such a disgracful, inhumane, which, how can you say such things about people who are risking their lives for a good cause, open your eyes, israel are the baby killers and kill for anything, they are the biggest terrorist and you are their supproter, so you should be arrested, stupid woman,

      • daoud,

        islamofascists are baby sacrificing baby killers.

        islamofascists use children as human sheilds.

        Show us any other people who dress up their babies in mock suicide bomb belts.

        They grow up to blow up.

        All people have the right to resist world-wide islamofascism.

  3. Without the murderously intentioned Mavi Marmara lunatics this will probably be the proverbial damp squib but I agree with Serendipity that we should send the excellent Latma video far and wide.

    And as for:

    ““In addition to 36 passengers, 4 crew, and 10 members of the press, our boat will carry thousands of letters of support and friendship from people throughout the U.S. to the women, children and men of Gaza. There will be no weapons of any sort on board. We will carry no goods of any kind for delivery in Gaza.” (emphasis added)”

    I ask myself, what is the point? Surely the letters would get to Gaza more quickly if they posted them?

    • well,

      since one cannot eat a letter…im taking this as acceptance that there is no humanitarian crisis…and that this flotilla is purely an act of war

      as such…they need to blow these boats out of the water

  4. we are left with a largely North American and European project: a collection of far-Left Westerners volunteering their services to Hamas and its support network in order to try to enable unfettered access to Gaza for weapons sent by a totalitarian, theocratic state with the aim of destroying a liberal, democratic one

    I have my doubts about the flotilla – but I cannot believe the actual aim for most of the participants is “to try to enable unfettered access to Gaza for weapons”.

    That’s just nonsense. Why not try to engage them more honestly?

    • “…I cannot believe the actual aim for most of the participants is ‘to try to enable unfettered access to Gaza for weapons’.”

      You may be right, it might not be their aim. They could be stupid rather than malicious. However, what counts is the end result. In the hands of Hamas, who have a track record of using foodstuffs sent to them as humanitarian aid to fuel the rockets they fire at Sderot and Ashkelon, breaking the blockade can only lead to the end result of them having unfettered access to weapons.

      The trouble with all you “humanitarians” is you preach from the comfort of your armchair while we are having to deal up close and personal with people far removed from any humanitarian intent.

    • I have my doubts about the flotilla – but I cannot believe the actual aim for most of the participants is “to try to enable unfettered access to Gaza for weapons”.
      That’s just nonsense. Why not try to engage them more honestly?

      Nonsense? If not this is their aim then what is? Helping the hungry kids in Gaza with heartrending e-mails?
      There are hungry children in Gaza as in every other country of the world including your country Germany. Should I send some e-mails to the hungry Roma kids in the suburbs of Berlin or Rome in order to save them from hunger? The poverty of the Gazans has nothing to do with the fact that Israel is trying to prevent the entry of weapons into Gaza… or do you think that these children want to eat Fajr missiles? Speaking about hungry children have you even walked the streets of Mumbai or any black African country? Seems to me you haven’t. Have you ever thought of the consequences of supplying Hamas freely with rockets and heavy weaponry? That these hungry kids would become dead kids because of the unavoidable total war between Israel and Hamas?

      Your speaking of honestly engaging with these people is laughable. There is a war between Hamas and Israel and these “peace activists” are actively helping our enemy – they must be considered enemy combatants and should be dealt with them according to this fact. If they are unarmed and don’t resist their arrest violently then they should be treated as prisoners of war and maybe they could be exchanged for Gilad Shalit. The Israeli participants should be dealt according to our laws concerning the active support of the enemy in time of war.

      The actual aim of the participant has no significance at all – they support our armed enemies trying to eliminate the possibility to controll the entry of arms into Gaza. They are mentally fit to consider the relevance and the consequences of their actions – although they are obviously narcistic psychopaths without a real job.

      You are speaking about nonsense Pretzel being clueless about the subject – and yourself writing totally nonsensical posts.

      • Peter, you cannot be seriously telling me that you believe all the people on those flotillas are there so that Hamas get more weapons.
        And my reference to “honestly” – for all those here too stupid to comprehend – was within the context of Israelinurse talking about the flotilla participants, i.e. there’s no need to exaggerate and/or make up lies.

        • I don’t have to know the motivation of these people but as I said before their subjective individual reason is totally irrelevant. Political activists should be mature enough to consider the objective consequences of their activism.

          BTW not to understand that their action if they were successful would help Hamas’ goal to import heavy weaponry and would endanger the lives of both Israeli and Palestinian civilians can be considered the world record of naivete and stupidity.
          What lies are you speaking about?

    • Pretzelberg – according to maritime law, a naval blockade must be enforced without prejudice. In other words, you can’t let some ships through and not others. Otherwise, the blockade becomes illegal and non-enforceable.

      So, if Israel were to allow this flotilla through that would render it unable to enforce the blockade against ships such as the Victoria – seized only weeks ago with a cargo of weapons from Iran.

      http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/English/eng_n/html/iran_e108.htm

      The Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood affiliated organisers of the flotillas know this perfectly well. They are not trying to bring aid to Gaza – as they themselves admit – but to render the blockade legally null and void. The consequence of that would be unlimited entry of Iranian weapons to Gaza which is not in the interests of either the Israeli or Palestinian peoples who just want to get on with their lives.

      • But in the article you clearly suggest that the aim of participants is “to try to enable unfettered access to Gaza for weapons”. And that is extremely dishonest of you. Why not argue originally as you have now done so in that response? There are plenty of valid arguments to be made against the flotilla – and more than enough idiots on board those boats.

        • Yes, Pretzelberg – that’s exactly what they’re trying to do. Break the blockade = render it unworkable = unfettered access to weapons- transporting ships.
          What’s so difficult to understand?

          • Some of those in the flotillas no doubt do want to see more arms for Hamas et al – but that is NOT the aim of the majority.

            • EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – The organisers of a second flotilla aiming to break Israel’s siege on Gaza are seeking EU diplomatic protection after Israeli commandos killed nine people and injured 52 during their first trip in 2010.
              http://euobserver.com/9/32124

              They’re not going to take food. Nobody claims that Gazans are starving any more. The aim is to break the ‘siege’ (which it isn’t) while Egypt has already halted the blockade by opening Rafah.

            • So why are they participating in a venture organised by the Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza’, the IHH with its known Hamas and Islamist links and the ISM linked ‘Free Gaza’ campaign?
              Pretending not to know the real aims behind these ventures is no excuse for any participant: the information is clearly available on the internet and if they choose to ignore it they are accomplices.

              • Pretending not to know the real aims behind these ventures is no excuse for any participant

                But some of those on board would sincerely argue that their aim is not to provide Hamas with weapons. Just because you disagree with their actions does not mean you can smear them. Well, you can, of course – but it’s a pretty transparent smear.

      • So, if Israel were to allow this flotilla through that would render it unable to enforce the blockade against ships such as the Victoria – seized only weeks ago with a cargo of weapons from Iran.

        What ?

    • pretzels said:

      “I cannot believe the actual aim for most of the participants is “to try to enable unfettered access to Gaza for weapons”.”

      You must also believe that over 20 years Barak Obama never heard anti-American rants from his former spiritual advisor Rev. Wright.

      Psst. Pretzels. You wanna buy that bridge over there. The one that connects Brooklyn to Manhattan? I like you and will give you a real good insiders price on it.

    • There might not be weapons on that Flotilla (a flotilla of foolish geriatrics and attention seekers)
      But you can bet on lots of cameras and video cams,to take pictures and videos to put on youtube and to show family an friends at home on how they stood bravely against the whole might of the Israeli Army.

      You could sum up these attention seekers in just one word…. Wankers….

      • That video is great,I sent it to everyone that I know and don’t know…..But it is not enough we need more of these videos,lots more…..We are up against a relentless enemy with their Fellow Travelers and sympathizers who use the dirtiest tricks and some……..

        • pretzelberg….Why not try to engage them more honestly…….

          And how would you do that,throw rose petals at them…..

          Is this guy for real……………

          • The Israeli-Kazakh billionaire Mashkevitch is working on creating a Jewish Al-Jazeera,a sorely missing Jewish voice…..To counter all the anti-Israeli propaganda that comes out of the BBC,the Guardian and their like..

  5. Pretzelberg

    Firstly, If, as you assert, there are children starving in Gaza then a) where are the billions of dollars in aid going and b) why are shopping malls, swimming pools, rockets and summer camps for the indoctrination of children into hatred and warfare, an apparent priority?

    Secondly, you may dislike Latma’s video, but no more than many dislike those Western folk who don their keffiyah and march under banners which declare them to be ‘All Hamas Now’
    It seems to me that Latma’s video is targeting precisely these type of people, so easily fooled by Hamas.

    If you want ‘heartless’ read some of the horrific stories told by women in Darfur. Like this one:
    ‘They came at seven to our village, the janjaweed militia,’ she says,…. Her husband was away when the rebels arrived and set about their business – the livestock rounded up, homes torched, men and boys mutilated and murdered, and finally the moment that she replays over and over, when one of the horsemen rode up and, with a machete, decapitated the baby that she held in her arms. She didn’t have time to mourn. The murderers took her with them and kept her hostage for 15 days, repeatedly raping and violating her before they moved on.”

    This is just one of many similar stories in a conflict where rape and violence towards women and children is part of warfare.

    I mention Darfur not only because it seems to count for nothing when compared to Gaza but also because the day after the President responsible for the conflict in Darfur, Omar al-Bashir, was indicted for war crimes by the ICC, Hamas not only made a statement in support of the man but also popped a couple of representatives on a plane and sent them to his side. Note that this was a matter of days after Cast Lead when Hamas were crying ‘Israeli war crimes!’ and the world was sympathetic to them.

    And these Hamas leaders who rushed to support al-Bashir are the same ones currently being supported by all those taking part in this flotilla.

    • Yes there is hypocrisy when it comes to Darfur, yes Hamas are also guilty of misappropriating funds (and worse, of course) – but my point here is that there are children suffering in Gaza, which is why I find the video heartless.

        • A childish response sadly typical for the intellectually challenged oafs who frequent this website.

  6. Will these ships be sailing with their individual countries’ flags? If so, surely this can be interpreted to be an Act of War by these same countries against Israel? Has the Israeli government informed the countries involved that this will be the case? I would be very interested to know this. Does any other country in the entire world have to deal with this kind of provocation on a daily basis?

      • Well off you go, sweetcheeks.

        If I don’t arrive within half an hour you can start without me.

        Idiot

      • Hey guys, listen up, if MTC says we’re wrong let us just look for that towel and throw it in. He and the entire world must be right. Say Galileo what a fool you are.

  7. Surely Peter the Hungarian is right – Gaza is no better and no worse than any city in a 3rd world country [sorry if that isn’t the PC expression these days]. There are luxury restaurants, hotels and beaches and there are slums where the poor have a job eking out a living. You will find this anywhere – Sao Paolo, Johannesburg, Tel Aviv – even London.

    The point of the issue is that the Israelis are being blamed for the poverty, which flies in the face of fact and common sense. The Israelis have let in tons and tons of food and medical aid across the border every month. But why on earth should they when the governemnt of Gaza fires rockets at them every day?

    So, pretzelberg, the answer to your question is that those on the flotilla are either ignorant dupes of anti-Israel propaganda or deliberately involved in mischief-making. The last flotilla carried no useful aid but it did carry weapon materials; this one seems designated to carry nothing at all and is aimed solely at interfering with legitimate naval surveillance by a country against an enemy at war with it.

    • Julian, I think they are both or a mixture of the two. The thugs aboard the Mavi Marmara were maliciously inclined but their fellow travellers (literally and metaphorically) were and still are mischief makers of the sort you might find below the line at the other place, who regurgitate the contents of PSC and ISM leaflets but don’t have the first clue what they are talking about.

      And I agree with Israelinurse’s post above. Maritime blockades must be applied without prejudice to all who try to break them. What, therefore is the point of this farce?

      In the words of the Latma video song, “to con the world.”

  8. “We will carry no goods of any kind for delivery in Gaza.”

    Priceless. I like the fact there’s a Greek boat. Given the developments in Greece they might need to load cargo FROM Gaza to bring back TO GREECE. Wink wink, grin.

    (They are after all the single most anti-Israeli country outside the Arab world.)

  9. Once again, it is necessary to note that comments containing ad hominem attacks against fellow commenters, threats of violence in any form directed towards anyone, or racist comments, will be deleted.

  10. Serendipity, there’s a song there for the IDF, if only you knew your rock and roll! “Won’t get fooled again”. Meet the new anti-Semites, same as the old anti-Semites.

  11. Pretzelberg,

    The reality of this conflict is such that unless and until Hamas is exposed for what it is, the people on both sides – men, women and children alike – will continue to suffer.

    If the aim of Latma’s video is to expose this reality then surely it’s a good thing?