Flotilla ahoy! A refresher on the background to another anti-Israel publicity stunt

As readers may be aware, flotilla season is apparently again upon us and on May 10th the self-styled ‘Freedom Flotilla Coalition’ announced that a trawler had set sail from Sweden.Marianne

The Times of Israel reports:

“The trawler Marianne of Gothenburg will be carrying a “limited cargo of, among other things, solar cell panels and medical equipment” for use in Gaza, according to a statement by the Ship to Gaza campaign. […]

Along the way it will pick up eight other crew members, according to Israel Radio. Two other vessels are expected to join the flotilla later on.”

One of the various vessels’ passengers is apparently Moncef Marzouki who has collaborated in the past with Hamas-linked groups in Europe and their associated personalities involved in the organization of previous flotillas.  

Read the rest of this post at BBC Watch

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  1. Why Gaza? Why not Syria? Why not Nepal? Why not Yemen? Why not any African country? The answer is very simple – they can’t use any of these for inciting Jew-hatred.

  2. Pallywood exposed
    Sick: Gaza Blogger Uses Disabled Child’s Picture to Smear Israel
    ‘Award-winning’ Mohammed Omer caught passing off an image of a disabled child being treated by Israel as a ‘victim of Gaza war.’
    By Ari Soffer
    First Publish: 5/10/2015, 5:28 PM

    Omer tried to pass the image off as a child injured by Israel

    A Palestinian Arab blogger and “award-winning journalist” has been caught cynically using a picture of a severely disabled Palestinian child for propaganda purposes, falsely claiming his limbs were blown off by the Israeli military during last summer’s conflict with Gaza.

    Mohammed Omer – who started the Rafah Today blog and has written for numerous major news outlets including Al Jazeera, the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, the New Statesman, Aftonbladet and others – received the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in 2008.

    The Prize is granted to journalists who “tell an unpalatable truth, validated by powerful facts.”

    But ironically, Omer’s reporting skills have been exposed as anything but truthful after a tweet he posted Sunday, featuring a Palestinian toddlerfrom Gaza he claims is “one of the last Gaza war victims,” referring to last summer’s Operation Protective Edge.

    But the picture in question is of Mohammed al-Farra, a toddler from Gaza with a rare genetic disease who has been living at Israel’s Tel Hashomer hospital with his grandfather after being abandoned by his parents.

    Soon after being exposed, Omer removed the tweet – which had been retweeted dozens of times by then. A screenshot can be seen below.

    Mohammed Omer’s cynical usage of Mohammed Al-Farra Screenshot

    Al-Farra’s case was reported widely in 2013, after becoming the subject of an Associated Press feature piece.

    A quick Google search revealed that the picture Omer used is in fact an AP photo used in that very report.

    Omer was called out by an Israeli blogger and activist David Ha’ivri, who noted that the only way he could have gotten hold of the picture was by lifting it from an article about Al-Farra and his treatment in an Israeli hospital – cynically co-opting the young child’s suffering for the sake of cheap propaganda.

    Even by the cynical standards of Pallywood, this one really hits rock-bottom