by Anav Silverman
It was exactly the kind of coverage that pro-Palestinian activists behind the
Not surprisingly, this typical knee-jerk reaction by the media and international community to such Mideast confrontations, failed to report the outside circumstances that lead to the unfolding events at sea.
First, allowing the illegal flotilla to reach Hamas would have opened another corridor of weapons smuggling into
Indeed, the term 'peace-activists' which was used to describe those on board the
The director of the Turkish Humanitarian Aid Foundation sponsoring the flotilla (IHH), Bulent Yildirim, held a one-year-old infant in his arms, as a "message" to Israelis on Sunday May 30 during television interviews that he gave on board the Mavi Marmara, the vessel on which the violence and bloodshed broke out a few hours later.
The weapons found on board, as well as the knives, handguns and metal bars that were used by violent, masked pro-Palestinian activists against IDF soldiers during the takeover, further indicated that the flotilla initiative had a far more violent purpose than originally portrayed in media reports or by the fleet organizers.
As one IDF officer reported "It was like a well-planned lynch. These people were anything but peace activists."
According to the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, Hamas regards
In January 2009, IHH head, Bulent Yildirim met with Khaled Mashaal, chairman of Hamas' political bureau in
The success of the
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