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June 28, 2011

Israel: Flotilla Participants Plan Violence

Accounts by Amira Hass and Gideon Levy notwithstanding, their own Ha'aretz today reports:

Israeli military spokeswoman Maj. Avital Leibovich on Monday cited intelligence reports saying extremists in the flotilla have "dangerous incendiary chemicals" for use against Israeli forces.

Senior Israeli officials said at a press briefing on Monday that even though the Turkish organization IHH has withdrawn from the upcoming flotilla to Gaza, information recently obtained by Israel indicates that some passengers are planning on carrying out violent acts.

Since IHH was chiefly responsible for the violence aboard last year's flotilla, its withdrawal had initially seemed to obviate that threat. But it now seems that members of the group will be sailing on some of the ships, along with other Arab and Muslim activists, the officials said.

Two of these activists, they said, have known ties with Hamas: Amin Abu Rashad, who formerly headed a Hamas-linked charity in Holland that was shut down by the Dutch government for financing terror, and Mohammad Hannoun of the Italian ABSPP foundation, which Israel claims is also involved in financing terror.

The information also indicates that flotilla organizers may be stowing chemicals aboard for use against soldiers who board the ships, the officials said, adding that a few extremists among the organizers had been heard threatening in recent days "to spill the blood" of Israel Defense Forces soldiers.

Senior defense officials told Haaretz that the chemicals, including sulfur, are aboard ships carrying French and American passengers, among others."This is a dramatic development," one defense source said. "The picture emerging here is that some of the flotilla participants clearly intend a violent clash."

Posted by TS at June 28, 2011 05:20 AM


What's really sad is that the haters continue to spew their hate, suggesting that the IDF has "fabricated" this information.

Posted by: Ilene at June 28, 2011 09:40 AM

I don't believe this garbage for one second. This is just a preamble for the IDF to act like unprofessional cowards and assault old women and harmless activists. Israeli's paranoia has no end.

Posted by: Anonymous at June 28, 2011 11:01 AM

I am Canadian and pro-Israel. I hope the information given about dangerous chemicals and extremists is not well-founded.
I will follow the news reports on the flotilla and just hope this is just a wrong piece of information. If it is true, I will be really disgusted, again.

Posted by: Jean-Guy Marmen at June 28, 2011 11:03 AM

Unfortunately, the information about dangerous chemical and terrorists on board is 100% true. According the the Swedish participant in the flotilla they openly declare that they have dangerous weapons and they will USE them

Posted by: maria at July 1, 2011 01:04 PM

Under your stated guideline of a "moderated blog, how did Anonymous get his/her blatant lie, that stated,"This is just a preamble for the IDF to act like unprofessional cowards and assault old women and harmless activists," get printed?

The IHH "activists" on the Mavi Marmara were spoiling for a fight and bent on killing the Israelis. What were the Israelis supposed to do? Let themselves be slaughtered? NO! They defended themselves as they should have.

Posted by: Shelly -Boston USA at July 1, 2011 06:29 PM

IDF unprofessional cowards? What planet do you come from. Is your hatred of Israel and Jews so intense that you cannot see facts when they're under your nose. Jealous of Israel? I can understand why - you're probably a failed individual living on hatred whilst Israel goes from strength to strength in inventions, discoveries and intelligence. Remember Jews were instructed to be a light unto the nations but goodness gracious it's difficult when people like you have no candles or electricity.

Posted by: RussellG at July 2, 2011 07:14 AM

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