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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Who was aboard the Mavi Marmara

Israel's Intelligence and Information Center has an extensive analysis of the passengers aboard the Mavi Marmara last May.
5. Of the 561 Mavi Marmara passengers, 380 were from non-Arab Islamic countries (mostly Turkey) 107 from Arab-Islamic countries and 74 from the West. Examination provided the following insights:
A. The flotilla was basically a Turkish project. More than 60% of the passengers, 353, were Turkish. There were Turkish passengers, including IHH activists, aboard two other ships, the Gazze and the Defney, as well.

B. The largest Arab delegations were from Algeria (32 participants) and Jordan (31 participants).

C. Only 13% of the passengers were from Western countries. The largest delegation was British (28 participants). Conspicuous among the Western passengers were activists of Arab-Muslim origin. Some had previously participated in the land and sea convoys to the Gaza Strip and some were involved in anti-Israel activity in their home countries.
6. Ideologically, many Mavi Marmara passengers belonged to extremist Islamist organizations, especially the Turkish IHH and other Islamist organizations operating in Turkey. There were also Arab and Western activists affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. There were Western radical left activists, who were in the minority. There were also volunteers, motivated by an authentic desire to help the Gazans. This melting-pot coalition was led by IHH and united by their common hostility to Israel (and sometimes to the Jewish people), support for Hamas (not for the Palestinian Authority), and hostility to the West and its values.
In other words, it was a toxic mix of activism.

Read the whole thing.


At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There were also volunteers, motivated by an authentic desire to help the Gazans."

I don't believe that. There cannot have been a single person aboard the Mavi Marmara who, unless they were blind and deaf, did not know that the IHH plan was to resist the Israeli navy with violence. The saws cutting bars from the ship and grinding chain ends were audible everywhere, and people had freedom of movement if not of photography.


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