According to an unnamed defense official,
"The picture emerging here is that some of the flotilla participants clearly intend a violent clash,"
"There's no doubt that impounding vessels is a deterrent measure that could prevent the need to use force against future (flotilla) violations."
Flotilla I "participants came aboard armed, with some declaring they were prepared for martyrdom; the same is expected this year."
It describes organizers as a broad coalition and umbrella organization of pro-Palestinian, pro-Hamas participants, as well as an officially designated "terrorist organization," the Turkish IHH charity Ankara pressured not to come; it also cited Israeli intelligence saying the Free Gaza Movement includes "dangerous organizations with terrorist links."
It listed a litany of lies about Gaza, including life there now eased, saying:
"Israel now permits almost all goods (in) except items it fears could be used to stage attacks."
It said many 2010 Mavi Marmara participants came armed with "guns, knives, metal pipes and chains ~ not humanitarian goods…There was no humanitarian aid on the (ship), and organizers stated their violent intent on the record."
It claims "international legal authorities consider (Israel's) blockade legal" during an armed struggle Israel instigated and sustains, blaming Gazan victims for its own crimes, including the lawless siege.
All the above claims are maliciously false. The section, in fact, supports Israeli crimes of war and against humanity by substituting brazen lies for vital truths.
"They are clearly there to create a provocation, looking for confrontation and blood and for many pictures on television screens…hard core…terror activists" are among them.
Those coming, they said, include EU, US, and Canadian human rights activists, not bomb-throwing, gun toting, knife wielding, chemical carrying extremists planning violence. Moreover, they added that peaceful participants present a "more difficult public diplomacy challenge" if clashes with Israel soldiers occur.
"a bad idea that can only exacerbate tensions and we don't need more reasons for conflict at the moment,"
"We don't have the legal recourse to stop boats leaving, but with others, including the UN Secretary-General, we have made clear we are against this."
"Israel is in the midst of a massive diplomatic and (dis)information campaign to scuttle the planned attempt to break the maritime embargo…."
"Navy commandos have developed new techniques on how to fast-rope onto the ships' upper decks quickly. They also have new equipment such as water cannons, attack dogs, (and) riot control specialists from the Prison Service's elite Masada Unit."
The pro-Israeli Stand With Us organization launched a new Flotillafacts.com site, accessed through the following link:
"Flotilla Violates International Law, Intends to Provoke Violent Confrontation;…these flotillas are anti-peace;
…international pressure should be placed on the terrorist group Hamas which rules Gaza;"
In 2010, "anti-Israeli extremists and Turkish jihadists organized a flotilla to violate Israel's naval blockade…;"
Mavi Marmara "jihadists brutally attacked (Israeli commandos) with knives, metal bars, and guns. Nine jihadists were killed.
This year, the same anti-Israel extremists are planning another international flotilla battalion….purportedly to bring humanitarian goods to Gaza."
Notoriously, America's Anti-Defamation League also dispenses pro-Israeli propaganda and smear campaigns against Israeli critics, under the guise of fighting anti-semitism and supporting human rights equitably.
Anti-Israeli, anti-Zionist, pro-Hamas participants are coming, including the Free Gaza Movement, allied with others responsible for violent 2010 clashes. Omitted was explaining that Israel instigated violence against unarmed, peaceful activists.
Israel's "blockade is primarily a defensive measure (against) the ongoing barrage of rockets targeting Israeli civilians and the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit." In fact, Shalit is a war prisoner, victimized by IDF aggression against Gaza civilians. Moreover, Hamas homemade "rockets" respond to Israeli attacks using sophisticated terror weapons.
"Israel enables the flow of goods into Gaza each day, and particularly ensures the transfer of food, medicines, fuel and electricity."
"There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza." In fact, it's been ongoing for years, exacerbated by Israel's longstanding slow-motion genocide policy ADL chooses to ignore.
In fact, IDF commandos rehearsed a well-planned terror attack, using photos of targeted Turkish activists on board the Mavi Marmara mother ship to murder them in cold blood, forensic evidence showing them shot multiple times at close range, including in the head.
"independent panel of inquiry, the Turkel Commission….investigate(d) and assess(ed) Israel's action. (It) found that the Gaza blockade and the use of force during the (interdiction) were legal under international law."
"an abomination for American (Flotilla) participants….to liken themselves to the Freedom Riders who challenged segregation in the American South….(They) were pacifists who were on the right side of history; the flotilla organizers (challenge Israel and) align themselves with Hamas," a Palestinian "terror(ist)" organization.
The pro-Israeli Shurat HaDin "suggest(ed) that seven of the ships might be lacking insurance or were improperly registered." Laughably calling itself a "civil rights organization," it also threatened 30 maritime insurers, warning that covering the vessels leaves them vulnerable to suits for "aiding a terrorist organization."
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