Humanitarian Aid Ship? Nope, Jihad Ship: No Aid for Gazans on the Mavi Marmara

By Barry Rubin


How many truckloads of humanitarian aid on the seven flotilla ships? Thirty-four plus 2000 tons of cement. How many truckloads did Israel deliver to Gaza that same week? Answer: 484.

Would the materials carried on some of the ships help the people of Gaza? Sure. There were wheelchairs, mobility scooters for the disabled, crutches, hospital beds, medicine, and clothing, and hospital equipment.

But if the intention was simply to deliver these items they could have been unloaded in Egypt and everything (including the militants on board carrying lots of money) could have gone into Gaza. Or they could have been unloaded in Israel, inspected, and anything not connected with terrorism could have gone into Gaza.

But the goal, of course, was to destroy the blockade, help Hamas poliically, and make Israel look bad.

As for the Mavi Marmara, this ship was controlled by the Jihadist IHH group and its goal was poliical, not humnitarian. And now we know: it carried no cargo of aid whatsoever. Why should a ship carrying no humanitarian aid at all break through the blockade? Answer: To break the blockade by triggering a violent confrontation.

Meanwhile, Germany’s Channel One news conducted the kind of good investigating reporting that should be seen in the English-speaking world. The program, “Questionable Peace Mission,” asked why German leftists were in the same boat—literally–as Turkish Islamists and right-wing extremists. Here is the program in the original German and with English and French subtitles.

The three German leftist activists interviewed claimed all participants were from humanitarian organizations and talked about all the fun they’d had. They had no interest in knowing that they were being used.

The show then contrasts this with material about the extremism of the IHH, which organized the trip. Those about to depart on the ship—who shortly thereafter would be attacking the arriving Israeli soldiers—chanted, “Oh, you Jews.…the army of the prophet Muhamad will return–just like in Kaibar [where Jewish men were massacred and women and children forcibly converted and sold into slavery]….Intifada until victory!”

For the militants, this was a revolutionary act, a raid, not a humanitarian mission. Of course, the vast majority of those on the ships were just trying to do a good deed, but they were not the ones who determined that the outcome would be a violent confrontation.

Mete Cubukcu, editor-in-chief of NTV, one of Turkey’s largest television networks, explains how the IHH, which organized and led the flotilla, is linked to radical groups and Jihad fighters, including those who murdered a beloved Armenian journalist.

Then there’s the interview with IHH and flotilla leader Yildrim on board the Mavi Marmara (3:40). He says they know Israel will stop the ship and that when this happens, there will be huge demonstrations throughout the world.

The show then interviews Michael Kiefer, a left-wing expert on Islam from Erfurt University. He says that the Turks on board were not peace activists as this term is understood in the West, but people advocating violence and revolutionary activity.

What’s most ironic is that many of the Turks on the ship were from the IHH and an extremist nationalist group, the BBP. Three years ago, the left-wing party to which the three German participants belonged applied to the German government to label these groups as “racist” with a “propensity for violence and totalitarian structures based on the führer principle” equivalent to a German neo-Nazi movement.

When asked by a German television reporter: “You seem not to have bothered from the outset about who would travel with you,” Annette Groth, the left-wing member of parliament who was on the ship angrily ended the conversation. She and her colleagues didn’t want to know how they’d served as human shields for violent groups acting in support of a terrorist, racist group, Hamas.

Those in the media who continue to cover up or ignore these facts should be asked why, to paraphrase the German reporter’s question to Groth, “You seem not to have bothered by the nature of the extremists, terrorists, and antisemitic groups for whom you’re making propaganda.

Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. His latest books are The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition), The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley), and The Truth About Syria (PalgraveMacmillan). His new edited books include Lebanon: Liberation, Conflict and Crisis; Guide to Islamist Movements; Conflict and Insurgency in the Middle East; The West and the Middle East (four volumes); and The Muslim Brotherhood.

Psalm 9:17  The wicked shall be turned into hell,
and all the nations that forget God.

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  1. Antiochus says:

    In arabic “istana abul” means “wait until I pee”

  2. Therese says:

    It had to be about a sexual organ didn’t it? All a Muslim can think of is his penis and where he can put it.

  3. AmericatheBrave says:

    Istanbul is fake.
    Constaniople was the symbol of Byzantiums who were largely Christian. They had a beautiful church as a symbol of their faith called St. Hagia Sophia standing proudly in Constaniople.
    When the Seljuk Mongolian Turkish Moslems invaded, killed and stole….they converted St. Hagia Sophia into a Mosque. Today it is a museum, when people tour it asking about the greek writing on the wall the tour guides lie and say it is “ancient turkish”.
    The final insult? Changing Constaniople to Istanbul.
    shameless hypocrisy.

  4. nihal says:

    One widely accepted theory states that, İstanbul (Turkish pronunciation: [isˈtanbuɫ], colloquially [ɯsˈtambuɫ]) derives from the Medieval Greek phrase “εἰς τὴν Πόλιν” [is tin ˈpolin] or, in the Aegean dialect, “εἰς τὰν Πόλιν” [is tan ˈpolin] (Modern Greek “στην Πόλη” [stin ˈpoli]), which means “in the city” or “to the city”.
    wikipedia ……

    Turks are no Arabs please put this into your minds.
    Istanbul is a Greek word as you can read. When you make your critics can you please search first? To look to Wikipedia must´t be that hard huh?

    By the way Americanthebrave, Turkish official tour guides are uni graduated, if somebody is mixing Ottoman with Ancient Greek he must be very uneducated, my tour guide friends for instance are all archeology graduates.
    Besides, Ottoman Sultan after they took over the church they hanged 4 giant circular-framed disks or medallions on the columns, They were inscribed with the names of Allah, the Prophet Muhammad, the first four caliphs Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali, and the two grandchildren of Mohammed, and they are written in old Ottoman, your so called tour guide must mean that.

    If you ask me, that medallions should be taken out, they look horrible, but in other hand maybe they should stay there to show us the Ottoman´s ignorance , and their disgusting taste.

  5. Kuvvai Milliyeci Torunu says:

    İstanbul Since 1453 🙂

    America since when ?


    Kuvvai Milliyeci Torunu

  6. AmericatheBrave says:


    The point being, the NEW Turkish Republic formed around 1924 has gone through great links to hide, change, distract or destroy any trace of it’s original inhabitants, their culture, language, religion , etc.,
    Their is an ancient Armenian church some 1,000 years old in Historical western Armenia called Akhtamar Church-near lake Van. As a public relations stint to the europeans, the Turkish government overtook a task of restoring these few remaining churches from the land of 1001 churches.
    Akhtamar opened, but no cross was put on it and no mention of Armenians. It is bascially been a museum for the last 3 years. I would see young Turkish students tour it and walk out scratching their heads and asking “Where are the Armenians?”
    This last few months, Turkey cultural ministry is now going to allow a cross on the ancient church. The ministry is also allowing church services at Akhtamar one time a year.

  7. Turan says:

    I like the mention of “Turkey will allow them to put a cross or allow the church to be used for services” This is why my parents moved from Turkey in 1979. The reason America white washes all the terrorists ties that Turkey has is very simple money.
    1) America falsely thinks Turkey is their only trusted ally in the moslem world. Not true, Turkey is loyal to only other moslem countries and will even back stab them.
    2) America is looking at resources in the Central Asia Turkic countries: Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Krygzstan, et al.
    note all the civil uprisings there and Hillary Clinton will travel to the region first of July.

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