The All-American/European anti-Israel flotilla

posted at 6:00 pm on June 18, 2011 by J.E. Dyer

The Turkish Islamist organization IHH has decided not to participate in the upcoming flotilla attempt to break the blockade of Gaza.  As reported last week, IHH was under pressure from the Turkish government to drop out of the flotilla, presumably because the timing doesn’t look right for Turkey to precipitate an armed confrontation with Israel.  (After the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010, Turkey warned that it might provoke just such a confrontation by providing a naval escort for future flotillas.)

This will mean no Turkish ships in the flotilla.  Earlier this week, the French ship pulled out of the flotilla when pressure from French Jewish groups prevented it from docking in Marseilles, where it was to load its activists.

The ships left in the flotilla are the US and Canadian “Boats to Gaza,” the Irish Boat, the Swiss-German Boat, the Italian Boat, the Greek Boat, the Netherlands Boat, the Norwegian-Swedish Boat, and possibly one or two Spanish Boats. (CrethiPlethi has a very extensive write-up from late May.)  That tally squares roughly with the Wednesday statement of activist Adam Shapiro (founder of the International Solidarity Movement, or ISM) that about 10 ships, other than the IHH contingent, would sail in the flotilla, which will reportedly get underway next week.

Thus, it is ships sailing under the flags of NATO and the EU that will be attempting to break the blockade of Gaza.  But not all the flags of NATO; only the flags that fly over the liberal, democratic, traditionally Christian nations.  In the surreal progress of events, Islamic Turkey has dropped out.

As CrethiPlethi’s article reveals, proto-flotilla surges from elsewhere have yielded mixed results.  Indonesia reportedly has a flotilla movement, but there has been nothing concrete from it in the way of a boat or any real publicity.  Malaysia’s Perdana foundation, brainchild of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, has of course been behind actual flotilla ships, but none are sailing with the All-American/European flotilla this month.  Perdana supported M/V Rachel Corrie in the 2010 flotilla, and most recently was behind the antics of M/V Finch, which made a separate attempt to break the blockade in May 2011.

Also in 2010, activists in Lebanon, Europe, and the US sought to mount the “women’s flotilla” that was to sail from Beirut.  Lebanese authorities prevented it from leaving port on the occasion of its highest state of readiness, and it eventually came to nothing.

So we reach June 2011, and the All-American/European anti-Israel flotilla.  It’s worth noting just a couple of the activists who will be participating – as they did last year – in the 2011 flotilla.  Dror Feiler, ubiquitous spokesman of the Swedish Free Gaza Movement, is a revolutionary- and musician-about-town who hangs out with IHH, Hamas, and the bloodthirsty terrorists of Colombia’s Marxist FARC insurgency.  Douglas Farah reported a year ago that the Swedish-Israeli Feiler was on the board of FARC’s external propaganda agency, ANNCOL.  When Paul Reyes, FARC’s chief ideologue, was killed in 2008, Feiler left a comment at the website of a news story –  about US activists who were mourning Reyes – recalling his visits to FARC, expressing his sympathy, and posting the link to a music video he had made featuring FARC revolutionary songs.

Paul Larudee is a San Francisco Bay-area activist and piano tuner who participated in the 2010 flotilla under the aegis of ISM and his own Free Gaza Movement of Northern California.  Larudee was photographed in 2008 with other activists receiving medals from Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, long-time terrorist and protégé of Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin.  Famous for writing up his moving opportunity to stay at the home of a successful suicide bomber, Larudee ran afoul of Israeli officials when he attempted to enter the West Bank in 2006 after years of conducting anti-Israel activity (Larudee’s reported objective: to “tune more than 40 pianos in the Palestinian Authority area”).

Blogger Lee Kaplan went undercover to attend an ISM training session sponsored by Larudee in San Francisco, at which he learned to deceive Israeli immigration authorities and help Palestinians confound IDF soldiers (see here for the ISM connection with terrorists who participated in the London tube bombing).  Larudee is now planning to send an aircraft to break the blockade of Gaza, as discussed in his interview on Iranian television with British nutball politician George Galloway, the former MP who spoke candidly to Arab media of having given cars and cash to Hamas’s Ismail Haniyeh, and then lied about it to the English-language media.

So it’s down to the Western fringe leftists, who merit the title “useful idiots” as much as anyone ever has, and Hamas.  That’s who is still planning, as of right now, to aim a gaggle of ships flying the flags of our nations at the Gaza coast and try to break the blockade, so that Israel can’t keep weapons from flowing to Hamas.  If all the activists wanted to do was deliver humanitarian aid, they have two sound alternatives available:  having it trucked in from Israel or having it trucked in from Egypt.  But, of course, that’s not what their goal is, as they have already acknowledged.

J.E. Dyer’s articles have appeared at The Green Room, Commentary’s “contentions,Patheos, The Weekly Standard online, and her own blog, The Optimistic Conservative.

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Drag them all off to Ashdod, confiscate their “goods” that are worth having and distribute them to the folks at Sderot.

Hilts on June 18, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Sink on sight

Roy Rogers on June 18, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Why didn’t Israel just dismantle the boats last time they docked them? Then announce that any useful scrap will be used in settlement building or weapons manufacturing.

They need to make this type of stunt prohibitively expensive for these floating douchebags.

mudskipper on June 18, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Sink them all.

xplodeit on June 18, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Ahoy, hipsters!

Torpedo their worthless asses and make shark chum out of them.

Flyboy on June 18, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Here’s hoping they hit mines.

madne0 on June 18, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Paul Raúl Reyes

steebo77 on June 18, 2011 at 6:18 PM

For some reason, I don’t think the Israeli’s are going to be very patient with this gaggle of fools this time around. Hope they bring along a lot of shark repellant.

GarandFan on June 18, 2011 at 6:19 PM

A Canadian blogger held a contest to name the one of the ships. The winning name?

The Sea Hitler.

Johnny 100 Pesos on June 18, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Micheal Savage is one of them.

Machiavelli Hobbes on June 18, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Drill, baby, drill.

faraway on June 18, 2011 at 6:25 PM

With over 60 ships, 3 submarines and almost 20,000 members. The Israeli Navy can handle this peaceful flotilla. The great thing about Israel is they don’t have to worry about bad press. No matter what happens, they’re never gonna get good press and they don’t care. It’s all about the homeland.

Tommy_G on June 18, 2011 at 6:27 PM


So it’s down to the Western fringe leftists …

More proof that the lefties have more in common with islam than America.

I’m sure there’s at least one “Rachel ‘Pancake’ Corrie” type on there who’ll “accidently” fall overboard and drown, taking one for the team so that they can accuse the Israelis of murder.

Instead of pancakes at the memorial, they can do fish sticks!

Do you like fish sticks?

Tony737 on June 18, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Foul the ships screws, and see who they call for help.

Slowburn on June 18, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Blow these dhimmi marxist stooges out of the water, including the Amerikans. Then let Obama explain how he allowed this happen.

Western_Civ on June 18, 2011 at 6:50 PM

We have CRAZIES TOO!
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Canadians on Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla expect federal help if there’s trouble
06/17/2011 9:31 PM
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http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/breakingnews/canadians-on-gaza-bound-freedom-flotilla-expect-federal-help-if-theres-trouble.html

canopfor on June 18, 2011 at 7:02 PM

If all those ships would somehow hit an underwater island or reef and all mysteriously sink, the world would be free of a dangerous bunch of far-left prog community organizers. Now that would be a plus for ‘world peace’.

slickwillie2001 on June 18, 2011 at 7:19 PM

I thought Egypt opened their border with Gaza? So there is no blockade anymore from that land border…can’t they just deliver the aid through Egypt? This whole flotilla business is an obvious publicity stunt.

nazo311 on June 18, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Funny thing how their Egyptian “friends” haven’t opened up the Gaza crossing, isn’t it?

MJBrutus on June 18, 2011 at 7:31 PM

It makes me sad, weary, and disgusted to think that this disgusting absurdist theater is still progressing.

I think I speak for many Sabrot (and, it is to be hoped, at least a few Americans, too) when I say that we hope these filthy jackasses are delivered to the depths of the Med with much dispatch and no remorse.

The straits in which Israel struggles are not a joke, and these idiots should be taught that they need to stay in their dirty little classrooms and cafes rather than try and interfere with the adults’ problems.

At heart these types are nothing but ugly cowards, and they deserve far worse than they will get from us; on the up side, every time this happens, a few more Israelis wake up and smell the coffee.

History is littered with the ashes of garbage like this, who yell loudly about knocking the Jews out of the box – and let’s not lie, this has nothing to do with land or history and everything to do with hating Jews – and who then fell like the sorryass trash they were.

Welcome to the heap, you disgusting Leftists. As you drown and bleed, remember it was YOU who came to us, spitting in our faces. No sympathy, no remorse.

Am Yisroel Chai!

MogenDavid on June 18, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Here’s what most arabs think of the ‘palestinians’ yet rarely say it in public: Sunni Mufti Calls Palestinians “Trash” Who Are No Longer Welcome In The Country

slickwillie2001 on June 18, 2011 at 7:41 PM

It makes me sad, weary, and disgusted to think that this disgusting absurdist theater is still progressing. – MogenDavid

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You need to think of the children …
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Next time Israel acquires ships from blockade runners, the ships need to be refurbished, painted white & light blue …
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…and used as day-cruise ships … for all the Israeli children in need … of a b– mitzvah. They could safely cruise past Gaza, out of range of Qassams, and wave at the Seethers as they pass. And, as an extra added bonus, it creates employment for accordionists … out there …
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… always think of the children …

Arbalest on June 18, 2011 at 7:48 PM

The Audacity of Hope tub is proof that shit floats Hope Floats.

hillbillyjim on June 18, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Israel should sink those ships, wherever they’re tied up. Do them the way the French did the Greepeace idiots.

Why wait for the enemy to choose the time and place of the stage play. Blow them up / sink them now. Limpet mines. remote-control charges. concrete JDAMs. Fire / sabotage.
Time for the Mossad to start earning their pay again.

rayra on June 18, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Here’s some sweet, sweet truth to power, Hollywood style. I’ll bet Voight doesn’t get invited to all of the “cool people” parties.

I’ll also bet he doesn’t give a fig.

hillbillyjim on June 18, 2011 at 8:14 PM

I always wonder how much do people that blog about ME issues really know about the ME and its politics etc besides the same old U.S. party talking points.

saL on June 18, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Israel needs to invent the seaborne equivalent of the spike strip for roads.

slickwillie2001 on June 18, 2011 at 8:19 PM

I always wonder how much do people that blog about ME issues really know about the ME and its politics etc besides the same old U.S. party talking points.

saL on June 18, 2011 at 8:15 PM

If you’re talking about J.E. Dyer, then the answer is quite a bit. You would know this if you read her posts regularly.

hillbillyjim on June 18, 2011 at 8:22 PM

May their propellor get snagged on the corpse of OBL.

profitsbeard on June 18, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Here’s some sweet, sweet truth to power, Hollywood style. I’ll bet Voight doesn’t get invited to all of the “cool people” parties.

I’ll also bet he doesn’t give a fig.

hillbillyjim on June 18, 2011 at 8:14 PM

hillbillyjim:Thanks for posting,I remember that one!:)

canopfor on June 18, 2011 at 9:04 PM

steebo77 on June 18, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Quite right, steebo77. It’s Raul Reyes, not Paul. Typo.

J.E. Dyer on June 18, 2011 at 9:39 PM

The Jews are by far the smartest of people.

After all they wholeheartedly voted for obama and his leftist trash

and Israel has never been more isolated

really like to know what the Jewish people love about the commies

Sonosam on June 18, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Adam Shapiro
Dror Feiler
 
I suspect these guys revile their own ethnicity.
 
By the way, is there a term for someone who hates his own ethnic group or his own country? “Self-hating” or “self-loathing” (as in “self-loathing American” or “self-loathing Jew”) doesn’t quite cut it, as I imagine that such people actually think the world of themselves, they just hate the majority of folks of their own country or ethnic group.

Ira on June 18, 2011 at 11:24 PM

The Jews are by far the smartest of people.

After all they wholeheartedly voted for obama and his leftist trash

and Israel has never been more isolated

really like to know what the Jewish people love about the commies

Sonosam on June 18, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Thanks for referring to “Jews” as though we are one person.

Your knowledge of our People and our history is clearly limited, as I suspect your dignity and intelligence are. Nice try, though. Now go get your Mommy to wipe you up,OK?

Schmuck.

MogenDavid on June 18, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Israel, when these ships are of your coast, watch your six!

OldEnglish on June 18, 2011 at 11:57 PM

Meh. Why should we care? The Israeli’s are capable of taking care of themselves where these once-in-a-great-while floatilla’s are concerned. I highly doubt that these particular ships’ ports of origin are going to result in boatloads of weapons of war being delivered either. So the people in Gaza will get tons of crap that they may or may not actually need. Big deal.

However, floatilla’s of illicit drugs and human beings cross the American/Mexican border each and every single day. Yet, barely a mouse squeak will be heard about it unless there is a shoot-out or a cargo trailer with people packed in it like sardines are intercepted. It sure would be nice if someone would get their hackles up over that around here.

FlatFoot on June 19, 2011 at 12:08 AM

FlatFoot on June 19, 2011 at 12:08 AM

We should care because the ‘palestinian’ and Syrian tactics of rushing a militarized border en masse and daring the Western military to shoot them down will be applied on the Mexican border and all other Western borders, if they get away with it against Israel. It could mean the end of the nation-state as we know it.

As Israel goes, so will go the rest of Western civilization.

slickwillie2001 on June 19, 2011 at 12:52 AM

MogenDavid on June 18, 2011 at 11:28 PM

It is a well know phenomenon that when you generalize there are exceptions. But until the American Jewish community stops voting in mass for the Socialist Democratic Party, please keep your nose in joint when someone uses a generalization that accurately describes a super majority of your people in America on an American forum.

Slowburn on June 19, 2011 at 3:23 AM

Methyl mercaptin.

MSimon on June 19, 2011 at 4:23 AM

The Jews are by far the smartest of people.
After all they wholeheartedly voted for obama and his leftist trash
and Israel has never been more isolated
really like to know what the Jewish people love about the commies
Sonosam on June 18, 2011 at 11:02 PM
Thanks for referring to “Jews” as though we are one person.
Your knowledge of our People and our history is clearly limited, as I suspect your dignity and intelligence are. Nice try, though. Now go get your Mommy to wipe you up,OK?
Schmuck.
MogenDavid on June 18, 2011 at 11:28 PM

since you vote on par with blacks for the commies don’t take it personally

It’s just that I find it incomprehensible that the Jewish people vote consistantly for the party that helps legitimize Hamas, Hezbollah and numerous other radical groups that don’t have much seperation, if any, from the actual murders committed in their name

go ahead, smite me, but i’d fully support a green light for israels defense though 80-90% of the Jewish people vote for those who wouldn’t and don’t

Sonosam on June 19, 2011 at 8:12 AM

I find it incomprehensible that MILLIONS and MILLIONS of Americans – Jewish and otherwise – voted for the garbage that leads you. More Americans voted for Obama than there are Jews in the ENTIRE WORLD, by close to an order of magnitude.

I don’t know why so many American Jews tend to be Leftists, and to my chagrin, there are lots of them in Israel too; that still does not provide any grounds for a shallow and ugly statement like “really like to know what the Jewish people love about commies”.

I suspect I don’t need to tell you that that meme is a favorite among quality people like William Pierce and Kevin Strom.

I guess I am just a little sad that I have to read that HERE. There are Leftist fever swamps all over the net where I can read about how Jews love communism.

go ahead, smite me, but i’d fully support a green light for israels defense though 80-90% of the Jewish people vote for those who wouldn’t and don’t

Sonosam on June 19, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Yah. With “support” like yours, who needs the Aravim?

MogenDavid on June 19, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Hamas is a terrorist org at war with the US. Americans helping them should be prosecuted for treason and violations of anti terrorism laws

georgealbert on June 19, 2011 at 11:55 AM

“really like to know what the Jewish people love about commies”.

I suspect I don’t need to tell you that that meme is a favorite among quality people like William Pierce and Kevin Strom.

MogenDavid on June 19, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Equally to the point, it was a favorite meme of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. One of the Nazis’ chief propaganda themes in the elections of 1932 was that international socialism (as opposed to national socialism) was a “Jewish” phenomenon, and part of the conspiracy of Jews against Germany.

It’s white people of European descent, from Christian backgrounds (whether currently practicing or not), who elected Obama. That’s the vote you have to get to become president of the United States. Ethnic/religious minorities can’t get a president elected; they can only help.

There is no utility in haranguing individuals from ethnic/religious communities about the voting patterns of their fellows. If the individuals show up at Hot Air, agreeing with the premise of a thread, it’s a good bet they’re fellow conservatives. The 11th commandment should apply; we don’t need to “Obama” our own allies. They already know about the voting patterns, and if they’re visiting sites online they’re probably politically engaged and trying to do something about it.

J.E. Dyer on June 19, 2011 at 12:20 PM

I think I speak for many Sabrot (and, it is to be hoped, at least a few Americans, too) when I say that we hope these filthy jackasses are delivered to the depths of the Med with much dispatch and no remorse.

MogenDavid on June 18, 2011 at 7:32 PM

More than a few!

tom on June 19, 2011 at 12:45 PM

I find it incomprehensible that MILLIONS and MILLIONS of Americans – Jewish and otherwise – voted for the garbage that leads you. More Americans voted for Obama than there are Jews in the ENTIRE WORLD, by close to an order of magnitude.

I don’t know why so many American Jews tend to be Leftists, and to my chagrin, there are lots of them in Israel too; that still does not provide any grounds for a shallow and ugly statement like “really like to know what the Jewish people love about commies”.

MogenDavid on June 19, 2011 at 10:36 AM

It’s a fair point, and quite disturbing, that a large number of Jews essentially vote against their own interests in electing liberals to Congress and the White House.

That said, one of the charming points of interest in modern politics is that progressives often work against the best interests of the nation they ask to vote for them. From the liberals who kept pushing for nuclear disarmament during the cold war through the current crop who instinctively always side against the U.S., through Obama wanting higher gas prices, the trend is clear

tom on June 19, 2011 at 1:01 PM

I don’t know why so many American Jews tend to be Leftists, and to my chagrin, there are lots of them in Israel too; that still does not provide any grounds for a shallow and ugly statement like “really like to know what the Jewish people love about commies”.
MogenDavid on June 19, 2011 at 10:36 AM

what’s so shallow and ugly about the truth?

I suspect I don’t need to tell you that that meme is a favorite among quality people like William Pierce and Kevin Strom.

Your are an idiot

I don’t think they support israels right to defend themselves much less exist and I made it clear that there is nothing that Israel can do to offend me when concerning radical muzzy scum

I suggest you breath into a paper bag for a while

Sonosam on June 19, 2011 at 2:29 PM

I don’t know why so many American Jews tend to be Leftists, and to my chagrin, there are lots of them in Israel too; that still does not provide any grounds for a shallow and ugly statement like “really like to know what the Jewish people love about commies”.
MogenDavid on June 19, 2011 at 10:36 AM
what’s so shallow and ugly about the truth?


I suspect I don’t need to tell you that that meme is a favorite among quality people like William Pierce and Kevin Strom.”

You are an idiot

I don’t think they support israels right to defend themselves much less exist and I made it clear that there is nothing that Israel can do to offend me when concerning radical muzzy scum
I suggest you breath into a paper bag for a while
Sonosam on June 19, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Sonosam on June 19, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Thanks for referring to “Jews” as though we are one person.

Your knowledge of our People and our history is clearly limited, as I suspect your dignity and intelligence are. Nice try, though. Now go get your Mommy to wipe you up,OK?

Schmuck.

MogenDavid on June 18, 2011 at 11:28 PM

I think he is expressing a frustration that a lot of us have about American Jews. There is no better friend to Israel and the Jew than an Evangelical Christian…Never again means the same to us as it does to the Jew. We are Conservative Republicans yet Jews in America are predominatly Democrats. I guarantee you that if you open your eyes and see how Democrats or should I say the Socialist Democrats (because that is what they are) behave there is no doubt that when push comes to shove in this country and they make their move a la Hitler in 1933, their first attacks will be against Jews (no matter how many pols are Jews in the Dem Party) and our first act will be to try to save you.

Open your eyes is what we say, Obama and the Clintons represent the two most powerful factions of the Socialist Dem Party and look how close they both are to Muslims…

CCRWM on June 19, 2011 at 2:39 PM

I think he is expressing a frustration that a lot of us have about American Jews. There is no better friend to Israel and the Jew than an Evangelical Christian…Never again means the same to us as it does to the Jew.

CCRWM on June 19, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Never again means never again to Jews… for Christians it is merely not until the end times. Or are you suggesting that evangelicals don’t put much emphasis on the Book of Revelations.

lexhamfox on June 19, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Never again means never again to Jews… for Christians it is merely not until the end times. Or are you suggesting that evangelicals don’t put much emphasis on the Book of Revelations.

lexhamfox on June 19, 2011 at 3:05 PM

You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. What you have said here is a false characterization. I notice you present it in drive-by form too — you don’t take responsibility to make any kind of case for your false claim.

J.E. Dyer on June 19, 2011 at 5:11 PM