The armed jihad warship flotilla's mission was to break the arms blockade to jihadists in Gaza. It was an act of war. It was designed to be a huge huge public relations disaster for Israel. And it was. The Jihad Flotillas: Melding Propaganda with Violence, Pamela Geller, Breitbart: "it joined propaganda together with violence, usually conducted separately, to wage war."
On May 31st, 2010, a flotilla of ships organized by the Free Gaza Movement and the Turkish IHH group attempted to break Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. Five of the ships were commandeered peacefully by the Israeli Navy and re-routed to Ashdod. The supplies they carried were delivered overland to Gaza after a security inspection.(source: IP)
The Mavi Marmara described itself as peaceful despite the guns, knives and other weapons it was carrying to Hamas-controlled Gaza.
As Israeli naval commandos abseiled onto the deck of the fourth and largest ship, the Mavi Marmara, they were attacked by IHH activists armed with knives, clubs and at least two pistols. Three of the commandos were badly wounded and dragged below deck. Others were injured as they were thrown from the upper deck into the sea. The Israeli commandos had been ordered to take the ship without using lethal force and were issued primarily with stun guns. In response to the violence that greeted them and fearing for their lives, the commandos were ordered to open fire. In the ensuing melee, nine IHH activists were killed.The Turkel Committee, an independent public inquiry with international observers established by the Israeli government to examine events aboard the Mavi Marmara in May 2010, found that the Israeli Navy acted in accordance with international law and had little choice but to react as they did when faced with the violent resistance of the IHH activists on board.
"Each Israeli soldier was attacked as they entered the ship," Turkel said. Three of the soldiers were dragged into the ship's hold and were prevented from receiving "humanitarian" medical attention.
Who can forget the rabid ululating chanting of the Islamic anthem of Jewish genocidal aspirations, Khaibar, Khaibar, invoking the killing of Jews? The name Khaibar, mentioned in the battle cry, was the last Jewish village defeated by Muhammad's army in 628. The battle marked the end of Jewish presence in Arabia. There are Muslims who see that as a precursor for future wars against Jews. At gatherings and rallies of extremists, this chant is often heard as a annihilationist threat to Jews, telling them to expect to be defeated and killed again by Muslims.
IDF soldiers who boarded the Mavi Marmara ship in order to enforce the maritime closure on Gaza, were met with a violent mob armed with clubs, slingshots, saws, knives, and used live fire against the IDF soldiers. Pictured here: Slingshots found on the Mavi Marmara ship with Islamic terrorist group "Hizbullah" written on it.
Obama has these blood thirsty savages to the White House. You have to wonder if America will ever recover from his presidency.
"Wait Until You Hear Who the Turkish Prime Minister Reportedly Invited to Join His Entourage During U.S. Visit," by Sharona Schwartz for The Blaze, May 17 (thanks to Maxwell):
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According to Turkish media, the father of one of the radical Islamist activists killed in Israel's raid on the Mavi Marmara in 2010 (the Gaza flotilla) was included as an invited guest in the prime minister's delegation in the hopes he might be able to meet President Barack Obama.Furkan Dogan, a 19-year-old with both Turkish and U.S. citizenship, joined the Gaza flotilla where he expressed his desire for "martyrdom." His father now wants the U.S. government to sue Israel over the raid in which the IDF says its forces were defending themselves from what appeared to them to be an organized attack launched by passengers armed with knives and metal bars as the commandos boarded the ship.