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Who’s Behind the Second Gaza Flotilla?


Within a few days, Israel will once again confront a flotilla of sea vessels designed to break Israel’s naval blockade on the Gaza Strip. But who are these people?

Ehud Rosen, a teacher at the Bar-Ilan University, wrote the following article for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

Rosen’s research pulls the curtain back on the “humanitarian” efforts of this second flotilla in just more than a year. He shows the main organizer is a radical Muslim group based in England:

"The second flotilla is coordinated by Muhammad Sawalha, a senior UK-based Muslim Brotherhood figure connected to Hamas. Many of the participating organizations can be directly linked with the Union of Good (UoG), a coalition of European charities affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which in 2008 was designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. Treasury for transferring funds to Hamas. The UoG was initiated by Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood on a global scale, shortly after the outbreak of the Second Intifada in 2000.”

The Muslim Brotherhood is closely aligned with radical leftist groups like the following:

“Other main organizers include the anti-Israel International Solidarity Movement (ISM), as well as far-left socialists from Europe and the United States. Many of the flotilla's main organizers have stated that its prime aim is to create provocations and harm Israel's image.”

This collusion between radical Islamist organizations and radical leftist groups has been called the “red-green alliance.” Rosen concludes that:

“ ... the flotilla is far from being a peaceful, humanitarian effort to support the Palestinians in Gaza. It should instead be seen as a major, pro-Hamas effort to delegitimize Israel by a "red-green alliance" of leftists and Islamists."

His article is well worth the read to see behind the facade of this "humanitarian" mission.

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