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The American Voice Institute of Public Policy Blogs the Issues!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Terrorists Use Phony “Humanitarian” Mission to Try and Break Israeli Blockade of Gaza

 By Joel P. Rutkowski, Ph.D., President

Part II

The Muslim Brotherhood on Board the Flotilla  

The phony “peace” flotilla” was used by the Muslim Brotherhood to assist Hamas.  The intention of the propaganda campaign used by the Muslim Brotherhood was to increase international pressure on Israel to the point that it lifts its blockade on Gaza and therefore Hamas.  To assist their fellow Ikhwan (Muslim Brothers), the flotilla was seen by the Muslim Brotherhood as a public relations weapon.

Contrary, to what some believe, and supported by overwhelming evidence, the Muslim Brotherhood is not a “moderate” organization that the West can deal with. On occasion, the Muslim Brotherhood has claimed that it has renounced terrorism. However, since its start, it openly champions jihad. Also, against American forces in Iraq as well as against Israelis, the Muslim Brotherhood encourages suicide attacks. Although they have disagreements from time to time, the Muslim Brotherhood's long-term goals are similar to those of al Qaeda's. To reestablish the caliphate and implement Sharia law throughout the Islamist-controlled world is what both seek to do. 

Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood share much in common, including deep ideological roots; and their disagreement between the terrorist groups is only on tactics.  Once members of the Muslim Brotherhood were many of al Qaeda's master terrorists such as Osama bin Laden, Ayman al Zawahiri and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. One of the chief ideological forefathers of al Qaeda is Sayyid Qutb a prominent member of the Brotherhood in the mid-twentieth century.

A top Muslim Brotherhood cleric Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi and Head of Yemen's Islah party Sheikh Abd al Majid al Zindani are included in the Union of Good's leadership.   An offshoot of the Union of Good is IHH, which is in turn (along with Hamas) an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.  Common sense tells one that if IHH was the main organizer of the flotilla so too was the Muslim Brotherhood involved.

Amin Abou Rashed, is one of the flotilla's more prominent individual organizers, and has been identified as “a member of the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas support network in the Netherlands” by a recent Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report (GMBDR). The Muslim Brotherhood was “heavily represented” in the Gaza flotilla a previous GMBDR account explained.

Middle East Media and Research Institute (MEMRI) revealed that two of the passengers on board the flotilla's ships are members of the Muslim Brotherhood's bloc in the Egyptian parliament. The deputy secretary general of the Muslim Brotherhood's parliamentary contingent Muhammad al Baltaji was one of the two.   Recently Muhammad al Baltaji was quoted by MEMRI as saying, “A nation that excels at dying will be blessed by Allah with a life of dignity and with eternal paradise.” Al Baltaji also said that the Muslim Brotherhood “will never recognize Israel and will never abandon the resistance,” and that “resistance is the only road map that can save Jerusalem, restore the Arab honor, and prevent Palestine from becoming a second Andalusia.” Spain is Andalusia, and it is the intention of the Muslim Brotherhood to include in its restored caliphate the once-conquered territory.

Also, the flotilla's purpose was explained this way by Al Baltaji: “The flotilla participants have two aims: to reach Gaza and break the siege, and to denounce Israel if it prevents the flotilla from entering Gaza, even at the cost of martyrdom or imprisonment.”   The flotilla was considered to be a possible martyrdom operation by al Baltaji, as was the case with some of the other passengers.

Members of the Yemeni Islah party, which is led by Sheikh Abd al Majid al Zindani, were three of the flotilla's passengers.  A globally designated terrorist and a longtime benefactor of Osama bin Laden is Sheikh Zindani.  Objecting to Israel's detention of three Islah party members for questioning was the Yemeni government and press.  One of the three, Sheikh Muhammad al Hazmi, was brandishing a Yemeni dagger on the deck of the Mavi Marmara in a picture reproduced on MEMRI's web site. ( Note: Scroll down to Yemen for picture: Arab Media Reports on Flotilla Participants: Writing Wills, Preparing for Martyrdom, Determined to Reach Gaza or Die ) And al Hazmi was witnessed by a “Palestinian source” on Israeli television “fighting with an Israeli soldier and vowing ‘Allahu Aakbar' before he was arrested,” reported the Yemen Observer.

Also, represented was the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood.  At least four Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood members, including high-ranking officials, were among the flotilla's passengers reports MEMRI.  One of them was the “general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan from 2006 to 2008, ” Salam al Falahat who was quoted as saying in 2009: We in the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan see Palestine as part of the Islamic and Arab land that must not be relinquished – on the contrary, defending it is a national and jurisprudential obligation... We see Hamas movement in Palestine as standing at the head of the project of the Arab and Islamic liberation for which the Muslim Brotherhood calls... The Muslim Brotherhood supports Hamas and every Arab resistance movement in the region that works for liberation.

The leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel (or “1948 land” as it is called on the Muslim Brotherhood's web site) Sheikh Raed Salah, was another one of the flotilla's passengers. Devoted to promoting among Israeli-Arabs Islamist beliefs is Salah's organization.  In general, long conspiring with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood has been Salah.  For this reason, a member of Salah's group is quoted on the Muslim Brotherhood website as saying that the Israelis are “trying to fabricate ‘heavyweight charges' against” the Sheikh who is currently under house arrest. 

It is troubling as well as disconcerting that the Obama administration and the media missed this involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood in the phony “peace” flotilla”

Terrorists' Part of the flotilla 

Three out of the four Turkish citizens that were killed during the Israeli raid declared their wishes to become shahids (martyrs) revealed media reports in Turkey on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, despite claims by the Gaza flotilla organizers insisting that all activists killed on board the Mavi Marmara ship were innocent “peace” activists. And a Dutch activist, who was arrested by the IDF is suspected of being a senior Hamas operative claims a Dutch report.

The family members of Ali Khaider Benginin (39), resident of east Turkey's Kurdistan region, revealed their relative's true intentions, in an interview with Turkish newspaper HaberBenginin told his family before leaving with the flotilla, "I am going to be a shahid; I dreamt I will become a shahid – I saw in a dream that I will be killed." For the past two years Benginin a graduate from al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt served as the chairman of a foundation for rights and freedom in education and culture indicated the report.  He had spoken in the past about his dream to become a shahid in Gaza noted his family. Ali Akhbar Iritilmis (55), a father of four from Ankara, Turkey was active in the IHH organization, which led the naval convoy to Gaza and was another Turkish citizen killed during the raid. A close friend of his Mehmet Faruq Cheber said ,”He was devoted to this activity, and always dreamt about becoming a shahid."  Ibrahim Bilgen (61), an engineer and father of six, was active in the Islamic party in southern Turkey, the third activist killed on board the Mavi Marmara reported the Anadolu News Agency. Ibrahim's brother, Nuri Mergen said he was a role model to all of them; a true philanthropist. Therefore, it suited him to die a shahid's death. Allah gave him the death he wanted,” Also, a volunteer with the IHH was Muharram Kuchak, the fourth slain activist. 

On Wednesday, June 2, 2010, the Holland-based Teltarif newspaper reported that the three Turkish "shahids," as it turns out, were not alone.  Probably the only two Dutch citizens that were arrested among the flotilla participants were Amin Abou Rashed, 43, and Anne de Jong, 29. Incriminating details from Abou Rashed's past; were revealed by the Teltarif's investigation. It was claimed by intelligence sources that he was the local Hamas leader.  And he was identified as one of the organizers of the naval convoy by the Muslim Brotherhood's website.

Dutch intelligence services have been following Abou Rashed's activities for a long time, the Teltarif's report claimed. And suspected of acting under the guise of a charity, while funneling its donations to Hamas, Rashed worked among other places, with al-Aqsa Foundation .

Part I

Terrorists Use Phony “Humanitarian” Mission to Try and Break Israeli Blockade of Gaza

Next: Part III

Turkey and the Gaza flotilla

End Notes

  1. Rowan Scarborough, “Israel Right To Stop Terrorist Ship,” Human Events, June 2, 2010.
  2. Flotilla passengers: Go back to Auschwitz,” Ynetnews.com, June 4, 2010.
  3. The Freedom Flotilla fraud,” The Washington Times, June 1, 2010.
  4. Cori Chascione . “Massacring the truth,” Ynetnews.com, June 1, 2010.
  5. “ 'Guns may have been thrown overboard, ' ”The Jerusalem Post, June 4, 2010.
  6. Spengler, “No Israeli good deed goes unpunished,” Asia Times, June 1, 2010.
  7. John Perazzo, “The “Humanitarian Relief” Wing of Hamas and Al-Qaeda,” FrontPage Magazine, June 2, 2010.
  8. Thomas Joscelyn, “The Muslim Brotherhood's Flotilla,” The Weekly Standard, June 3, 2010.
  9.    Terrorists at the helm,” New York Post, Wednesday, June 2, 2010.
  10. Aviel Magnezi, “3 flotilla fatalities 'dreamt of martyrdom' ,” Yetnews.com, June 2, 2010.
  11. Namik Tan, “Israel owes Turkey an apology for flotilla attack, The Washington Post, June 5, 2010.
  12. Turkish PM describes Hamas as fighting for own lands,” Hürriyet Daily News, June 4, 2010.
  13. Seth Cropsey, “Turkey Slouches Toward Iran,” The Weekly Standard, June 1, 2010.
  14. Ralph Peters, “DC's Turkish denial,” New York Post, June 3, 2010.
  15. Ralph Peters, “Turkish (blood)bath,” New York Post, June 1, 2010.
  16. Stephen Schwartz, “Erdogan, Qaradawi, Ramadan, Hamas, and Obama,” The Weekly Standard, June 3, 2010.
  17.  Hillel Fendel, “UN Envoy to Peres: No Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza,” Israelnationalnews.com, February 24, 2010.
  18.  Ulrike Putz, “The Problem With Aid,” Spiegel Online, June 4, 2010.
  19.  Yaakov Katz, “IDF: Mercenaries to blame for violence, ” The Jerusalem Post, June 4, 2010.


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