What you should know about the second Gaza flotilla


This week, ten boats carrying approximately 600 anti-Israel activists will be approaching the waters surrounding the Gaza Strip.  It is not known whether there will be some sort of confrontation as there was last year when a flotilla, run by Turkish terrorists, attacked members of the IDF as they attempted to board the ship and turn it around. 
What is known is that the mainstream media, which is not a big fan of the Jewish State, will misrepresent the flotilla. So what follows is some of the background on the boat trip that the mainstream media will not tell you:
Purpose: The purpose of the second Gaza flotilla is the same as the first, to delegitimize the Jewish State of Israel and turn her into a pariah nation. During the past year, the Hamas-run Gaza has opened new shopping malls, theme parks and resort hotels. Not shabby for an area supposedly being strangled by an Israeli naval embargo. As for humanitarian aid, Israel transfers 5,000 to 6,000 tons of humanitarian supplies per day to Gaza.
Who is behind it? This flotilla has many parents, however the two most significant are leftist Americans and Turkish terrorists.
The Americans have named their boat after their favorite American, President Obama. Called the Audacity of Hope, their hate boat includes progressive activists, long term supporters of the Palestinian cause and 9/11 “truthers” (people who believe 9/11 was an inside job.) Some of the passengers include:
Greta Berlin, a member of the anti-Semitic International Solidarity Movement (ISM); Linda Durham, who was part of the Gaza protests in 2009 supported by former Presidential candidate Senator John Kerry and led by Bernadette Dohrn, the wife of longtime Obama ally Bill Ayers. Hedy Epstein, board member of both the St. Louis Workers Rights Board and the Palestine Solidarity Committee, which in the past has endorsed PLO terrorist activity. Code Pink activist Ridgely Fuller; Kathy Kelly, a longtime pacifist, who was honored by the Chicago Communist Party; Richard Levy, member of the Progressive Jewish Alliance, who sued the Simon Wiesenthal Center to stop them from building a tolerance center in Jerusalem on what he claimed was a Muslim cemetery; Ray McGovern of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, who was one of 100 “prominent Americans” who signed an Oct. 2004 statement circulated by 911Truth.org calling on the government to investigate 9/11 as a possible “inside job.” Robert Naiman, peace activist who attended a meeting in Sept. 2010 with Iranian President Ahmadinejad, and other leaders of the “peace and social justice movements.” And also author Alice Walker who wrote “The Color Purple” and Medea Benjamin, founder of Code Pink.
According to Leslie Cagan, former co-chairman of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism and coordinator of the American boat, the Audacity of Hope, will not be carrying any aid, simply letters. The group has received support by the Progressive Democrats of America, a group whose leadership includes Democratic politicians such as: John Conyers, Donna Edwards, Raul Grijalva, Barbara Lee, Jim McGovern, Lynn Woolsey and Dennis Kucinich.
On other flotilla boats, there are terrorists from the Turkish organization IHH, which was involved in the deadly IDF raid on the Mavi Marmara in last year’s Gaza flotilla. Additionally two of the people participating in the flotilla have connections to Hamas. The first is Amin Abu Rashad, one of the Dutch organizers for the Gaza flotilla who had served in the past as the head of Hamas’ Charitable Foundation in Holland which was closed down by Dutch authorities, due to involvement in funding terror activities.
The other Hamas figure is Mohammed Ahmed Hanon who is the head of the ABSPP, which is involved in transferring funds to terrorists.
Just like last year, this guerilla flotilla is being launched under the false pretext of providing humanitarian assistance. But if humanitarian aid was their goal, they would send any supplies through Egypt, a solution which was offered last week. The truth is that this flotilla is being run by radicals within the American progressive movement and terrorists, designed to serve their extremist political agenda.
Sadly this flotilla holds the potential for dangerous consequences. According to the IDF, some of the flotilla participants have prepared sacks with sulfur, which they plan to pour on the soldiers as they board the vessels.
“This is a chemical weapon, and if poured on a soldier it can paralyze him,” an IDF source told The Jerusalem Post. “If the sulfur is then lit on fire, the soldier will light up like a torch.”
The objective of these “ships of fools” has nothing to do with helping the people of Gaza, or promoting peace. Its purpose is to delegitimize Israel and kill Jews.

Jeff Dunetz is the Editor/Publisher of the political blog “The Lid” (www.jeffdunetz.com). Jeff contributes to some of the largest political sites on the internet including American Thinker, Big Government, Big Journalism, NewsReal and Pajamas Media, and has been a guest on national radio shows including G. Gordon Liddy, Tammy Bruce and Glenn Beck. Jeff lives on Long Island.