Flotilla II: 9 Basic Facts
organizers blatantly violate international law by trying to breach a
legal maritime blockade. According to international and customary law,
Israel has the legal right to impose a land and naval blockade on
Hamas-controlled Gaza. Hamas is openly dedicated to Israel’s
destruction, has been in an ongoing state of armed conflict against
Israel, and has fired over 10,000 rockets into Israeli civilian
centers. Israel has the legal right and responsibility to protect its
citizens by inspecting goods entering Gaza to prevent weapons from
organizers intend to aid and support Hamas, which is designated a
terrorist organization by members of the international community,
including the U.S., Canada, Israel, the EU, Japan, and Jordan.
Hamas’ founding document calls for the murder of Jews, the
“obliteration” of Israel, and Israel’s
replacement with an Islamist theocracy.
organizers are trying to provoke a violent confrontation. If they were
sincerely concerned about humanitarian aid for Gazans, they would
deliver it through official Israeli entry points. Israel has repeatedly
offered to deliver goods after officially inspecting them for weapons.
The organizers have refused to comply. Instead, they hope their
provocative, hostile breach of the blockade will compel Israel to use
force and make Israel look like an aggressor.
Gazans are not facing
a humanitarian emergency that justifies breaching the blockade.
Humanitarian and consumer goods enter Gaza on a daily basis. UN
officials repeatedly confirm that there is an ample supply of food and
consumer goods. Israel only limits the entry of dual-purpose goods that
could be used for weapons. International statistics indicate that
Gazans have a higher standard of living than people in nearly all of
Africa, including South Africa, as well as parts of Asia and the Middle
East. In fact, Gaza faces a glut of goods, not a shortage of goods,
according to recent press reports.
Hamas, not Israel,
has caused the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza. Hamas has chosen war
against Israel instead of peaceful coexistence. It has imposed a
repressive, dictatorial, fundamentalist regime on Gaza residents and
has murdered its political rivals.
claim to be “nonviolent peace activists” and
“human rights activists.” They are not. They are
members of extremist organizations that support terrorist groups and
are dedicated to the destruction of Israel. The Free Gaza Movement is
an affiliate of the International Solidarity Movement, which opposes
the existence of the Jewish state. The IHH (Turkish Humanitarian Relief
Foundation) is a Turkish Islamist organization with links to jihadist
organizations in Bosnia, Syria, Iraq, Libya, and elsewhere.
organizers really were peace and human rights activists, they would not
go to Gaza but to Libya or Syria, where the brutal Assad regime has
arrested, tortured, and murdered thousands of nonviolent,
freedom-seeking demonstrators and has caused thousands of others to
organizers are violating, not upholding, one of the most fundamental
human rights—a nation’s right and responsibility to
protect itself from enemies bent on murdering its citizens and
destroying its state. “As a country, we will never tolerate
our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have
been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our
citizens.” —U.S. President Barack Obama, May 1, 2011
oppose the flotilla:
“[G]roups and individuals who seek to break
Israel’s maritime blockade of Gaza are taking irresponsible
and provocative actions. … We want to just reiterate that
there are established and efficient mechanisms for getting humanitarian
assistance through to Gaza.” —U.S.
Department Spokesman Mark Toner, June 1, 2011
“The secretary-general called on all governments concerned to
use their influence to discourage such flotillas, which carry the
potential to escalate into violent conflict.” —Spokesperson
for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, May 27, 2011
“Unauthorized efforts to deliver aid are provocative and,
ultimately, unhelpful to the people of Gaza. Canada recognizes
Israel’s legitimate security concerns and its right to
protect itself and its residents from attacks by Hamas and other
terrorist groups, including by preventing the smuggling of
weapons.” — Canadian
Foreign Minister John Baird, May 28, 2011
“[T]he boarding of any naval vessels which are known to have
the intention of breaking the naval blockade imposed on Gaza is
strongly discouraged, given the security risks associated with such an
“I don’t consider a flotilla to be the right
Ashton, EU High Commissioner for Foreign Policy
“We are reconsidering our plans [about participating in the
flotilla]. … From our point of view, the developments in
neighboring Syria are critically important.” —IHH Board
Member Hüseyin Oruç, June 14
on the 2010 Flotilla:
Israel offered to
ships dock in Ashdod port and to transfer the aid to Gaza. This offer
was made again and again. Five boats complied and were safely led to
shore. The sixth boat refused.
The sixth boat
Turkish Mavi Marmara – is the boat where the violence took
with knives and metal
bars, those on board the Marmara carried out pre-planned violence. A
mob of extremists attacked each Israeli soldier. They threw one soldier
off the top deck of the ship.
The Turkish boat was
provoke – it was funded and organized by a Turkish Islamist
organization, the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation
that has links to fundamentalist jihadi groups.
about 15,000 tons of
supplies and humanitarian aid every week to the people of Gaza.
Israel said it will
humanitarian aid that was in the boats to Gaza along with its own daily
delivery of aid.
Israel left Gaza in
hopes of peace in
2005 and, in return, received more than 8,000 rockets and terrorist
attacks. Israel has sought peace and compromise with its neighbors for
all of its 62 years, and it will continue to do so.
Hamas is responsible
for the suffering
of both Palestinians and Israelis. Their racist charter calls for
Islamic domination; their stance is unchanged, and they repress any
Palestinians that try and counter their