EXPOSED: Flotilla organiser IHH engaged in jihadist terror

flotillaattacked The lead organisation involved in organising a flotilla of aid ships bound for the Palestinian Authority has itself been investigated by Turkish authorities for its involvement in terrorism, including the purchasing of weapons and financing of terror attacks.

After the initial shock of the loss of life and injuries involving the flotilla has cleared, some truths have emerged from the madness:

■ The flotilla’s objective was not deliver aid but was to smash through the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza which is designed to minimise the smuggling of weapons into the area. The IHH group has previously financed the purchase of weapons for terror groups within al-Qaeda;

â–  A secondary objective was to generate negative publicity for Israel as it tries to keep weapons out of troublespots like Gaza.

â–  The Israeli authorities already deliver an enormous amount of aid to Gaza and offered the flotilla organisers the opportunity to take their cargo to a port where the goods would be checked for weapons and explosives and shipped immediately to Gaza.

â–  Israeli soldiers were attacked by knives, metal pipes and other weapons by those on-board ships in the flotilla. If anyone tried this on members of the Australian Defence Force, does anyone doubt what would happen next?

Israeli authorities had very good reason to be concerned about the motives and form of groups like IHH that had organised the flotilla.

A study by the Danish Institute for International Studies [pdf] publishedin 2006 the role of Islamic charities in international terrorist recruitment and financing.

It reveals that the Turkish organisation for Human Rights, Liberties, and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) is intimately connected with al-Qaeda:

Turkish authorities began their own domestic criminal investigation of IHH as early as December 1997, when sources revealed that leaders of IHH were purchasing automatic weapons from other regional Islamic militant groups.43 IHH’s bureau in Istanbul was thoroughly searched, and its local officers were arrested. Security forces uncovered an array of disturbing items, including firearms, explosives, bomb-making instructions, and a “jihad flag.” After analyzing seized IHH documents, Turkish authorities concluded that “detained members of IHH were going to fight in Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Chechnya.”44

According to a French intelligence report, the terrorist infiltration of IHH extended to its most senior ranks. The report, written by famed counterterrorism magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguiere, revealed that IHH President Bulent Yildrim had directly conspired in the mid-1990s to “recruit veteran soldiers in anticipation of the coming holy war [jihad]. In particular, some men were sent into war zones in Muslim countries in order to acquire combat experience.”45

Furthermore, in the hopes of “obtaining political support from these countries, financial aid was transferred [on behalf of IHH], as well as caches of firearms, knives, and pre-fabricated explosives.”46 An examination of IHH’s phone records in Istanbul showed repeated telephone calls in 1996 to an Al-Qaida guesthouse in Milan and various Algerian terrorist operatives active elsewhere in Europe – including the notorious Abu el-Ma`ali, who has been subsequently termed by U.S. officials as a “junior Osama Bin Laden.”47

The terrorist activities of this “charity” have also come out in court proceedings as detailed in documents [pdf] from the prosecution of terrrorist money launderers in the United States:

During the April 2001 trial of would-be Millennium bomber Ahmed Ressam, federal prosecutors called French counter-terrorism magistrate Judge Jean-Louis Brugiere as an expert witness. The transcript of his testimony states that Brugiere testified that the Turkish group IHH had played "[a]n important role" in the Millennium bomb plot. When asked, he stated "[t]here’s a rather close relation."

According to Brugiere, the IHH is located in Istanbul,Turkey. He stated:
The IHH is an NGO, but it was kind of a type of cover-up in order to obtain forged documents and also to obtain different forms of infiltration for Mujahideen in combat. And also to go and gather these Mujahideens. And finally, one of the last responsibilities that they had was also to be implicated or involved in weapons trafficking.

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  2. wolf

    LMAO Andy I was wondering how you were going to justify this.
    You havent disappointed.
    So tell me… any weapons or explosives turn up in this jihadist flotilla of death?

  3. David

    “THE JIHADISTS HAVE LETHAL METAL POLES, NO CHOICE BUT TO OPEN FIRE!”

    Hahaha, does this actually make sense to you?

  4. Andrew Landeryou

    It would probably make a lot more sense if you were being whacked to death by a metal pole by some frenzied jihadist…

    Note what one of them says in the video below as they prepared to invade the blockade:

    Right now we face one of two happy endings either Martyrdom or reaching Gaza

    Any loss of life is obviously a terrible tragedy but let’s not gloss over facts that complicate the media’s simple and wrong narrative that Israel’s security forces did – and always does the wrong thing. It’s clear those on the flotilla had very hostile intent, la sea-faring version of suicide bombers.

  5. Anon

    Actually they did wolf, see link.

  6. David

    “It’s clear those on the flotilla had very hostile intent, la sea-faring version of suicide bombers.”

    I think you need a bomb to be a suicide bomber. Otherwise you’re just some goon who gently bumps your boat against something.

  7. Toby Hall

    The IDF have managed to make WWE wrestlers look restrained! They get attacked with chairs all the time, and yet I’m not sure they’ve ever returned the favour with automatic weapons fire!

  8. Andy Ware

    Look, all you anti-semites we will kill anyone we want and you can’t do anything about it. We are the chosen people. We were chosen by God to run the world so get over it.
    Shalom.

  9. Steve Sensible

    “Isn’t that just like a wop. Brings a knife to a gun fight.”

  10. Dee

    Andy Ware but didn’t you also kill the son of God. Jesus the son of God

  11. wolf

    What a deadly booty. Headscarves, flares (normal for a ship I would think?), some improvised clubs that appear to be made from ship fittings, tools, kitchenware and a bottle of the deadly toxin NaCl, also known by it’s street name of ‘saline’.
    Apart from maybe one of the knives the only thing really untoward in that lot is the slingshots.
    I understand the argument put forward about what ‘might’ have been carried but even so, is it worth killing a bunch of people for smuggling slingshots? The bible shows that they are only a serious threat to life in the hands of small jewish shephards against palestinian soldiers anyway.
    To be honest the whole area is getting progressively more screwed up. Perhaps some sort of alternative approach from all sides is in order? The current one certainly is heading all parties towards an outcome of genocide one way or the other.

  12. Dan Lewis

    Metal poles… Would anyone here allow me to take a free shot to their head with a baseball bat?

    You are watching a blood libel develop in real time. You will hear about how the peaceful peace protesters of peace, were singing kumbaya on the top deck, when the Israelis started shooting at them for no reason at all. Just watch.

    The media are being played and are either to stupid or too culpable to realise.

    This is the same view that regards Palestinians as harmless rock-throwers, and disregards that these “rocks” are in fact giant cinder blocks dropped off buildings, or shot from slingshots with the speed of a bullet. That is, they are fatal. And of course the suicide bombers are also held up as ‘weak’ and ‘powerless’ when they murder Jewish schoolchildren.

    Naturally these “peace protesters” would never dare take on the naval blockade of Cuba or Iran. They wouldn’t be able to bait Jews that way and the results would be far more deadly.

  13. soso

    Israeli soldiers attacked on aid ship…..yeah right. Can you be any more apologist for the criminal Israeli regime?

    This is a CRIMINAL act and no amount of Israeli sympathising will justify it. All you apologists for this rogue belligerent regime are no different to the diehards that continued to back Apartheid South Africa or the Nazi regime in Germany regardless of international condemnation. One day Israel will wake up from its self induced violence and see that it no longer has any ‘mates’ left. Then we’ll see how confident it will be ramming aid boats, detaining innocent people, killing children who throw stones and building settlements illegally on land seized illegally and occupied with flagrant disregard for any international norms and conventions. ENOUGH of the pro Israel lobby in this country and their lackies such as this site. Time to get real and realise that criminal and indecent behaviour has consequences.

  14. cynic

    Smells like a set up. Suicide by israeli soldiers, with a few journos on board to capture the unprovoked israeli response. The israelis should have had thier own embedded journos to provide counter reports as well use stun guns on unarmed peaceful individuals hell bent on being a kamakzi in the unbiased world media eyes. Of course, the food runners were all pure as the driven snow.

  15. Matt

    Madness.

    Boats try to break a blockaid, Israelis board ship to inspect/ stop, are attacked, fire back in self defence (anyone who sees the video can not argue any other way) and are then deemed the instigators of violence.

    If you hate Israel then fine, that’s your right but come on, at least try to look at each incident on its merits before firing your mouths off.

    I read a comment on another site today, from memory:

    “If the Palestinians laid down their arms today there would be peace tomorrow. If Israelis laid down there arms today they would be exterminated tomorrow.”

    I think there is something in that.

  16. Mike

    Not sure why the left media are so critical of Israel. It is quite normal for them to stop aid to an organisation like Hamas which has declared war against it. How would Turkey like it if Israel sent aid to its Kurdish rebels?

  17. Anonymous

    Any weapons of mass destruction found?

  18. the SL

    Literally everything about Vexnews promoting Israel stuns me

  19. With my mop in hand i pray that Pauline Fegan was on that ship

  20. Lucky Luciano

    This article cheapens the whole hideous situation.

    Very disappointed in Vexnews.

  21. Whistling for dogs

    Orwell: Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind.

  22. Dan Lewis

    I wonder why some events, say, an attack last week by the Taliban on a Pakistani mosque which killed nearly a hundred Muslims who were praying (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article7140956.ece)

    and a subsequent attack on the hospital where the terrorists were being kept, killing a further eight (http://news.oneindia.in/2010/06/01/militantsattack-lahore-hospital-to-free-mosqueattackers.html) don’t get nearly as much attention as say, some Israelis climbing onto….A boat.

    In fact, I don’t even remember reading about it in newspapers, who have however devoted front pages to Israelis boarding a ship, killing far fewer and with actual provocation.

    As Israeli Ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman observed:

    Every single day, Muslims are killed by Muslims. You do not see a single Muslim leader get up and say, “Enough is enough.” It’s nearly as if we live in a world where if Christians kill Muslims, it’s a crusade. If Jews kill Muslims, it’s a massacre. And when Muslims kill Muslims, it’s the Weather Channel. Nobody cares.

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  24. Andy Ware

    Hey Dan Lewis you don’t get it do you? If the Jews were killing each other in Israel not many people would comment, it’s when a country with the most potent weapons kills civilians from another country that people have a problem. Are upyhou too stupid to understand that? But I know you are being a disingenuous bastard. When an Israeli soldier is captured by Palestinians why do you call it a kidnapping? Soldiers in a war get captured but Israeli soldiers are never captured they are always kidnapped. Give us all a fu*4en break and shut up with your propaganda.

  25. Dan Lewis

    Any lads interested in spot of dogging, my anus is ready willing and able.

  26. Anonymous

    Wolf, a few sticks and I believe a water pistol turned up. Surely justification for the unleashing of automatic weapons, I’m suprised they didn’t sink the whole flotilla with a tactical nuke!

    And Dan you bravely stand alone and claim justification!

    Yes the Taliban blowing up a mosque is despicable.

    Yes blowing up hospitals is despicable.

    And yes what Israel has just done is despicable.

    They have attacked civilian ships attempting to provide aid, and a little dissent (a freedom of democracy, albeit one under threat), on the basis that they breached a blockade in INTERNATIONAL WATERS!

    And I really couldn’t care less what that idiot Gillerman observes, he’s a politician, his observation is spin, and spin is NOT fact. The naked truth was on our televisions tonight, Commandos dropping onto ships like pirates, people raising sticks against them, and then someone is shot in the head.

  27. Palestine's Shoes

    This is not the first time boarding parties from NAVIES have boarded ships. Our NAVY intercept boats carrying asylum seekers all the time… and yes, these personnel are armed with steyr rifles, or shotguns for protection, nothing different about Israel doing the same thing.

    Now, who remembers John Howard using the SAS to board the Tampa back in 2001? Same thing again… military intervention was needed because a potential situation could have turned very nasty with the amount of people onboard the ship rising up to create havoc. Order was needed, and the commandos were sent in. Justified interventionist force.

    And for the fools who decided to fight back, and were stupid enough to GRAB a weapon, well, they got what they were asking for. You DO NOT attack, or attempt to attack a soldier with a metal pole, club etc and not expect something in return. If attacked, fight back!! that’s the philosophy in any defence force anywhere in the world!

    So all of these people on here saying that Israel should be condemned. Just remember one thing. Israel is a free democracy, a stable and prosperous country in the Middle East. Palestine and other countries are being dragged down by the culture that inhabits these backward countries. These people have not advanced enough to a modern civilised society, and still have customs, punishments and beliefs that are so backward, cruel and barbaric, and downright crazy that no one can honestly say that peace will advance so long as these people continue to argue for the destruction of Israel.

  28. Ben

    It is odd that so many “peaceful” Muslims like to carry swords on “aid ships.” I have more respect for Israel now than ever. Finally a nation that doesn’t bow to radical Muslims!

  29. Toby Hall

    Isreal is not a free democracy, they have the most incredible censorship regime in any place that calls itself democratic and is taken seriously. And their form of democracy, much lauded on this site and elsewhere only applies to certain citizens (well it applies to all but only certain people get to have a say!).

    It’s also very hard to understand the motivations of some of the actions on both sides, but for me especially Isreal. It boils down to them not giving a stuffed rats bum what you or I think. So long as they get support from the US in the form of money or arms, they’ll keep doing what they do, based on what they see as their own best interest. They know that for all the ‘international condemnation’, the US will still provide the bangers and the dollars, and so will many other countries. Until that changes, they won’t either.

  30. Hymie

    Andrew
    Just when Vexnews was starting to get some legitimacy, you go and spoil it. Your leanings are more than obvious on this. No-one has a right to enter someone else’s vessel on international waters. And then kill them.

    Andrew, you are looking as foolish as the Israeli soldiers on this one.

  31. Duplicity

    Isn’t it amazing that the ‘international waters’ advocates – those that say it is illegal to board a vessel in international waters, are also the green fruit loops who think it’s ok for extremist organisations like the Sea Shepherd to raid Japanese Whaling boats. You make me sick defending enviro pirates and terrorists.

  32. piv

    Turkey – still the sick man of Europe.

  33. Poseidon Burke

    My sympathies are normally with Israel but in this case they have been incompetent and lawless.

    Vexnews has surrendered any claim to objectivity in the way it has prosecuted this case. The other pro Israel story on the front page makes claim your prejudices.

  34. Believer in Democracy

    Duplicity you are spot on. It is also interesting that these same people don’t seem to realise that on this matter international law has been followed to the letter and that in fact Israel was obliged to board and inspect these ships after giving multiple warnings that boarding and inspection will take place.

    Why was there only violence on the boat filled with this IHH group? As usual silly western lefties have been used as a PR human shield for exploitation by fundamentalists. It is just like those “human shields” who went to Iraq to help Saddam Hussein.

    I notice even the fairfax guy who was on one of the boats has not been willing to condemn this action he probably was like those fools who went with George Galloway to Gaza recently and realised that that everyone was to afraid of Hamas to even talk to them!

    A nation has every right to board a private vessel whose stated purpose is to break the law. What do you think Australia does when we board illegal fishing vessels, people smugglers and drug runners?

  35. blackmambo

    I keep on openign Vexx wanting to see another Lefty get taken down..but alas…so I read this piece instead.

    I am just sick and tired of the whole “middle-east issue” having digested it now every night on the news since dad bought a telly in the early 70’s…

    I mean really, none of these people want peace do they? Both sides love this conflict and they are addicted to it.

    Like all activists, if Hammas wiped out Israel overnight, there would be another Hammas ‘enemy’ immediately…probably us. I am not sure the same can be said of Israel.

    What this story really shows is how lazy, lefty, and biased, journalism from the ABC and Fairfax is. Was anyone surprised when statesman Rudd quickly condemned the violence? He has become a media sound bite slut.

  36. blackmambo

    Incidentally…who are these “Australians” on the ship? Are they now poerple of interest to our government?

  37. Dan Lewis

    “I notice even the fairfax guy who was on one of the boats has not been willing to condemn this action”

    Not sure about that.

    Paul McGeough has plenty of form and my gut feeling is he’d already written the story before he climbed aboard.

    On matters concerning Israel, he is a proven liar.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/room_for_improvement/

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/ah-mcgeogh-youve-done-it-again-with-a-closed-circuit-scoop-we-missed/story-e6frg6zo-1225846163337

  38. The Truth

    The IDF committed piracy in international waters – outside of Israeli territorial waters, by boarding the ship, murdering some of those onboard, seizing the ship, and taking hostages.

    And yet you try and defend the indefensible?

  39. Me TOO

    Israel should learn from history: Killing people never solved any problem. All that happens is more people hate you even more. I am surprised that the smartest people on the planet seem unable to grasp this basic fact, unless of course Israel decided to take revenge on the world for what the Nazis did.

  40. Noam Clomsky

    Since 99.9% all the Jews in Australia give unconditional moral and financial support to Israel can they be considered as a “Fifth Column?

  41. blackmambo

    Awe @ “The Truth” above, he can write but yet cannot read…truly wonderful

  42. ordinary woman

    Isreal reaps what it sows. They just go on blaming everyone without acknowledging that treating people like animals will result in hatred. I can’t stand listening to their spokesmen spouting crap without recognising their contribution to the mess in the middle eastnand I’m ashamed at our politicians “understanding” approach.

  43. The Dark One

    Cant wait till the arabs take over FOX news ! Sell your soul and your zionist views Rupert Murdoch.

  44. lord lucan

    under article 3 of the Rome Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation of 1988, it is an international crime for any person to seize or exercise control over a ship by force, and also a crime to injure or kill any person in the process. One cannot attack a ship and then claim self-defence if the people on board resist the unlawful use of violence.if the Israelis cannot deal with a situation like this without killing people and making an international incident out of it then they have problems.

  45. Dan Lewis

    More Muslims are killed weekly by other Muslims in the Middle East, than by Israel in the last 60 years.

    Is that also Israel’s fault? Of course it is!

    Islam: The world’s biggest excuse.

  46. love you Israel

    Good on you Andy…… Good to expose the f terrorist.
    One solution to this f problem which is a Palestinian state in Saudi Arabia.

  47. love you Israel

    Andy the Israelians patriots were too bloody soft with them. Just if I had the call on this you wouldve seen the whole boat vaporized in the air.

  48. Adore you Israel

    Let’s move Gaza to Saudi Arabia….. A better solution for everyone specifically to those camels drivers

  49. anon

    Israel WILL NOT survive and the filthy cesspit of human sewerage called Israel does not deserve to survive.

  50. Ask Mrs Arafat Where The Money Went.

    OK, so the peacenik Sandalistas could have could have chosen to send a peace and democracy convoy to Cuba to support the dissidents there, but no. Or they could have sent the same thing to Iran to support the dissidents there who were denied free and fair elections…but no again. So they chose the dead cert option to piss off the Israelis and got much softer treatment than they would have in the other two places. How about a few charter flights to Harare to take on Zanu-PF and true genocide, or are they a bit scary too given that they were trained and equipped by the North Koreans? I see a Fairfax journo got tasered. Please post the vid of that.

  51. Stupid

    Israel has shown great restraint prior to this incident. What other country in the middle east with a potential terrorist threat at their doorstep would refrain from breaching human rights and employing nuclear weapons? Iran sure as hell wouldn’t.

    Israel is a responsible country in an area of the world known for it’s instability and great uncertainty. Sure, Israel fucked this one up. But it’s continued existance is helping to democratize and bring stability in in this part of the world. Whilst I agree it needs to help broker a deal if possible with the Palestiains, the real scumbags are Hamas uber criminals that de-legitimise the Koran in the pursuit of murder and it’s taste for bloodshed.

  52. Steve Sensible

    North Korea calls themselves Democratic as well. That’s what the “D” in “DPRK” stands for.

  53. Dan Lewis

    Steve Sensible, it’s a general rule that any country which has the word “democracy” in its name, probably isn’t one.

    Hamas are as far from Democracy as one could possibly imagine.

    Sadly, the useful idiots believe that they are “democratically elected” and fail to recognise that a single election, howsoever genuine, does not make a democracy.

    Hamas routinely closes down media outlets not toeing the party line and they tie up political opponents and hurl them to their deaths from rooftops.

    When North Korea sank a South Korean vessel recently, I don’t recall a single word about it from some of the loudmouths here. The outrage about Israel is entirely confected. If Jews weren’t involved, nobody would give a shit.

  54. Blackmambo

    Check out these statements from the Times

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article7142977.ece

    “The Turkish charity at the centre of the raid by Israeli forces on an aid vessel in the Mediterranean was under intense scrutiny last night over its alleged links with militant organisations.

    “According to reports in the Israeli press, some of the men who tackled the commandos were equipped with night-vision goggles, gas masks and life vests. Others had ceramic vests to stop bullets, security officials said.

    “About a hundred of the passengers were carrying wads of $10,000 on them — a total of about $1 million; money the authorities say was bound for Hamas, which controls Gaza.

    “General Richard Myers, former Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told The Times yesterday that there was substantial evidence of some charitable organisations being exploited by extremist groups for their own ends. “A lot of wealthy benefactors providing donations for humanitarian relief don’t know what they’re funding. They think they’re doing something for welfare and education,” he said.

  55. lord lucan

    under article 3 of the Rome Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation of 1988, it is an international crime for any person to seize or exercise control over a ship by force, and also a crime to injure or kill any person in the process. One cannot attack a ship and then claim self-defence if the people on board resist the unlawful use of violence.if the Israelis cannot deal with a situation like this without killing people and making an international incident out of it then they have problems

  56. lomlate

    I was always taught by my parents not to blame others for my problems. “HE STARTED IT!” was always a feeble excuse. My parents raised my right, I don’t look for what other people did wrong I look at what I did wrong.

    The people of the middle east are being taught to blame others for their problems. For a territory like palestine with 1/10th the GDP of Israel childish behaviour is to be expected. But Israel is a first world country. It needs to grow the fuck up.

  57. Matt

    @lomlate- Is it childish to wish genocide and actively kidnap and murder.

    I don’t think I have ever met anyone who states that they would stand still and not move as someone tried to kill them. It would be interesting to watch you do this in reality, I’m sure the person beating or stabbing you to death would be relieved by the fact that you were not judge them wrong.

  58. Anonymous

    Forge passports.
    Shoot aid workers.
    That’s 2 strikes . . . . .

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