Flotilla ahoy! A refresher on the background to another anti-Israel publicity stunt

As readers may be aware, flotilla season is apparently again upon us and on May 10th the self-styled ‘Freedom Flotilla Coalition’ announced that a trawler had set sail from Sweden.Marianne

The Times of Israel reports:

“The trawler Marianne of Gothenburg will be carrying a “limited cargo of, among other things, solar cell panels and medical equipment” for use in Gaza, according to a statement by the Ship to Gaza campaign. […]

Along the way it will pick up eight other crew members, according to Israel Radio. Two other vessels are expected to join the flotilla later on.”

One of the various vessels’ passengers will apparently be Moncef Marzouki who has collaborated in the past with Hamas-linked groups in Europe and their associated personalities involved in the organization of previous flotillas.

Moncef Marzouki (3rd from left front row) with Zaher Birawi (1st on left front row) and Dror Feiler (3rd from right front row) Tunis, 30 March 2015

Moncef Marzouki (3rd from left front row) with Zaher Birawi (1st on left front row) and Dror Feiler (3rd from right front row) Tunis, 30 March 2015

According to the Jerusalem Post, passengers on the ‘Marianne’ include:

“Israeli-born Swedish citizen Dror Feiler, a musician and spokesperson of  Ship to Gaza; Henry Ascher, a professor of Public Health and pediatrician; Lennart Berggren, a filmmaker; Maria Svensson, spokesperson of the Feministiskt initiative; and Mikael Karlsson, chairperson of Ship to Gaza Sweden.”

Readers can refresh their memories regarding ‘peace activist’ Dror Feiler here and find archive background material on the organisers of previous such publicity stunts here.

The coordinator of the ‘International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza’ – which partners the ‘Freedom Flotilla Coalition’ (along with ‘Miles of Smiles’ and the IHH) – is Hamas-linked UK-based activist Zaher Birawi who was also involved in the ‘Global March to Jerusalem’ in 2012. 

 

 

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6 comments on “Flotilla ahoy! A refresher on the background to another anti-Israel publicity stunt

  1. There needs to be a counter to this. Perhaps an aid drive, collecting something innocuous such as baby supplies (formula, diapers, creams) and medicinal items, which would travel through Europe (maybe starting in Canada and going through America), then making a transport convoy that delivers all the goods to the Israelis to send through the checkpoints and into Gaza. Making this kind of public spectacle might be helpful.

  2. The Jewish community, especially the North London community, should make its voice heard by making sure that Ikea and Volvo are well aware that their home government is sponsoring this kind of garbage. The closer the Swedish flotilla comes, the more we should stay away from both of them. There are plenty of other alternatives.

  3. Solar panels? And how are these to be connected to the grid? Or will they be snapped up by Hamas members to power their jacuzzi?
    The Greens go to Gaza. Double brainlessness.

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