The Mavi Marmara, the lead ship of six was prepared with at least 50 trained, military-style terrorists who sucessfully ambushed the Israeli Navy who were seeking to re-route the May 31 flotilla destined with relief supplies and weapons to Gaza.
The Mavi Marmara was destined by its commandeers to be a ship of horrors. IHH – the Turkish NGO, Insani Yardim Vakfi was a key player in a previous “flotilla” led by former English MP George Galloway’s Free Gaza Movement. Israeli officials say IHH is tied to Hamas, and even to al Qaeda, and it was banned in Israel in 2008 for being “part of Hamas’s fundraising network.”
IHH also is part of the Union of Good, a collection of charities run by Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi. The union was designated by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2008 as a terrorist entity due to its fund-raising activities on behalf of Hamas and Hamas-controlled organizations in the West Bank and Gaza.