“Until our March to Al-Aqsa is completed, this Sea, Land, and Air Intifada will continue.”
At an event in the southern Turkish coastal town of Alanya, Bulent Yildirim, the head of the Islamic Human Rights and Freedom Organization (IHH), which organized the May 2010 Freedom Flotilla to Gaza, told an audience of over 1,000 about the organization’s plans to send a second flotilla to Gaza, consisting of 15-20 vessels as well as land convoys and an airplane.
MEMRI –(H/T Jean Phillipe)–“We are getting ready… There will be a ship from every country… in Europe. Our own Mavi Marmara will also set sail from Europe… Vessels will come from everywhere in the world…
“Israel will learn this: The Mediterranean does not belong to Israel… Just because we have had shahids, we are not fearful… We will not step back…
“Let all know this: Until the blockade on Gaza is lifted… and until our march to al-Aqsa is completed, this sea intifada and land intifada will continue!
“Also, it will not be only by sea. We are preparing for land convoys as well. And with Allah’s permission, our project for the purchase of an airplane will soon be realized. This way we will reach Gaza by air too.”
“What do we say to the world leaders? Do not expect us to live in peace, when people in Gaza are dying… And do not expect us to remain silent when al Aqsa mosque is a prisoner…
“We are saying this: We don’t have a problem with the Christians or Jews. Some of them were with us in our ships… But we do have a problem with one place! And we declare it with courage… without fear… We say this with no hesitation: Our problem is Zionism – which, like a virus, has infected all humanity!”
Hurriyet – A new flotilla of ships will try to reach Gaza at the end of May to mark the first anniversary of a deadly Israeli raid against a similar convoy that killed nine activists, organizers said Monday. The flotilla that will try to break Israel’s blockade of the territory this time will consist of around 15 boats with activists from 25 nations compared to just six ships last year, they told a news conference in Madrid.
“We will set sail during the second half of May,” said Manuel Tapial, one of the three Spanish activists who were on board the Mavi Marmara, which was intercepted by Israeli navy commandos on May 31, sparking a global outcry.
What really happened on the Flotilla to Gaza
A DISPATCHES documentary on the Gaza flotilla incident is causing a storm of protest from critics of Israel, who are furious that the program was not as hostile to Israel as they thought it should be. The program concluded that the main aim of the activists had not been to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza, but rather to orchestrate a political act designed to put pressure on Israel. The program also concluded that the Israeli commandos encountered a violent, premeditated attack by a hardcore group of Turkish IHH members.