As the propaganda blame game between Israel and the international media rages on, a clearer picture has emerged of some of the recently-freed activists attacked on the flotilla to Gaza.
It appears a handful of Turkish activists may have been jihadis looking for martyrdom.
Media reports in Ankara on Wednesday revealed that three out of the four Turkish citizens that were killed during the raid declared their wishes to become shahids (martyrs). Another Dutch report claimed a Dutch activist, who was arrested by the IDF is suspected of being a senior Hamas operative.Although it is unclear whether this is true or fabricated as part of the public spin, the Jerusalem Post is claiming weapons were found on board the flotilla.
Furthermore, the Turkish aid group behind the flotilla, Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (or IHH in Turkish) has links to Hamas and Osama bin Laden.
In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters on Wednesday that "we know that IHH representatives have met with senior Hamas officials in Turkey, Syria, and Gaza over the past three years. That is obviously of great concern to us."I don't doubt that some of the hundreds of people on board the aid ships had innocent, humanitarian intentions towards the people on the Gaza Strip. However, connecting some of the dots behind the scenes shows anti-Israel forces may be using this to wage a propaganda war against Israel, and further weaken its international credibility among country's whose citizens were attacked and captured.
And obviously, it looks bad to a national government when their citizens seemingly get killed by another country's forces. However, if some of these European and Turkish citizens have been tracked and investigated for their ties to Hamas, then it makes you start to wonder what exactly they were doing on these ships.
Israel is no humanitarian regime, but Hamas is a terrorist group (loosely linked to many other Fundamentalist Islamic groups) that uses Palestinians deaths to further their agenda. Neither the majority of the Israeli or Palestinian people have any direct say over the dark intentions of the well-armed, provocative minority that controls all sides of the conflict. If we're lucky, this doesn't end in mass regional warfare.
(via Jihad Watch)