Skip to comments.Iranian Legislator Says Egypt Promised to Enable His Entry to Gaza
Posted on 07/28/2010 6:18:47 PM PDT by Cindy
SNIPPET: "Iranian parliament member Mahmoud Ahmadi Bigesh said Wednesday that Egypt has promised to issue entry permits for him and three of his fellow parliament members, who want to enter the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing."
(Excerpt) Read more at ynetnews.com ...
Egypt denies visas to Gaza-bound Iranian MPs: report
Yahoo/AFP ^ | Jul 28, 2010
Posted on July 28, 2010 4:52:32 PM PDT by nuconvert
TEHRAN (AFP) Egypt has denied visas to four Iranian lawmakers who planned to travel to the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip, Iran’s Press TV reported on Wednesday.
“The Egyptian government has stonewalled the visa process... no visa has been issued for the MPs as of yet,” Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash, one of the four lawmakers, was quoted as saying by the English-language television’s website.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
NOTE The following blog entry is a quote:
Iranian Diplomat: I Know Nothing Of Iranian Legislators’ Plans To Visit Gaza
A diplomatic source in the Iranian interest office in Cairo said that he knew nothing of Iranian Majlis members’ plans to conduct a solidarity visit to Gaza, and from there to continue on to Egypt.
Source: Al-Masri Al-Yawm, Egypt, July 23, 2010
Posted at: 2010-07-23
NOTE: THIS IS THE NEW FLOTILLA/”HUMANITARIAN AID”/”HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS” ad nauseum thread.
“Arab Journalists Come Out in Support of Israeli Flotilla Actions”
INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - For The Record - The IPT Blog ^ | n/a
Posted on July 1, 2010 2:01:49 PM PDT by Cindy
Iran Blinks, Will Not Send Aid Ship to Gaza
(CNN) via JIHAD WATCH.org ^ | June 24, 2010 | n/a
Posted on June 24, 2010 10:46:53 PM PDT by Cindy
NEW FLOTILLA ANNOUNCED AS RADICAL DISCLOSURES GROW
INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - For The Record - The IPT Blog ^ | June 16, 2010 at 6:29 pm | n/a
Posted on June 16, 2010 4:43:36 PM PDT by Cindy
Navy braces for next flotillas
JPOST.com - JERUSALEM POST ^ | 06/15/2010 04:51 | By YAAKOV KATZ
Posted on June 15, 2010 4:02:40 AM PDT by Cindy
IRANIAN OFFICIAL: EGYPT HAS AUTHORIZED IRANIAN DELEGRATION TO ENTER GAZA
(Source: Mehr (Iran), June 13, 2010) via THE MEMRI BLOG.org ^ | Posted at: 2010-06-13 | n/a
Posted on June 14, 2010 12:25:29 AM PDT by Cindy
SNIPPET: Majlis National Security Committee chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi said that the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Egyptian parliament, Muhammad Al-Fiqi, has authorized the members of the Iranian flotilla, which is to arrive via the Suez Canal, to enter Gaza through the Rafah border crossing.
Boroujerdi clarified that this flotilla, which includes Majlis members, is distinct from the one being organized by the Iranian Red Crescent.
(Excerpt) Read more at thememriblog.org ...
REPORT: IRANIAN RED CRESCENT TO SEND TWO SHIPS TO GAZA
JPOST.com - THE JERUSALEM POST ^ | 06/07/2010 10:05 | n/a
Posted on June 7, 2010 12:29:58 AM PDT by Cindy
The Iranian Red Crescent is planning to send two ships to Gaza this week it was announced on Monday.
AFP quotes Red Crescent director for international affairs Abdolrauf Adibzadeh as saying: One ship will carry donations made by the people and the other will carry relief workers. The ships will be sent to Gaza by end of this week.
(Excerpt) Read more at jpost.com ...
Iran Revolutionary Guards ready to escort Gaza ships
Posted on June 6, 2010 5:59:13 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Iran Revolutionary Guards ready to escort Gaza ships 06 Jun 2010 12:40:35 GMT Source: Reuters TEHRAN, June 6 (Reuters) - Irans elite Revolutionary Guards are ready to provide a military escort to cargo ships trying to break Israels blockade of Gaza, a representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday.
Irans navy forces are ready to escort the peace flotilla to Gaza with all their powers and capabilities, Ali Shirazi, Khameneis representative inside the Revolutionary Guards, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Mehr news agency.
Any intervention by the Iranian military would be considered highly provocative by Israel which accuses Iran of supplying weapons to Hamas, the Islamist movement which rules Gaza.
The Guards, with their own navy, air force and command structure separate from the regular armed forces, are seen as fiercely loyal to the values of the Islamic Republic.
If the Supreme Leader issues an order for this then the Revolutionary Guard naval forces will do their best to secure the ships, Shirazi said. It is Irans duty to defend the innocent people of Gaza.
(Excerpt) Read more at alertnet.org ...
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ANOTHER AID VESSEL TO ARRIVE FROM LEBANON
YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 06.06.10, 07:44 / Israel News | Roee Nahmias
Posted on June 5, 2010 11:22:47 PM PDT by Cindy
Muslim Brotherhood Leader to Arab Rulers: Open Your Borders To Jihad Fighters
(Source: Ikhwanonline.com, June 3, 2010) via THE MEMRI BLOG.org ^ | Posted June 4, 2010 | n/a
Posted on June 5, 2010 12:25:55 PM PDT by Cindy
Rachel Corrie ignores Navy request to stop
Ynet reporters and AP ^ | Latest Update: 06.05.10, 09:14 / Israel News | N/A
Posted on June 4, 2010 11:50:43 PM PDT by Cindy
Gaza flotilla: 2 dead, dozens injured in navy boarding
JPOST.com - JERUSALEM POST ^ | 05/31/2010 07:00 | By JPOST.COM STAFF AND YAAKOV KATZ
Posted on May 30, 2010 9:42:20 PM PDT by Cindy
NYC BOAT EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED(Flotilla named “Audacity of Hope”-funds raised by Rashid Khalidi)
US to Gaza ^ | 07-22-2010
Posted on July 22, 2010 11:07:42 PM PDT by autumnraine
This is an important moment in history. In the aftermath of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla massacre and increased world-wide scrutiny of Israels blockade of Gaza, the Israeli government has mounted a huge public relations campaign spreading the lie that by letting a few more items into Gaza the blockade has been lifted. This is not the reality. Gaza is still under siege, vital building materials and other supplies are banned, exports of goods from Gaza are denied and neither ships nor people can travel without permission from Israel, permission which Israel will not give. Gaza is essentially an open-air prison under a U.S.-backed Israeli blockade.
We are planning to launch a U.S. boat to Gaza, joining a flotilla of ships from Europe, Canada, India, South Africa and parts of the Middle East due to set sail in September/ October of this year. In order to succeed in this essential but costly human rights project, we need significant financial support.
Citizens around the world have responded to the plight of the Palestinian people and are taking action to help break the blockade which is suffocating the lives of the people of Gaza and denying them their liberty. The U.S. government is complicit through established policies that uncritically support Israel in its brutal attack on the Palestinian people and on those who attempt to intervene on their behalf. We in the United States must continue to step up and do our part. We must join with others from across the world to support an end to the collective punishment of 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza.
We turn to you to help make the U.S. boat, The Audacity of Hope, a reality. We must raise at least $370,000 in the next month. These funds will be used to purchase a boat large enough for 40-60 people, secure a crew, and cover the licensing and registering of the boat. In addition, the funds will subsidize some other costs of sending a U.S. delegation. We can make this happen together. For example, with 370 people giving $1,000, or with 3,700 people giving $100, we will have raised our full amount.
We have already received donations ranging from $10 to $10,000. So, give what you can and give generously. From the deck of The Audacity of Hope, we will be in a powerful and unique position to challenge U.S. foreign policy and affirm the universal obligation to uphold human rights and international law. Let us act now because every moment counts and every dollar counts. Together we will contribute to the great effort to end the blockade of Gaza and the illegal occupation of Palestine.
Please spread this appeal letter far and wide, so that others will contribute as well.
Thank you for your generosity.
On behalf of the U.S. BOAT TO GAZA,
Nic Abramson, Middle East Crisis Response
Elliott Adams, Past President, Veterans For Peace
Laurie Arbeiter, Activist Response Team
Anna Baltzer, Human Rights Activist and Author
Russell Banks, Writer
Kahlil Bendib, Political Cartoonist
Medea Benjamin, Co-founder CODEPINK
Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies
Naomi Brussel, Activist Response Team
Allan Buchman, Founder and Artistic Director, The Culture Project
Leslie Cagan, Co-Founder United for Peace and Justice
Henry Chalfant, Film Maker
Kathleen Chalfant, New York
Ellen Davidson, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA
Angela Y. Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz
Noor Elashi, Writer
Basem Emara, Gaza Freedom March
Kathy Engel, Poet
Hedy Epstein, Palestine Solidarity Committee, St. Louis, Missouri
Mike Ferner, National President, Veterans For Peace
Lisa Fithian, Alliance for Community Trainers
Felice Gelman, Gaza Freedom March
Jenny Heinz, Activist Response Team/Granny Peace Brigade
Jane Hirschmann, Jews Say No!
Jennifer Hobbs, New York City Attorney/Gaza Freedom March Nubar Hovsepian, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Chapman University
Mary Hughes Thompson, Free Gaza Movement
Abdeen Jabara, Past President, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Civil Rights Attorney
Tarak Kauff, Veterans for Peace
Kathy Kelly, Co-Coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence
Rashid Khalidi, Columbia University
Ramzi Kysia, Free Gaza Movement
Iara Lee, Cultures of Resistance/Freedom Flotilla Survivor
Karen Malpede, Playwright
Helaine Meisler, Hudson Valley BDS
Gail Miller, Women of a Certain Age
Fatima Mohammadi, Attorney at Law/Freedom Flotilla Survivor
Donna Nevel, Jews Say No!
Michael Ratner, President, Center for Constitutional Rights
Mariam Said, New York
Najla Said, Actor/Writer
Hannah Schwarzschild, American Jews for a Just Peace
Kathy Sheetz, Free Gaza USA/Freedom Flotilla Survivor
Ann Shirazi, Granny Peace Brigade/Women of a Certain Age
Starhawk, Alliance of Community Trainers
Eleanor Stein, Albany Law School
Michael Steven Smith, New York City Attorney/Author
Vivian Stromberg, MADRE, Executive Director
Yifat Susskind, MADRE Policy/Communications Director
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Professor of Womens and Gender Studies, Syracuse University
Alice Walker, Author
Darlene Wallach, Free Gaza Movement, Justice for Palestinians
Donna Wallach, Free Gaza Movement, Justice for Palestinians
Sarah Wellington, Activist Response Team
Diane Wilson, Writer/Activist
Ret. Col. Ann Wright, Freedom Flotilla Survivor
Rebecca Vilkomerson, Jewish Voice for Peace
Dorothy M. Zellner, Veteran Civil Rights Activist
Organizations listed for identification purposes only
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE GROWING LIST OF INDIVIDUAL ENDORSEMENTS
Flotilla Myths: Girl Tore Off Her Ear to Donate Her Earring to Gaza (VIDEO)
Memri TV ^ | July 9 2010 | Al Jazeera TV
Posted on July 22, 2010 2:11:22 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
Watch the video at the link.
Americans organizing ship for Gaza flotilla ( Boat named “Audacity of hope” )
JTA ^ | July 21st
Posted on July 22, 2010 7:44:46 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing
Americans opposed to Israels naval blockade of the Gaza Strip are organizing a ship from the United States to take part in an international flotilla.
The flotilla, set to sail to Gaza in September or October, will be made up of ships from India, Europe, Canada, South Africa and the Middle East. The organizers hope to name the American ship The Audacity of Hope, after President Obama’s second autobiographical book.
(Excerpt) Read more at jta.org ...
Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
July 25, 2010
“Yasser Qashlaq, the Lebanese flotilla organizer, claims the ships will soon set sail for the Gaza Strip. Syria and Hezbollah are involved. Considering Qashlaq’s anti-Semitic stance and links to terrorism, he apparently wants a violent confrontation (possibly contrary to the wishes of many of the passengers).”
Mubarek folded faster than the Egyptian army in 1967. Thanks Cindy.
Thank you for the bump Tutstar.
“Boycott Divestment Sanction Israel”
Video Description - quote:
EnoughNews | July 27, 2010
All you need to know about the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) Movement.
News & Politics
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For The Record - The IPT Blog
“The Shine is Off the Divestment Movement”
SNIPPET: “The “Boycott, Divestment, Sanction” (BDS) movement aimed at Israel has attempted to portray itself as a humanitarian organization whose mission is to:
“call upon international civil organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel, similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era, until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with international law.”
But a video the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg highlights paints BDS, in the words of the narrator, as “a venomous, deceitful, anti-peace, anti co-existence movement, that will settle for nothing short of the annihilation of the Jewish State.”
The video, posted on YouTube, contrasts BDS calls for peace and cooperation with evidence of a consistent pattern of criticizing attempts at Palestinian-Israeli cooperation and reconciliation. Whether the attempts were educational, economic, or artistic, BDS has stood in the way.”
Posted August 2, 2010
Intelligence and Terrorism
“Monthly List of Information Bulletins Issued
by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information
Center - July 2010”
SNIPPET: “2. The emphasis this past month was on an analysis of the flotilla to the Gaza Strip led by the Turkish organization IHH, the passengers aboard the ship Mavi Marmara and IHH itself through material found on board the ship, statements from passengers and video clips from the Turkish media.”
IN THE USA:
ON THE INTERNET:
SNIPPET: “INDIVIDUAL ENDORSEMENTS
THE CAMPAIGN IS BUILDING. MORE PEOPLE ARE SIGNING ON TO ENDORSE THE GREAT EFFORT TO LAUNCH A U.S. BOAT TO GAZA. TO HAVE YOUR NAME ADDED TO THE LIST, CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT.”
For The Record - The IPT Blog
“Israeli Military Chief: Flotilla Passengers Fired First”
by IPT News
Aug 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm
SNIPPET: “New information surrounding the May 31st flotilla raid was revealed on Wednesday during the testimony of the Israeli army’s Chief of Staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, in front of the Turkel Commission. Ashkenazi’s testimony followed statements made on Monday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and on Tuesday by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
An Israeli commando was shot in the stomach while rappelling down to board the Mavi Marmara ship, forcing him to respond with pistol fire, Ashkenazi told the panel. An examination of bullet remnants did not match those of Israeli weapons, indicating that the IHH activists on board the ship had guns.
“The soldiers justifiably opened fire” in response, Ashkenazi said. “They opened fire at those they needed to, and didn’t at those they didn’t need to.
Israel did not have sufficient information about IHH the Turkish Islamic charity that sponsored the Mavi Marmara ship, he said. According to Israeli intelligence sources, IHH planted 40 operatives on the ship to stage a violent confrontation with Israelis. The U.S. State Department has acknowledged that IHH has ties to Hamas. The organization is also a member of the Union of the Good, an organization designated by the U.S. Treasury in 2008 due to its fund-raising activities on behalf of Hamas.
“The soldiers aboard the Marmari (sic) displayed courage and purity of arms,” Ashkenazi said, “and responded correctly to the dangers they faced.””
For The Record - The IPT Blog
“Flotilla Investigative Panel Hears from Israeli Leaders”
by IPT News
Aug 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm
SNIPPET: “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the May 31st Israeli commando raid on the Turkish IHH-sponsored Mavi Marmara ship during testimony Monday before the Turkel Committee. That’s the inquiry established to examine Israel’s conduct in response to an international flotilla aimed to break the blockade on Gaza.
“I am convinced that at the end of your investigation, it will be clear that the State of Israel and the Israel Defense Forces conducted themselves in accordance with international law,” Netanyahu told the committee.
He spoke about the serious threat the Hamas government poses to Israel, Hamas’ kidnapping of Gilad Shalit in 2006 and the necessity of preventing weapons from entering Hamas-controlled Gaza.
The Israeli PM later explained that IHH activists announced their intention to provoke a confrontation and that Israel worked to prevent a conflict with Turkey prior to the incident:
“Beginning on May 14, my office was in contact with the highest echelons of the Turkish government to prevent any conflict with the Mavi Marmara flotilla. Despite our ongoing diplomatic efforts, ultimately the Turkish government did not prevent the Marmara’s attempt to break the naval blockade.””
The Meir Amit
Intelligence and Terrorism
August 11, 2010
SNIPPET: “A network of former Fatah operatives in the Gaza Strip (Al-Ahrar) supported by Hamas announced the establishment of a military wing. Flags of the US and Israel were set on fire during the announcement ceremonies, while a representative of the Turkish organization IHH congratulated the participants by a video call.”
For The Record - The IPT Blog
“Military Group Supported by Hamas Celebrates in the Gaza Strip”
by IPT News Aug 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm
SNIPPET: “On July 8, the leader of Al-Ahrar, Khaled Abu Hilal, said the new military wing was “ready to join the ranks of resistance and fight against the occupation.”
During Al-Ahrar’s “military” ceremony, flags of Turkey were raised and a representative of IHH gave a video address congratulating Al-Ahrar. IHH is a Turkish NGO whose ties to Hamas have been confirmed by the U.S. government. The U.S. State Department is also considering designating the organization as a terrorist group.”
Not only does Barack Obama's church of 20 years support Hamas and Hezbollah but Barack Obama also has a long close friendship and financial association with suspected former PLO operative and Israel hater Rashid Khalidi. Last night Sean Hannity dared to report Barack and Michelle Obama's radical associate and friend: Barack Obama funnelled thousands of dollars of cash to Rashidi's anti-Israel Foundation through his work on the Woods Fund.
Although he is described as a former PLO operative, via Free Republic, this is what Rashid Khalidi has to say about Palestinian terrorism against Jews:
On Palestinian violence. Khalidi glorifies anti-Israel violence as contributing to political enlightenment[vii] and unsurprisingly admires those who carry it out. His loyalty to Palestinian terrorist groups run so deep that he actually dedicated his 1986 valentine to the PLO, Under Siege, to those who gave their lives . . . in defense of the cause of Palestine and independence of Lebanon.[viii] The book whitewashes PLO violence against Israelis and Lebanese, as well as the Syrian occupation.
------- "LA Times Won't Release Video of Obama Publicly Praising Former PLO Operative Rashid Khalidi," Gateway Pundit via Hillary Clinton Forum ^ | 10-6-08 | staff Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2008 1:53:24 PM by Anti-Hillary
Rashid Khalidi is associated with the White House party crashers/security breachers that were allowed to get into a state dinner honoring Indian leader... and muslim terrorists are no friends of India:
2009 : () Not only did they pose for a previous photo with Barack Obama, one of them, Tareq Salahi, has ties to some of the same radical Arab interests that backed Obama.
WorldNetDaily reports that Tareq Salahi served on the board of the American Task Force for Palestine (ATFP), where Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi served as vice president. Khalidi was a close friend and associate of Obama. Judi McLeod of the Canada Free Press has a Google cache identifying Tareq Salahi as a member of the ATFP.
Amid all the questions about the actions of the Salahis, it must also be asked if they were waved into the event by a White House staffer aware of their connections to Obama. Snip
Of paramount interest is the possible connection of Tareq Salahi to Khalidia connection that could have been a factor in his entry into the White House.
According to the article in World Net Daily, titled White House Gatecrashers tied to terror sympathizers, Khalidi has called Israel an apartheid system in creation and a destructive racist state. He has multiple times expressed support for Palestinian terror, calling suicide bombings a response to Israeli aggression. The article further states that Khalidi said he supported Obama for president because he is the only candidate who has expressed sympathy for the Palestinian cause. So while the Salahis, according to CNN, are named in 16 civil lawsuits, and are clearly guilty of seeking their 15 minutes of fame, perhaps to help get out from under their legal and financial problems, it seems premature to convict them of this security breach.(Excerpt) Read more at canadafreepress.com ...
------------- "Did White House Gatecrashers Have Ties to Obama? [Same Radical Arab Interests / Khalidi] ," Canada Free Press ^ | 11/29/09 | Roger Aronoff Posted on Monday, November 30, 2009 10:58:31 PM by BunnySlippers
Khalidi held a fundraiser in 2000 for Obama’s failed bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In 2001, the Woods Fund, a Chicago-based nonprofit that describes itself as a group helping the disadvantaged, provided a $40,000 grant to the Arab American Action Network, or AAAN, at which Khalidi’s wife, Mona, serves as president.
The [Woods] Fund provided a second grant to AAAN for $35,000 in 2002,” and Obama was a director of this fund. “Obama was a director of the Woods Fund board from 1999 to Dec. 11, 2002, according to the Fund’s website. According to tax filings, Obama received compensation of $6,000 per year for his service in 1999 and 2000.” -————http://www.jewishpress.com/displayContent_new.cfm?contentid=30283&mode=a§ionid=1&contentname=Obama_Served_On_Board_That_Funded_Pro-Palestinian_Group&recnum=1
————VIA Obama Served with Terrorist on Anti-Israel Board
Rush Limbaugh ^ | Rush Limbaugh
[Rashid] Khalidi’s wife Mona ran the Chicago area charity, the Arab American Action Network, that received substantial assistance from the Woods Fund, a left wing foundation that Obama and unreconstructed terrorist Bill Ayers were Board members. The AAAN was notorious for its pro-Palestianian sympathies. -——— “The Obama-Khalidi Connection,” American Thinker, 10/4/08 by Rick Moran , Posted on Saturday, October 04, 2008 4:21:24 PM by pissant
The Arab American Action Network is hooked up with AmeriCorps
53 posted on Sunday, October 26, 2008 2:19:29 AM by Islander7 | To 46
“Barak seeks foreign help in stopping Gaza flotilla”
SNIPPET: “Defense minister shows he’s learned lesson from Turkel questioning, asks US, French officials to prevent aid vessel’s departure from Lebanon”
Published: 08.21.10, 18:47 / Israel News
SNIPPET: “Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Saturday he had spoken via telephone with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US National Security Advisor Jim Jones and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and requested that they prevent the departure of the Gaza aid flotilla from Lebanon.
This is Barak’s second press release in the last two days, and comes just a few weeks after he testified before the Turkel Committee, when he appeared to pass off responsibility for the flotilla fiasco onto the IDF. This time, it seems the defense minister is demonstrating that he has learned the lesson and is making every effort to prevent similar occurrences in the future.”