The Israeli efforts to prevent the Humanitarian Aid Flotilla will not succeed
After Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005 a deadly blockade, from land, sea and air, has been inflicted on this land. The matter has been brought on to the international agenda and the Freedom Flotilla, which set out with activits from 37 countries, aiming to open a humanitarian aid corridor for Gaza, a land in which 1.5 million people live, ended with an Israeli attack that violated international law in international waters on 31 May, 2010. While nine humanitarian aid volunteers lost their lives in this attack, 56 suffered a variety of wounds. Upon receiving the news that the Freedom Flotilla II was setting out for Gaza, Israel immediately started to make intense efforts to prevent this justified, legal and humane effort. However, as happened before, Israel once again wanted to blockade the new freedom flotilla, which was prepared to set out, with only human feelings, to return the fundamental rights that are expressed in international agreements and resolutions to their owners. In this way while Israel tried to affect the world with their own theses, they tried to prevent institutions and foundations that were making an effort to form a justified initiative for the Palestinian people. Israel must abandon this attitude, not just for the people of Palestine, but for all of humanity.
In the table below the attitude adopted by Israel to prevent the Freedom Flotilla II can be seen:
The decision by Netanyahu for new assassinations
As has been reflected in the media, it has been decided that the Israeli security forces and intelligence agencies are to begin a new wave of assassinations. The resolution was made under the leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu and taken in the meeting in which leaders of security forces participated. This is not surprising to anyone as one of the infringements of human rights by Israel is the assassination of others.
Vittorio Arrigoni was murdered in Gaza merely because he remained in Gaza with the slogan “Stay Human”
Vittorio Arrigoni was born in 1975 in Lombardia, Italy. He joined the International Solidarity Movement in 2007. Vittorio Arrigoni carried out activities for ISM with 15 other activists from Spain, Italy, Great Britain and America. He came to Gaza for the first time on August 23, 2009 with the Free Gaza Movement and 40 activists from 17 countries. Vittorio was the only foreigner kneeling and kissing the soil of Gaza once he arrived to its shore for the first time.
He described that day as the happiest day of his life, the day that he experienced the most intense emotions. Later on he had stated the reason for coming to Gaza that “We are the activists that remain in Gaza, we are here to help people. In particular after the Mavi Marmara massacre the entire world and the Palestinians understood that there are many people who will put their own lives at risk to give support to them against the Zionist Israeli government. Many lives are being put at risk for this purpose.” Vittorio Arrigoni was living in Gaza. He wrote a book which describes the surveillance and inspections here: “Gaza: Stay Human”, describing how difficult life was for people in Gaza. He informed the Italian and foreign media with articles and videos about the situation of the people in Gaza, standing against Israel. It was announced by video that he had been kidnapped by a group called Sahabi ibn Salama group, on 14 April. A few hours after the broadcast of the video he was found strangled to death in an abandoned house. Vittorio Arrigoni’s mother, the mayor of a region near Milan, refused to have his body sent through Israel, demanding that it to be sent through Egypt. The name of Vittorio Arrigoni was included on the Israeli death list and was identified as a target for the Israeli Air and Defense Forces. Due to the murder and sad loss of Vittorio Arrigoni, we, like the Palestinian people, feel great sorrow. Whoever carried out this brutal murder will be punished for their act. Believing that the murder of one innocent person is paramount to the murder of the whole of humanity, our belief that volunteers like Vittorio Arrigoni, peace envoys, will be commemorated with great love by humanity.
The Palestinian engineer kidnapped by Mossad in the Ukraine
It is known that Mossad operatives seized Dirar Musa Yussef Abu Sisi on 19 February, 2011, bringing him from the Ukraine to Israel. 6 people, identifying themselves as Mossad operatives first brought Abu Sisi to Kiev and then took him, blindfolded and handcuffed, to Israel. Abu Sisi, stating that during the 25 days he was held in the Ashkalon prison that he was not allowed to see a lawyer or to employ any legal rights, also tells how he was intensely interrogated during this period. In the indictment, Abu Sisi, who spent 44 days in the Ashkalon prison, was accused of “being a member of a terrorist organization, carrying out murders and of helping Hamas by bringing long-range Kassam rockets.” Abu Sisi states that “the indictment was an attempt to create a pretext for my unjust incarceration”. On 19 February he disappeared; three weeks later, due to efforts by his family and some human rights organizations, it was learned that he had been taken against his will to Israel. As a result Israel was forced to explain that he was being held in the Abu Sisi prison. However, Israel put a media ban on the details concerning this investigation.
Opposition director murdered in Janin by unknown assailants
Juliano Mer-Khamis was the child of a Palestinian father and a Jewish mother; he was an actor and a peace activist. He lost his life as the victim of a murder in the entrance of the Freedom Theater, which he managed, in the Janin Camp. Mer-Khamis’ name is known as an opponent of the Israeli policies in Palestine.
The threat campaign of Israel against to the organizer and activists of the Flotilla
It is another sad fact that there a great number of threats are being sent by a large number of people, said to be Jews in Israel and Turkey, via Facebook, other social network websites and e-mail. They are attempting to prevent the Freedom Flotilla from setting out with a number of different scenarios, asking constant questions about the Flotilla, many times stating that “punishment is down to us”, “you will pay”, “this is not just a matter of convoys and flotillas, you will pay the price for messing with Israel”, “there will be more deaths” and other similar threats.
As we can see with all the examples given above, Israel is trying to prevent the Flotilla from leaving with new tactics and methods. We as IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation state at every opportunity that our organization and all our efforts, relying on legality and humanity, that our sole destination is humanity and to remain human, and that we will continue this effort for a humane future.
IHH HUMANITARIAN RELIEF FOUNDATION