The main organizer of the flotilla was Turkish-based Insani Yardim Vakfi, described as a humanitarian relief fund but which, like some other Muslim charities, has links to Islamist radicalism. The Danish Institute for International Studies found the organization provided support to al-Qaida, including for the failed millennium plot to bomb Los Angeles' airport, and to Algerian terrorists in Europe. A Chicago lawyer on the flotilla, Fatima Mohammadi, describes herself on her LinkedIn page as "national organizer" for Viva Palestina, founded by the rabid Israel-hater and Hamas sympathizer George Galloway of Britain, who is dedicated to delegitimizing the Jewish state.If this is a peaceful group why doesn't it recognize Israel's right to exist? Fatima arrived back at Chicago's O'Hare airport the other day. Do we feel safer now? If this is a humanitarian group why did they object to their supplies reaching Gaza over land? More on Fatima. Al Jazeera has taken up her cause, naturally:
Fatima Mohammadi, another activist on board the Mavi Marmara that Israeli soldiers stormed last Monday in an attempt to stop a flotilla of aid ships from reaching Gaza, was accused of attempting to smuggle banned electronic componants into Gaza.
She told Al Jazeera through a spokesperson that she refused to dignify the accusation with a response.
What were you doing Fatima? Are we talking iPods. How undignified. Maybe it was something to do with missiles. Via Gay and Right, Jerusalem Post with more:
Also on Sunday, the IDF released a list of at least five passengers aboard the Mavi Marmara who have ties to terrorist organizations.
They were named as Fatima Mohammadi, Kenneth O’Keefe, Hassan Ansey, Hussein Orush and Ahmed Omemun. It was unclear whether they were involved in the fight with naval commandos last week.
O’Keefe, according to the IDF, is a known American-British anti-Israel activist who wanted to enter Gaza to undergo training and help establish a commando unit for Hamas.
Another passenger, identified as an Iranian-American, allegedly tried to bring illegal electronic equipment into Gaza. A French national aboard the ship was identified by the IDF as a Hamas operative.
Well, Fatima came home with a bandage and bruises. You know, 5 of the 6 ships were boarded with no incident for legitimate inspections under international law. Fatima's ship attacked. Gee, why is that.
So who is Fatima Mohammadi? Such a victim. Crawling around the press deck. A real humanitarian, for sure. Fatima:
Mohammadi says the activists intended to challenge Israel's blockade of Gaza, but did not expect a violent confrontation.
"We thought maybe, maybe there would be again a like an interference or an intervention, not allowing us to pull into the port. Similar to what they did with the other, but without the boarding. We didn't expect it to be boarded. We honestly did not and that's why there was a panic when they first started to try to board, and again they came loaded with heavily, like heavy, heavily armed," Mohammadi said.
Oh really? Israelis heavily armed with paintball guns? You didn't expect to be boarded? What about all those knives on your team. Gas masks. Was beating the Israelis bloody with metal bars and stabbing them with knives just a little irrational exuberance? Like the chant.
Do you know what they chanted on that boat? Fatima knows, don't you Fatima. Perhaps that's why you were smiling and looking quite pleased with your reception by gullible gum-chewing reporters at Chicago's O'Hare airport.
Whatever the humanitarian motives of the Irish party heading towards Gaza on the 'Rachel Corrie', the overall effect of this mission to Gaza has been to support Hamas.
Did you see the Arab women's headgear on Al Jazeera TV News before the assault? Did you hear what they were singing?
Passengers on the Turkish vessel chanted: "Remember Khairbar, Khaibar, O Jews. The Army of Mohammed will return." This was a reference to the prophet's seizure of a Jewish-held oasis, the last Jewish settlement in Arabia.
Most of the Jews were slaughtered and their leader, Kinana bin al-Rabi, was captured. He was tied down and a fire lit on his chest and, just before death, he was beheaded. His wife was then forcibly 'married' to Mohammed. This is the event that some of the Gaza 'peace mission' -- though obviously, not the Irish -- were celebrating in song.
And no, this doesn't justify anyone being killed. But do you really believe that the Israelis set out to murder people? If so, why did they kill so few?
I really have to wonder if you faked your bandage, Fatima. Is there one under your headscarf too?
Who is Fatima Mohammadi? Americans want to know. Chicagoans want to know.
P.S. Hey Fatima--are you a bomber buddy of Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn? Living on the South Side of Chicago and all. Did you work with them on this "peaceful, activist" mission?
Ayers, Dohrn and Evans’ Code Pink have led several recent Free Gaza Movement initiatives, including attempted marches into the Gaza Strip. Dorhn was in the Middle East just last month on behalf of the movement.Come on Fatima. Steel yourself to tell us the truth.
On Facebook she says her hometown is Tehran. How nice. Yet Fatima is an American citizen.
...Are you really working for Iran Fatima?
Related: Ayers and the Peace Activist Flotilla
More. Iran's Gaza-bound ships ready for clash with Israel - Ahmadinejad DEBKAfile
UPDATE: Recently Hamas forcibly closed a number of NGOs. Well, at least they didn't murder them as they did their Fatah political opponents after they were elected in Gaza. Gee, why did they close them down? More background on the "peaceful activist" flotilla:
One of Viva Palestina's stated goals is to "distribute necessary medical aid to the Palestinian people." However, a closer look at the activities of the past two convoys indicates that the organization actually benefits Hamas more than individual Palestinians.
After the U.S. convoy in July, questions were raised about where the medical aid and the cash donations went. Several participants noted in personal blogs that they were concerned over the matter. As an example, one participant wrote:
"I did not witness the presentation of the ten truck-loads of medical aid that VIVA PALESTINA purchased in Cairo and was donated by Egyptian businesses. I was told by VIVA PALESTINA leaders that that aid was distributed to several NGOs. I wish that VIVA PALESTINA would report an inventory of the contents, of the trucks, and a list of the NGOs who received the aid."
Perhaps in response to such doubts, as well as to complaints addressed to the federal government about its support for Hamas, Viva Palestina USA released a statement on its website on October 31st titled "Viva Palestina Addresses Concerns." It claimed that the organization "does not and in fact will not favour any political party within Palestine" and "the donations were given to a non-governmental consortium in Gaza called Expertise in Consulting and Development (CODE) which was, in turn, responsible for distributing the aid in a manner consistent with our goals, as well as with the community's needs."
CODE receives significant funding, however, from the Union of the Good, designated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 2008 as an organization created by Hamas to "transfer funds to the terrorist organization." The Treasury press release notes, "In addition to providing cover for Hamas financial transfers, some of the funds transferred by the Union of Good have compensated Hamas terrorists by providing payments to the families of suicide bombers."
Useful idiots and knowledgeable accessories to terror. What a surprise.
Consider the revealing fact that there's only one response to the Sudan Holocaust more stunning than Arab Muslims aiding the murderers of black Muslims, and that's black Muslims themselves supporting the murderers of black Muslims. And this insanity is to be found not in Riyadh or Ramallah, but in Obama's own Chicago neighborhood, in a part of the black community that played a key role in shaping him politically.In February 2007, hundreds of members of the Nation of Islam -- whose leader, Rev. Louis Farrakhan, Obama had followed all the way to Washington in the Million Man March -- cheered Sudan's President Bashir as he spoke to them by satellite, chanting "Allahu Akbar" in response to his denial of slavery and genocide charges.Before the year was over, Obama's church would honor Farrakhan with the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Trumpeteer award. Wright said, with unintentional irony, "His love for Africa and African-American people has made him an unforgettable force[.]"The African Holocaust denial that is part of Farrakhan's "lifetime achievement" did not suddenly begin in 2007. It was reported in May 1995 that Abdul Akbar Muhammad, International Representative of the Nation of Islam, called reports of Sudan's black slavery a "Jewish conspiracy." Neither this, nor Farrakhan's support for claims that Jewish doctors were injecting black babies with AIDS, could deter Obama from joining his march on Washington five months later. (Speakers included Steve Cokely, originator of the charming tale about Jewish doctors.)Rather than being driven away by the rhetoric of Chicago extremists, Obama consistently gravitated to them, reportedly going on to hire members of the NOI cult as Senate staffers. He continued to embrace Rev. Wright well into 2008, seemingly unconcerned that the church newsletter praised Hamas and supported Hezbollah while these terror gangs were supporting Sudan's genocide of blacks as enthusiastically as they support a future genocide of Jews.The influence of these mentors might be an underlying reason why Obama cannot be expected to express concern over Abbas' support for the murderers of black Africans. As author Kenneth Levin points out, "those in the Muslim world whose good opinion he is most seeking to win are not the Muslims of Darfur but rather Darfur's oppressors and their supporters."And if Abbas' connection to black slavery and genocide does not stir his outrage, Obama is likely to remain oblivious to other concerns: the PA's death penalty for selling property to Jews; the Acting Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, on PA television, calling for the murder of every last Jew and American (would Obama meet them halfway on that demand?); a Fatah official admitting that terror on a grand scale will resume when Fatah is "capable," and that "our goal has never been peace ... the goal is Palestine." (That's Palestine by the Helen Thomas definition, meaning all of Israel.)