Soldiers were met by well-planned lynch in Gaza waters
So-called Humanitarians started attacking Israeli Soldiers with live fires, batons and sticks when they boarded their ships suddenly becoming Terrorists with a Smile
Army says at least 10 activists killed, dozens injured, six Navy commandos wounded as protesters open fire in violent Israeli takeover of Gaza flotilla; Al Jazeera broadcasts footage.
International activists aboard the flotilla of ships on their way to the Gaza Strip opened fire on IDF soldiers who boarded the ships to prevent them from breaking the Israeli-imposed sea blockade, the IDF said Monday.
According to the IDF, the international activists “prepared a lynch” for the soldiers who boarded the ships at about 2 a.m. Monday morning after calling on them to stop, or follow them to the Ashdod Port several hours earlier.
According to IDF reports, at least 10 activists were killed during the ensuing clashes. Six Navy commandos were also wounded, some of them from gunfire and at least one was in a serious condition with a head wound. Foreign reports claimed that the number of dead was close to 15. Some of the wounded were evacuated to Israeli hospital by Air Force helicopters.
Upon boarding the ships, the soldiers encountered fierce resistance from the passengers who were armed with knives, bats and metal pipes. The soldiers used non-lethal measures to disperse the crowd. The activists succeeded in stealing the weapon from one of the IDF’s soldiers and reportedly opened fire, leading to an escalation in violence.
Al Jazeera on Monday broadcasted footage from the Gaza flotilla’s lead vessel, the Mavi Marmara, showing Israeli Navy commandos boarding the ship. Helicopters could also be seen flying overhead.
“It was like a well-planned lynch,” one IDF officer said. “These people were anything but peace activists.”
The IDF said that the ships would be taken to the Ashdod Port where, despite the violence, the cargo that are carrying will be inspected and then transferred to the Gaza Strip via land crossings. Israeli Navy commander Vice-Admiral Eliezer Marom was commanding over the operation from sea.
The Navy made initial contact with the flotilla at 11 p.m. on Sunday ordering the ships to follow them to Ashdod Port or otherwise be boarded.
The actual boarding of the ships took place at 2 a.m. Monday and was yet to be completed by 8 a.m.
Activists aboard the ships repeatedly said they would not respond with violence to the navy’s interception of their flotilla prior to the boarding.
Al-Jazeera reported Turkish leaders called an emergency meeting to discuss responses to the attack at sea. The Israeli ambassador in Turkey was called in to offer explanations, according to a report.
Hamas Prime Minister Haniyeh came on Al-Jazeera to condemn the “brutal attack” and called on the UN to intervene on the activists’ behalf.
The ministry condemned Monday’s raid on the ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists, called it unacceptable and demanded an “urgent explanation” from Israel. It says Israel violated international laws and will suffer consequences.
Middle East network covering DNC from office in Denver suburb
Residents of suburban Golden, Colo., say they don’t want the Middle East television network Al Jazeera setting up a broadcast office in town for the coming Democratic convention, forcing the city manager to withdraw an invitation to network officials to join him for a picnic.
According to the Denver Post, Golden City Manager Mike Bestor withdrew an invitation to the crew for the news channel known for broadcasting updates from al-Qaida.
The controversy arose when area residents discovered the network was setting up a base of operations from which to cover the DNC in the Denver suburb.
Bestor said he issued the barbecue invitation to Al Jazeera English officials as a private citizen after the network said it wanted to do interviews at the gathering. The network had contracted with a local bar, the Buffalo Rose, to use as a base for its operations during the DNC.
But residents took their complaints to the city council, demanding officials not allow the network to broadcast from town.
“I am not happy about Al Jazeera infiltrating our small town and portraying us however they see fit,” resident Dawne Montoya told KWGN-TV.
City officials said the Arab network approached them about broadcasting from Golden and no city money would go towards the project. They stand by their decision, even though residents are objecting.
“We treated them like any other news organization, we believe in the First Amendment, freedom of speech, freedom of press is so vitally important,” Bestor told the station.
Al Jazeera representatives contended their network is misrepresented in America and has no agenda but to show the world what American politics are all about.
“I think it’s unfortunate when people try to stifle different voices when people don’t want to hear or allow other people to hear what is being said,” spokesman Rob Reynolds told KWGN.
In a statement on the city’s website, officials said the city council “listened to a large volume of public comment” regarding Al Jazeera during its city council meeting Aug. 21.
The city concluded it “doesn’t have the right to restrict or prohibit Al Jazeera or any other news agency from broadcasting out of the city, whether we approve of their coverage or not, whether we share their perspectives or not, whether we find their coverage offensive or not.”
The city statement said Bestor had offered the invitation to Al Jazeera to his barbecue “believing that doing so would enable him to ensure that a representative group of Golden citizens were interviewed and that Golden would be “fairly represented.”
But he apologized for the “divisiveness” his actions had brought about and confirmed he did not mean any disrespect for “the many brave veterans and men and women currently serving this country in the Armed Forces.”
Al Jazeera English, a division of the parent Al Jazeera, debuted in 2006 and claims 100 million viewers worldwide. The parent, an Arabic language network, has been controversial for its broadcast of videos showing Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders.
Just weeks earlier, the parent company admitted to “unethical” behavior in its coverage of Israel’s release of convicted Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz said Israel’s government press office raised the issue of the network’s coverage of the welcome-home festivities for Kuntar in which the head of Al Jazeera’s Beirut office, Ghassan bin Jiddo, praised the terrorist, calling him a “pan-Arab hero.”
Kuntar was convicted of murdering four Israelis, two adults and two children, during a 1979 terrorist attack. He was released last month as part of a deal with Hezbollah. In exchange, Israel received the bodies of kidnapped soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.
Haaretz reported bin Jiddo previously was awarded Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s first interview of the Second Lebanon War. But bin Jiddo also told Syrian television officials he never would agree to interview Israelis.
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Israeli on Arab TV: J’lem Was Ours When Moslems Worshipped Idols
Bar Ilan University political scientist Dr. Mordechai Kedar told a Moslem show host on the Arabic-language Al Jazeera television network, “Jews were in Jerusalem while your ancestors were drinking wine and blowing to idols.” In a heated debate with the narrator, he added, “We don’t need your permission to build” in the capital of Israel, Jerusalem.
The encounter occurred earlier this week, when Jews around the world celebrated Jerusalem Unification Day. Dr. Kedar has frequently appeared on the widely viewed Qatar-based network but this time encountered a sharp attack from the show’s host, Jimal Rian.
“Building in Jerusalem is another nail in the coffin in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority,” narrator Jimal Rian asserted. Dr. Kedar answered in fluent Arabic, “This was our capital 3,000 years ago, and we were here when your forefathers were drinking wine, burying girls alive and worshipping pre-Muslim idols. This is our city and it will be our city forever.”
His reference to Muslims drinking wine, which is forbidden in Islam, infuriated the host. Rian wagged his finger in the air and said excitedly, “If you want to talk about history, you cannot erase Jerusalem from the Koran, and don’t attack the Muslim religion if we want to continue talking.”
Dr. Kedar replied, “Jerusalem is not mentioned even once in the Koran. Jerusalem is a Jewish city.”
The Al Jazeera host responded by quoting a verse from the Koran in which he thought Jerusalem was mentioned by name, but stopped in the middle upon realizing that it only refers to “the farthest place.”
Dr. Kedar: “Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Koran even once. You can’t rewrite the Koran on air on Al Jazeera.”
Rian changed the subject to “settlements” and asked Dr. Kedar why Israel is building 1,000 new apartments and deciding to build thousands more while there are rumors that “Jerusalem will include all of the West Bank [Judea and Samaria].
The Bar Ilan researcher replied. “My friend, Israel is not counting the number of apartments that Qatar is building on the Qatar Peninsula so why are you doing so in Jerusalem? Jerusalem is our city forever and is not an issue for you, for Al Jazeera or for anyone else. Period. Jerusalem belongs only to Jews.
Replying to Rian’s question if Dr. Behar’s assessment is the basis for talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA), he declared, “My friend, I invite you to Jerusalem so you can see with your own eyes that it has become a flourishing city after it was in ruins under Arab rule until 1967. We rebuilt the city and opened it to Christians, Moslems and Jews equally, unlike under Muslim rule” that prohibited other religions.
The political scientist told Al Jazeera viewers, “The West bank does not belong to any nation because it was not under a nation’s jurisdiction, unlike the Sinai Peninsula.” No one can say it is occupied,” he argued. “From what country did we take it? Until 1967, Jordan occupied it. Therefore, we can do what we want.”
He explained that Al Jazeera takes a jihadic and anti-Israel stance in order to detract viewers’ attention from the wealth of the oil-rich Arab kingdoms, including Qatar, where Al Jazeera is based.
“The amount of poison that they disseminate about us from our home is too dangerous, and something had to be done,” he recently told the Jewish Forward, referring to the Israeli government’s unannounced partial boycott of the network. He labeled Al Jazeera “the mouthpiece of the Muslim Brotherhood,” the radical terrorist party that is gaining popularity in Egypt.
Al Jazeera television claims 100 million viewers and has Israel-based studios in Jerusalem, Gaza and Ramallah.