Video Reveals the True Face of the Flotilla

The four-day journey of the Swedish ship Marianne, which tried to breach Israel's legal naval blockade on the Hamas enclave of Gaza, was aired on Channel 2 Wednesday night revealing all the antics of the anti-Israeli activists.

The video begins documenting the ship in the Greek island of Crete. On board were Arab MK Basel Ghattas (Joint Arab List), former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, radical leftist Israeli Dror Feiler who lives in Sweden, and European Parliament member Ana Miranda of Spain.

As Ghattas waited to board the ship, the footage shows him sitting alongside Amin Abu Rashid, the chief fundraiser of the Hamas terrorist organization and the mastermind of previous flotillas targeting Israel's maritime blockade.

In the video Channel 2 reporter Ohad Hemo is given a tour of the boat which he is told holds over 100,000 euros in humanitarian goods. However, he is only shown two medicine containers and a solar-powered generator, which Feiler tells him is meant for Shifa Hospital in Gaza which Hamas leaders used as a hideout during the last war.

The activists refused to allow Hemo to film "non-violent" resistance workshops held twice each day, which were meant to prepare for when the Israeli Navy would confront the ship.

That confrontation occurred roughly 160 kilometers north of Egypt's Port Said, with an Israeli navy officer addressing the ship in Swedish, Hebrew and Arabic by loudspeaker.

"Your attempt to arrive in Gaza is in breach of international law. You're requested to stop," the officer is heard saying. "There is a maritime siege on Gaza, and that siege will continue."

Ghattas responds by claiming that the Israeli commandos will face international lawsuits, to which the officer answers in Arabic, "Basel, you know perfectly well that there is no shortage in Gaza, except in materials for terrorism."

He then agrees to Ghattas's demand that one unarmed soldier board the ship to negotiate.

On board, the officer references the Islamic State (ISIS) attack in Tunisia last Friday in speaking with Marzouki, saying, "I am surprised that you are on your way to support a regime that has the same ideology as those who committed this (attack) on your coast."

The video then jumps to when the commandos have boarded the ship. One anti-Israeli activist refuses to disembark and confronts the soldiers, at which point they use a taser to prod him into compliance.

The Marianne arrived in Ashdod Port on Monday night, and on Tuesday Marzouki, Miranda and Feiler were all deported. Three more ships were to be following the Marianne to Gaza.

The uneventful closure to the incident comes in stark contrast to the first flotilla in 2010, in which the Turkish Mavi Marmara repeatedly defied orders to turn around and dock at Ashdod, forcing IDF troops to board the vessel – only to be attacked by Islamist extremists wielding knives and metal bars. The wounded soldiers had no choice but to open fire, resulting in the deaths of ten of Islamists on board.

After an investigation, Israeli authorities discovered the vessel to be carrying no humanitarian aid, indicating how the true goal of the provocative move was to open Gaza to free naval access, which it has consistently used to smuggle in weapons to be targeted against Israel.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/197586

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