Next Hamas-supporting stunt by Western ‘activists’: the ‘Flytilla’


Well, if you thought the flotilla (or should that be ‘floptilla’?) was an unnecessary provocation, meet the ‘flytilla’.

This coming Friday, July 8th, hundreds of foreign activists are apparently planning a pre-coordinated touch down on commercial flights at Ben Gurion airport as part of a ‘Return from Exile’ or ‘Flight of Return’.

Some will be high-profile Western sympathisers and some will be citizens of countries from which there is no need for a visa to come to Israel and who have Palestinian origins.  They will supposedly be exercising their ‘right of return’ to Israel; in other words expressing their support for the dismantling of the Jewish state.

Once again, some familiar faces are behind this latest stunt. It was dreamed up by a co-founder of the ‘Free Gaza’ movement – one of the partners also behind the flotillas – Paul Larudee. Larudee – who also has a long history of involvement with the ISM and was deported from Israel in 2006 – now heads the California-based ‘Free Palestine’ movement which, despite his Hamas connections, is both UN accredited and a registered US ‘not for profit’ organisation with 501(c)(3) status.   

This is a letter  dating from 2007 on official Hamas notepaper inviting Larudee and the ‘Free Gaza’ movement to help breach the blockade on Gaza.

The year after that letter was sent, Larudee did indeed reach Gaza – and received an honorary Palestinian passport straight from the hands of Ismail Haniyeh for his pains. Here he is (second from the left), together with a few other familiar faces.  

The other major partner behind this ‘flytilla’ is Al Awda – the ‘Palestine Right to Return Coalition’ – which campaigns for the replacement of Israel with a Palestinian majority state and promotes BDS. ‘Electronic Intifada’ co-founder and writer Ali Abunimah is also involved with Al Awda , which has clear Hamas links and helped George Galloway raise over one million dollars for his Hamas-enabling ‘Viva Palestina’ convoys.  

 Other partners in the organisation of the project include the ISM and, according to an interview given by Paul Larudee to Hizbollah’s ‘Al Manar’ TV, the London-based ‘Palestinian Return Centre’, which is banned in Israel because of its Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood links. The ‘flytilla’ is also being promoted by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign which was recently the focus of attention due to its attempts to introduce BDS into Scottish local councils.

Apparently, Scottish participants will be joined by Belgian and other European activists, as well as others from North America, South America, Asia and Africa.

So, here we go again: yet another pointless, publicity-seeking, money-wasting stunt designed to try to embarrass Israel is being initiated by Hamas-supporting activists and executed by Western ‘useful idiots’ in an attempt to advance the ‘no negotiations, no two-state solution’ agenda of Hamas.

Of course, if it is anything like the second flotilla, this escapade too could yet prove to be more media-orientated hype than anything else, but it could also potentially cause unnecessary delays at Ben Gurion airport on Friday. Not that any of these ‘activists’ would of course care in the least about deliberately causing inconvenience to other travellers rushing home for the weekend  or legitimate tourists just trying to enjoy a well-earned holiday, because, as we already know, it’s all about them and their own personal smug self-gratification.   

7 comments on “Next Hamas-supporting stunt by Western ‘activists’: the ‘Flytilla’

  1. ‘ it’s all about them and their own personal smug self-gratification.’

    Never truer words. This is what they are supporting

  2. OT
    Mondoweiss in melt down . Totally hilarious . Have declared the flotzilla an overwhelming success . That’s the great thing about the Arabs and their supporters . Mendacity and self delusion . Just think back to the 6 day war and one day in Nasser was crowing that 300 Israeli planes had been shot down and that Arab forces were in tel aviv . Courtesy of his general who was too afraid to tell the truth . On the strength of that, Jordan fancied their chances and entered the fray. Big mistake . Israel stayed shtum in order to complete the job . The general committed suicide and the rest is history .

    Israels best kept hidden asset . Arab mendacity , deceit , treachery and the propensity for self delusion . It’s all too apparent it has rubbed off on the miscreants who support them

  3. There won’t be too many severe delays. A “technology” based selection process will be employed to weed out these idiots efficiently into a separate terminal holding.

    Criminal charges will be filed, along the lines of entry under false pretences, plus a list of other severe criminal charges. Lifelong PNG status will be handed out, along with repatriation costs and other niceties to follow. Participating Eurotrash will most likely find it impossible to enter the US after this escapade, as names and details of criminal charges will be shared and posted in the US Border Control databases, and Interpol.

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