Ein Tsunami von Lügen… Unsicherheit macht sich breit… die Kunst ist immer noch da! / Audacity, Courage, Truth: in the ME and around the World – keep your eyes wide open! / צונמי השקרים: העולם כולו נגדנו; חפשו את האמת

Juxtapoz: Art Show in Manhattan, New York / Kunst als Augenöffener! / The Australian: Bücher helfen! / Moment, darf ich mich wehren? darf ich gar überleben? / Or Reichert: Gaddafi als UN-Menschenrechtler; lassen wir uns an der Nase herumführen? / Bob Gorrell: Frieden! / Unterstützung! / J.B.Taylor: It’s a small world after all... unsere kleine Welt...

דניאל דגן - Es gibt solche Momente. Ein Tsunami kommt. Hasstiraden auf allen Kanälen. Alle blasen ins gleiche Horn. Die Wahrheit interessiert niemanden mehr. Es geht nur noch darum, durch weitere Übertreibungen die Situation verzerrt darzustellen. Auf demjenigen herum zu hacken, der sich wehren muss. Alles wird auf den Kopf gestellt. Ist das noch die Welt, die wir kennen?

Es wird schamlos gelogen. Es wird suggeriert, dass die "bösen Juden" die Araber hungern lassen. Es wird erzählt und berichtet, dass Israel die guten Deutschen daran hindert, eine Kläranlage in Gaza zu errichten. Für einen deutschen Politiker sind diese Behauptungen eine willkommene Gelegenheit, sich auf Kosten des jüdischen Staates zu profilieren. Er kommt prompt in die Schlagzeilen. Er kann endlich seine Frustrationen überwinden.

Wir leben in einer glücklichen Zeit. Manipulationen der Öffentlichkeit sind passé. Viele Quellen sind leicht zugänglich. Von zuhause aus kann man bequem selbst recherchieren. Man kann vor Ort mit Menschen sprechen. Man findet viele, hilfreiche Anregungen, die anderswo unterschlagen werden. Man kann sich gut informieren. Man kann Halt und Sicherheit bei der Kunst finden.

Nach der Flut kommt die Ebbe. It's a Small World after all! Die Welt ist doch noch da. Auch wenn wir verteufelt, dämonisiert und delegitimiert werden - es ist auch unsere Welt!

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Further below you can find a number of little known details regarding the Tsunami of Lies


(Source: The Israel Project)

In contrast to some European politicians who rushed to judgement, U.S. leaders waited for facts and – after learning details of the mission – said Israel’s response to the flotilla was justified.

  • Said House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), “While the majority of ships in the flotilla – 5 out of 6 – reacted peacefully when approached by Israeli Defense Forces, activists on board the Mavi Marmara were clearly bent on a violent confrontation.

“They further chose this path despite two week’s worth of repeated warnings from Israel that the ship would not be allowed to come ashore, and despite Israel’s offer to instead receive the humanitarian goods at Ashdod, inspect them there for weapons, and ensure their distribution to Palestinians in Gaza…To the extent that this act was in protest of the Gaza blockade, let’s be clear: Hamas could end the blockade at any time by recognizing Israel’s right to exist, renouncing violence, and releasing Gilad Shalit.”[9]
  • House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) also issued a statement: “As the facts trickle in and we learn more and more about the questionable nature of the crew aboard the Turkish-sponsored Marmara ship, it has become clear that it is false to characterize the nature of this mission as ‘humanitarian.’ Rather, this was an attempt to provoke Israel, create international uproar and force an end to an Egypt-Israel blockade meant to stop Hamas from arming.

"In keeping with its policy of delivering aid to the Palestinians, it is important to note that Israel is working to transfer the aid from the flotilla into Gaza. Yet the Hamas government, in the most cynical fashion, has blocked the aid from reaching their own people. Where is the international outrage?"[10]
  • Vice President Joe Biden told PBS’s Charlie Rose, “[The Israelis have] said, 'Here you go. You're in the Mediterranean. This ship – if you divert slightly north you can unload it and we'll get the stuff into Gaza.' So what's the big deal here? What's the big deal of insisting it go straight to Gaza? Well, it's legitimate for Israel to say, 'I don't know what's on that ship. These guys are dropping… 3,000 rockets on my people… Israel has a right to know – they’re at war with Hamas – has a right to know whether or not arms are being smuggled in."[11]

All of the ships in the flotilla defied warnings by the Israeli Navy not to violate Israeli law by landing in Gaza.[12] Israel ordered the vessels instead to dock in the nearby port city of Ashdod to unload the cargo for security inspections and subsequent delivery to Gaza.[13] Despite the refusal of all six ships to detour to Ashdod, the Mavi Marmara was the only vessel where a major confrontation took place.[14]

Israel intercepted the ship, which was carrying hundreds of Turks backed by a group with global jihadi ties.[15] Nine people were killed on board after attacking Israel military personnel with knives, clubs and other weapons.[16] Of those, three had set out on the voyage intending to become martyrs, or shahids – including three Turkish nationals - Ali Khaider Benginin, Ali Akhbar Iritilmis and Ibrahim Bilgen.[17]

Benginin told his family just before joining the flotilla: "I am going to be a shahid; I dreamt I will become a shahid – I saw in a dream that I will be killed." And Iritilmis reportedly told a friend before departure, “He was devoted to this activity, and always dreamt about becoming a shahid.” [18]

Additionally, intelligence sources said a man from Holland who was among those arrested – Amin Abou Rashed – is a local Hamas leader who has worked for the al-Aqsa Foundation, believed to be a front group for Hamas. Additionally, the Muslim Brotherhood claims Abou Rashed as one of the organizers of the naval convoy.[19]

Video footage shot by activists aboard the Mavi Marmara as well as the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) show that the Gaza-bound passengers were clearly intent on forcefully resisting the Israeli forces before they even boarded the vessel.[20] Israeli military personnel later found night-vision goggles, bulletproof vests and gas masks aboard the ship,[21] in addition to knives, clubs and other weapons with which activists attacked them.[22] Israeli officials said about 50 of the ship’s passengers – many of whom had envelopes stuffed with thousands of dollars – may have ties to global jihadist terror groups.[23] An American of Turkish origin whose ties to the IHH and other groups is unknown was among those killed.[24]

The ship was backed by the Insani Yardim Vakfi (“humanitarian relief fund”), or IHH, an Islamist Turkish group[25] which has provided financial support to Iran-backed Hamas and has ties to global jihadi networks and the Muslim Brotherhood – a global umbrella Islamic organization of which Hamas is a branch – as well as mujahideen groups in Afghanistan.[26] In 2006, a study conducted by the Danish Institute for International Studies showed that the IHH was involved in planning an al-Qaeda attack against Los Angeles International Airport in 1999. The IHH reportedly acquired forged documents, enlisted operatives and delivered weapons to al-Qaeda in preparation for the attack, which was ultimately foiled.[27]

The Danish study also cites a French intelligence report which stated that in the mid-1990s the IHH sent a number of operatives into war zones in Muslim countries to get combat experience. The report said that the IHH transferred money and “caches of firearms, knives and pre-fabricated explosives” to Muslim fighters in those countries.[28]

Israeli officials have expressed concern that Islamist groups that endanger Israeli national security now have considerable influence within the Free Gaza movement, the group that organized the flotilla. According to the group’s own mission statement, “We agree to adhere to the principles of nonviolence and nonviolent resistance in word and deed at all times.”[29] Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Itamar Rabinovich said the group is “a front for a radical Islamist organization, probably with links to the ruling party in Turkey."[30]

Israel imposed a naval blockade on Gaza after Hamas overthrew the Fatah-led forces of the Palestinian Authority in a bloody coup in 2007.[31] Under international law, Israel has the right to enforce a maritime blockade on Gaza – in international as well as its own territorial waters – when engaged in armed conflict with Iran-backed Hamas.[32] Support for Hamas has decreased in the Gaza Strip since Israel and Egypt imposed a partial blockade on the territory.[33]

Another aid ship, the Irish-owned MV Rachel Corrie is headed for Gaza.[34] The vessel is sponsored by the Irish branch of the Free Gaza Movement,[35] and those aboard have said their mission is try to break Israel’s naval blockade.[36] As with the flotilla, the Israeli government has offered to escort the MV Rachel Corrie to Israel and ensure that the aid is delivered to Gaza, but those aboard have refused, saying they were concerned that some of the banned contents they’re bringing won’t be delivered to Gaza. Among those items is concrete,[37] which Hamas in the past has used to build bunkers.[38]