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The Muslim Brotherhood's Flotilla

The International Muslim Brotherhood had a heavy hand in orchestrating the flotilla.

3:30 PM, Jun 3, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report (GMBDR) noted earlier this week that one of the flotilla’s more prominent individual organizers, Amin Abou Rashed, has been identified as “a member of the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas support network in the Netherlands.”  A previous GMBDR account explained that the Brotherhood was “heavily represented” in the Gaza flotilla. Indeed, as we shall see below, the organization was. And the Brotherhood had a sympathetic former member of its organization on board the Turkish ship in the flotilla, and he covered the events that transpired as a journalist for al Jazeera.

Incredibly, the GMBDR discovered that the Brotherhood has even announced it will send another flotilla in a matter of weeks.

If that is not enough, let us look more carefully at some of the passengers on board the flotilla’s ships.

Two of the passengers, as revealed by the indispensable MEMRI organization, are members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s bloc in the Egyptian parliament. One of the two, Muhammad al Baltaji, is the deputy secretary general of the Muslim Brotherhood’s parliamentary contingent. 

MEMRI quotes al Baltaji as saying recently, “A nation that excels at dying will be blessed by Allah with a life of dignity and with eternal paradise.” Al Baltaji also said that the Muslim Brotherhood “will never recognize Israel and will never abandon the resistance,” and that “resistance is the only road map that can save Jerusalem, restore the Arab honor, and prevent Palestine from becoming a second Andalusia.” (Andalusia is of course Spain. The Brotherhood intends to include the once conquered territory in its restored caliphate.)

Al Baltaji also explained the flotilla’s purpose this way: “The flotilla participants have two aims: to reach Gaza and break the siege, and to denounce Israel if it prevents the flotilla from entering Gaza, even at the cost of martyrdom or imprisonment.”

Therefore, al Baltaji, like some of the other passengers, considered the flotilla to be a possible martyrdom operation. 

Three of the flotilla’s passengers were members of the Yemeni Islah party, which is led by the aforementioned Zindani. Sheikh Zindani is a globally designated terrorist and a longtime benefactor of Osama bin Laden. The Yemeni government and press objected to Israel's detention of three Islah party members for questioning. But a picture reproduced on MEMRI’s web site shows one of the three, Sheikh Muhammad al Hazmi, brandishing a Yemeni dagger on the deck of the Mavi Marmara. 

And the Yemen Observer reports that a “Palestinian source” witnessed al Hazmi on an Israeli television channel “fighting with an Israeli soldier and vowing ‘Allahu Aakbar’ before he was arrested.”

The Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood was represented too. Again, we turn to MEMRI to learn that at least four Jordanian Brotherhood members, including high-ranking officials, were among the flotilla’s passengers.

MEMRI quotes one of them, Salam al Falahat, the “general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan from 2006 to 2008” as saying last year:

We in the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan see Palestine as part of the Islamic and Arab land that must not be relinquished – on the contrary, defending it is a national and jurisprudential obligation... We see Hamas movement in Palestine as standing at the head of the project of the Arab and Islamic liberation for which the Muslim Brotherhood calls... The Muslim Brotherhood supports Hamas and every Arab resistance movement in the region that works for liberation.

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