(Thanks to Andrew Bostom.)
Jihadist on board the Gaza flotilla holding a knife after Israel Navy commandos boarded their ship on May 31, 2010.
The armed jihad warship flotilla's mission was to break the arms blockade to jihadists in Gaza. It was an act of war. It was designed to be a huge huge public relations diaster for Israel. And it was. The Jihad Flotillas: Melding Propaganda with Violence, Pamela Geller, Breitbart: "it joined propaganda together with violence, usually conducted separately, to wage war."
As Israeli naval commandos abseiled onto the deck of the fourth and largest ship, the Mavi Marmara, they were attacked by IHH activists armed with knives, clubs and at least two pistols. Three of the commandos were badly wounded and dragged below deck. Others were injured as they were thrown from the upper deck into the sea. The Israeli commandos had been ordered to take the ship without using lethal force and were issued primarily with stun guns. In response to the violence that greeted them and fearing for their lives, the commandos were ordered to open fire. In the ensuing melee, nine IHH activists were killed.
The Turkel Committee, an independent public inquiry with international observers established by the Israeli government to examine events aboard the Mavi Marmara in May 2010, found that the Israeli Navy acted in accordance with international law and had little choice but to react as they did when faced with the violent resistance of the IHH activists on board.
“Each Israeli soldier was attacked as they entered the ship,” Turkel said. Three of the soldiers were dragged into the ship’s hold and were prevented from receiving “humanitarian” medical attention.
Who can forget the rabid ululating chanting of the Islamic anthem of Jewish genocidal aspirations, Khaibar, Khaibar, invoking the killing of Jews? The name Khaibar, mentioned in the battle cry, was the last Jewish village defeated by Muhammad's army in 628. The battle marked the end of Jewish presence in Arabia. There are Muslims who see that as a precursor for future wars against Jews. At gatherings and rallies of extremists, this chant is often heard as a annihilationist threat to Jews, telling them to expect to be defeated and killed again by Muslims.
IDF soldiers who boarded the Mavi Marmara ship in order to enforce the maritime closure on Gaza, were met with a violent mob armed with clubs, slingshots, saws, knives, and used live fire against the IDF soldiers. Pictured here: Slingshots found on the Mavi Marmara ship with Islamic terrorist group "Hizbullah" written on it.