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    Statement from Netanyahu about provocative Gaza aid flotilla

    Last night a regrettable incident occurred, during which people were killed and others were injured. IDF soldiers who were compelled to defend their lives were also injured. This incident was the result of an intentional provocation of forces which support Iran and its terrorist enclave, Hamas, in the Gaza Strip. This enclave, Hamas, has fired thousands of missiles at the State of Israel, and it is amassing thousands more.

    This is a clear case of self-defense. Israel cannot allow the free flow of weapons, rockets and missiles to the terrorist base of Hamas in Gaza. It's a terrorist base supported by Iran; it's already fired thousands of rockets at Israeli cities; it seeks to smuggle in thousands more, and this is why Israel must inspect the goods that come into Gaza. It's also a clear case of self-defense because as our soldiers were inspecting these ships, they were attacked - they were almost lynched. They were attacked with clubs, with knives, perhaps with live gunfire, and they had to defend themselves - they were going to be killed. Israel will not allow its soldiers to be lynched and neither would any other self-respecting country.

    Our policy is simple. We say: any goods, any humanitarian aid to Gaza, can enter. What we want to prevent is their ability to bring in war materiel - missiles, rockets, the means for constructing casings for missiles and rockets. This has been our policy and yesterday we told the flotilla - which was not a simple, innocent flotilla - to bring their goods into Ashdod. We told them that we would examine their cargo and allow those goods that could not be used as weapons or shielding materials for Hamas into Gaza. 

    Five of the six ships accepted these terms without violence. Apparently, the sixth ship, the largest, which had on board hundreds of people, had a premeditated plan to harm IDF soldiers. When the first soldiers dropped down onto the deck of the ship, they were attacked by a violent mob and were compelled to defend their lives. That is when the unfortunate events took place.

    We have a simple policy, which will continue. That policy is: we have no argument or fight with the population of Gaza. We are interested in allowing them to continue their regular routines. We want to prevent any humanitarian crisis in Gaza, but we are fighting the Hamas organization, which threatens the citizens of Israel and fires missiles at Israeli cities. It is our duty to defend the citizens of Israel, protect Israel’s cities and ensure the security of the State of Israel - and we will continue to do so.


    FM Lieberman complains to UN about the UN's double standards

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman spoke today (Tuesday, 1 June 2010) with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon following the UN Security Council resolution of this morning. FM Lieberman stated that the hypocrisy and double standards taking root in the international community regarding Israel are to be regretted. 

    FM Lieberman reminded the Secretary General that in the past month alone 500 people were killed in various incidents in Thailand, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and India, while the international community remained silent and passive, and generally ignored the occurrences, while Israel is condemned for unmistakably defensive actions.

    FM Lieberman emphasized to Secretary General Ban that the subject of yesterday's incident was the basic right of Israeli soldiers to defend themselves against an attack by a gang of thugs and terror supporters who had prepared clubs, metal crowbars and knives in advance of the confrontation. FM Lieberman added that the initial intention of the flotilla participants was to strike at Israel's sovereignty and create a provocation that would cause bloodshed. All of Israel's proposals to the Turkish government to transfer the humanitarian aid in an orderly manner were rejected by the flotilla's organizers in precisely the same manner that they refused to approach the Hamas government with a request to permit the Red Cross to visit Gilad Shalit.

    FM Lieberman stated that in light of this, the Security Council resolution is unacceptable and contributes nothing to the promotion of peace and stability in the Middle East. 


    IDF forces met with pre-planned violence when attempting to board flotilla

    Early this morning (31 May), IDF naval forces intercepted six ships attempting to break the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. This happened after numerous warnings from Israel and the Israel Navy that were issued prior to the action. TheIsrael Navy requested the ships to redirect toward Ashdod where they would be able to unload their aid material which would then be transferred over land after undergoing security inspections.

    During the boarding of the Marmara ship, the demonstrators onboard attacked the IDF naval personnel with live fire and light weaponry including knives and clubs. Additionally two of the weapons used were grabbed from an IDF soldier. The demonstrators had clearly prepared their weapons in advance for this specific purpose.

    Pistols found on flotilla activists: According to reports from sea, on board the flotilla that was seeking to break the maritime closure on the Gaza Strip, IDF forces apprehended two violent activists holding pistols. The violent activists took these pistols from IDF forces and apparently opened fire on the soldiers as evident by the empty pistol magazines.

    As a result of this life-threatening and violent activity, naval forces first employed riot dispersal means, followed by live fire.

    According to initial reports, these events resulted in over ten deaths among the demonstrators and numerous injuries. In addition, five naval personnel were injured, some from gunfire and some from various other weapons. Two of the soldiers were seriously wounded and the remainder sustained moderate injuries. All of the injured parties, Israelis and foreigners, are currently being evacuated by helicopter to hospitals in Israel.

    Reports from IDF forces on the scene are that it seems as if part of the participants onboard the ships were planning to lynch the forces.

    The events are ongoing, and information will be updated as soon as possible. Israeli Naval commander, Vice Admiral Eliezer Marom is overseeing the events.

    In the coming hours, the ships will be directed to the Ashdod port, while IDF naval forces will perform security checks in order to identify the people on board the ships and their equipment. The IDF Spokesman conveys that this event is currently unfolding and further details will be provided as soon as possible.

    The IDF naval operation was carried out under orders from the political leadership to halt the flotilla from reaching the Gaza Strip and breaching the naval blockade.

    The interception of the flotilla followed numerous warnings given to the organizers of the flotilla before leaving their ports as well as while sailing towards the Gaza Strip. In these warnings, it was made clear to the organizers that they could dock in the Ashdod sea port and unload the equipment they are carrying in order to deliver it to the Gaza Strip in an orderly manner, following the appropriate security checks. Upon expressing their unwillingness to cooperate and arrive at the port, it was decided to board the ships and lead them to Ashdod.

    IDF naval personnel encountered severe violence, including use of weaponry prepared in advance in order to attack and to harm them. The forces operated in adherence with operational commands and took all necessary actions in order to avoid violence, but to no avail.


    Israel Navy: "Mavi Marmara, you are approaching an area of hostilities which is under a naval blockade. The Gaza area coastal region and Gaza harbor are closed to all maritime traffic. The Israeli government supports delivery of humanitarian supplies to the civilian population in the Gaza Strip and invites you to enter the Ashdod port. Delivery of supplies in accordance with the authorities' regulations will be through the formal land crossings and under your observation, after which you can return to your home ports on the vessels on which you have arrived."

    Response: "Negative, negative."


    Holocaust Denial Discussed on Iranian TV: There Were No Gas Chambers; You Cannot Squeeze 2,000 Jews into 100 Square Meters

    The following excerpts are from a TV debate on Holocaust denial, which aired on Al-Alam TV on May 5, 2010. This information was gleaned from Debka

    Interviewer: It is a myth that has almost become a conviction. If it really happened, why was it restricted to one group alone? The questions are: Did the Holocaust really take place? Did the gas chambers indeed consume the Jews, but nobody else? Did gas chambers even exist? Most importantly, why do some people doubt this? Don’t historians have the right to reexamine the so-called taboos? 


    Ali Hatar (Jordanian Association against Zionism and Racism): Did it or did it not happen? That is the question. To this day, those who claim that [the Holocaust] did take place have been unable to provide any evidence whatsoever to that effect. 

    Interviewer: None whatsoever? 

    Ali Hatar: No evidence whatsoever. Of course, some political analyses and some... 

    Interviewer: That’s another matter. 

    Ali Hatar: They often say: “It happened – what proof do you want?” That’s another matter. But to bring a single piece of evidence... 

    Interviewer: They didn’t. 

    Ali Hatar: We are not saying that it didn’t happen. We are saying: Give us some evidence. They have not managed to bring a shred of evidence. I challenge them to do so. Therefore, they have prevented historical revisionists from investigating this. Their first opponents were the Americans. They fired them from their positions and kicked them out of their jobs. We will go over their names later. They prevented them from investigating. 


    Mahdi Al-Afifi (Democratic Party activist, New York): I’m sure that my colleague has access to the Internet. He should check out the thousands of booklets written about the Holocaust. 


    Ali Hatar: This is a Red Cross report from 1949. The Red Cross is an international institution. This is a Red Cross report – an international institution. It is from 1949, and it is about the five years of war. Its committees operated throughout Europe. This report refutes the claim that anyone was killed in these camps, during the so-called Holocaust. It also mentions the self-management [of the camps] by the Jews. These are not my words. I didn’t write the report. It is a report of the ICRC – the Red Cross. 


    Mahdi Al-Afifi: This makes a mockery of people’s intelligence. The Holocaust took place, and our attempts to use information that is not... 

    Interviewer: Okay, Dr. Mahdi Al-Afifi... 

    Mahdi Al-Afifi: ...does not help the Arabs or the Muslims. 


    Mahdi Al-Afifi: This just causes pointless hatred. 

    Ali Hatar: We seek the truth, and only then will we consider our position. We seek the truth because this hatred that you are talking about is what caused Gaza. It affects us. The US gives Israel 11 billion dollars, and Germany gives it 3 billion dollars annually. That is how the Holocaust affects us. They planted Israel in our midst. That is the result of the Holocaust. What hatred are you talking about? 


    He talks about thousands of books. This is the same kind of exaggeration as the figure “six million.” There are no “thousands” of books written about the Holocaust. There might be a single book claiming that the [Holocaust] took place – Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers. This book is extremely idiotic, scientifically speaking. There are also a few articles, most of which I have read, but the high quality of the doubters’ research is notable. 

    Interviewer: Why did you call that book “idiotic”? 

    Ali Hatar: Because it deals with technical issues. When we were children, we used to ask each other a riddle: “How do you put an elephant into a fridge in three moves?” The answer was: “You open the door, put in the elephant, then close the door.” That book uses the same logic – you bring 2,000 [Jews], open the door, put them inside, you close the door, and you burn them. How did they get there? How did you transport them? 

    Interviewer: There’s just one book, not thousands, as Dr. Mahdi Al-Afifi claims? 

    Ali Hatar: One book. Let me mention it again, so he can look for it – The Operation and Technique of the Gas Chambers. Where did you come up with the figure of thousands, when there’s only one book? 

    Mahdi Al-Afifi: Brother, this is just in order to show you, you can read it... [holds up copy of Elie Wiesel’s book “Night”] Hundreds of books are taught in American schools and universities. I brought one little book, just as an example. With all due respect, brother, I don’t know where you got your information. I’m sure you have Internet. Go to Google, and enter the word “Holocaust,” and see how many books there are. This author alone has written 40 books about the Holocaust. 


    Ali Hatar: The purpose of [inventing] the Holocaust was to create a guilt complex among the German and European people, so that this guilt complex would motivate the Germans and their rulers to remain... A US Congress report, which I have here, deals with the impact of this guilt complex on the German rulers, who extended aid to Israel. Today, we are the victims of this ongoing aid, which continues because of the guilt complex... I am duty bound to say to the Germans: “Oh German, don’t be stupid. Check if it really happened.” 


    Interviewer: Do gas chambers exist, Doctor? After all, you are an air-conditioning engineer. 

    Ali Hatar: There were chambers that were used as prisons. Other chambers may have been used, towards the end of the war, to burn the corpses of some people who died of typhoid fever. But according to the reports – especially the Red Cross report, and the book Did Six Million Die?, which is an American book – there were no gas chambers, in the sense referred to in the Holocaust issue. 

    What do those who support the existence of gas chambers say? They say these chambers were 500 cubic meters in size, and that they used to put 2,000 to 4,000 people inside. 500 cubic meters – if it was 5 meters high, its area would have been 100 square meters. How can you possibly put 2,000 people into 100 square meters? Just imagine, they say that [the Nazis] put 2,000 to 4,000 victims in each “cooking.” There are no chambers... If you travel to the US and visit the chambers for execution by gas – they use the same gas – you will see how well-controlled these chambers must be. 


    I work in air-conditioning of pharmaceutical plants, and we sterilize the plant from time to time, and keep the air-conditioning going for 24 hours after the sterilization, in order to disperse the lethal gas. Here they say that within 20 minutes, they would clear the chamber and it would be clean. How can you possibly remove 2,000 corpses, and clear the chamber in 20 minutes?! This cannot be. 


    This book, Hitler, the Founder of Israel, and many other books and even Western reports, say that Eichmann and the head of the Haganah coordinated the deportation of the Jews. Hitler said: My lawyer is Jewish, my doctor is Jewish, everybody around me is Jewish. He used to say to them: “When we come to power, we must establish a state for the Jews. The solution to the Jewish problem lies in finding a state for them.” 

    This is one of the most important points, which must not be neglected. Hitler banned all the Jewish parties in Germany, except for the Zionist party. He banned all the other Jewish parties – religious and others. He permitted only the party that was associated with the Zionist movement. Eichmann went to the detention camps to give the Jews self-administration. Menachem Begin headed 40,000 people in a detention camp in Poland. Eichmann allowed him to train the Jewish youth in agriculture to prepare them for when they would go to Palestine. He organized Hebrew courses for them, in order to unite them and prepare them for Palestine. There was complete coordination between Hitler’s regime and the Zionist movement, and this coordination is verified in all the books.


    US to finance installation of Iron Dome Missile Defence in Israel

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    Barack Obama is to ask the US Congress for an extra $200m in military aid to help Israel get a short-range rocket defence system in place.

    The system is designed to shoot down mortars and rockets from Gaza or Southern Lebanon with guided missiles. The system, called Iron Dome, has gone through testing and installation will start later this year. According to US State Department figures, direct military aid to Israel was $2.55bn in 2009.This is set to increase to $3.15bn in 2018.

    Easing tensions

    A White House spokesman reaffirmed what he called the administration's "unshakeable commitment" to Israel's security - adding that Mr Obama recognised the threat posed by missiles and rockets fired by Hamas and Hezbollah. Iron Dome was conceived and developed in Israel following the Lebanon war of 2006, during which Hezbollah launched about 4,000 rockets into northern Israel. Southern Israel has also come under fire, with thousands of rockets and mortars fired by Palestinian militants.

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