Gates of Vienna 1 July 2011
Our Dutch correspondent Serge Leipzigger sends his translation of an unusual article about the new Gaza flotilla, written by a participant who had second thoughts and got out. He follows it with additional translated material.
He includes this explanatory note:
Hasna El Maroudi, 26, can be described as a "Dutch pro-Palestinian activist/journalist of Moroccan descent.” She had planned to join other activists aboard a Dutch ship to Gaza, until she learned that she would be going on a secret Hamas-organized mission, and cancelled her participation. On Wednesday she published a rare inside account of what she saw in Greece as the activists were preparing to set sail. This English translation of her account is meant to meant to help her discoveries traverse the language barrier.
EDL leader: "We repudiate any individual, group or writing that favors anti-Semitism, neofascism, and any race-based ideology"
Jihad Watch 1 July 2011
Robert Spencer: English Defence League chief Tommy Robinson has just sent this statement to SIOA regarding the conflict within the EDL. I am pleased to see this statement and will continue to monitor the situation closely.
The English Defence League was formed two years ago. One of the fundamental beliefs that this movement was built on was its support for Israel’s right to defend itself. In our first demonstrations, we went to Birmingham, and we flew the flag of Israel, the Star of David. In the first public speech I ever gave, I wore the Star of David in Leeds. The reason for this is because Israel is a shining star of democracy. If Israel falls, we all fall. This is what our movement has been built on for two years.
Jihad Watch 1 July 2011
New sheath, same scimitar. "New Name, Same Old Focus for Islamic Bloc," by Patrick Goodenough for CNS News, June 30 (thanks to Sayyid):
On a day where we learn that the Obama administration is formally reaching out to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, I have a new report that shows the extent of the Brotherhood's presence right here in America.
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Organizers of what is called Freedom Flotilla 2 heading for Israel say the riots in Greece are delaying their departure. Flotilla organizers want to break the Jewish state's sea blockade of the Gaza Strip because they say it is leading to a humanitarian crisis. Despite the setback, Free Gaza Movement insists the convoy of ships will set sail for Gaza within a few days.