Mehmet Kaya, the Turkish charity IHH’s representative in Gaza, does not mince his words:
“We only work through Hamas, although we don’t limit our aid to its followers,” he said. “We consider Israel and the United Nations to be the terrorists, not Hamas.”
It is illegal to raise funds for Hamas in the UK. That did not stop Viva Palestina, George Galloway’s Hamas support group, and others from helping IHH to collect money for its thugs’ cruise to Gaza. In the case of Hamas, the UK simply refuses to enforce its own laws.
By the way, here is a grotesque angle to the money story: the “ethical” people at the Co-operative Bank are Viva Palestina’s bankers.
And here is a sample of the revolting antisemitism one finds in the IHH and Viva Palestina milieu:
The following are excerpts from an interview with Ahmad Ibrahimi, Imam and coordinator of the Algerian delegation to the “Freedom Flotilla,” which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on June 4, 2010.
Ahmad Ibrahimi: I swear on Allah, live on TV, that we felt no fear whatsoever of those brothers of apes and pigs. By Allah, I loathed them before, and my hatred of them has only grown, not because they punished and humiliated us, but because I had thought them to be worthy enemies, but it turns out that they are too despicable even to be called our enemies, because they are not our equals. They are cowards.
I took an oath that if they stamped my passport, I would rip it up and leave without a passport. Our hatred for these people is so intense that we wished, at those moments, that we could have been bombs, and blow up among those brothers of apes and pigs.
I believe in the principle that all the infidels are one group. No good can come of any of those infidels. All these people have issued resolutions – like the Goldstone report or some rulings of the court in the Hague – but when the time comes to implement them, none of them can put Israel in its place.
If we want to profit from what happened, we must mobilize the Islamic peoples and the Arab nation, because the Palestinian cause is a purely Islamic religious issue. If Palestine is liberated, the whole world will change. We do not want a national Palestinian state or borders. We want Palestine in its entirety.
For his part, the captain of the Mavi Marmara has provided yet more evidence that the IHH thugs were bent on violence. He tried to stop them, to no avail.
So, if you love Hamas, hate Jews, and enjoy violence, do make sure to back IHH and Viva Palestina.
If you don’t, you should treat the UK supporters of the thugs, including malevolent far left idiots of the kind to be found at “Socialist Unity”, like the BNP.