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23 Organizations to Participace in the 2011 Flotilla

23 Organizations to Participace in the 2011 Flotilla

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The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center May 31, 2011

So far 23 organizations are expected to participate in the upcoming flotilla to the Gaza Strip, similar to the heterogeneous coalition which organized the Mavi Marmara flotilla. Its three core organizations are IHH (Turkey), the ECESG (Europe) and the FGM (America), affiliated with radical Islam, primarily the Muslim Brotherhood, and/or the radical left. The others are global anti-Israeli organizations, some of them human

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The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center May 31, 2011

So far 23 organizations are expected to participate in the upcoming flotilla to the Gaza Strip, similar to the heterogeneous coalition which organized the Mavi Marmara flotilla. Its three core organizations are IHH (Turkey), the ECESG (Europe) and the FGM (America), affiliated with radical Islam, primarily the Muslim Brotherhood, and/or the radical left. The others are global anti-Israeli organizations, some of them human

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May 31, 2011
The Meir Amit Intelligence andTerrorism Information Center
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So far 23 organizations are expected to participatein the upcoming flotilla to the Gaza Strip, similar tothe heterogeneous coalition which organized theMavi Marmara flotilla. Its three core organizationsare IHH (Turkey), the ECESG (Europe) and the FGM(America), affiliated with radical Islam, primarilythe Muslim Brotherhood, and/or the radical left.The others are global anti-Israeli organizations,some of them human- and social-rights groups.
The renovated
Mavi Marmara 
, which will again be the IHH flagship (IHH website, May 22, 2011). Fivehundred passengers, from Turkey and other countries, are expected to participate.
 
2 
Overview
1. The IHH website
recently posted a provisional list of 23 organizations which havesigned up for Freedom Flotilla 2
. An examination
indicates a considerable similaritybetween these organizations and those participated in the
Mavi Marmara 
flotilla
.
1
 2.
Like the previous flotilla, its preparations are being led by three organizationsand umbrella networks with organizational capabilities and financial resources,and in one instance
(IHH)
with governmental capabilities.
So far the coreorganizations
have demonstrated persistence and determination to launch theflotilla
(preparations have been ongoing for a year)
, despite logistic and politicaldifficulties
.
2
 
Freedom Flotilla 2 logo (derryfriendsofpalestine.org website)
3.
The most prominent organization
and the one leading the preparations for theupcoming flotilla is
IHH
, an anti-Israeli, anti-West, Islamist Turkish organization. Its
strategic partners
are two umbrella networks: the
European Campaign to End theSiege on Gaza
(ECESG, a European network based in Britain whose organizations and
1
The comparison was made on the basis of the list of 
Mavi Marmara 
passengers as it appeared in the September 26ITIC bulletin "Conspicuous among the passengers and organizations aboard the Mavi Marmara were Turkish and Arab Islamic extremists led by IHH. They were joined by extremist European left activists and volunteers whoanswered the call to help the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and were not partners in IHH's violent plans" athttp://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/English/eng_n/pdf/ipc_e127.pd.
2
 
The main difficulty is raising large sums of money to buy ships
. There are also
political difficulties
 arising from
the international community's reservations regarding the flotilla
(among them the UnitedStates, the UN, the Europe and Western countries including France, Spain, Denmark, Holland and Canada). A seniorECESG figure stated on May 29 that preparations for the flotilla will continue despite requests from the UN GeneralSecretary to the various countries involved to prevent the flotilla from sailing.
 
3 
activists have ideological ties to the Muslim Brotherhood), and
the Free Gaza Movement
 (FGM, a network based within the extreme leftist camp in the United States).4.
These three core organizations, IHH, ECESG and FGM, determine policy andstrategies for the upcoming flotilla
(as they did for the
Mavi Marmara 
).
That is donethrough a steering committee set up to organize the flotilla, which holdsoccasional coordination meetings
attended by senior activists of the three core and otheranti-Israeli organizations.
To date meetings have been held in Athens, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid and Rome
.
The members of the steering committee meeting in Rome(Picture from the flotilla website, February 24, 2011).
5.
In addition to the three core organizations, the list contains the names of networks and organizations from
 
Western Europe
(the most prominent country isBritain),
Scandinavia
,
North America
and
 Asia
. The local networks from various countrieswhich joined the flotilla are
directed and coordinated
by the core organizations. Most of their activities deal with logistics, such as raising funds, enlisting and briefing volunteers whowill sail with the flotilla, and preparing the media and propaganda groundwork. In mostcases, the costs involved are prohibitively high, keeping the local networks from buying theirown ships. Some of them
have formed ad hoc associations, sometimes of organizations from a number of countries, to pool resources to buy a ship
. Some of them preferred not to act independently and plan
to join the vessels of otherorganizations
(IHH's
Mavi Marmara 
, for example).6.
Ideologically, the current flotilla, like the previous one, is composed of aheterogeneous coalition with inter-organizational collaboration among itsmembers
: at one end of the ideological spectrum there are organizations and activists whoare blatantly radical
Islamists
(IHH and other Turkish Islamist organizations, organizationsand activists affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, and sometimes also with Hamas inEurope). At the other end are
networks, organizations and activists affiliated with theradical left in the United States and Europe
.

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