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
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).
In addition to the three core organizations, the list contains the names of networks and organizations from
(the most prominent country isBritain),
. 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
, 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
(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