walked out of the hall without casting his vote. This showed that he does not to want to condemn the brutal genocide in which hundreds of thousands of Armenians died. Kaplan is now also joining the anti-Israeli flotilla that aims to challenge and provoke Israel by sailing to the Gaza Strip.
The flotilla to Gaza is made up of a few ships that have set sail in the Mediterranean with the stated intent of breaking international law by sailing into the Gaza Strip with humanitarian aid and demonstrators. Israel has already made clear that they are willing to receive the ships in the port of Ashdod on Israeli territory and then transport the aid to the Strip. Sadly it doesn’t seem like the humanitarian aid is the number one priority for the group of demonstrators that have sailed mainly for political reasons.
The group of demonstrators, includes about 10 from Sweden including, in addition to Kaplan, their living glorifier of Palestinian suicide terror, expat Israeli Dror Feiler. These demonstrators have declared that they will try to break Israel’s blockade even though they know Israel will not allow this. It seems that many of the passengers, such as the Swedish provocateurs hope to see Israel use force. This would of course help to further demonize Israel but would not in any way lead to a better situation for either the Palestinians or the Israelis.
Israel cannot allow such ships to sail to Gaza because in the past ships have smuggled weapons, criminals and other illegal goods onboard, much in the same way these goods are brought through the tunnels on the Egyptian border. Allowing the ships to pass unsearched would mean endangering innocent civilians in Israel as weapons such as missiles later could be used against Israeli civilians.
Israel and the PLO are both signatories to an agreement that Israel will guard the waters outside Gaza in order to foil attempts to smuggle dangerous materials; this was done in order to reduce hostilities and prevent future wars.
Israel knows that the passengers on the ships, such as Kaplan, are looking to gain international attention (Sweden has sent a TV crew from Swedish TV4 to monitor the event). The Israelis still have declared that they will use as little force as possible to stop the boats and return the passengers to their home countries while allowing qualified humanitarian aid to proceed to the Gaza Strip.
Also sailing along with the Swedes is the head of the Islamic Movement in Northern Israel Sheikh Raed Salah. As reported the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot, when commenting on the possibility that Israel will stop the flotilla, Salah said that “as long as there is an Israeli threat, our morale increases. The more Israel exploits us, the more determined we are”. It is also now known that participants on the flotilla have been recorded shouting “Khaybar Khaybar ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad saya’ud,” which means “Jews, remember Khyabar, the army of Mohammed is returning.” The chant relates to an event inthe seventh century when Muslims massacred and expelled Jews from the town of Khaybar, in modern-day Saudi Arabia.
As can be read in the blog Norway, Israel and the Jews Israel condemns the anti-Semitic chants. According to a statement from the Israeli foreign ministry this also demonstrates that many people on the ships are not against a particular policy of the Israeli government, but have very real and dangerous hatred for Jews and the Jewish State.”
The Swedes sailing to Gaza claim to support human rights. That Gaza is ruled by Hamas, a terrorist organization, which in its charter advocates the genocide of Jews in the name of Allah, does not seem to bother them. Intentionally ignoring this makes it clear that they are allies of murder-promoters, not humanitarians.