(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)
Radio messages sent
from the Turkish Gaza flotilla to the navy contained chilling
anti-Semitic language, the IDF revealed on Friday when it released audio
recordings of communications it had with the vessels.
approaching an area which is under a naval blockade,” a navy radio
operator said in a message broadcast to the six protest ships.
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“Shut up. Go back to Auschwitz,” a
male voice said in reply. The
message was broadcast to the navy from one of the ships, the IDF
confirmed on Saturday.
“We’re helping the Arabs go against the US. Don’t forget 9/11, guys,” a
man said later on during the radio exchange.
The IDF Spokesman’s Office, which made the recording available on its
Web site, said the transmissions were first thought to have originated
from the main protest ship, the Mavi
Marmara, but that they could have come from one of the other five
vessels in the flotilla.
“The Israeli navy ship attempted to make contact with the Defne Y
[one of the protest vessels] on channel 1-6. Other ships from the
flotilla responded on the channel, without identifying themselves,” the
IDF said on Saturday.
IHH head spoke of "martyrdom
Meanwhile, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has
released footage of statements made by Bulent Yildirim, head of the IHH
Turkish Islamist organization, which organized last week’s blockade
Yildirim, who delivered a fiery speech in Gaza in February 2009 filled
with references to “martyrdom,” addressed his listeners as the “people
“Raise your fists to the skies and repeat after me: What can the enemy
do to me? I carry paradise in my heart... If they kill me – that is
martyrdom for the sake of Allah. Allahu akbar,” he said.
“Last night, everything in the world has changed, and everything is
progressing toward Islam,” Yildirim added. “Anyone who does not stand
alongside Palestine – his throne will be toppled. All the peoples of
the Islamic world would want a leader like [Turkish Prime Minister]
Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”
Last week, another video taken from the Mavi Marmara was released by the IDF Spokesman’s Office,
in which a passenger was heard passionately discussing his desire to
“When I went on the first convoy, I wanted to be a shahid [martyr],” the man says in the
video. “I wasn’t that lucky.
Second time, I wanted to be a shahid. Didn’t work. Third time lucky,
with the help of God, I will be a shahid.”