Inflaming Emotions aboard the Mavi Marmara before the Confrontation with the IDF

Sheikh Mohammed al-Hazimi

Sheikh Mohammed al-Hazimi

1. During the voyage the passengers of the Mavi Marmara, especially the hard core of IHH operatives, were indoctrinated by senior figures such as IHH head Bülent Yildirim and Israeli-Arab sheikh Ra’ed Salah, a radical Islamist. A number of hours before the IDF took control of the ship, in addition to organizing and preparing weapons, the operatives on the upper deck shouted battle cries to incite those who were expected to take part in the premeditated violent confrontation with the IDF.

2. The ITIC is in possession of videos documenting the incitement to violence aboard the Mavi Marmara. For example:

A. A report prepared by Al-Jazeera TV broadcast live from the ship two days before the confrontation with the IDF showed the ship’s passengers singing anti-Jewish songs and songs of praise for the intifada (Palestinian terrorist campaign). It also showed them shouting "Khaybar Khaybar ya Yahoud,”1 a reference to Muhammad’s slaughter of Jewish men living in Khaybar in the Arabian Peninsula in the 7th century (Al-Jazeera TV, May 29, 2010).

B. There was incitement by the hard core of IHH operatives during preparations for the confrontation. Among the slogans shouted were "Allah shall instill fear in their hearts.” One of the most vociferous was sheikh Muhammad al-Hazimi, a member of the Yemeni Parliament and of Al-Islah (the Yemini reform bloc) (also photographed aboard the ship holding a curved dagger).

Sheikh Mohammed al-Hazimi
Sheikh Mohammed al-Hazimi, a member of the Yemeni Parliament and of Al-Islah,
aboard the Mavi Marmara.

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1 Khaybar was a settlement in the Arabian Peninsula conquered by Muhammad and his supporters in 628 AD. It was accompanied by the slaughter of hundred of Jews and those who surrenders were forced to pay a high tax to the Muslims. The battle of Khaybar became a symbol of Muslim conquest and especially of the defeat of the Jews at the hands of Muslims, and is used as a militant slogan against the Jews by Islamic elements, among them Hamas.