YAAKOV LAPPIN– Organizer tells Gaza crowd: Everything is heading towards Islam.
Radio messages sent from the Turkish Gaza flotilla to the Navy contained chilling anti-Semitic abuse, the IDF revealed on Friday when it released audio recordings of communications with the vessels.
“You are approaching an area which is under a naval blockade,” a Navy radio operator said in a message broadcast to six ships taking part in the flotilla as they sailed on the Mediterranean Sea towards Gaza.
“Shut up. Go back to Auschwitz,” a male voice said in reply. The message was broadcast to the Navy from one of the flotilla 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 Unit, which made the recording available on its official website, said the transmisisons were originally thought to have originated from the large Mavi Marmara ship, but could have also come from one of the accompanying vessels in the flotilla.
“The Israeli Navy ship attempts to make contact with the ‘Defne Y’[one of the vessels in the flotilla] on channel 1-6. Other ships from the flotilla respond on the channel, without identifying themselves,” the IDF said on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has released footage of statements made by Bulent Yildirim, head of the Turkish radical Islamist IHH organization, which organized last week’s flotilla.
Yildirim, who delivered a fiery speech in Gaza in February 2009 filled with references to “martyrdom,” addressed his listeners as the “people of paradise.”
“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. Allah Akbar,” he said.
“Last night, everything in the world has changed, and everything is progressing towards Islam,” Yildirim added
“Anyone who does not stand alongside Palestine – his throne will be toppled,” he continued.
“All the peoples of the Islamic world would want a leader like [Turkish prime minister] Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” Yildirim declared during the speech.
Last week, another video taken from the Marmara ship was released by the IDF Spokesman’s Unit, in which a passenger was heard passionately discussing his desire to “be martyred.”
“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.”