Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

Qatar Pledges to Fund New Gaza Flotilla After Turkey Pulls Support (VIDEO)

August 26, 2014 9:44 pm 17 comments

Snapshot of footage from the MV Mavi Marmara by IDF sources, showing an Israeli soldier being beaten with iron pipes during the Gaza flotilla raid. Photo: IDF.

The government of Qatar and the Turkey-based, terror-tied IHH Islamic charity on Monday agreed that the Gulf state would fund an upcoming “humanitarian” flotilla to Gaza, according to Israel’s NRG News.

The strategic cooperation agreement signed in Doha between the two “calls for the implementation of immediate, medium, and long-term joint humanitarian goals and to rationalise the use of their resources to achieve ‘maximum impact,'” The Gulf Times reported on Tuesday.

The Turkish organization, which several countries deem a terrorist entity, organized the infamous Mavi Marmara flotilla in 2010, which tried to breach an Israeli anti weapons-smuggling naval blockade.

Israeli naval commandos commandeered the lead vessel in the six-ship group, killing nine foreign nationals after they were attacked upon boarding the craft.

IHH last month said they’d try to repeat the act, soon.

“The organization will send another flotilla after they receive permission from the government in Ankara that Turkish naval forces will defend the flotilla and its participants,” IHH leader, Bulent Yildirim, said.

Ankara, however, pulled its support for the planned protest several weeks ago.

Both IHH and Qatar are close to Hamas, and Yildirim reportedly also has ties to al-Qaeda.

According to Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News, “Yildirim is being investigated for allegedly financing al-Qaeda through his organization,” daily Habertürk has reported.

“The probe, led by an Istanbul specially authorized prosecutor, accuses Yildirim of ‘providing financial aid to al-Qaeda via his foundation” with absolute secrecy, reportedly without official numbering and identification.

Qatar has faced harsh criticism from Israel in recent weeks over its funding for terror group Hamas which has been engaged in an ongoing battle with the Jewish state.

Watch an IDF video, from a commission of inquiry, into the events that took place before, during, and after the IDF boarded the Mavi Marmara:


  • Quatar is the perfect illustration of the “Golden Rule”: he who has it, rules!!

    Sadly, the present US administration seems to have become a complete vassal to the Quataris. We don’t seem able to ever challenge the inverted morality of this group of filthy rich oil and gas princes. Reminscent of the Wizard of Oz when Frank Morgan is revealed to be the string-puller behind the smoke and thunder! Whom will it turn out to be in Quatar??

  • At some point in time, IL will have to deal with the Fanatic Qataris! In spite of the Qatar-Obama connection.

  • what goes on with Saudi and Qatar do we know if they are paying off isis

  • Shouldn’t Qatar be keeping a low profile generally lest the 2022 Olympic games end up being boycotted over various unsavoury things about Qatar, including the corrupt way it won the bid; abusive treatment of foreign workers brought in to do the work that Qataris won’t, providing incubation money for assorted terrorist groups, plus of course pulling Hamas’s strings into continuing the assault on Israel when it made utterly no sense for the Palestinians to repeatedly break the ceasefires.

  • Sink the terrorist ships. Take back apology to Turkey. And tell Qatar and Turkey to go to hell.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Hahahahaha Erdogan ran away crying like a little girl.

  • And all I hear from the US on this provocative plan is silence. Either this is a manufactured story or the Obama administration is tossing its old Jewish friend under the bus in favor of its new oily Muslim friend who wants to destroy Israel.

    Question: Just where would this flotilla dock since Gaza no longer has a port. It is a fact that rockets were delivered to Gaza at their sea port before Israel destroyed it. Any attempt for Hamas to rebuild the sea port (they WILL test Israel’s resolve) should be met decisively head on by Israel.

  • Yakov Leschen

    It is time to boycott Turkey.
    No Jew should go to Turkey or buy or use any of their products and use Turkish airlines because it might save you a few shekels.

  • Quatar needs a few Tomohawk missiles dropped into it.

  • Bernhard Rosenberg

    HAMAS must be completely destroyed. This peace will not last and there will be a larger war. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard ROSENBERG

  • THey should never be able to go near Gaza, just cause trouble.


  • The Flotilla would be similar to the Russian “Humanitarian aid convoy” in Ukraine that brought heavy weapon and elite troops under that mask to support pro-Russian rebels and Russian troops there. It was the most despicable action before and during “Peace talk” in Minsk.

  • There needs to be a full court press mission demanding the UNHRC put Hamas and other like groups on their terror list…

  • qatar plays all sides and because it bribes and buys it gets away with it. President Obama should call his qatar friends and tell them to back off. Israel and egypt should block any flotilla and sink it if necessary. This flotilla is an act of war against them. Maybe time to encourage a little domestic unrest in qatar

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition. Comments written in all caps will be deleted.

Current day month ye@r *


  • Blogs Sports Dodgers Power-Hitter Could Break Stereotype of Jews in Sports

    Dodgers Power-Hitter Could Break Stereotype of Jews in Sports

    Rookie player for the Dodgers Joc Pederson may boost the image of Jewish athletes if he can prove he has both brains and brawn, according to an article in the Daily Beast on Sunday. The piece pointed out a longstanding stereotype of Jews as more brainy than brawny, and asserted that Pederson could break the stereotype. Indeed, the 23-year-old’s “power-hitting” performance thus far has been considered rare among Jewish athletes. “If Pederson sustains his performance for any length of time, he could be the first respected, […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Israel Jerry Seinfeld to Make Comedy Debut in Israel

    Jerry Seinfeld to Make Comedy Debut in Israel – Famed Jewish-American comedian and actor Jerry Seinfeld is slated to make his comedic debut in Israel later this year. Seinfeld, who was born in Brooklyn to Jewish parents from the Ukraine and Syria, will perform in Tel Aviv’s Mitvtachim Menorah Arena on Dec. 19 as part of a world tour. The comedian is most known for his enormously popular NBC sitcom Seinfeld, which ran from 1989-1998 and is widely considered one of the greatest TV series of all time. […]

    Read more →
  • Food Israel New Video Shows American Kids Reviewing Israeli Food After Tasting Dishes for First Time (VIDEO)

    New Video Shows American Kids Reviewing Israeli Food After Tasting Dishes for First Time (VIDEO)

    A new video circulating online shows eight American children reacting — mostly positively — to their first taste of the famed Israeli eggplant salad/dip, known in Hebrew as “salat hatzilim” and in other parts of the Levant as baba ganoush. The clip, created by, features the youngsters trying a variety of exotic dishes from other countries as well, such as Hawaiian poi, Colombian pork belly and Russian borscht. The Israeli delicacies served include schnitzel, slices of pita, hummus and the baba ganoush salad. “If someone […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Features Pioneers/Philanthropists ‘Start-Up Nation’ Israel to Host Forbes Magazine Young Entrepreneurs Summit

    ‘Start-Up Nation’ Israel to Host Forbes Magazine Young Entrepreneurs Summit – Forbes magazine announced Tuesday that it will host its Under 30 EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Summit in Israel for the first time in April 2016. The conference is expected to bring together some 600 young entrepreneurs, with 200 from Europe, 200 from the U.S., and 200 from Israel. The summit has been hosted in Philadelphia for the past two years. It will include presentations, speeches, a pitch competition, and cultural immersion opportunities in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Beliefs and concepts What’s That Huge White Bridal Dress Floating Over the Tower of David?

    What’s That Huge White Bridal Dress Floating Over the Tower of David? –  “What’s that huge white bridal dress floating over the Tower of David?” That’s what visitors to Jerusalem’s Old City asked last week. The wedding gown, created by leading Israeli artist Motti Mizrachi, is part of the 2nd Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art, an event that blew into town as the Sukkot holiday got underway. Mizrachi, who lives and works in Tel Aviv, created the dress that floats majestically over the Tower of David, the main exhibition site […]

    Read more →
  • Features Opinion The Top 10 Places to Visit in Israel

    The Top 10 Places to Visit in Israel

    Israel is a holiday destination on many travelers’ bucket lists. No matter the style of holiday you are after, Israel has the answer. Whether you prefer to relax by the beach, hike up mountains in the desert, visit religious and historical sites, eat your way through the country or just enjoy some retail therapy, your journey through Israel will be one to remember. While there are obviously so many things to see and do, here is a list of 10 of […]

    Read more →
  • Pioneers/Philanthropists US & Canada Jewish American Fashion Mogul Ralph Lauren to Step Down as CEO

    Jewish American Fashion Mogul Ralph Lauren to Step Down as CEO – Jewish American fashion mogul Ralph Lauren announced his plan to step down as chief executive officer of the renowned fashion brand. The head of Gap Inc’s Old Navy brand will take over the position. The 75-year-old Lauren, who founded Ralph Lauren Corp. in 1967, will continue to serve as executive chairman and will continue leading the fashion house’s design team, according to a statement by the company. After the announcement, Ralph Lauren shares rose 3.79 percent while Gap shares […]

    Read more →
  • Featured Sports US & Canada Jewish Boxer Dustin ‘White Tiger’ Fleischer Scores Fourth Knockout Victory

    Jewish Boxer Dustin ‘White Tiger’ Fleischer Scores Fourth Knockout Victory

    Jewish boxer Dustin Fleischer, who said his quest is to become the first world champion descended from a Holocaust survivor, stayed unbeaten with a first-round knockout. Fleischer, nicknamed “The White Tiger,” moved to 4-0 with the defeat of Ira Frank on Saturday night in Beach Haven, New Jersey, near his home, he reported after the fight on his Facebook page. The 26-year-old welterweight has won all his bouts by knockout. Read full story at JTA.

    Read more →