by Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL (Worthy News)– Although organizers of the Gaza flotilla claim they have no connection to terror, IDF military intelligence has evidence that reveals flotilla organizers received significant funding from groups that support Hamas and other terrorist groups.
The flotilla is being funded in part by three Islamic charities from the Hamas-affiliated Charity Coalition. Among these three charities is the European Campaign to End the Siege, a UK-based umbrella organization that openly supports Hamas; most of its organizations, founded as Muslim Brotherhood branches in Europe, are participating in the 2011 Gaza flotilla.
The Swiss-based Droit Pour Tous and the Italian-based ABSPP are openly involved in Hamas charities as well as efforts to illegally break the naval blockade on Gaza; Droit Pour Tous is also sponsoring several Swiss members of parliament sailing with the flotilla.
An IDF raid on Hamas offices in PA controlled cities yielded numerous correspondence and bank records showing ABSPP financial support to Hamas front organizations in Italy; the funds were distributed in monthly payments to families of suicide bombers, prisoners and other Hamas terrorists.
One prominent leader of the current flotilla to Gaza, Amin Abou Ibrahim, also known as Amin Abou Rashed, was implicated during the US government's prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation in 2007 when he was acting as a representative of the Al-Aqsa Foundation; the foundation was characterized by the US Department of Treasury as "a critical part of Hamas' terrorist support infrastructure."
Today, Israel still maintains a blockade of Gaza to stop Hamas from arming itself by sea; Hamas has already been caught attempting to smuggle weapons, including rockets and sophisticated missiles, into Gaza by sea.
"Israel has the full right to operate against efforts to smuggle missiles, rockets and other weapons to Hamas's terror enclave," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently said at a graduation ceremony of IAF pilots. "Hamas is a ruthless enemy who maliciously harms our cities and children."