ANALYSIS: Reasons For Heavy Gaza Flotilla Coverage


Regular readers of the GMBDW have no doubt noticed that we have suspended normal coverage of the Global Muslim Brotherhood over the last days in order to focus on the ongoing Gaza flotilla crisis. Rest assured that we will return to normal, broader coverage however we strongly feel that the flotilla incident is the most significant event to have occurred during the years we have been following the Global Muslim Brotherhood. We say this for the following reasons:

1. Our posts have already documented the heavy presence and influence of the Global Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas support infrastructure on the flotilla campaign. In fact, we would go so far as to say that the campaign has been orchestrated by the Global Muslim Brotherhood and its allies in the press, such as Al Jazeera, as well as its supporters in the West represented by the Free Gaza Movement which in turn has it origins in the International Solidarity Movement, a Palestinian-led organization that enlisted the help of Western sympathizers in advancing Palestinian causes.

2. The flotilla campaign illustrates the breadth, organizational capacity, and penetration of Western organizations and governments by the Global Muslim Brotherhood as illustrated, for example, by the presence of a group of European parliamentarians in the flotilla itself.

3. The global media has almost universally described the flotilla participants and organizers as “activists” and with the exception of one Dutch newspaper has failed to do even the most basic due diligence with respect to the actual identity and organizational affiliation of the Global Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas leadership of the flotilla campaign. The reasons for this glaring media failure to properly inform the public are beyond the scope of the GMBDW but likely include some combination of incompetence, “political correctness”, the absence of more experienced reporters who have left the major newspapers in the last several years, and varying degrees of antipathy toward Israel and its government.

4. The Global Muslim Brotherhood flotilla campaign once again illustrates the central importance for the Brotherhood of defeating Israel, defending the Hamas “beachhead” in Gaza, and what as seen as the “Final War” between Muslims and Jews as represented in the views of global Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi.

Given these factors, the GMBDW will as always do our best to fill the gaps with most current and accurate public information and analysis on this subject.

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