She's been treated with incurious sympathy in a Tribune story yesterday. It was practically a Hamas PR piece, you know, the terrorist organization. More on this Iranian-born American from Steve Huntley (HT Pat Hickey):
The main organizer of the flotilla was Turkish-based Insani Yardim Vakfi, described as a humanitarian relief fund but which, like some other Muslim charities, has links to Islamist radicalism. .......A Chicago lawyer on the flotilla, Fatima Mohammadi, describes herself on her LinkedIn page as "national organizer" for Viva Palestina, founded by the rabid Israel-hater and Hamas sympathizer George Galloway of Britain, who is dedicated to delegitimizing the Jewish state.
If this is a peaceful group why doesn't it recognize Israel's right to exist? Fatima arrived back at Chicago's O'Hare airport the other day. Do we feel safer now? If this is a humanitarian group why did they object to their supplies reaching Gaza over land? More on Fatima. Al Jazeera has taken up her cause, naturally:
Fatima Mohammadi, another activist on board the Mavi Marmara that Israeli soldiers stormed last Monday in an attempt to stop a flotilla of aid ships from reaching Gaza, was accused of attempting to smuggle banned electronic componants into Gaza.
She told Al Jazeera through a spokesperson that she refused to dignify the accusation with a response.
What were you doing Fatima? Are we talking iPods. How undignified. Maybe it was something to do with missiles. Via Gay and Right, Jerusalem Post with more:
Also on Sunday, the IDF released a list of at least five passengers aboard the Mavi Marmara who have ties to terrorist organizations.
They were named as Fatima Mohammadi, Kenneth O’Keefe, Hassan Ansey, Hussein Orush and Ahmed Omemun. It was unclear whether they were involved in the fight with naval commandos last week.
O’Keefe, according to the IDF, is a known American-British anti-Israel activist who wanted to enter Gaza to undergo training and help establish a commando unit for Hamas.
Another passenger, identified as an Iranian-American, allegedly tried to bring illegal electronic equipment into Gaza. A French national aboard the ship was identified by the IDF as a Hamas operative.
Well, Fatima came home with a bandage and bruises. You know, 5 of the 6 ships were boarded with no incident for legitimate inspections under international law. Fatima's ship attacked. Gee, why is that.
Apparently she wasn't just standing around peaceably.
So who is Fatima Mohammadi? Such a victim. Crawling around the press deck. A real humanitarian, for sure. Fatima:
Mohammadi says the activists intended to challenge Israel's blockade of Gaza, but did not expect a violent confrontation.
"We thought maybe, maybe there would be again a like an interference or an intervention, not allowing us to pull into the port. Similar to what they did with the other, but without the boarding. We didn't expect it to be boarded. We honestly did not and that's why there was a panic when they first started to try to board, and again they came loaded with heavily, like heavy, heavily armed,"
Oh really? Israelis heavily armed with paintball guns? You didn't expect to be boarded? What about all those knives on your team. Gas masks. Was beating the Israelis bloody with metal bars and stabbing them with knives just a little irrational exuberance? Like the chant.
Do you know what they chanted on that boat? Fatima knows, don't you Fatima.
On Facebook (Link) she says her hometown is Tehran, yet she is an American citizen.