Mavi Marmara Passenger Aided Aussie Jihadists in Syria

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Remember the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, where Israeli commandos boarded an “aid” ship headed to Gaza and killed 9 passengers after they attacked the commandos with live fire and light weaponry, including knives and clubs? It turned out the ship contained no humanitarian aid at all.

In fact, one of the Mavi Marmara passengers was killed in Syria, as part of ISIS, back in 2014. And now, another passenger has been arrested in Australia on charges of allegedly helping arrange travel for a jihadist into the Syrian conflict zone.

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Another of the passengers

An Australian gemstone dealer allegedly helped arrange travel for a jihadist into the Syrian conflict zone where he engaged in fierce battles near war-torn Aleppo.

Ahmed Luqman Talib, who runs Melbourne-based gemstone trading business Talib and Sons, was denied bail on Friday following his arrest last month on a charge of preparing for foreign incursions to engage in hostile activities.

Mr Talib, 31, is accused alongside Queensland-based dog trainer Gabriel Crazzi of associating with a group of hardline Islamists in southeast Queensland, many of whom travelled to Syria to fight with terrorist organisations, according to the Australian Federal Police.

Mr Talib has a previous link to IHH. In June 2010, he was shot by Israeli commandos on board an IHH-owned vessel Mavi Marmara, which was part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. The Israeli navy intercepted the ship in a dawn attack and killed nine activists.

The Mavi Marmara incident sure didn’t age well – for the haters.



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A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media