The fact that participants on the flotilla would chant such things shows the true nature of some of the participants and its real motivation.
(Communicated by the Deputy FM’s Bureau)
On Sunday (30 May), Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon reacted to anti-Semitic chants emanating from the flotilla headed towards Gaza. Participants on the flotilla were heard on Al Jazeera shouting "Khaybar Khaybar ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad saya’ud", which means ‘Jews, remember Khyabar, the army of Mohammed is returning’. This cry relates to an event in the seventh century when the early Moslems massacred and expelled Jews from the town of Khaybar, in modern-day Saudi Arabia.
"Israel condemns the anti-Semitic chants that were publicized this morning," Ayalon said. "The fact that participants on the flotilla would chant such things shows the true nature of some of the participants and its real motivation. This amply demonstrates that many are not against a particular policy of the Israeli government, but have very real and dangerous hatred for Jews and the Jewish state."
"The main organizer of the flotilla is an extremist Islamic organization with ties to Hamas and global Jihad and it is unfortunate that there are those who are duped into thinking that this exercise has anything to do with humanitarianism or human-rights," Ayalon continued. "In fact, while the flotilla is rapidly turning into an armada of hate, Israel has and will continue to make offers to pass any aid to the innocent people of Gaza."