From TIP, 28/5/10:
A flotilla of pro-Palestinian demonstrators with links to terrorist groups is en route to the Gaza Strip in defiance of Israeli government requests to deliver their shipment through legal channels.
...the organizers also declined a request by Noam Shalit, father of captive Israeli solider Staff Sgt. Gilad Shalit, to deliver aid, medicine and a letter to his son who was kidnapped by Iran-backed Hamas on June 25, 2007...
...Hamas continues to smuggle weapons into Gaza and uses building supplies delivered there to construct fortified bunkers. Iran trains, arms and funds Hamas, which has been designated a terrorist organization by the European Union, the United States, Israel, Canada and Australia.
...The flotilla of nine ships sailing to Gaza with the intent of delivering aid to Palestinians in the Hamas-run territory was organized by IHH, a Turkish aid foundation which has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, and Free Gaza, which describes itself as a human rights group.
The Turkish IHH (Insani Yardim Vakfi - “humanitarian relief fund”), with a demonstrated anti-American orientation, has known links to global jihadi networks, openly supports Iran-backed Hamas and maintains close ties with the Muslim Brotherhood movement, a global umbrella Islamic organization for Hamas as well as mujahideen groups in Afghanistan.
Israeli Government Spokesman Mark Regev released a statement on May 27: “They call themselves human rights activists, but they remain silent when it comes to Hamas' deliberate targeting of Israeli civilians and the brutalities of the Hamas regime in Gaza, which has crushed political opposition, suppressed independent media and has locked up hundreds of political opponents.”
Speaking to a group of foreign ministers from various countries on May 27, Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak emphasized that Hamas has been holding kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit for the past four years in Gaza, in violation of international law. "For these reasons Israel must oversee the waters in the area," said Barak.