At the 2010 ISNA conference held in July, Peck described his experience on board the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish ship that was the site of a violent clash with Israeli commandos as it tried to break the blockade on Gaza in
May. He also cast Israel
as holding power over American policy in
the region, saying the U.S. would open communications with Hamas "when Israel gives us permission."
Other speakers went far further. Abolfazl Nahidian, identified as imam of a mosque in Manassas, Va.