“I am not the advocate of Israel but of the public,” Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the Republican People’s Party, or CHP, said Monday, adding that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan should examine the statements of his own deputy.
The catchphrase being trotted … refers to the blockade imposed “by Israel.” The most elementary honesty, however, requires one to make clear that this blockade has been undertaken by both Israel and Egypt, conjointly, along the borders of the two countries that share frontiers with Gaza, and with the thinly disguised blessing of all the moderate Arab regimes…
May 31 2010 Gaza’s markets are full of produce, thousands of tons of supplies are travelling into Gaza every week through the Israeli-controlled border crossings, and there is no starvation or humanitarian crisis. It was always obvious that the flotilla was not the humanitarian exercise it was said to be.
Despite their claims to be an entirely peaceful organisation, The Foundation for Human Rights, Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) has a history of involvement in Islamic extremism around the world and has been linked with an attempted bombing of an airport in the US.
Six ships attempting to break the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip were intercepted, after the Navy warned the flotilla to redirect to the Ashdod port. This happened after numerous warnings prior to the action, but were bluntly refused. The intended peaceful takeover of the ship by IDF soldiers, initially using paintball guns only, was countered by extreme violence of the organizers, using knives and iron rods, leading to ten people getting killed