When we last visited the saga of the Mavi Marmara, one of the ships in the Gaza Flotilla, along with The Audacity of Hope, and the Rachel Corrie (obviously a flattop) and several others, it was the subject of a legal action that accused it’s owners and donors of material support for terrorism by violating the Neutrality Act of 1794.
Consequently, as these things usually do, a commission was empaneled to set blame.
Turkey is particularly upset by the conclusion that Israel’s naval blockade is in keeping with international law and that its forces have the right to stop Gaza-bound ships in international waters, which is what happened in the 2010 episode. That conclusion oversteps the mandate of the four-member panel appointed by the United Nations secretary general and is at odds with other United Nations decisions, Turkey argued.
Nine activists were killed in the raid: Cengiz Akyüz (42), Ali Haydar Bengi (39), İbrahim Bilgen (61), Furkan Doğan (18), Cevdet Kılıçlar (38), Cengiz Songür (47), Çetin Topçuoğlu (54), Fahri Yaldız (43), and Necdet Yıldırım (32). All of the dead were members of, or volunteers for the İHH.
That would be the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (İHH).
Which brings us to Tuesday’s NY Times:
Turkish anti-terrorist police raided the offices of an aid agency on the border with Syria on Tuesday, in part of what local media said was an operation in six cities against individuals suspected of links to al Qaeda.
The Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) said police had raided its offices in the southern Turkish city of Kilis, which borders Syria, and detained one person.
Among those arrested was Ibrahim Sen, al-Qaida’s Middle East deputy, who was released from the U.S. prison camp in Cuba in 2006, Today’s Zaman reported Monday.