It is a fact that when the Israeli commandoes landed on the ship they were armed with paintball guns. That fact can be verified by examining the "rifles" in the photos of the first wave that landed on the ship. They Israelis were greatly outnumbered by the reception committee which was armed with steel pipes and knives. The Israeli commandoes received permission to use regular weapons, beginning with sidearms after they took casualties.
The Turks are demanding payment for a renewal of diplomatic relations. If I were in charge I would tell the Turkish government that they can keep their diplomats at home. But I suppose the current Israeli government sees more value in re-establishing diplomatic relations than the cost of doing so in dollars.
>>>>>>>> My observation is this approach of mudering peaceful protesters has been labeled as a mistake by Israelis.
So they did not repeat this thug style.
Yes if I was an unarmed person, a steel pipe can be dangerous. However IDF are not tree huggers!!
So for a trained army this is a lame excuse for murders. They have done this many times in the past. I am glad they are learning to act civil with non-Jews for a change.
And Israel probably will pay a heavy compensation for it's moronic approach in international waters.
ISTANBUL — Steps are now being taken to establish and effective legal team in the International Criminal Court (ICC) case on the Mavi Marmara incident in May 2010. According to the press conference, organized in London the new team of legal experts representing Mavi Marmara victims will include Rodney Dixon, Paul Mylvaganam, Hakan Camuz and Cihat Gökdemir and be led by Sir Geoffrey Nice from London, England.
A thorough investigation has been requested by the victims about the attack but it was not conducted even though a year has passed. Sir Geoffrey Nice stated this was an important case not because it involved Israel but because it involved attacking an unarmed humanitarian aid convoy on international waters, resulting in the death of nine people. Noting the ICC's failure to conduct the necessary inspections and investigations, Sir Nice said that the situation harms the reputation of the international justice system and called on the ICC to take immediate action to fulfill its duties and address the issue in a speedy manner.
In response to a question on whether they are planning to apply to other courts in the event that the ICC fails to launch an investigation, Sir Nice stated they were taking into consideration all options including the International Court of Justice and filing cases in other countries. Sir Nice stated they do not expect the normalization of relations process between Turkey and Israel to affect the legal process and noted an agreement between the two countries about the amount of compensation to be paid is not binding.
"We have many clients who will not retract their cases even if they are paid compensation because they want justice to be served," said Sir Nice, who also noted there could be pressure to reach a resolution but families of the victims could say this is not a case to settle through money but a case for justice to be served.....................................
STANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court has issued arrest warrants on Monday for four former Israeli military commanders who are on trial in absentia over the 2010 killing of nine Turks on a Gaza-bound aid ship, Turkish media reports said.
The move came after months of negotiations between Turkey and Israel to end a diplomatic crisis over the Israeli commando raid on the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish ship challenging Israel's naval blockade of Palestinian-run Gaza Strip in 2010.
Eight Turks and a Turkish-American died during the operation and a Turkish man, Suleyman Ugur Soylemez, died in hospital on Friday night after four years in a coma since the raid.
The court ordered the arrest of former Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, ex-Navy Commander Eliezer Marom, ex-Air Force Commander Amos Yadlin and ex-head of Air Force intelligence head Avishay Levi, the newspaper Hurriyet said on its website.
Turkish prosecutors have already sought multiple life sentences for the now-retired Israeli officers over their involvement in the killings. Among the charges listed in the 144-page indictment are "inciting murder through cruelty or torture" and "inciting injury with firearms".
Although the indictment was handed up in 2012, no arrest warrants were issued then. The court said on Monday it would seek the issue of Interpol 'red notices' for the arrest of the four former generals.
A Turkish relief agency said on Thursday it would oppose what it said was an imminent Israeli offer to pay compensation in return for dropping lawsuits over the attack.......
Israel's adventure in the international waters on unarmed peace activists are events that followed it drawing international attention even more. Sweden is going to investigate that attacks. It made the formal announcement according to Times of Israel newspaper.
STOCKHOLM — Swedish prosecutors are to investigate whether Israel broke international law when it boarded a number of aid ships that were attempting to defy an Israeli blockade of Gaza in 2010 and 2012.
The Swedish Prosecution Authority announced on Thursday “a preliminary investigation on the circumstances of the boarding by Israeli soldiers of ships heading to Gaza in May 2010 and October 2012.”
In the first case, Israeli troops attacked a six-ship aid flotilla in international waters, leading to the death of nine Turkish citizens on one of them, the Mavi Marmara.
In 2012, Israel’s navy seized another ship — again in international waters — the Estelle, a Finnish-flagged galley carrying humanitarian aid as part of the international Ship to Gaza campaign.
In both incidents, Swedish citizens were on board ships attempting to break the blockade.
Swedish legal authorities said the investigation will examine several reported cases of aggravated assault, aggravated theft and violation of international law, with regard to the Geneva Conventions, according to which civilians must be protected during armed conflicts........................
ISTANBUL, Turkey — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday launched his most bitter attack yet against Israel over its air campaign in the Gaza Strip, accusing the Jewish State of seeking a “systematic genocide” of the Palestinians.
Erdogan, a pious Muslim who sees himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, has in the last days intensified his rhetoric against Israel as he presents himself as a leader of the entire Islamic world ahead of August 10 elections in Turkey.
But in his latest attack on Israel, he went even further in comments that could endanger attempts for a normalization in the troubled ties between the Jewish State and Turkey.
“This is not the first time we have been confronted by such situations,” Erdogan told a meeting of Islamic scholars in Istanbul to mark the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
“Since (the creation of the state of Israel) in 1948 we have been witnessing this attempt at systematic genocide every day and every month,” he said. “But above all we are witnessing this attempt at systematic genocide every Ramadan.”
The violence has so far claimed the lives of 231 people in Gaza and one person in Israel, with Israel bombarding the Gaza Strip and Palestinian terror group Hamas launching rockets at Israel.
“The Western world remains silent, so does the Islamic world. Because those who lost their lives are Palestinian, you can’t hear their voices,” Erdogan added..........