No Israel normalization without international probe, Turkish FM says

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Normalization of ties with Israel is out of the question if it rejects an international inquiry into the deadly raid on Gaza-bound aid ships, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Monday.

The freedom flotilla coalition as a product of transnational activism by Cenap Çakmak

Transnational activism has in many instances proven to be an influential and effective tool to cope with grave breaches of human rights and humanitarian principles as well as brutality posed by repressive regimes.

Turkeys emergence as a center power in the Middle East is a game changer

from Yahoo news
Turkish journalist Soli Ozel says the nature of Turkish-Israeli relations are changed forever, not just because of the deadly flotilla incident.

Israel hasbara fails again: Photos show Mavi Marmara passengers protecting, aiding Israeli soldiers

MOISI: Israel?s Dangerous Political System

from Project Syndicate
Many factors may account for the series of poor decisions taken by Israeli leaders in recent years. But the most important cause, the one that should be addressed before all others because it is eroding Israel?s very viability, is the near paralysis of the political system.

Israel: the third strategic threat, Eyal Weizman and Thomas Keenan

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Eyal Weizman and Thomas Keenan

Many details remain to be established about the Israeli commando assault on the Mavi Marmara – the lead ship in a flotilla intent on carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza strip – in the early hours of 31 May 2010. But whatever the investigation of the incident ultimately reveals, the killing of nine human-rights activists is indicative of a dramatic recent transformation in Israel’s relationship to such individuals and the organisations they belong to.

Have Israel?s political and military elite sunk into the depths of depravity?

from ORGANIZED RAGE by Mick Hall

On reading the reports given over the weekend by the survivors of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, after they were released from Israeli captivity, what struck me was how far into the depths of depravity Israel?s political and military elite have sunk. By unleashing their attack dogs on unarmed and innocent people who were delivering aid, they demonstrated that they believe they have a god given right to strike down all who stand in their way. Of course the sheer brutality of the Israeli marines will come as no surprise to the Palestinians, who have experienced such brutally from the IDF for the last 60 years. Nevertheless, I am certain the marines behavior will have shocked many ordinary folk in the EU and elsewhere in the world.

Turkey calls on Israel to accept probe into raid

from Yahoo news
Turkey’s foreign minister has called on Israel to accept an international probe into the deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine Turks.

Turkey seeks to condemn Israel in security summit

from Yahoo news
A summit for a 20-member security group for the Asian region kicked off Monday in Istanbul with Turkey seeking to condemn Israel for a raid that killed nine Turks on a pro-Palestinian aid flotilla that had attempted to break the blockade on Gaza.

Israel Ambassador Rejects Flotilla Clash Inquiry

from NYT > Turkey by By ISABEL KERSHNER
Despite the ambassador?s remarks, there was still no formal announcement from Jerusalem on the matter.

That night on the Mavi Marmara

by HAKAN ALBAYRAK – YENİ ŞAFAK
Although Israeli officials continue to say that ?our soldiers defended themselves,? five bullets in the head of our 19-year-old brother Furkan Doğan — loved by all those on the ship — spell out the truth.

Turkey says Israel can’t ‘face the facts’ on Gaza raid

from Yahoo news
Israel’s resistance to an independent, international investigation into its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship is “another proof of their guilt,” Turkey’s foreign minister said Sunday.

Turkey accuses Israel of ‘state terror’

from Yahoo news
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to hold Israel to account over its “state terror” in the Middle East.

Israel bans soldiers from visiting Turkey

from Yahoo news
Israel on Sunday banned its soldiers from travelling to Turkey, amid tensions since a deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish-owned ship, its anti-terrorism office said.

Activist ‘was left to bleed’
Straits Times
been left there to lay down on the ground and just bleed, and I can’t believe it,’ he told national broadcaster ABC from his hospital bed in Istanbul.

Turkey’s foreign policy moves raise concern in West and at home
Washington Post
(Adem Altan/agence France-presse Via Getty Images) By Mary Beth Sheridan ISTANBUL — The women wore veils. The men donned green Hamas headbands with

Dispatch from an Israeli journalist in Istanbul – Haaretz Daily
Arriving at Attaturk airport as the Gaza flotilla fiasco unfolds, I’m told I don ‘t need a visa – but that soon, Israelis won’t be let into Turkey at all.

USA: American student loses eye in West Bank protest

from Global Voices Online by Antoun Issa

By Antoun Issa

While the world had its eyes fixed on the Gaza flotilla, another tragedy was unfolding not too far away.

Soon after news emerged of Israel’s deadly raid on the Turkish aid convoy, the Mavi Marmara, protests erupted across the world in condemnation of the assault.

Maghreb: Overwhelming Support for Flotilla Activists

from Global Voices Online by Hisham

By Hisham

The global outcry following the deadly Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla has been reflected on streets across the world and throughout the Internet, on social networks and personal blogs. In the Maghreb, bloggers debated this week’s events, and although views were overwhelmingly supportive of the sailing activists some discordant voices and alternative views can still be heard.

The Mavi Marmara Tragedy

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk |The Mavi Marmara Tragedy

June 6, 2010, Washington, DC – The Turkish Coalition of America, which seeks to foster friendship, understanding and cooperation between the United States and Turkey, is gravely concerned over the still unfolding crisis between Israel and Turkey and its potentially severe repercussions upon the region, as well as its impact on US-Turkey relations.

Ankara welcomes UN panel proposal on Israeli assault

from Hurriyet Dailynews
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s proposal to establish a panel to investigate the Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship is welcomed by Turkey as it works to keep the issue on the global agenda. FM Davutoğlu calls on all Muslim countries to increase their efforts to remove the blockade on the Gaza Strip

Palestine: ?I am afraid of the sea?

from Global Voices Online by Ayesha Saldanha

By Ayesha Saldanha

In reaction to the raid on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla on May 31, Gaza blogger Kawther Abu Hani has written a poetic post from the perspective of a child, entitled Sweets Don’t Drown.

On her blog Notes of the Night, Kawther writes:

As world debates Israeli assault on aid ship, Gaza left in misery

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Canned fruit and computers are among the goods barred from entering the Gaza Strip under the blockade residents say is applied to serve Israel’s commercial interests.

Turkish ministers split by Gülen remarks on Gaza flotilla

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Comments from religious leader Fethullah Gülen on the Israeli raid on the Gaza aid flotilla have continued to divide Turkey?s ruling party.

Anthony Cordesman on Israel and U.S. policy goals

from From the field by arn

The refrain familiar to all listeners to the “amen choir,” so aptly named by Bob Dole, is that Israel is a strategic asset for the U.S. This unqualified claim is then used to justify overlooking or excusing Israel’s behavior, as though it were exempt from international law, accepted standards of human rights or U.S. law (as in the Arms Export Control Act). Cordesman offers a variety of recent examples that easily falsify the claim that Israel is strategic asset for America. He then reminds the Israeli government that it needs to pay more heed to the interests of United States:

Tunisia: 33 Sarastic Tweets on the #Flotilla Attack

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini

By Amira Al Hussaini

Tunisian blogger Sami ben Gharbia shares what he describes as the ?33 most sarcastic tweets about the #flotilla? attack by Israel on a Gaza-bound ship.

Turkish PM accuses opposition of supporting Tel Aviv

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused the main opposition leader Sunday of ‘advocating on behalf of Tel Aviv.’

Egypt: Protests and Policy Changes After Flotilla Raid

from Global Voices Online by Jennah Khaled

By Jennah Khaled

News of the flotilla raid in Gaza has sparked an uprising in Egypt. Thousands of Egyptians protested both Israel’s actions and the stance of their own government earlier this week. President Mubarak’s recent decision to open up the previously blocked Rafa terminal into Gaza on June 1st, has been a stark departure from recent policy, and the Egyptian blogosphere has been ablaze with responses.

Diversions, splits, disagreements

from Bosphorus Diary by Yavuz Baydar

After the bloody incident at sea in the eastern Mediterranean, it is now time for reflection. Time spent lambasting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for his continuous roaring about the government of Israel (much more than anything else) could be better spent on analyzing what is happening in terms of rethinking relations between Israel, Turkey and the US.
Splits within the Israeli government, based on internal critique of the massacre, are a fact and, in the long run, may signal its collapse. Erdoğan, fully aware of the grave mistake in conduct by the Netanyahu cabinet, is keen on inflicting wounds on it in order to demolish whatever is left of its credibility. He aims either to force it revise its policies regarding Gaza or expose its stubbornness to the eyes of the world.
It is part of his strategy, disguised by a loud, angry voice.
Does this work internationally? According to the analysis of Hélène Flautre, the co-chairperson of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, published yesterday in this paper, it does echo well within the EU, at least.

Strategist Friedman: Turkey could play role reconciling Palestinians

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews by YONCA POYRAZ DOĞAN
US-based strategist George Friedman has said Turkey is in a position where it can assert substantial influence on the Palestinians and take the role of reconciling Palestinians to set the stage for what is needed: a serious negotiated settlement.

ÖMER TAŞPINAR – The anatomy of Turkey?s frustration with Washington

Turkey?s already strained relations with Washington have now reached an unprecedented low. The latest incident involving the Israeli raid of the Gaza flotilla has certainly exacerbated the situation.

ŞAHİN ALPAY – Israel is headed for international isolation

I have deep sympathy for the Jewish people. Jews, because of their religion, have throughout the centuries been exiled, discriminated against and segregated, subjected to pogroms, and finally to genocide by the Nazis during World War II.

İHSAN DAĞI – Israel?s Turkish predicament

Losing an ally and friend should worry the people of Israel, if not their government. Turkey?s friendship was valuable for emerging from political isolation and the siege of popular hatred in an environment of hostility.

Lose-Lose for Turkey and Israel

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Turkish-Israeli diplomatic ties, which began on March 28, 1949, when Turkey became the first Muslim-majority country to recognize Israel, effectively ended on May 31, 2010.

B?Tselem, the Israeli Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, reported these facts: via

Palestinians Killed
1,385
Israelis Killed
13 *
Combatants Killed
300
Combatants Killed
10 *
Non-Combatants Killed
762
Non-Combatants Killed
3
Women Killed
107
0
0
Minors/Children
318
0
0
* 4 by friendly fire

It is amazing to me that Israelis still spout that their army is the most moral in the world.  We interviewed on camera Combatants for Peace, former members of the Israel Army, and in those interviews they stoutly challenged that myth.  Israel alleges that they never target children and civilians, yet in a militarism that brags of surgical strikes it?s amazing that Israel misses so much.  If the Israeli military were a software program or a pharmaceutical drug, they?d never make it to market

Turkish aid group fields criticisms

from FT.com – World, Europe
Banners inviting supporters to the embarkation of the aid ships to Gaza still hang high on the walls of Istanbul’s Fatih mosque, where the funerals of nine activists…

Morning Brief: Israel seems to reject international inquiry; navy kills militant divers in Gaza

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

Israel seems to reject international inquiry; navy kills militant divers in Gaza

Top story: Israel has still not issued a formal reply to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s proposal that an international investigation be held into the Israeli raid on a Gaza aid flotilla last week, but it seems clear that Israel has rejected the idea, and will conduct its own investigation.

When Interests Diverge ? Cordesman?s Israel as Strategic Liability

from WhirledView by Patricia H. Kushlis

By Patricia H. Kushlis

There comes a time when countries? interests diverge. When a joined-at-the-hip foreign policy becomes detrimental to one or the other. CSIS Anthony Cordesman?s provocative commentary ?Israel as a strategic liability? released on the think-tank?s website on June 2 raises that question vis-à-vis the US relationship with Israel.

MAIN FOCUS: Turkey puts its role as negotiator on the line | 07/06/2010

from euro|topics

The conflict over Israel’s attack on an international aid flotilla for Gaza last week is coming to a head. Thousands protested in Istanbul and other cities over the weekend, and Turkey is considering taking legal steps against Israel. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan must be careful not to escalate the Middle East conflict or jeopardise his country’s historical role as mediator between Palestinians and Israelis, writes the press.

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