Israelis pointed guns at us, says skipper Independent Online
By Simon Cameron-Moore Istanbul – An Israeli warship threatened to sink Captain Huseyin Tokalak’s ship before young commandos boarded the Turkish-flagged
Mustafa Kutlay: It was reported on Monday, May 31, that the Israeli forces stormed one of the six ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. This operation is a clear breach of international law. The EU should show her unequivocal resistance to the violation of international law by condemning Israel.
A friend forwarded an interesting post from a Lebanese political blog called Qifa Nakbi. The post takes a look at how the Gaza flotilla debacle fits into Turkey’s regional and global ambitions. You can read it here.
from open Democracy News Analysis – by Mariano Aguirre
The balance of power that has reigned in the international system since the end of the cold war is undergoing profound shifts. Iran?s agreement with Brazil and Turkey on 17 May 2010 over the treatment of its enriched uranium, and the sanctions that the United States wishes (through a United Nations resolution) to impose on the Tehran government over Iran?s nuclear programme, reveal this system?s deep cracks. The change can be measured in the way that (as an editorial in Le Monde noted) discussion of issues such as nuclear proliferation, which used to be confined to permanent members of the UN Security Council, now finds countries from the global south playing a key role (see Nucléaire iranien: le Sud émergent veut sa place dans la négociation, Le Monde, 19 May 2010).
I appear before you today as a result of a very sad and tragic occasion where one state member of this august house has committed a serious crime in total disregard of all the values we have vowed to uphold since the establishment of the United Nations system.
Israel engaged in a bloody interference with vessels carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. Attacking the ships and the 600 civilian activists from 33 countries aboard them in international waters early Monday morning, Israel slaughtered nine activists, according to official figures.
Anti-Semitic and racist messages are pouring into my mailbox. ?Turkey should do what Hitler could not achieve,? one message says. ?God has always punished perverted societies like Israel,? say another.
The world has reacted with shock and disgust at the actions of the Israeli government. Israeli efforts to justify itself by claiming it acted in self-defense are unacceptable. Even the Israeli people have been left reeling by this totally uncalled for murderous act by their leadership.
Both Turkey and the world are still trying to recover from the shock of Israel?s brutal attack on civilians who were on board an international convoy carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. The vicious attack left nine peace activists dead and dozens of others injured.
[Originally published in Hurriyet Daily News] Two days ago, Israeli forces attacked a humanitarian aid flotilla in international waters. The whole purpose of the activists on the raided Turkish ship, the Mavi Marmara, and several others around it, were to bring aid and supplies, including playgrounds for children, to Gaza. They paid the price by being the targets of Israeli machine guns. At least 10 unarmed civilians, most of whom are Turks, were killed. Dozens of others were injured. There is no need to mince words in the face of this atrocity: Israel has committed piracy, barbarism and state terrorism. Beyond doing all these shamelessly, Israeli spokesmen have also lied shamelessly. One of them, Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon, was doing exactly that when he portrayed the ship, and the whole aid flotilla, as full of people “well-known for their ties with global Jihad, Al-Qaeda and Hamas.”
The Turkish rights organization Küresel BAK demands to end the bilateral military agreement between Turkey and Israel after the recent Israeli attack on aid ships. The military co-operation between both countries is worth billions of dollars.
Turkey has harshly criticised Israel for its military assault on a flotilla carrying international aid in the Mediterranean. The Turkish reaction is based on double standards, the press writes, and fears that the country is turning away from Europe and the West.