Daily Israel Report

IHH Warns Israel: Don't Touch the Flotilla

The Turkish IHH organization is warning Israel not to try to stop its second flotilla when it attempts to breach the maritime blockade of Gaza.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 5/30/2011, 11:07 PM / Last Update: 5/31/2011, 2:12 AM

The terrorist-linked Turkish IHH organization is warning Israel not to try to stop the group's second flotilla when it attempts to breach the maritime blockade of Gaza.

A news conference was held Monday aboard the Mavi Marmara ship, where nine terror activists last year died after attacking IDF naval commandos who boarded the vessel to redirect it to Ashdod port. Speaking to reporters, IHH spokesman Huseyin Oruc asserted confidently, “They will not attack. We don't believe they will repeat the same big mistake against humanity.”

The vessel was docked at a port in Istanbul after having been returned to Turkey by Israel following last year's incident. “It is the Mavi Marmara, it is a peace boat and the other 14 boats are also peace boats,” Oruc claimed.

Activists aboard the Mavi Marmara last year wielded iron rods, clubs, knives and other weapons, as they fell upon each soldier who landed on the deck from a helicopter hovering above. The Israeli soldiers were equipped solely with paintball guns and small pistols. Several were badly injured.

It was later discovered that of the six flotilla vessels allegedly carrying “humanitarian aid” to Gaza by sea, the Mavi Marmara carried nothing at all, other than terror activists prepared to attack Israelis.

Despite the video evidence of what occurred aboard the vessel, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Reuters on Monday it was up to Israel to avoid a repeat of the incident.

Davutoglu added that Israel should end its “illegal” blockade of Gaza, and said his government could not stop its citizens from attempting another flotilla to the region.

“No democratic country can think they have full control over these NGOs (non-governmental organizations), he said.

Israel's deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, meanwhile, warned in response that any flotilla would be stopped.