Daily Israel Report

Turkey Apology 'Pathetic Pandering to Islamic Extremism'

“Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan should be tried for the deaths of the activists on the Marmara," says Shurat HaDin's Nitzana Darshan Leitner.
By Arutz Sheva staff
First Publish: 3/24/2013, 9:17 PM

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Reuters

"Israel's decision to apologize to Turkey is pathetic pandering to an Islamic extremist who compared Zionism to fascism and is still trying to indict Israeli officers for war crimes,” said Nitzana Darshan Leitner,director of Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center.

The comments come in response to reports Friday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in a phone call with his Turkish counterpart, voiced regret for the 2010 Marmara flotilla incident in which nine Turkish citizens were killed after they attacked Israeli soldiers enforcing the Gaza blockade.

“Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan should be tried for the deaths of the activists on the Marmara," asserted Darshan Leitner.  

"The United Nations has investigated the Israeli blockade of Gaza and has determined that it is in full compliance with international law,” she said. “The flotilla, which was provided material support by the Turkish government, was a provocation designed to endanger the lives of Israeli sailors.”

“As we head into Passover, the festival of freedom, the Israeli government displays that it is still not free from US pressure," the director of the law center maintained.

In 2011, Shurat HaDin's legal actions against the Mavi Marmara's insurance companies prevented it from once again sailing to Gaza's shores.

Shurat HaDin Law Center is an Israeli based civil rights organization and world leader in combating the terrorist organizations and the regimes that support them through lawsuits litigated in courtrooms around the world.

Shurat HaDin seeks to bankrupt the terror groups and grind their criminal activities to a halt – one lawsuit at a time. In December 2012, the law center representing two American families won a successful $338 million lawsuit against the government of Syria. The decision, handed down in the United States district court for Washington D.C., ruled that Syria was liable for the PKK's 1991 kidnapping of a group of American archaeologists leading an excavation in Turkey.