The Mavi Marmara flotilla vessel
The Mavi Marmara flotilla vesselIsrael news photo: Flash 90

Turkish flotilla-organizer and terrorist-backer organization IHH has joined other Islamist organizations in Turkey in denouncing the US killing of Osama bin Laden.

IHH is playing a central role in organizing the upcoming anti-Israel flotilla to the Gaza Strip, and played a similar role in the ill-fated flotilla of last year – when Israeli commandos were forced to board a ship, defend themselves against attack, and kill nine of their attackers, including five known terrorists. The IDF found little on the ship in the way of humanitarian aid but much light weaponry.

IHH leader Bülent Yildirim has again expressed readiness to sacrifice "shaheeds" - martyrs – in order to achieve the flotilla's objective.

Turkish Islamist organizations convened a press conference in Istanbul earlier this month to denounce the killing of arch-terrorist Bin Laden. IHH representative Osman Atalay, who participated in last year’s Mavi Marmara flotilla, denounced "American terrorism," adding that the killing of Bin Laden in his fortified Pakistani mansion was clearly an illegal act.  A banner at the conference read, "We condemn American terrorism."

The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, headquartered just north of Tel Aviv, said that the denouncement was “another illustration of IHH's radical anti-American, anti-Western, Islamic ideology, previously expressed in statements made by
Bülent Yildirim and by the support IHH provided in the past for global jihad networks.”

Yildirin has been defiant in recent days, warning Israel not to attack the flotilla and declaring, “We are not afraid… even if we sacrifice shaheeds for this cause, we will have justice on our side."

Some 15 ships are currently scheduled to take part in the flotilla, and a million people, including activists from the United States and Europe, have reportedly signed up to take part.

Yildirim ended his warning to Israel by saying, “Everyone on the side of Palestine grows and becomes more powerful, while you [Israel] get smaller."