A Turkish newspaper has published a list of names of Israelis, who it alleges are IDF soldiers that participated in the 2010 Mavi Marmara
raid that left nine Turkish nationals dead.
Turkish daily Sabah
, wrote that the names were acquired by analyzing social connections on Facebook and Twitter, as well as comparing photographs on those websites with ones taken on board the Marmara
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The list of 174 names was transferred to Turkish prosecutors, in addition to pictures of 10 IDF soldiers the paper said Turkish intelligence agencies could not identify. Included on the list were not only those IDF soldiers who participated in the operation to stop the Gaza Flotilla, but also senior IDF officials.
Earlier this month, a lawyer for the Turkish based Humanitarian Relief
Foundation (IHH) said he had submitted a list of the soldiers involved in
the Mavi Marmara
raid to Turkish prosecutors.
"We have presented a list of Israeli soldiers who gave the order for and
who were involved in the attack on the Turkish flotilla to the Istanbul
prosecutor's office," Ramazan Ariturk, lawyer for the group that
organized the Gaza flotilla said.
"Currently we are waiting for the prosecutor's office to issue an order for arrest," he added.
The move came as the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office appealed to the
Turkish Intelligence Organization (MİT) in order to obtain information
on the identities of the IDF soldiers who were involved in the raid
which left nine Turks dead in May of last year, Turkish newspaper Zaman
reported in early September.
According the paper, an affirmative answer from MİT would allow the
prosecutor to open court cases against Israeli officials including Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, former IDF chief
of General Staff Lt.- Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi, and the soldiers
involved in the raid.
The charges would include the “willful murder and torture” and “limiting freedom” of the passengers, the paper reported.
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