IHH to send 'Marmara' back to Gaza in June

Turkish non-profit chief says that "Zionism has spread like a virus to humanity," plans to "show the world the true face of Israel."

April 7, 2011 15:52
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mavi marmara weapons 311. (photo credit: IDF)

IHH President Bulent Yildrim said on Thursday that his organization and the Mavi Marmara ship would participate in an upcoming flotilla to Gaza.

He added that when his organization sends a ship in June, it will be "more prepared" than it was last year, when the IDF boarded the ship. The flotilla headed for Gaza will carry light aircraft.

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"This is not Israel's Mediterranean Sea," Yildrim said, according to Turkish newspaper Zaman. "We are not afraid to become martyrs."

He added that "for years [Israel] attacked but showed themselves to be innocent. 'We're dying,' they said. 'We're justified,' they said. 'Palestinian children threw stones at us,' they said. The world believed it."

Speaking at an event called the "Mavi Marmara Support and Solidarity Memorial Night," Yildrim reportedly mentioned the Israelis who spend their vacations in Turkey, saying that "on behalf of the martyrs" the government should not let them visit the country "without entering prison."

Yildrim reportedly said that he "will show the whole world the true face of Israel."

"Zionism has spread like a virus to humanity," the IHH President explained.

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