mavi marmara passengers 311.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)
Two of the nine Turks killed aboard the Mavi Marmara were shot by commandos
repelling toward the ship’s deck – before there was any resistance – alleges the
Turkish commission that investigated the conflict, Reuters reported on
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The Turkish report was submitted to the UN on September
However, its contents were made public on Monday – one day after the
Israeli commission of inquiry, headed by retired Supreme Court justice Jacob
Turkel, published its report.
Turkel’s commission found that Israel acted
legally in establishing and enforcing the naval blockade on the Gaza Strip; and
in the way it secured the ships that were trying to reach Gaza.
Turkish report charged that Israel carried out a premeditated attack on the
flotilla, which was carrying humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip.
says Israeli forces besieged the vessel with rubber dinghies, helicopters armed
with machine guns, laser guns, pistols and paint rifles.
The report also
charged that Israel Navy commandos tortured some of the passengers, who hailed
from 37 countries.
“They tortured them physically and psychologically,
beat and kicked and punched them, withheld food and drink, handcuffed them and
exposed them to the sun for hours at a time,” the report said. “They also
prevented them from relieving themselves and cursed them.”
In response to
the Turkel Commission report, NGO Monitor issued a statement saying the
commission rejected the material presented to it by human rights organizations,
including Gisha, B’Tselem and Physicians for Human Rights.
Commission showed a sophisticated understanding of the lack of credibility in
NGO claims, and recognition that these are political advocacy organizations,” it
The president of NGO Monitor, Prof. Gerald Steinberg, added that
the Turkel report “affirms that NGOs provided biased and unverifiable
allegations regarding the flotilla incident and the humanitarian situation in
MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) issued a statement stating, “It is no
surprise that anyone who justified the siege and slow killing of one-and-a-half
million Palestinians would justify the brutal attack on the Freedom flotilla and
the killing of nine political activists.”
Zoabi said the Turkel
Commission “cannot persuade the world that Israel is not a serial international-
law violator, and that the commission did not invite the only witness who saw
what happened on board because it was afraid to upset the ‘harmony’ of the
Zoabi was referring to herself, one of the hundreds of
passengers on the Mavi Marmara
The committee questioned two other
passengers, Sheikh Hamad Abu Dabus, head of the southern wing of the Islamic
Movement, and Muhammad Zidan, chairman of the High Monitoring Committee of the
Arab Citizens of Israel.