Turkel C'tee summons two Israeli Arabs to testify

Muhammad Zidan and Hamad Abu Dabus were aboard the "Mavi Marmara" when it attempted to break the blockade on Gaza.

October 6, 2010 12:15
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TURKEL. Probing the flotilla fiasco.

Turkel Committee 311. (photo credit: GPO)

Muhammad Zidan and Hamad Abu Dabus were aboard the Mavi Marmara when it tried to break the blockade of Gaza on May 31.

Both Israelis were summoned on Wednesday to testify before the Turkel Commission.

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Zidan, from Kafr Manda in the Western Galilee, and Abu Dabus, from Rahat in the Negev, will give public testimony before the commission in one week.

“The summoning of the two men is part of the commission’s examination of the actions that were taken by the organizers of, and participants in the flotilla,” the commission said in a statement.

On Monday, the panel invited Yossi Edelstein, the Interior Ministry’s director for enforcement and foreign nationals, to testify regarding the treatment of flotilla participants, from their arrival in Ashdod Port until their deportation.

The Turkel Commission’s coordinator, attorney Hoshea Gottlieb, also summoned representatives of B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories; Gisha: Legal Center for Freedom of Movement; and Physicians for Human Rights to give public testimony before the commission next Wednesday regarding information they may have on the humanitarian situation in Gaza, the Strip’s economy and the delivery of goods into Gaza.

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