The 'Mavi Marmara' 311 (R).
(photo credit: Reuters/Emrah Dalkaya)
The Mavi Marmara
will be turned into a museum in order to commemorate the nine activists
killed last June, a senior member of the IHH told Channel 10 news on
Whole parts of the ship have been destroyed and are now
under construction. Bullet holes in the walls, however, will not be
repaired "because we have to remember," he said.
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The Turkish NGO had originally planned to send the ship on a second Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza but backed out of the program weeks before the fleet set sail.
message was relayed to AFP by Dror Feiler, an Israeli-Swedish artist
who participated in last year's flotilla, who said that the cancellation
was due to "technical reasons."
IHH organizers had originally considered postponing the flotilla as a result of regional developments, particularly the anti-government protest movement in Syria, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported in June.
“We are reconsidering our plans," flotilla spokesman and IHH board member Huseyin Oruc told Hurriyet.
"The international community is talking about an intervention in Syria,
a development that would affect Turkey very much, as well as Palestine
and peace in the region. All the factors are inter-linked and we must be
looking at all of them."
A second senior member of the IHH told Channel 10 news that the NGO
eventually decided to back out of the flotilla completely, saying that
they didn't want to delay the other ships.
protest flotilla came to an end on July 7 when Greece intercepted a number of vessels and refused to allow them to sail on to Israel. Organizers decided to send more than half of the activists in