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The Mavi Marmara: Israel, Turkey and Justice

by Greta Berlin and Audrey Bomse

Four years ago, Israeli commandos attacked the MaviMarmara and five other ships in the Freedom Flotilla, in international waters, while they were heading to Gaza. The Flotilla, which Free Gaza helped organize along with the Turkish charity, IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, was determined to break the blockade of Gaza and bring humanitarian aid to the people there. Eight Turks and one American were killed on board the Comoros-flagged Mavi Marmara ( a tenth man recently died from his wounds) and many others on all the ships were injured, some seriously.

Remember the Mavi. Support the Ark!

Four years ago, six boats set off from various ports around the Mediterranean with the goal of breaking Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza. There would have been more if some boats hadn’t been sabotaged. Six hundred passengers from many different countries were united in their determination to help free a people who have lived under Occupation for over 40 years, with all the misery that that entails. While still in international waters, they were boarded in the early morning of 31 May by armed Israeli commandos who came in speed boats, or descended from helicopters overhead, shooting as they went.

Turkish court orders arrest of Israelis over Mavi Marmara

mavi-marmaraA Turkish court has ordered the arrest of four Israeli officials in relation to the 2010 raid on the Mavi Marmara aid flotilla.

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Turkish court has ordered the arrest of four Israeli officials in relation to the 2010 raid on the Mavi Marmara aid flotilla.

Nine Turkish citizens were killed by Israeli commandos who raided the ship in international waters on the way to Gaza with the intention of breaking the Israeli naval blockade four years ago.

Gaza flotilla victims slam Israel deal

MWC News

Israel is expected to sign a compensation deal with Turkey soon over the Mavi Marmara raid in 2010, in which Israeli troops killed nine activists, including eight Turkish nationals and one US citizen, who were part of a mission to deliver humanitarian aid from Turkey to the Palestinian territory of Gaza by ship in an attempt to break a longstanding and crippling Israeli blockade.

The anticipated agreement aims to ease a diplomatic crisis between the two countries over the deadly raid on the "Gaza Freedom Flotilla", which also resulted in the injuries of scores of other activists. mavi.jpg

Interview with Col. Ann Wright on Gaza Flotilla Raid and Israel’s Immunity

Published on Jun 4, 2013

Abby Martin takes a look at the Gaza flotilla siege three years later with an interview with retired US Army Colonel, Ann Wright, who was on board one of the ships when siege occurred. Wright talks about the trial, Israeli immunity from prosecution, and her experience during the attack.

Video: We remember the Mavi Marmara

All aboard. Witnesses of the Mavi Marmara attack

by Laura Arau Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported.



Published on May 31, 2013

On May 31, 2010 the Freedom Flotilla was attacked by Israeli commandos in international waters. Three years later, there is still a legal trial in Turkey filed against those who hold responsability of the Mavi Marmara. The case has been taken to the International Criminal Court and there are several cases still open in many parts of the world. The Mavi Marmara survivers demand justice and continue fighting against the impunity of one of the world's strongest countries.

¡On the night of May 31th we were all aboard Mavi Marmara!

Shut In, Shut Down, Shut Up: Three Years after Mavi Marmara

20 May 2013
Passengers on the Mavi Marmara were attacked by heavily armed Israeli commandos.
Passengers on the Mavi Marmara were attacked by heavily armed Israeli commandos.

By Greta Berlin

Three years ago, the Free Gaza movement was wrapping up final preparations for a flotilla of eight ships to head out to Gaza, determined to break Israel’s illegal siege on 1.5 million Palestinians shut into an open-air prison. Most of us were already in Cyprus or Turkey or Greece, as we were the primary organizers, having already sent eight voyages, five of them successful in 2008.

Why a flotilla of boats?

An Israeli Apology Means Little to the Families of the Nine Passengers Murdered on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla

The Families of the Nine Passengers Murdered on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla Demand That the Israeli Blockade of Gaza Be Lifted

By Ann Wright

Representatives of IHH, the international humanitarian organization that organized the passengers on the Mavi Marmara in the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla, have told the author that families of the nine murdered by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) commandos on May 31, 2010, consider the “apology” of the Israeli government to the Turkish government as meaning very little until the Israeli government lifts the blockade on Gaza.

Zoabi to Netanyahu: Apologize for blockading Gaza

images_News_2013_03_23_zoabi_300_0[1]23 March 2013

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Hanin Zoabi, the Arab member of the Israeli Knesset, has said that Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s apology to Turkey over the deadly attack on Mavi Marmara ship was not enough.

She said in press statement that apology was not enough as long as “we are talking about human life”, adding that nine political activists were killed in the incident.

She said that a real apology should include acceptance to the formation of an international fact-finding committee to probe the attack.

US investigated Gaza flotilla passengers for terror ties but not Israel’s slaying of citizen, new docs show


Nine passengers killed by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara were commemorated during a June 2010 ceremony in Gaza City.

 (Ashraf Amra / APA images)

Recently-released US government documents related to Israel’s deadly May 2010 raid on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla shed new light on the extent to which the US disregarded the rights and safety of US citizens participating in the humanitarian mission to the besieged Gaza Strip — and the lengths to which it shielded Israel from accountability.