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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.
US investigated Gaza flotilla passengers for terror ties but not Israel’s slaying of citizen, new docs show
Israel describes the Turkish trial as a kangaroo court, but Turkish lawyers pushing ahead and say an Interpol notice for the arrest of the former Israeli commanders will be issued if they fail to attend.
By Ann Wright (about the author)
After two years of continuous demands to the Israeli government and pressure on the Greek government for assistance, in mid-June, 2012, Greek activists succeeded in getting released from Israel two ships that had sailed in the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla.
The passenger ship “Sfendoni” and the cargo ship “Eleftheri Mesogeios,” or “Sofia” had to
be towed out of the Haifa, Israel harbor due to damage caused by Israeli commandos and intelligence agents when they attacked the ships on May 31, 2010. The “Sofia” was towed to Turkey and the “Sfendoni” was towed to the Greek port of Piraeus arriving on June 20, 2012. See here.Israeli commandos attacked all six ships in the flotilla and murdered nine persons on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara and wounded 50 more passengers. Activists on each of the six ships were beaten up, tased, put in Israeli prison and eventually deported from Israel.