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Gaza flotilla victims slam Israel deal

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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.

Spain prosecutor requests ICC referral of case against Israel’s Netanyahu for 2010 flotilla attack



A protest outside Spain’s foreign ministry in Madrid on 31 May 2010, the day of the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara (source).

 (Olmo González / Flickr)

The prosecutor of Spain’s national court has formally requested a judge to begin steps to refer a case against Israeli leaders for the attack on the Gaza flotilla in 2010 to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Turkey: Trial for Mavi Marmara Attack

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.

Blockade Busters – Activists and Ships Attempting to Break the Israeli Blockade of Gaza


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.