The Mavi Marmara being pulled out of Haifa harbour in 2010
Ahoy there! it’s the old Zionist witch-hunt again …. The Turkish authorities have found an excuse to brand their local Jewish community as disloyal: five Turkish-speaking Israelis in IDF uniforms. The Times of Israel reports:
Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization
(MİT) has launched an investigation of at least five Turkish citizens it
believes collaborated with Israel in the 2010 takeover of the
Gaza-bound ship Mavi Marmara, according to Turkish media reports.
MIT believes the suspects either assisted the
Israeli troops who boarded the vessel or later took part in the
interrogation of the ship’s activists in Israel, the Turkish daily Yeni Şafak reported on Friday.
A representative of Turkish Jews in Israel
expressed concern that the government in Ankara was targeting the
country’s Jewish community.
According to the report, the investigation was
launched after flotilla participants testified that they heard some
Israeli soldiers speaking Turkish during and after the raid.
Israeli naval commandos commandeered the Mavi
Marmara in May 2010 to enforce a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. The
troops killed nine Turks after they were attacked by violent activists
in clashes on board.
Uğur Yıldırım, an attorney with
the Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), which organized
the flotilla, was quoted in another Turkish daily, Zaman, as saying
that during the interrogation of passengers on the boat after it had
been brought to port in Israel, several Turkish citizens, wearing IDF
uniforms, confirmed that they had been brought in to act as
Another IHH lawyer, Gülden Sönmez, said
the organization has pictures and videos linking certain Turkish
citizens to the raid. “We have delivered all these to the prosecutor’s
office,” she told Zaman.
While the report did not specify that
the MIT was targeting the Jewish community, it did state that the
investigation centered on Istanbul and Izmir, two cities with
significant Jewish populations.