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IHH on Mavi Marmara: the voyage continues

June 14, 2012

Turkey’s dangerous Islamic charity IHH has commemorated as “martyrs” the armed flotilla goons who resisted Israeli forces during the Mavi Marmara blockade-running attempt in 2010.

The IHH website has posted an article including comments made by the IHH’s Gaza representative at an event praising the Mavi Marmara thugs earlier this month, in which the representative promised to continue the voyage that the fateful ship began:

Mavi Marmara martyrs commemorated in Gaza

The victims of an Israeli attack on Freedom Flotilla which claimed the lives of nine peace activists in 2010 have been commemorated with a ceremony in Gaza.

Victims of the Freedom Flotilla and Mavi Marmara, which was part of the flotilla, are being commemorated with prayers across Turkey and the world.

While the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation last week organized a commemoration ceremony on board the Mavi Marmara ship and a march in Taksim Square in İstanbul to commemorate Mavi Marmara martyrs, our brothers and sisters in Gaza also commemorated the victims and sent their greetings to Turkey.

The commemoration ceremony which took place in front of the Mavi Marmara Martyrs’ Monument at Gaza Sea port attracted huge interest from the world media.

“We respectfully commemorate our brothers who sacrificed their lives for the cause of Palestine and voice our gratitude to Turkey,” said the participants of the ceremony.

Public authorities from Gaza and Palestine who delivered speeches at the event said they will never forget the martyrs, Turkey’s support and sufferings for Gaza.

Many Palestinian families, particularly children also attended the ceremony. Holding Turkish flags in their hands, Gazans said: “Thank you Turkey.”

IHH Gaza representative Mehmet Kaya who attended the ceremony, gave some information about the IHH’s relief activities in Gaza and talked about the Mavi Marmara attack and the ensuing developments.

“We met at this square in order not to forget the attack on Mavi Marmara. The aid ships of the flotilla set sail in order to alleviate the pains of Gazans but they were attacked by Israel on their way to Gaza. Thanks to the sacrifices of our martyrs, we won, Mavi Marmara won, Gaza won, the resistance and Palestinian cause won. There are a lot of things to do. Our goal is to ensure the freedom of Palestine and al-Quds. We will do our best to this effect. Mavi Marmara continues its voyage. Mavi Marmara continues its voyage having the support of Tunisia, Libya and Egypt [which toppled their despotic leaders]. This process will continue with Syria. The despotic administration in Syria will also be overthrown and the people will win. Arab Spring is the Spring of Islam and we will see more beautiful days. We will continue our struggle until Masjid-i Aqsa is free. Allah willing, we will pray at Masjid-i Aqsa. The world will hear the voice of Muslims. Israel was isolated after its attack on Mavi Marmara. It lost the support of Egypt, its relations with Turkey hit a deadlock. Our nine brothers were martyred but we did not give up from our struggle. Thanks to the sacrifices of our martyrs, thousands of Furkans, Ali Haydars, Cevdets and Fahrettins [names of the some of the Mavi Marmara victims] will be raised. Before the launch of a case in Turkey against perpetrators of the Mavi Marmara attack, some people were saying that it is impossible for such a case to be filed in Turkey but it did take place. There are courageous people in our country. Every Israeli soldier who took part in the Mavi Marmara attack will give an accounting of their actions.”

What’s disturbing isn’t just the Islamic charity’s involvement in the anti-Israel attack, or the charity’s support for Hamas, or Turkey’s approval of the action, but how widespread and prominent the IHH has become.

IHH purports to have operatives in 95 countries.  Few, if any, Islamic charities claim that level of reach and influence.  In many ways, IHH appears to be Turkey’s answer to Saudi Arabia’s Muslim World League, or an answer to Iran’s Hezbollah.  It is a nationally sponsored vehicle used to gain radical, international, Jew-hating, pro-sharia influence.

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