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March 28, 2013

Israel Law Ctr: Erdogan Should Be Tried for Mavi Marmara Deaths

[Way to go Nitsana. Everyone should be outraged. MK's are keeping a low profile generally. Even Bennett avoided the outrage. ]

By Chana Ya’ar, INN

An Israeli law activist contends that it is Turkey’s prime minister, rather than Israel’s naval commandos, who should have been tried for the deaths of the nine men who clashed with Israeli soldiers on the Mavi Marmara in May 2010.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Shurat HaDin, the Israel Law Center, expressed outrage in a statement to Arutz Sheva slamming the apology to Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the deaths of those killed by the commandos during the clashes.

Immediately following the incident which involved the Mavi Marmara flotilla vessel in an illegal attempt to break Israel’s maritime blockade of Gaza, Israel’s long-time ally broke off high-level diplomatic relations with the Jewish State.


Erdogan has consistently refused to reinstate relations despite all attempts by Israel to restore the ties, insisting on a formal, public apology by Netanyahu in addition to compensation to the families of each of the dead, as well as a lifting of the blockade.

Last Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama personally intervened during his first visit to Israel since entering the White House, handing the phone to Netanyahu to make the required apology after first speaking himself with Erdogan.

But Darshan-Leitner – as well as many others – is extremely critical of the move, calling the decision to apologize “pathetic pandering to an Islamic extremist who compared Zionism to facism.”

The human rights attorney pointed out in her statement that Turkey is “still trying to indict Israeli officers for war crimes” over the incident. Instead, she contended, “Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan should be tried for the deaths of the activists on the Marmara…”

The United Nations, which investigated Israel’s blockade of Gaza, long ago determined the Jewish State is in full compliance with international law in using the measure to prevent the import of weaponry to terrorists in the region, she pointed out.

“The flotilla, which was provided material support by the Turkish government, was a provocation designed to endanger the lives of Israeli sailors,” she wrote, adding, “the Israeli government [displays] that it is still not free from U.S. pressure.”

The Israel Law Center took legal action against the insurance companies holding policies on the Mavi Marmara to prevent the vessel from attempting another, similar provocation the following year.

In December 2012, the group won a multimillion dollar lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. against the government of Syria involving the Turkey-based PKK terrorist organization. In the case, the judge ruled Syria was liable for the PKK’s 1991 kidnapping of a group of American archaeologists leading an excavation in Turkey.

Posted by Ted Belman @ 1:01 pm | 6 Comments »



6 Responses to Israel Law Ctr: Erdogan Should Be Tried for Mavi Marmara Deaths

  1. Dean says:

    Why not apply the same kind of legal action to Hasan Nasrallah, Khaled Meshal, the mullahs of Iran and all the terrorists who deserve a lot more than legal censure? Legal action would at least be a start. At this time Israel has a reputation for a quiet, ineffective defense. Their enemies know how to use the international courts and have expertly manipulated nations to transform them from victimizers into victims. The sympathy has been easy to gather because the old Jew hate in Europe and around the world expresses itself as sympathy for Islamic killers. Strength gathers support, weakness makes Israel appear demoralized and defeated. Israel has a reputation of fawning towards the USA and appears to be in a state of quiet desperation on the world stage – ripe for more attacks. Go on the offensive and leave behind the weakness strategy that makes Israel vulnerable to more of the same.

  2. Honey Bee says:

    @ Dean:

    I like your comment greatly.

  3. There are jurisdictions in the U.S. in which you can be prosecuted for felony murder if your accomplice is killed by a police officer or an intended victim. If this standard was applied to Erdogan, he could in fact be prosecuted.

  4. Honey Bee says:

    @ Bill Levinson:

    Felony murder,I listen to Judge Judy.

  5. Jerry G says:

    The one that should be prosecuted is Netanyahu for stabbing the IDF in the back and licking the boots of Obama and his fellow Islamists.To bad Israel doesn’t have a constitution which would penalize him for giving aid and comfort to an enemy.

  6. Honey Bee says:

    @ Jerry G

    True that!!!!!!!!!!!

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