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Relatives of flotilla victims sue Israel


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The relatives of three Turkish activists who died during an Israeli naval operation aboard the Mavi Marmara flotilla to Gaza in 2010, along with 30 other plaintiffs, have filed a lawsuit against Israel seeking compensation, the Hürriyet Daily Newspaper reported Oct. 6.

The families of Furkan Dogan, Cevdet Kiliclar and Necdet Yildirim filed a petition seeking financial and moral compensation from Israel; the 30 other plaintiffs allege they have suffered as result of the incident, including people who were seriously injured, nurses and members of the press.

The 33 plaintiffs are requesting a total of 10 million Turkish liras ($5 million) in compensation from Israel.

A Turkish court pressed formal charges in May against four IDF commanders it holds responsible for the nine deaths aboard the Mavi Marmara, and has demanded nine consecutive life terms.

An Israeli commission of inquiry investigated the incident and found that Israeli soldiers acted in self-defense when they boarded the Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010.

Turkey has tried without success to get Israel to apologize, and to compensate those who died as a precondition for normalizing relations. Israel has only expressed regret for the loss of lives. —


Posted by Jack Kessler
10/12/2012  at  12:07 PM
Digging a hole

The Turkish government, by escalating tensions and bad relations with Israel is isolating itself not only from Israel but also from the US and the other Western countries. 

If the fighting in Syria worsens, it is only a matter of time until at least some of it spills over into Kurdish-speaking areas of eastern Turkey. 

Just as the West is “not intervening” in Syria, but the rebels somehow have plenty of arms and ammunition anyway, the same could happen in a renewed Kurdish insurgency in Turkey.  If that happens, the Turkish government will have only themselves to blame.

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