Freedom Flotilla II Set To Sail For Gaza From Turkey

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‘Freedom Flotilla II’ set to sail for Gaza from Turkey

Media report says activists – the same behind 2010’s ‘Mavi Marmara’ – scheduled to take off with Turkish military protection.

Mavi Marmara Photo: Stringer Turkey / Reuters
Amid Israel’s Operation Protective Edge to stop Hamas attacks from Gaza, a “Freedom Flotilla” is being organized in Turkey to bring humanitarian aid to the Hamas-controlled Palestinian coastal enclave with the protection of the Turkish military, according to an unconfirmed media report.

The flotilla, called “Freedom Flotilla II,” is being organized by the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), the same organization that was behind the Mavi Marmara flotilla that sought to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip in May 2010.

Israel Navy commandos boarded the ship, were attacked, and killed nine of the attackers.

IHH chairman Bulent Yildrim was quoted by The Middle East Monitor as telling Gulf Online last week that the activists would set sail as soon as they receive the necessary permit from the authorities in Ankara and that the Turkish military would provide protection to the ship.

Diplomatic officials said Jerusalem was following the reports carefully, but stressed that it was not clear whether the flotilla would ultimately set sail.

So far there has only been a declaration of intent, with no firm date set, one official said.

Harold Rhode, a senior fellow at the New-York-based Gatestone Institute and a former adviser on Islamic affairs in the office of the American secretary of defense, told The Jerusalem Post in an interview on Sunday that the real issue in the ongoing conflict is that Turkey and Qatar are supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas in their goals.

“[Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip] Erdogan has been associated with the Muslim Brotherhood long before he was prime minister,” Rhode said.

It should now be clear to all that Erdogan “is now out of the bag,” Rhode said, adding that US President Barack Obama does not speak to the Turkish leader anymore despite previously describing him as one of his closest friends among the world’s leaders.

“Erdogan is doing whatever he can to help Hamas,” he said, asserting that it will only hurt the Palestinian people in the end.

Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.

  • Linda Jansen

    What a bogus article! While it is good to have the news about the new Flotilla, the end of the article slagging off Turkey’s efforts to help the people of Gaza is a disgrace.

    Frankly if Erdogan is not speaking with Obama, I think that is a good sign. The U.S. Congress and the president are totally supporting the genocide in Gaza. I am ashamed as an American for their actions and words.

    Israel was planted on top of Palestinian land with the help of the Western world and Israel has been trying to get rid of the Palestinians ever since 1948. Palestine will never die in spite of the whole militarized Western world trying to kill it off.

  • George Costanza

    turkey and qatar need to do a MUCH better job then, since right now gazans have basically rocks to throw and not even hospitals now to treat injured!!!

    can anybody on MSM in US discuss with nuttyyahoo how israel now retracted its’ false flag ‘incident’ about the three teens which was secretly redacted now due it being totally bogus?

  • George Costanza

    notice how (while israelis commit war crimes with impunity) US keeps creating some distraction incl. border ‘crisis’ (after obama deported twice as many illegals as dubya) and ukraine which we also created by installing far right sector candidate to free oil for new pipeline.

    best thing in 2014 any actual ‘patriot’ can do is to switch to 100% local clean energy and then far right sector in US will have to come up with some more bogus motive for their wars for oil.

  • George Costanza

    erdogan also rightly called israel more barbarian than hitler….so he speaks truth.

    if US media now allergic to truth so they cant report it now? that seems to be the only issue.

    US used CIA to create a coup in Egypt after muslim brotherhood won an open election in a democratic fashion.

    will we now do same to turkey if above bullsh!t is to be believed?