Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Turkey is Planning Another Gaza Flotilla
A so-called "Freedom Flotilla II" will sail from Turkey and various ports in Europe towards Gaza in the third week in June. The flotilla will include the Mavi Marmara, the ship at the centre of events last year when Israeli commandos boarded it and used lethal force to subdue the resistance they encountered.
The Turkish government disclaims any connection with the IHH, the NGO which is organising the flotilla, but there is evidence of a relationship between it and Turkey's ruling political party, the AKP. Apparently the timing of the flotilla was also adjusted to benefit the AKP, being deferred for three weeks so that the start date will not come till after the Turkish elections.