Zionism is defined by some American Congress members as “a non-discriminatory affirmation of Jewish nationhood”. The same persons wrote a letter to the Turkish Prime Minister in which they call him to retract his recent remarks that defined Zionism as a crime against humanity.
Zionism is not a crime, it is a noble historical enterprise. Zionists generally preferred to speak Hebrew, a Semitic language that developed under conditions of freedom in ancient Judah, modernizing and adapting it for everyday use. Zionists sometimes refused to speak Yiddish, a language they considered affected by European persecution. Once they moved to Israel, many Zionists refused to speak their mother tongues and gave themselves new, Hebrew names. Hebrew was preferred not only for ideological reasons, but also because it allowed all citizens of the new state to have a common language, thus furthering the political and cultural bonds between Zionists. (cf. Wikipedia)
Congressman Steve Israel, Senators Mark Kirk, Doug Lamboern and Bill Nelson concocted a letter which was sent to other Congress members inviting them to protest against Erdoğan, expressing their “grave disappointment” in his words. A lot of them signed this letter, eighty-nine to be more exact, apparently on behalf of Israel.
The exact translated words of Turkish Prime Minister, spoken in a context absolutely justified at least from a Turkish point of view, were: “… just as with Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it has become necessary to view Islamophobia as a crime against humanity.”
The letter highlights the mutually advantageous relationship between Turkey and Israel (they have an “intelligence pact” between Mossad and the Turkish MIT, giving them the room to collaborate on various undercover “anti-terrorist” or informational espionage operations), despite recent disagreements and criticizes of course, the recent change of tone toward Israel in Erdoğan’s his government. They describe his remark as “appalling”. They have some nerves, they’re Americans. The letter ends with the faction of the U.S. Congress members who signed the letter calling on Erdoğan to restore the relationship betwen the nations and retract his comment.
I’m sure you remember The Road to Guantanamo, the “docu” style movie based on the declarations of a bunch of British Pakistani kids who went to Afghanistan to give some help to the war endangered local population. Maybe you’ve also heard of “Mavi Marmara Incident”, which is in fact one of the main reasons of Turkish bitterness toward Israel.
Gaza Freedom Flotilla, was organized by the Free Gaza Movement and the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (İHH), was carrying humanitarian aid and construction materials, with the intention of breaking the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip. IHH, the owner of M/V “Mavi Marmara” (Blue Marmara), has held Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2004, and is endorsed by South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire, only the Israelis clame that IHH supports terrorism, has smuggled arms on behalf of terrorist groups, and has links to al-Qaeda and other Jihadist groups.
On 31 May 2010, Israeli naval commandos boarded the ships from speedboats and helicopters in order to force the ships to Ashdod for inspection. On the Turkish ship M/V “Mavi Marmara”, boarding faced resistance from about 40 IHH activists – described in an Israeli report as a separate “hardcore group” – who were armed with iron bars and knives. During the struggle, nine activists were killed including eight Turkish nationals and one American national (of Turkish origin), and many were wounded.
In September 2011, a United Nations report, after analysis of both Turkey and Israeli national investigations, concluded that the Israeli blockade was legal, but that Israel army used excessive force in this incident by firing stun and smoke grenades from the Israeli army’s speed boats and helicopters before boarding into flotilla and conducted live fire rounds from the helicopters before or after boarding, though the flotilla was still in international waters. (Wikipedia)
The above video is a testimony of one of the parts. Objectively, if the incident would have happened in the four miles of national waters range, the Israelis could even have drown the ship and no one whould have anything to say. Just pure war, as what happens on a daily basis in Palestine is not enough.
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