Gaza flotilla

ICC may investigate Israel over flotilla

By Ben Hartman, July 11, 2013

The international Criminal Court is considering whether to open a criminal investigation into Israel’s May 2010 raid on the Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara that left nine people dead.

The ICC said that it was following up on a request for a probe from the African country of Comoros, due to the fact that one of the vessels in the flotilla bore the Indian Ocean island’s flag.

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What apology? Turkey blocks Israel détente

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 18, 2013

Israel’s apology to Turkey in relation to the deaths of nine of its citizens in the Gaza flotilla incident was supposed to have paved the way to a rapprochement between the two former allies, but the Turkish government now appears to be dragging its feet.

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Israel apologises to Turkey for Gaza flotilla deaths

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2013

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly apologised to his Turkish counterpart for the deaths of Turkish citizens in the Gaza flotilla incident.

Mr Netanyahu is said to have called Recep Tayyip Erdoğan shortly before US president Barack Obama left Israel on Friday afternoon.

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Defending the neighbourhood bully

By Darren Cohen, November 22, 2012

In 1983, Bob Dylan, formerly Robert Allan Zimmerman, released the album Infidels. One of its outstanding tracks was the song Neighborhood Bully which many supporters of both Dylan and Israel alike saw as a brilliant justification of Israel and her right to self-defence.

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Press Complaints Commission raps Guardian over Mavi Marmara claim

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2012

The Guardian has been forced to clarify a story about the May 2010 Gaza flotilla, which tried to breach the Israeli blockade, suggesting that anti-Israel activists on board had been unarmed.

The story, published in May, reported on the Israeli government offering £4 million in compensation to the families of Turkish activists killed on the Mavi Marmara ship, which led the flotilla.

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Flotilla group linked to Syria gun-running

By Orlando Radice, September 14, 2012

There is evidence to suggest that IHH, the Islamic charity that helped organise the 2010 flotilla to Gaza, has been involved in gun-running to Syria on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Free Syrian Army commanders have told The Times that a boat containing weapons that docked in Syria this week was registered to members of the IHH, which has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Report: Britain mediating between Israel and Turkey

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2012

More than two years after relationship between Israel and Turkey soured in the wake of the clashes over the Gaza flotilla, the British government is attempting to rebuild ties between them.

According to Haaretz, which spoke to an Israeli official, British envoys have been acting as go-between for Israel and Turkey for several weeks, delivering messages from the leaders of both.

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'Significant deficiencies' in Netanyahu's flotilla leadership

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu showed poor leadership over the flotilla to Gaza and the subsequent clashes on board the Mavi Marmara, an Israeli government report has found.

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Israel not on the list for NATO summit in Chicago

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2012

Israel will not be invited to the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance conference in Chicago at the end of this month, following the collapse in its relationship with Turkey.

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Turkey blocking Israel's presence at NATO summit

By Jennifer Lipman, April 24, 2012

The collapse in diplomatic relations between Israel and Turkey means the Jewish state is likely to be barred from participating in a North Atlantic Treaty Alliance summit in May.

Israel could in theory take part in the Chicago summit next month in its capacity as a member of the Mediterranean Dialogue, a NATO outreach group whose other members include Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, and Algeria.

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