Category: Europe Written by Rina edited by Widi K.
It’s all in our thought when an international group of ships attempted to reach the blockaded Gaza Strip but were prevented from reaching their destination when members of the Israeli military attacked them in international waters in what have been a highly coordinated Israeli attack to the ship.
The "Gaza Freedom Flotilla" was a group of ships organised by six organisations, namely, the Free Gaza Movement, the Turkish Foundation for Human rights, Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), European Campaign to end the siege of Gaza, Ship to Gaza-Greece, Ship to Gaza-Sweden, the International Committee to end the siege of Gaza, and other groups who concern in Palestine’s issues as they’re suffering of Israel’s continuation siege such as Indonesian Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C).
In their efforts to send aid to the blockade Gaza, Israeli attacks on the innocent Comorro-flagged ship then killed eight Turks and one Turkish-American and wounded at least 156 volunteers, with 52 of them experienced serious injuries.
Nine volunteers who died were citizens of Turkey, namely Furkan Doğan, Cevdet Kılıçlar, İbrahim Bilgen, Necdet Yildirim, Fahri Yaldiz, Ali Haydar Bengi, Cengiz Akyuz, Çetin Topçuoglu, Cengiz Songür, and a journalist Cevdet Kılıçlar.
Since then, the activists as well as Comorro itself is on their efforts to bring Israel into Criminal Court, as the latest (fifth) hearing of the trial was held at the İstanbul 7th High Criminal Court on Monday with some of the survivors, victims' family members and lawyers representing the Israeli military members and flotilla victims in attendance.
The trial began on Nov. 6 of last year and saw the attendance of a large number of attorneys from both Turkey and abroad as well as the flotilla activists and families of the victims. The court is hearing charges that were filed against four of Israel's most senior retired commanders, including the ex-army chief, in absentia. Prosecutors are requesting life imprisonment for the officers who directed the raid, but the trial of four of Israel's most senior retired commanders was dismissed by Israel as a politically motivated "show trial" and threatens to further strain already strained relations.
Bülent Yıldırım, chairman of İHH, has said they will never drop legal cases filed against Israeli military members who raided the Mavi Marmara humanitarian aid ship heading to Gaza in May 2010 that killed their people. Here’s the complete talks between one of Mavi Marmara activist from Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C) and Bülent Yıldırım:
Activist: Are you more optimistic about the outcome of the trials held in Turkey or in ICC?
Bülent Yıldırım: For me the most important trial is the one held in Turkey because Turkish people died on Mavi Marmara and the result of this trial would be precedent.
Activist: When the witnesses mentioned about IDF soldiers who speaks Turkish very well this means that they could be Turkish citizens. What do you say about this?
Bülent Yıldırım: Jewish who lives around the world who want to be citizens of Israel need to participate in the military service and there are a lot of Turkish citizens who participates in the Israeli military service . And regarding those people who are also the citizens of other countries and participating in the Israeli army, they are also fighting against the Palestinian people like some Turkish citizens who were part of the group that attacked Mavi Marmara and the Freedom Flotilla, and now we are trying to find those people and when they are found we will bring them to the trial for the crimes that they did.
It was not known up to now if the Israeli soldiers who attended the military service also attacked the Palestinian people in Palestine, and now we are looking for them.
Activist: Have there been efforts made by the Israeli side to close this case?
Bülent Yıldırım: The apology and the negotiation regarding the compensation by the Israeli side is made as part of their efforts to close this case. Closing this case has been requested as their condition for their apology and compensation , secondly Israel is pressuring Turkey to accept the closure of this case and by putting Turkey in a corner and collaborating with neighbouring countries financially and politically. They tried to use all kinds of pressures on Turkey in order to close this case and in addition to this. They are Also running a very big campaign against IHH in order for this case to be closed. They know That IHH is the main actor in continuing this case, they now try to weaken IHH and in the end they want to make IHH to accept their conditions but we will never stop we will continue to get the result of this case.
Activist: What is happening to Furkan Dogan's case?
Bülent Yıldırım: In Furkan Dogan's case we sued for compensation but the judge refused this case claiming that Furkan Dogan's representatives cannot sue Israel. And unfortunately Israel has been doing lobbies, well they are still doing lobbies in Turkey with birocrats and the judges and one person (who was Being lobbied ) was one of the judges, and this is why Furkan Dogan's case was closed. But now we are going to take this case on a higher court and we will see the result later
Activist: This is such as a Multi-dimentional case, in which you are actually suing the state of Israel. What outcome do you expect from this and how long will you pursue this case?
Bülent Yıldırım : The enemies have to pay for their crime so that justice is served and now they are in debt in the eyes of justice to pay for the crimes that they committed. And we have no doubt that Israel will be brought to justice and we depend on Allah SWT and we trust Allah SWT for Him to help us in reaching this aim.(L/P02/P03/P04)
Mi'raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:09
Category: Africa Written by Rudi and Edited by Syarif Hidayat
Bangui, 16 Jumadil Akhir 1435/16 April 2014 (MINA) - Three Christians have been killed in gunfire in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, with Muslims denying involvement in the attack.
"We heard gunfire overnight but we did not dare leave our house to see what happened," a resident told Anadolu Agency, requesting anonymity.
According to neighbors, a man, a woman and their 14-year-old daughter were found dead in their house in Bazanga district in Bangui.
Following the killing, angry residents carried the dead bodies to the premier's office to demand the government restore security.
"The government has done nothing to restore security to the country," one of the demonstrators told Anadolu Agency quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
Muslim spokesman Saoudi Abdurahmane Doudou, for his part, denied the involvement of Muslims in the killing.
"How Muslims can commit this when they are unable to move in this area," Doudou told AA.
The mineral-rich country descended into anarchy one year ago when Seleka rebels – said to be mostly Muslim – ousted Christian President Francois Bozize, who had come to power in a 2003 coup.
Since last December, thousands, mostly Muslims, have been killed in sectarian bloodletting throughout the country.
According to the UN refugee agency, around 173,000 people had been internally displaced while 37,000 others had fled to neighboring countries. (T/P09/E01).
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 06:32
Category: America Written by Widi Kusnadi and Edited by Syarif Hidayat
Washington, 16 Jumadil Akhir 1435/16 April 2014 (MINA) - The revelation of CIA Director John Brennan’s visit to Ukraine is proof of the US intelligence agency’s involvement in March’s coup.
Jim W. Dean’s column on Tuesday was in reaction to the White House’s confirmation of CIA chief’s visit to Kiev on Monday, according to Press TV report quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA).
“The Kiev coup-meisters had to have made Brennan aware of their plans, and he was smart enough to realize that if they carried through with deploying military forces against the referendum cities, then all eyes would be on his visit as playing a key role,” wrote the analyst.
He said the putchists in Ukraine “must have had CIA endorsement of their action.”
“Both the coup-meisters and the US State Department are joined at the hip on who has made the biggest fools of themselves,” wrote Dean.
He said the CIA boss had met with “a good number of senior coup members and the top security people” during his secret visit.
The White House said Brennan’s visit to Kiev was “part of a trip to Europe”, adding, “We don't normally comment on the CIA director's travel.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called for explanation from Washington over Brennan’s visit.
Russia's top diplomat also accused the West of "off-the-scale" hypocrisy over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
Ukrainian deposed President Viktor Yanukovych said on Sunday that the CIA is provoking bloodshed in the country by sanctioning the use of weapons against pro-Russia protesters.
Political crisis erupted in Ukraine in November 2013, when Yanukovych refrained from signing an Association Agreement with the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia. (T/P04/E01)
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 06:25
Category: America Written by Kurnia Muhammad and Edited by Syarif Hidayat
Ottawa, 16 Jumadil Akhir 1435/16 April 2014 (MINA) – The pro-Israeli government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is making diplomatic and military preparations for military intervention in Syria, leaked documents show.
Canada’s National Defense has drawn up at least five scenarios for the country’s military mission in Syria, according to documents obtained by the Ottawa Citizen.
In one scenario, Canada recognizes “a legitimate armed opposition group” fighting to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to Press TV report quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA).
To justify a war on Syria, the National Defense alludes to “the rapidly deteriorating conditions in Syria, its impact on neighboring countries and, the importance of Middle East stability.”
Daniel Blouin, spokesman for the National Defense, has described such plans as “routine to significant international events.”
Separate documents reveal that Canada has been training alternatives to Assad’s government.
On Monday, the Syrian government said it holds the United States, Turkey, Israel and Saudi Arabia accountable for previous and potential chemical attacks in the Arab country.
In letters addressed to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and President of the UN Security Council Joy Ogwu, Syria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates stated that the countries involved in the conspiracy against Syria have sought excuses to justify their continued aggression.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. Over 150,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by Western-backed militants.
According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are supporting the militants operating inside Syria. (T/P012/E01)
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 06:21