Tag Archive for Mavi Marmara

International Criminal Court Prosecutor: ‘Gaza flotilla deaths will not be investigated’

Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor at the Int’l Criminal Court stands by her previous decision, and declines newest motion, this time by the island-nation of Comoros, to investigate the 2010 IDF raid on the Mavi Marmara, whose aim was to breach Israel’s legal blockage on Gaza, a recognized Palestinian terrorist enclave.
• Bensouda: Case not serious enough to merit ICC probe.

By The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff


International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said Thursday she is standing by her previous decision not to open a full-scale investigation into a raid by Israeli naval commandos on a flotilla that in 2010 attempted to breach the maritime blockade Israel has placed on the Gaza Strip. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Caught London terrorist was ‘humanitarian’ on Gaza 2010 flotilla ship Mavi Marmara


Khalid Omar Ali, arrested with concealed knives near the parliament on Thursday, claimed to have been an activists aboard the Mavi Marmara, where IDF soldiers were attack with knives and metal rods.

By i24NEWS


The man arrested carrying knives close to the parliament in London on Thursday, was on board a Gaza flotilla ship raided by Israeli soldiers in 2010, the Reuters news agency reports.

The man, named by sources to the agency as 27-year-old Khalid Omar Ali, is being held in custody on suspicion of terrorism offense and possession of an offensive weapon. British police said that he was being monitored by security services, and was arrested as part of a security operation. Continue Reading »

It’s Over: Turkish court stops litigation against IDF commanders


In accordance with the reconciliation deal made by Israel & Turkey this June to normalize bilateral ties, Istanbul court drops case against IDF commanders being tried in absentia over the Marmara raid.

By Elad Benari, Canada


A court in Istanbul on Friday dropped a case against four top former Israeli commanders who were being tried in absentia over the 2010 raid of the Mavi Marmara ship bound for Gaza, AFP reported.

Dropping the charges against the Israeli commanders was a key pillar of a deal agreed between Israel and Turkey this June to normalize bilateral ties.

MS Mavi Marmara making a tour of Istanbul harbour on the occasion of her return to Istanbul, December 26, 2010 - Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Hevesli

MS Mavi Marmara making a tour of Istanbul harbour on the occasion of her return to Istanbul, December 26, 2010 – Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Hevesli

The Mavi Marmara incident occurred when IDF soldiers boarded the ship after the Islamists on board, who claimed they were carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza, refused to reverse course and dock at the Ashdod Port. Continue Reading »

In first TV interview by Israeli in 13 years Erdogan unabashed over Marmara flotilla fiasco


In the interview, Erdoğan said that claims made by Israeli commandos about violence perpetrated by those aboard the ship were “all lies” and “They cannot be believed,” Erdoğan said, “we have all the documents to prove it.”
(- Apparently he didn’t watch the [included below]video provide by the IDF that used onboard CCTV film and real-time footage taken by the IDF, documenting the event.)



For the first time in 13 years, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sat down for an interview with an Israeli TV station and called for opening a new chapter in relations between the two countries. Continue Reading »

Mavi Marmara victims’ families vow to continue court cases


Some of the victims’ relatives expressed anger that the gov’t sponsored $20 million reconciliation deal with Israel was not discussed with them first.




Despite the recent $20 million reconciliation deal concluded between Israel and Turkey, the families of the Turkish citizens killed on the 2010 flotilla ship, the Mavi Marmara, which was bound for Gaza, will not be dropping their cases against Israeli officers, according to AFP.

Mavi Marmara incident - Photo by Stringer Turkey, ReutersNine Turkish citizens were killed when Israel raided the ship during its attempt to break the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Some of the relatives expressed anger that the deal was not discussed with them first. Continue Reading »

Israel’s 8-point reconciliation agreement with Turkey revealed


The signing of the new Israel-Turkey agreement will only come after President Racep Tayyip Erdoğan’s gov’t makes legislative changes that guarantee the cessation of ongoing lawsuits brought against IDF officers in the Turkish courts.

By Itamar Eichner


Israeli and Turkish negotiation teams were set to meet Sunday in Rome, in order to finalize the two countries’ reconciliation deal, six years after their relationship soured due to the Mavi Marmara incident.

Turkey to build a new power plant, desalination plant (in cooperation with Germany), and hospital in Gaza.

Most of the deal’s details have already been agreed upon, but a number of adjustments are expected to be made.

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Rabid anti-Israel Knesset Member intends to join new flotilla to Gaza


Arab MK Zoabi reportedly plans to join in a women-only ‘Freedom Flotilla’ to Gaza in mid-September.

By Gil Ronen


MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad / Joint List) reportedly intends to join a flotilla to Gaza, some six years after she participated in a flotilla aboard the infamous Mavi Marmara, where terrorists prepared an ambush for Israeli commandos.

According to Channel 2 TV News’s website, the Freedom Flotilla will be an all-female endeavor, sailing in mid-September and expected to reach Gaza October 1.


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REPORT: Americans sue Israel in US court over Marmara injuries


The Washington Post reports that 3 American citizens are suing the Israeli gov’t for compensation over injuries sustained during IDF commando raid on flotilla attempting to breach Israel’s legal maritime blockade of Gaza. 

By Ynet


Three Americans and a Belgian citizen on Monday filed a lawsuit against Israel in US federal court over compensation for injuries sustained in the raid on the Mavi Marmara flotilla, the Washington Post reported.

Israeli foreign ministry points out the angle-grinders were used for cutting meter-long sections of safety-railings off the ship to attack the IDF – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

collection of metal bars, once safty-railings, cut in advance to chalange any attempts to be intercepted by the IDF

Collection of metal bars, once safety-railings, cut in advance to challenge any attempt to be intercepted by the IDF – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

According to the Post, the plaintiffs were on board the American-flagged Challenger 1 during the incident in which Israeli commandos raided six Turkish boats trying to reach Gaza in 2010, an event that still affects relations between Turkey and Israel. Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: Spain’s National Court dismisses Netanyahu ‘war crimes’ warrant


Two judges from Spain’s National Court ruled the registration of Israeli PM Netanyahu as a war crime suspect over Marmara raid, was ‘a jurisdictional error.’

By Gil Ronen


Spanish judges canceled on Thursday an earlier decision to register Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and six other officials as war crimes suspects, and said it had been a jurisdictional error.

Spanish daily El Diario – cited by JTA – reported that the ruling, by two judges from Spain’s National Court, concerned Netanyahu and six other Israeli officials: former defense minister Ehud Barak, former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, current defense minister Moshe Ya’alon, former interior minister Eli Yishai, former minister Benny Begin and former Navy commander Eliezer Marom.
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Israel welcomes Turkey’s initiative by reaching 7-point reconciliation ‘understandings’


Israeli official reveals draft agreement to compensate families of those killed on the Marmara, and selling Israel’s natural gas, was reached in secret meetings with Turkish gov’t representatives in Switzerland.

By Ari Yashar


An Israeli official on Thursday revealed that “understandings” to normalize ties have been reached with Turkey, in a potential breakthrough for the strained relations that collapsed in the infamous Turkish Mavi Marmara flotilla incident in 2010.

Drafted in a secret meeting in Switzerland on Wednesday, the deal would have Israel pay compensation to the families of the radical activists on board the flotilla who attacked IDF soldiers with lethal force, and would also launch talks on natural gas exports to Turkey.
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Spanish judge issues arrest warrants for ‘Netanyahu & Gang’


In a move branded ‘provocative’ by Israel’s foreign ministry, since the UN declared Gaza blockade legal, & ICC’s refusal to investigate the intercepted flotilla of ships, the Israeli PM & 6 current & former gov’t officials were named on arrest warrants.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


A Spanish judge has issued an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, along with several other serving and former government officials.


Judge Jose de la Mata ordered police and national guard forces to notify him immediately if Netanyahu or several other named Israeli officials entered the country. The ruling surrounds the case of the 2010 Mavi Marmara raid, in which IDF forces were attacked by Islamist extremists as they intercepted a flotilla of ships attempting to breach the IDF’s blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza. Continue Reading »

Family of Killed Gaza Flotilla Activist Sues Ehud Barak in U.S.


Being sued in a civil court leaves no possibility for the former prime minister of Israel of being arrested.



Relatives of a US citizen killed in Israel’s 2010 storming of the a Turkish-led Gaza-bound flotilla are suing former prime minister Ehud Barak for the raid, in which nine activists died.

ICC prosecutor dismisses court ruling to reopen 2010 Mavi Marmara case

Despite the order earlier this month by the International Criminal Court to reopen its case against Israel, prosecutor Fatou Bensouda rejected the call for a probe, noting the blockade was deemed legal by the UN, and the level of violence used against the Israelis.

By Eli Leon & News Agencies


International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has appealed an order to reconsider her decision not to investigate the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla incident.

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda – Photo: AP

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ICC orders prosecutor to reopen closed ‘Mavi Marmara’ war-crime case against IDF

view videoICC decision interjects world body into Israeli-Arab conflict “for cynical political reasons,” Israel PM Netanyahu responded.



In a shocking 2-1 decision, the International Criminal Court on Thursday ordered its chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to consider opening a full criminal investigation into war crimes allegations against IDF personnel relating to the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla, just seven months after she had closed the file.

Using harsh language, the ICC told Bensouda she should have considered more seriously the possibility that the deaths of those killed by the IDF in the incident were “systematic or resulted from a deliberate plan or policy to attack, kill or injure civilians.”The decision puts the ICC the closest it has ever been to intervening directly in the Israeli-Arab conflict and places the court in the position of potentially being harsher on Israel than Bensouda, who herself has been criticized by Israel for recognizing a State of Palestine. Continue Reading »

Spanish court suspends 2010 Gaza flotilla investigation against Israel

A Madrid court has decided to temperately shelve its probe into the Israeli leaders of the raid on the Mavi Marmara.

By Reuters


A Madrid court on Thursday shelved a five-year-old investigation into the Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound Marmara flotilla.

Marmara Netanyahu & Barak – Photo: IDF Spokesman,Gil Yochanan, Mark Israel Salem
The investigation could potentially be re-opened if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ever visits Spain.

The 2010 raid killed nine Turkish activists, while a tenth Turk died four years later from his injuries. Spanish activists were also present on the ships.

Spain has been pioneering the use of universal jurisdiction, a concept where crimes against humanity can be prosecuted across borders. Continue Reading »