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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.

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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 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 »

Comoros contests ICC’s decision to not investigate Israel for 2010 Gaza flotilla

The small Muslim African country of Comoros seeks International Criminal Court investigation into the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident.

By i24news


The African country of Comoros on Wednesday filed a request for the International Criminal Court (ICC) seeking to overturn Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s refusal to launch a probe into Israel’s raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010 in which 10 Turkish activists died. One of the ships in the flotilla was sailing under a Comoros flag.

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Last November Bensouda said that there would be no investigation leading to a potential prosecution because the alleged crimes, including the killing of the 10 activists by Israeli commandos, were not of “sufficient gravity.” Continue Reading »

British activists begin ‘war crimes’ lawsuit with 5 Israelis involved with Gaza flotilla

Lawyers for British pro-Palestinian activists informed London police of information claiming it proves five Israeli military commanders committed war crimes during the 2010 Gaza flotilla.

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ICC Decision: Int’l Court Rejects Request to Investigate Mavi Marmara Raid By Israel Navy

International Criminal Court lawyers at the Hague, ruled maritime incident  beyond their jurisdiction, though IDF may have committed war crimes during Mavi Marmara raid.



International prosecutors have ruled there are grounds to believe war crimes were committed during an Israeli raid that killed nine Turkish activists in 2010, but decided the case is beyond their remit, according to court papers seen by Reuters.

The Hague, International Criminal Court. – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

The move by lawyers at the International Criminal Court is likely to enrage Ankara which accused its erstwhile ally Israel of mass murder after the commandos abseiled onto a flotilla challenging an Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. Continue Reading »

Sweden to Investigate Israel Over the Marmara

According to the Swedish legal authorities, claims of “aggravated assault, aggravated theft and violation of int’l law” will be investigated since Swedes were on board the 2010 and 2012 flotillas.

By Ari Yashar


Sweden launched an investigation against Israel on Thursday, over the IDF’s defense of its legal maritime blockade on the terrorist group Hamas’s enclave of Gaza in 2010 and 2012.

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Mavi Marmara – Photo: AFP

The 2010 incident was the Mavi Marmara flotilla’s attempted breach of the maritime blockade; in 2012 the Estelle, a ship bearing a Finnish flag, was stopped trying to breach the blockade as well.

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Mordechai Kedar: Israel Stands Up to Turkey – Like a Wimp

Op-Ed: Jerusalem must change its tactics vis a vis Turkey. Erdoğan is not Israel’s friend.

Dr. Mordechai Kedar


From the first day on which the Islamic Party gained control of the government of Turkey, Israel has attempted to pacify and reassure Erdogan,  despite that leader’s proven antagonism to Jews – in line with his extreme Islamic approach –  that was all too evident by the 1980’s. During that period, he wrote a play called “Mas-kum-ya”, an abbreviation of “The Free builders, Communists and Jews” and recently called an anti-Erdogan demonstrator “Jewish seed”, considered a most denigrating and humiliating insult in Turkey. Continue Reading »

WANTED: Turkish court orders arrest warrants on 4 Israeli military commanders


Then IDF chief of staff Gantz, former Navy commander Marom, former IDF Intel chief Yadlin and former IAF Intel head Levi wanted for alleged involvement in Marmara raid.

By Ynetnews


A Turkish court has ordered the arrest of former IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi, and three other IDF commanders that Turkey holds responsible for the Israeli Navy’s raid of a 2010 Gaza-bound flotilla, Turkish newspaper Hürriyet Daily News reported on Monday.

The court has also asked for an Interpol Red Notice for the arrest of the then-top IDF brass – Ashkenazi, former Naval Forces commander Eliezer Marom, former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin and former Air Forces Intelligence head Avishai Levi. Continue Reading »

‘Mavi Marmara’ group IHH opposes dropping lawsuit against Israelis

Turkish Flotilla organizer IHH is urging Ankara to reject Israel’s condition to drop court cases against IDF commandos in exchange for paid compensation.



ISTANBUL – A Turkish relief agency said on Thursday it would oppose what it called an imminent Israeli offer to pay compensation for a deadly commando raid on its Gaza-bound aid flotilla in exchange for dropping lawsuits over the attack.

כרזות באנקרה עם תודה לארדואן ש"ניצח" את ישראל (צילום: EPA)

Ankara poster thanks Erdogan for ‘defeating’ Israel – Photo: EPA

The two nations, erstwhile allies, have been negotiating for months to end a diplomatic crisis over the Israeli commandos’ boarding of the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish ship challenging Israel’s naval blockade of Palestinian-run Gaza Strip in 2010. Continue Reading »

Turkish report: Ankara discussed Naval Invasion into Israeli Waters

Turkish newspaper article reveals details of secret high-ranking meeting hours before the Mavi Marmara flotilla to Gaza incident, where the possibility of war with Israel was considered.

By Ege Berk Korkut


A Turkish newspaper has released details of a high-level meeting of the country’s military leaders, in which the Turkish government had considered sending warships into Israel as a military escort for the Mavi Marmara flotilla – and the possibility of triggering a war with the Jewish state as a result.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – Reuters

On May 31 2010, nine Turkish Islamists were killed on the flotilla after violently attacking IDF soldiers, during an attempt to break Israel’s naval blockade on the terrorist group Hamas-enclave Gaza. Continue Reading »

Israel unacquainted with Turkish reports of Mavi Marmara compensation deal


The Israeli gov’t claims to be unaware of Turkish papers reporting Israel to pay Turkey $21 million for deaths in 2010 raid on Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara, & an end to the Gaza blockade, after which Erdoğan will visit Israel’s capital of Jerusalem.

By Ynetnews, AFP


Israel knows nothing about a reported final compensation agreement for a deadly IDF raid on a Turkish Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010, and did not coordinate any announcement on the matter, a source in Jerusalem told Ynet on Thursday.

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan & Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu – Photo: REUTERS

The statement came after varying reports of a deal emerged in the Turkish media, including one report that Israel would end the blockade on the Gaza Strip. Continue Reading »

Erdoğan says ‘No normalization with Israel until Gaza siege lifted’



Turkish PM Erdoğan cools talks of progress on normalization, saying apology and compensation for 2010 flotilla victims is not sufficient.

By i24NEWS


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan put a damper on reports that Ankara and Jerusalem were approaching normalization of ties Tuesday, demanding a written Israeli promise that it will lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip as a condition for signing a reconciliation agreement.

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Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan addresses members of the parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara on January 28, 2014 – Photo: Adem Altan /AFP

Addressing reporters in Ankara alongside Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Erdoğan said that negotiations with Israel have progressed, but have not ended. Continue Reading »

Turkish FM Davutoglu: Israel & Turkey close to normalization


Foreign Minister Davutoglu tells Turkish TV there has been positive momentum in the negotiations, with a new approach in compensation over the Mavi Marmara incident.


Turkey and Israel are as close as they have been yet to ending the long-running saga over the Mavi Marmara incident, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted as saying Sunday.

4flag-turkey-israel-skyTurkey’s Hurriyet Daily News quoted Davutoglu, who has been an acerbic and vocal critic of Israel, as saying in a televised interview that “there has recently been a momentum and new approach in compensation talks. We could say that most of the differences have been removed recently in these discussions.” Continue Reading »