Poland Yıldırım, head of the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Organization (IHH), said: The Israeli attack on the Turkish Solidarity ship led to the winds of freedom blowing into the world public opinion and the exhaustion of the greatness of Israel.
Yıldırım added, on the 11th anniversary of the attack on the “Mavi Marmara”, that he was on board the ship with activists who came from several countries and belong to different religions, and that Israel attacked them while they were in international waters.
On May 31, 2010, the Israeli Navy launched an attack on the Turkish solidarity ship “Mavi Marmara” in international waters near the shores of the Gaza Strip in 2010, and the attack resulted in the martyrdom of 10 Turkish solidarity activists.
He added, “The journalists and activists who were on board the Mavi Marmara contributed to conveying the suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza to the whole world.
Israel was seriously afraid of this, because it was working to show the Palestinians who were killed and injured in the Mavi Marmara as murderers.
He stated that the “Mavi Marmara” volunteers organize various activities around the world, and that the Israeli attack was transmitted to most countries of the world through the participating activists.
In addition, the use of excessive force by the Israeli side against the activists has been stuck in their minds for many years.
He continued, “In the end, the ship was carrying militants, and it could have been neutralized easily without resorting to excessive force by surrounding it with several ships, especially since the activists declared their activities peacefully even when Israel attacked the ship.”
Concerning the first moments of the attack on the ship, Yildirim said: “The Israeli forces started firing while a number of militants fell to the ground due to various injuries.
And some activists were able to extract a few weapons that were in the possession of the soldiers, but we never used them. We were advised that we would not resort to violence even if we died, because our goal is to show the Israeli crime to the world. “
He added, “At that time the winds of freedom were blowing in the circles of world public opinion, and the fierce attack using excessive force actually led to the exhaustion of the greatness of Israel in an instant.”
On the recent Israeli aggression on all Palestinian lands, Yildirim said that the occupation soldiers attacked Palestinian citizens who were performing prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the month of Ramadan, in a clear and explicit violation of freedom of worship.
He pointed out that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is being deliberately attacked, and that freedom of worship is a right enshrined in international law
The United Nations has also issued many decisions regarding East Jerusalem, but Israel continues its intransigence and refusal to implement the aforementioned resolutions.
He emphasized that issues related to rights, the law, freedom of worship and the right to life are not considered important issues for Israel, stressing the importance of extending a helping hand to the Gaza Strip due to the damage it suffered following the recent Israeli attacks.
He added, “(Israeli Prime Minister Payamin) Netanyahu and the extremist Jewish groups in Israel know the demographic reality in the Occupied Territories very well.
At a time when the Palestinian population is increasing due to the birth rate, Israel is working to balance that natural increase by attracting Jews from around the world to settle in the Palestinian territories.
“In fact, I call on the Jews to save themselves from Netanyahu’s project and the extremist groups that work to promote anti-Semitism and exploit this issue for political ends,” he added.
The “Mavi Marmara” was part of the “Freedom Fleet”, which is a group of 6 ships, two of which belong to the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Organization (IHH).
The six ships carried about 10,000 tons of relief and humanitarian aid, in addition to about 750 human rights and political activists, including journalists representing international media outlets.