by Andrew Bostom (full article)As reported by the Jerusalem Post on Wednesday June 9, 2010, the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) has revealed the close ties between the most violent operatives from Turkey’s jihadist IHH organization on board the Mavi Maramara ship, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his ruling AKP government. Salient details of these connections from the ITIC analysis—based upon statements given by Mavi Maramara passengers after the vessel was towed to the port of Ashdod last week, as well as findings from IHH member’s computers seized by the Israel Defense Forces—included:
- The Mavi Maramara was purchased by the IHH from a major shipping company owned by the Istanbul Municipality, which is operated by the governing AKP party. A computer file showed that the IHH purchased the Mavi Maramara from a Turkish company called IDO which was founded in 1987 by the city of Istanbul, an AKP-run municipality. “It is not conceivable that the IHH’s Gaza operation could have been carried out absent high-level government sanction,” as per Svante Cornell, a Swedish scholar specializing on politics and security issues in Eurasia.
- The passengers, including the IHH operatives, maintained that there were close relations between the organization and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, and that the Turkish government was involved in preparations for the flotilla.