WITNESSES of the FREEDOM FLOTILLA

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WITNESSES of the FREEDOM FLOTILLA

-Interviews with Passengers-
Zahide Tuba Kor
IHH Kitap: Istanbul, August 2011
352 pages

The profit of this book will be donated to the people of Gaza as humanitarian relief

ISBN 978-605-62205-4-8

First Edition: August 2011

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INTRODUCTION

Click the link below to read “Foreword” of the President of the IHH, Bülent Yıldırım

FOREWORD


INGE HOEGER: “The brutal attack of Israel on the Freedom Flotilla has no predecessor in current history”

Inge Hoeger — German, politician and member of the Bundestag

(The responses were received from Germany on 15 April 2011 via e-mail)

“International solidarity became something very real and concrete during the days on the Flotilla. Israel’s ruthless reaction proved the point: International solidarity is a weapon of justice, and the Israeli oppressors understood it that very way.”

“The murderers of the activists and the ones in the higher ranks of the Israeli military should be brought to justice. However, Israel has nothing to fear anymore, since all the Western governments have once again forgotten all the crimes it has committed and is still committing every day.”

“The government of Israel should reconsider and withdraw from its oppressive positions against the Palestinians and the international solidarity movement, and take the international code of law seriously, instead of abusing it by misinterpretation to justify its actions.”

 
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INGE HOEGER

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SHEIKH RAED SALAH: “The Freedom Flotilla is the first step of liberating the entire Palestinian land”

Sheikh Raed Salah — Palestinian, leader of the Islamic Movement in Palestine’48
(This face-to-face interview was conducted in Istanbul, Turkey, on 18 March 2011)      
                          

“The conscience of international public opinion has already passed the test with success, but the official international conscience is still being tested. We are following carefully whether, this time, the official institutions will be on the side of humanity, or submit to the pressure of international Zionism.”

“If it had not been for Mr. Erdoğan’s brave stance, we would still be in prison. We probably would be sentenced for at least 10 to 20 years. However, thanks to the Turkish government’s stance, the Israeli authorities had to release us within the first 48 hours of our arrest.”

“Thanks to Israel’s arrogant and foolish behaviour, the message of the Mavi Marmara reached not only Gaza, but the entire world. All the conscientious people in the world heed this call. It has become one of the major causes of the Arab peoples’ revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen.”

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SHEIKH RAED SALAH

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OSAMA QASHOO: “It is sad, nothing has changed; I experienced on the Mavi Marmara what my father had experienced twenty years ago in Palestine”

Osama Qashoo — Palestinian living in the United Kingdom, award-winning documentary filmmaker and peace activist
(This face-to-face interview was conducted in Istanbul, Turkey, on 26 December 2010)

Mavi Marmara is what Turkey means to me. Every time I hear a Turkish word, it takes me back to Palestine. So when I saw the Mavi Marmara today, I felt as if I had gone to Palestine again.”

“Seeing the injustices of what my people go through is enough to give me a motivation, since I lived most of my life in Palestine encountering injustices. I was arrested 27 times and was shot 6 times. Also I know the feeling of loneliness of what Gazans suffer from now. Being completely cut off from the world is the worst in this situation.”

“I was dragged onto the upper deck where I was beaten by several soldiers. They blindfolded me by putting a plastic bag and a jumper over my head; I was nearly suffocating. I was handcuffed very tightly for more than 36 hours so that my hands felt completely numb.”

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OSAMA QASHOO

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HASSAN GHANI: “Israel has lost any sense of morality and become Goliath”

Hassan Ghani — Scot of Pakistani origin, correspondent of PressTV
(The responses were received from Scotland on 12 February 2011 via e-mail)

“Personally I have little faith in any legal procedures. I can’t imagine Israel ever bringing its own soldiers to justice for their crimes since they are considered heroes in Israel. As a journalist, the only thing I want is my footage of what happened that night, but even this is wishful thinking.”

“I was kicked and punched while being searched, and my hands were tied together so tight that I lost blood circulation for some time. Seeing hundreds of people kneeling on the floor with hands tied behind reminded me of a concentration camp.”

“I was made to sit down next to a young man who had been shot in the legs and in the back. The wound in his leg was from a live bullet while the blood still dripping out of his back was from rubber bullets. The soldiers ignored him and the pain he was in, and left him on the floor with his hands tied.”

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HASSAN GHANI

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IARA LEE: “Creative and nonviolent actions are the most effective way of creating change”

Iara Lee — Brazilian of Korean descent living in the United States, documentary filmmaker and peace activist
(The responses were received from Bahrain on 7 March 2011 via e-mail)

“Seeing dead bodies that had been shot from close range was horrific. Nearly as awful were the subsequent arguments that blamed the unarmed passengers for the deaths of 9 fellow activists. Nevertheless, the Mavi Marmara for me will always be a symbol of effective nonviolent resistance.”

“Israelis run by murderous, intractable and illegal leaders. We must implement international law so that no governor feels entitled to be above the law, like Israel does and gets away with it.”

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IARA LEE

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AYŞE SARIOĞLU: “The Mavi Marmara incident is a historic turning point”

Ayşe Sarıoğlu — Turkish citizen, reporter of a Turkish daily, Taraf, and M.A. student
(The responses were received from Istanbul, Turkey, on 1 May 2011 via e-mail)

“The kindergarten teachers pointed us out to the children saying, ‘Look, these are terrorists!’ How can the Israeli-Palestinian peace be maintained when the hearts of the children are full of such hatred and fear? Israelis threatening its own security and even existence by poisoning its children with such feelings.”

“They handcuffed the wounded on stretchers that could not even raise their fingers. İbrahim Bilgen who was wounded from his abdomen could have been saved if treated earlier. He was kept waiting for hours while bleeding heavily. His stretcher was carried by soldiers horrendously.”

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AYSE SARIOGLU

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