TURKEY EXPELS AMBASSADOR September 2, 2011Posted by wmmbb in Israel-Palestine.
Following a “leaked” report of the findings of the UN report on the Mavi Marmara incident, Turkey has expelled the Israeli Ambassador.
The BBC reports:
Turkey is to expel the Israeli ambassador after details emerged of a UN report into last year’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.
Officials in Ankara said it was also suspending all remaining military agreements with Israel.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said some of the report’s findings, leaked to the New York Times, were unacceptable.
Turkey wants Israel to apologise for the raid but it has refused to do so.
Nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists were killed when Israeli forces stormed the flotilla in May 2010.
The BBC’s Jonathan Head, in Istanbul, says relations between Turkey and Israel have been frozen since last year’s flotilla incident, but now they are being downgraded to the lowest possible level.
A leaked copy of the United Nations report says Israeli forces did use excessive force when they intercepted the Turkish-led flotilla trying to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza.
But the report also concludes that Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza is legal – a move that has angered Turkey.
I am curious as to why this report was leaked. Otherwise, the finding that the blockade of Gaza is legal is a major story. Will it continue to legal if a Palestinian state is recognized?
Huwaida Arraf and Norman Finkelstein are interviewed on Democracy Now. The BBC analysis does not include the issues raised in this interview. How could that be?
The Washington Post, via Associated Press reports the Turkish Foreign Minister has announced that a challenge to the blockade of Gaza will be made through the International Court of Justice at the Hague.