Erdogan demands flotilla apology 18Oct10 October 19, 2010
Palestine Note -Â 18 October 2010
Erdogan also offered some choice words for the US in an earlier interview with a Pakistani newspaper:
In an address to his party, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Israel to apologize for its part in the deadly raid on the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara aid ship which left eight Turkish activists and one Turkish-American dead this past May and to compensate the victims. He referred to Israel’s actions as “state terrorism” and warned that if it does not make amends, it will remain isolated in the Middle East.
“Nine Turkish martyrs on the ship received 21 bullets from Israeli soldiers in their bodies, we provided post mortem reports and even the pictures to the EU and U.S. but Washington is not ready to condemn the state terrorism of Israel against Turkey which means that the U.S. is supporting an international terrorist who killed our citizens in international waters,” he said.
Israel has maintained that its soldiers acted in self-defense when they were attacked by activists upon boarding the ship.
Turkish lawyers have officially filed suit against Israel on behalf of the families of the victims with the International Criminal Court. It is presumed that the court will take the next twelve months to examine the case, and determine whether or not to pursue it, before deciding to launch an official investigation.