How trumped-up are these accusations? Above is video of the people on the flotilla chanting a genocidal battle cry against the Jews — “Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews, the army of Muhammad will return” — that recalls Muhammad’s massacre of the Jews at the oasis of Khaibar. They were peaceful “activists”? Sell me a bridge.
“Turks accuse Israel of war crimes at int’l court,” by Arthur Max for Associated Press, October 14 (thanks to JCB):
AMSTERDAM – Turkish lawyers representing pro-Palestinian activists filed a complaint Thursday with the International Criminal Court accusing Israel of committing war crimes in May when its troops raided a boat trying to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza….
A delegation representing some 300 activists and a Turkish nongovernment organization submitted the complaint to the prosecutor’s office in The Hague seeking an investigation into the May 31 raid.
Nine Turkish citizens, including 19-year-old Furkan Dogan who had dual U.S.-Turkish nationality, were killed during the melee after Israeli troops rappelled from helicopters onto the deck of the ship Mavi Marmara before dawn.
“I have confidence the international court and the prosecutor will take this case,” said Ahmet Dogan, Furkan’s father.
Israel has said its troops fired live ammunition only after they were attacked by activists with clubs and metal bars and they felt their lives were in danger.
Attorney Ugur Sevgili said the victims want Israel investigated for torture, inhuman treatment, the taking of hostages and other violations of the Geneva war crimes convention.
“We demanded from the prosecutor to initiate an investigation and prosecute the perpetrators of this crime,” Sevgili said. “We didn’t mention any Israeli soldiers or any Israeli politicians. We just told them that we believe war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed.”…