Erdogan implicated in Mavi Marmara violence

An Israeli investigation has found that the “humanitarians” that ambushed Israeli troops aboard the Mavi Marmara had ties to the Turkish prime minister:

An investigation by a private body of Israel’s intelligence officials has found that the Gaza flotilla activists aboard the “Mavi Marmara” who clashed with Israel Navy forces last week were part of an organized group that was prepared for a violent conflict.

The report, which was published by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (Malam), also found that the group was supported by the Turkish government and that Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was aware of the plans for violence.

Malam is a private organization that serves as an unofficial branch of Israel’s intelligence community and in the past has been a medium through which Israel’s intelligence findings were made known to the public.

The probe found that the IHH fighters were allowed to bypass the security check that the other passengers were subjected to. It also found that the non-IHH passengers’ testimony that they witnessed no violence is true: they were forced below decks and had no opportunity to witness the fight. Most troublingly:

Files found on laptops owned by the IHH members pointed at strong ties between the movement and Turkey’s prime minister. Some of the activists even said that Erdogan was personally involved in the flotilla’s preparations.

(Previous post.)

UPDATE: Erdogan’s fingerprints are all over the incident.

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