IHH Denies Alleged Link to Al-Qaeda (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 06/16/12)
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Officials with the Turkish Islamist group IHH denied on Friday claims
that an official investigation has been launched against IHH
President Bülent Yıldırım over alleged links to al-Qaeda.
Turkish media outlets reported earlier that Yıldırım has been accused
of secretly funding the terrorist group secretly, official
documentation. Two Turkish special prosecutors are conducting
separate probes into the allegations, the report said.
Osman Atalay, an IHH board member, told the Turkish-based Today’s
Zaman in response, “Mr. Yıldırım has not been summoned to testify or
served any court document. We have not received any official
information regarding an investigation. The newspaper hasn’t been
able to provide any documented proof as to such an investigation
Today’s Zaman reported that the IHH also announced, through its
official Twitter account, that the reporter from the Turkish
Habertürk daily who wrote the story stated that prosecutors and
police officials had refuted it.
In 2010, the IHH funded a flotilla aimed at breaking Israel’s naval
blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza. Dozens of far-left American and
European activists joined the cause.
One of the boats in the flotilla, the Mavi Marmara, refused to turn
aside when ordered to, attempting instead to break the blockade by
force. When IDF soldiers boarded the ship they were violently
attacked. Soldiers opened fire in response, killing nine Turkish
The incident caused Israel’s relationship with Turkey, already
strained, to break down completely. Turkish leaders demanded an
apology, but Israeli leaders refused, saying Israel had acted in self-
defense. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/16/12)
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