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News of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict (June 16-22, 2010)

Two additional ships are expected to set sail from Lebanon for Cyprus in the coming days, and from there to sail to the Gaza Strip, the purchase of the ships and organizing of the flotilla were carried out with the involvement and support of Syria and Hezbollah, neither of which wants its true identity exposed.The
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Portrait of Bülent Yildirim, leader of the radical Islamic Turkish IHH and his central role in preparing the aid convoy and violent confrontation with the IDF

Bülent Fahmi Yildirim, 44, was born in Erzurum, Turkey, and studied law at Istanbul University. Today he lives in Istanbul and practices law. He is married and has four children. In 1995 the events in Bosnia and Herzegovina prompted him to help found IHH with the primary intention of providing humanitarian assistance to the battle
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The aid flotilla planned to set sail from Lebanon is supported by Syria and Hezbollah.

Its organizer, Yasser Qashlaq, called for “getting rid of the remainder of the garbage of Europe” [the Jews in Israel] and sending them back to their “homelands.”
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Profile of the Turkish Felicity Party:

an anti-Western, anti-Israeli Islamic party whose activists took part in the latest flotilla together with the IHH. At least two of them died during the IDF takeover of the ship Mavi Marmara.
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Almost all of the casualties on board the Mavi Marmara were fully identified as members of Turkish Islamist organizations, most of them of a radical and anti-Western nature.

Almost all of the casualties on board the Mavi Marmara were fully identified as members of Turkish Islamist organizations, most of them of a radical and anti-Western nature. About half of those killed had declared their wish to die as martyrs (shaheeds).
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IHH Leader and Other Islamist Activists Incite Passengers to Violence Aboard the Mavi Marmara

A video taken aboard the Mavi Marmara (apparently by one of the photographers who documented the events on the upper deck) shows a meeting of operatives, mainly the members of the IHH hard core.
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