Our Swedish correspondent Freedom Fighter has translated an article from Swedish state radio about the ongoing confrontation between Turkey and Israel:
Turkish consensus of criticism against Israel
According to the Swedish Radio reporter in Istanbul, Maria Persson Löfgren, 2010-06-05. […]
The anti-Israel protests in Turkey continue, with demonstrations and tough new government statements. In a normally divided country, the nationalists and Islamic groups agreed in their criticism of Israel.
The Turkish activists were shot with 30 shots
The leftist demonstration went through central Istanbul from Taksim Square, carrying a banner with the demand to “release all prisoners”, and voicing criticism of political trials.
Also heard were the same types of anti-Israel slogans as in the more religiously-affiliated Fatih area across the Galata Bridge where Islamist groups were chanting “Death to Israel”.
New reports from the autopsies of the nine fatalities shows that all but one were shot with a total of 30 shots with nine-millimeter ammunition. The 38-year-old journalist who worked for the Islamic charity JIBS had a single shot in the forehead. He was killed when he tried to photograph the Israeli assault.
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All others had numerous gunshot wounds. A 19-year-old American citizen of Turkish descent was shot several times at close range.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to party supporters in the city of Konya yesterday.
“I speak in their language. The Biblical sixth commandment says you shall not kill. Can’t you see it, “said Erdogan. I’ll repeat in English you should not kill, do you not understand it either when I say to your own language, in Hebrew ‘Lo Tirtzach’,” he said.
Aykut Kucukkaya is a reporter for the newspaper Cumhuriyet and has written a book about Islamic funds, which are become increasingly influential over Turkish politics — a book the Prime Minister tried to stop.
According Aykut, the Turkish government could have prevented the bloody clash on the Mavi Marmara. But the government had political motives for failing to intervene in time. The anti-Israel rhetoric is an attempt to win public opinion at home, he claims.