The Foreign Ministry released a new video on Friday in which the leader of the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief, Bulent Yildirim, is seen on board the Gaza flotilla’s ship the Mavi Marmara, telling dozens of activists to throw Israeli commandos overboard if they attempt to board the ship.
“If they board our ship, we will throw them into the sea, Allah willing!” says Yildirim, the head of the Turkish pro-Palestinian group that sent an aid flotilla to Gaza last month.
The video was shot on board the Mavi Marmara on May 30 by one of the passengers before the Israel Defense Forces raided the ship and killed nine Turkish activists during clashes.
“If we show fear, they will win once again….we don’t want to be recorded in Allah’s book as cowards,” says Yildirim in the video, as dozens of passengers are seen chanting “”millions of martyrs marching to Gaza!”
“They (Israel) are so weak that for 4-5 days they have been engaging in propaganda (against us)…they have been humiliated in front of the whole world… now they are saying that they will launch a fleet (against us)… that they will send the commandos here (to the ship).”
“And we say: ‘If you send the commandos, we will throw you down from here and you will be humiliated in front of the whole world,” Yildirim tells the passengers.
On Wednesday, Israel added the IHH to its terror watch list following the events of the Gaza-bound flotilla.
IHH told members of the European Parliament it has assembled six ships for its next flotilla and asked others to join its effort to break through Israel’s blockade of Gaza.
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