Turkish 'Peace Activists' Visit Jihadists in Gaza

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Turkish passengers who sailed with the Viva Palestina 5 humanitarian aid ship, which recently docked at the Egyptian port of al-Arish, visited like-minded jihadists in Gaza, Israel's YNet news reported on Tuesday.

Pictures on YNet's website showed the Turkish visitors, rocket launchers and rifles in hand, posing next to members of Islamic Jihad.

The al-Quds Brigades, the "military wing" of Islamic Jihad, featured photos of two of the Turks wearing the Brigades' uniforms.

According to the report, one of the visitors said Islamic Jihad gunmen are "a source of pride for all decent people in the Arab and Muslim world" as they fight at "the forefront of the struggle against the Zionists."

"I am proud to be here with you who have sacrificed so much for the sake of the Muslim nation. All of the Turkish people, as well as the Arabs and all Muslims, pray for your victory, support you and strengthen you," he said.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan continues to demand a formal apology and remuneration from Israel for families of the nine Turkish activists killed aboard the Mavi Marmara on May 31.

The confrontation took place aboard the Turkish-owned flagship attempting to break Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

About 40 pro-Palestinian activists attacked Israeli naval commandos who boarded the ship after its captain refused to sail to Israel's Ashdod port to unload its cargo for land transport to Gaza.

The soldiers were given permission to use their handguns when it became evident their lives were in danger.

Like Hamas, the Palestinian faction controlling the Gaza Strip, Islamic Jihad is dedicated to Israel's destruction.

Israel, the U.S., E.U., U.K., Japan, Canada and Australia have designated Islamic Jihad as a terrorist entity.

Likewise, IHH, the Turkish humanitarian aid organization, has maintained close contact with Islamic terror groups such as Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

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