Gaza 'Anniversary' Flotilla Postponed

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Organizers of a multi-vessel flotilla planning to set sail on the anniversary of last year's confrontation off the Israeli coast have postponed the event to mid-June.

Still, Israeli appeals to Turkey to intervene in the plan have fallen on deaf ears.

Last year, the Turkish "humanitarian" organization, IHH, recruited about 40 activists to travel on the flotilla's flagship, Mavi Marmara.

This year the group claims to have between 100 and 150 activists willing to take part in another attempt to breach the Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

IHH has known ties to Islamic terror groups, including Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

According to the group, this year's event has been postponed to avoid anything that might negatively impact voters in Turkey's parliamentary elections on June 12.

Recent media reports also indicated that some activists have decided not to participate in the flotilla, Ynet news reported.

According to the report, organizers have also had problems raising funds and finding ship owners willing to lend their vessels to the event.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, the Israeli delegation to the United Nations is presenting Israel's findings on last year's flotilla. Israel has maintained all along that its naval blockade of the Gaza port and its actions last year aboard the Mavi Marmara were all in accordance with international law.

On Tuesday, Turkey presented its version of the events. The U.N. Commission will release its findings on May 15.

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