Freedom Flotilla 2 Planned for May

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JERUSALEM, Israel - On the heels of the Turkel's Commission's release Monday of its first report on last year's confrontation aboard the Turkish flagship Mavi Mamara, pro-Palestinian groups are planning another attempt to breach Israel's naval blockade on the Gaza Strip.

On May 31, 2010, after the flagship's captain refused to alter course and sail to an Israeli port to unload its cargo for transport by land to Gaza, Israeli Navy commandos attempting to board the ship were met by Turkish activists brandishing knives, metal clubs, and clubs.

In the ensuing fight, nine Turkish activists were killed, bringing international condemnation on the Israeli government and the Israel Defense Forces.

According to the flotilla's organizers, the goal is to reach Gaza on May 31 to commemorate last year's incident.

"Our objective is to get Israel to lift the sea blockade over Gaza, and we will keep on trying until we succeed," said Dror Fieler, a musician who lives in Stockholm, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The Turkish proxy humanitarian aid group, IHH, which recruited last year's activists, is co-sponsoring the new flotilla with the Free Gaza Movement.

The IHH - Foundation for Human Rights, Freedoms, and Humanitarian Relief - has documented links to global Islamic terror groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

"We are aware that Israel has attacked us in the previous times without justification," said Free Gaza Movement's Huwaida Arraf.

"Their blockade is illegal and just because they threaten to use force does not mean that we need to stay silent," Araf said.

"The people of Gaza have the right for freedom and if Israel wants to use force against us and kill people like they did last time, then let that be out there for the whole world to see."

After seven months of intensive investigations, the Turkel Commission concluded that Israeli Navy commandos "acted professionally in the face of extensive and unanticipated violence" from pro-Palestinian activists aboard the flagship. 

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