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Friday, September 2, 2011

Turkey Suspends Diplomatic Ties with Israel - Middle Eastern Instability

    Since the flotilla raids of May 31st, 2010, relations between Turkey and Israel have been strained. Turkey has officially expelled Israeli diplomats and has suspended military co-operation. This move should not be taken lightly due to the fact that Turkey is one of Israel greatest allies in the region.
    Israel was met with criticism [which was deserved] when it's military attacked an aid flotilla, consisting of human rights activists, heading to Palestine on May 31st, 2010. Israel accused the flotilla of transporting weapons; however, that was found to be false. It seems that the Israelis simply wanted to deter aid groups from entering occupied Palestine and helping those currently being displaced or impoverished.
    Nine individuals onboard the flotilla were killed, most of them of Turkish origin. One of them was a teenaged male who was shot multiple times in the back and then in the head while running away. The exessive force used has prompted the current diplomatic stress. The situation in Israel must be tense due to the overthrow of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, who was an ally of Israel, and now the ties to Turkey that helped ensure its safety. I hope that Israel may now take its warcrimes seriously and hopefully this will be of benefit to the people of occupied Palestine.