Interpol: Turcja ściga żydowskich zbrodniarzy wojennych

Turkey Requests Interpol to Arrest Israeli Generals

Roi Tov


Żydzi oficerowie armii Izraela ścigani przez Interpol: Gabi Ashkenazi Criminal Charges against former IDF Chief of Staff Admiral (Major General), IDF Eliezer Marom Major General Amos Yadlin Brigadier General Avishai Levy

Verifying the item took me some time. It made sense, after all the trial had been announced already in 2012. However, the news was published on May 26, 2014, while everybody was waiting the signing the final reparations agreement between Turkey and Israel. Such a secondary event—issuing arrest orders against Israeli generals—was unlikely to reach rapidly international mainstream media, delaying me for a while. Odd timing, but the item checked out, with all main Hebrew media publishing insincere articles on Turkish anti-Semitism.

On November 6, 2012, Turkey announced that a court in Istanbul will try in absentia four ex-Israeli military commanders over the IDF Freedom Flotilla+ raid in 2010.


On May 31, 2010, The Mavi Marmara was trying to break the blockade of Gaza and bring humanitarian aid to the refugees there. Nine Turkish activists were killed on the spot by Israeli naval commandos (Shayetet 13), who had boarded the ship. A tenth one died last Saturday, May 24, due to injuries caused during the Israeli attack.


The event caused a sharp deterioration in the relations between Turkey and Israel, which until then had been close allies. At the beginning of May 2012, Turkey’s Justice Ministry Sadullah Ergin finished his probe on the affair and requested information from the country’s Foreign Ministry on several IDF soldiers; a fact reported by the Turkish Today’s Zaman.

On May 24, 2012, it was made public that criminal charges had been laid by Turkey against four IDF officers, demanding life sentences. Among the indictments were “inciting murder through cruelty or torture.”

The accusations target former IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, ex-naval chief Admiral Eliezer Marom, the former head of military intelligence Major General Amos Yadlin, and the former head of the air force intelligence Brigadier General Avishai Levy.

The Court hearing the Mavi Marmara trial sent a notice to the Israeli Foreign Ministry, inviting the Israeli generals involved in the Mavi Marmara attack to appear in the hearings. The suspects did not attend the hearings held on November 6, 2012 and February 21, 2013. This is enough for placing an international arrest order at the Interpol. Meanwhile, the trials continued in absentia* despite the partial restoration of the relations between Israel and Turkey.


Meanwhile, PM Netanyahu was found guilty by Israel’s State Comptroller, who wrote “The decision making process regarding the dealings with the Turkish flotilla led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and under his responsibility was found to include essential and significant flaws.” Yet, following an early ruling of the International Court of Justice, he cannot be brought to trial in Turkey.$

Thus, Turkey chose to center its efforts on the responsible IDF officers.

Failed Reconciliation

The Turkish political top echelon kept putting diplomatic pressure on Israel. The USA pressed on both sides to reach an agreement and reconciliation, since both countries are strategic military partners of America.

Showing its goodwill, on February 18, 2013, the Israeli government ended a freeze declared on 2011, on advanced electronic warfare systems for the Turkish Air Force and supplied Turkey with military equipment. This included mainly a joint ELTA-Elbit project to develop aerial reconnaissance pods for Turkish F-16 fighter-jets and the supply of electronic warfare systems for the Boeing AWACS.

Shortly afterwards, on Friday, March 22, 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and apologize for the Israeli attack on Gaza’s Freedom Flotilla. The PM Bureau, released a statement claiming “The prime minister made it clear that the tragic results regarding the Mavi Marmara were unintentional and that Israel expresses regret over injuries and loss of life,” and “Prime Minister Netanyahu apologized to the Turkish people for any errors that could have led to loss of life and agreed to complete the agreement on compensation.” Netanyahu’s Road to Damascus

The agreement was negotiated since then. On March 25, 2014, it was published that the agreement was ready, but that the Turkish government was waiting for local elections to end before the formal signing. Israel acknowledged that the agreement was ready, but Netanyhau did not present it even to the government.

The reconciliation agreement included a Turkish commitment to pass a law in parliament that nullifies all legal complaints against Israeli officers and soldiers involved in the Gaza flotilla operation, in exchange for a $20 million compensation package.

Something went awry; there was an unexplained delay in the signature of the agreement. Now we know that everybody was waiting to the Turkish Court.

On May 26, Istanbul’s Seventh High Criminal Court released arrest warrants to the four abovementioned officers over their role in the 2010 Mavi Marmara attack.

Upon entrance in Turkey, the officers will be arrested. The Turkish government can request the extradition of any of the officials should they enter a country with an extradition agreement. The warrant will be presented to the Interpol, which is under no obligation to respond.

Should Interpol respond to the Turkish request and publicize the international arrest warrants, the officers will be under threat of arrest in all countries that are Interpol members.

Dropping Jaws

With dropping jaws, victims of Israeli illegitimate violence, are witnessing a comprehensive attempt to address its state crimes.

A topic which is often reported by Israeli media and that has never been denied by Israel, is its endless appetite for extrajudicial executions. I expanded on that in Scary Sicarii: Israeli Extrajudicial Executions, but the pattern is simple.

A person is declared “undesirable” by the military establishment, it is specifically targeted, and assassinated. No trial is held, no chance is given to the victim to defend himself. Similarly distressing, are detentions held without legal process, since Israel claims that its officials possess precognition powers.

The State detains someone on the grounds that he is about to commit a crime, in an incredible claim to possess precognition powers (see Minority Report: IDF arrests Palestinian prisoner released in Shalit swap). This is not only illegitimate, it is illegal.

On the issue of crimes, Israel operates according to Criminal Law, also known as Penal Law, the law pertaining to crimes and punishment. The laws comprising this topic regulate the definition of offences found to have a sufficiently deleterious social impact and impose punishments on them. However, the law does not impose restrictions on society that physically prevents people from committing a crime in the first place.

In this context the Turkish reaction can be understood, despite being based on a problematic legal principle. Israel’s Nuremberg Trials took place in Istanbul. Yet, The victims of the Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla raid cannot find justice.

Dear generals, had I not been illegitimately robbed my freedom of movement and in a couple of months my life, I would be more than glad to visit you in prison and bring you some tea bags. Just to make sure that you are in and we are safe. One way or other, godly justice reaches the criminals, as you have discovered now.

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