Israel starts smear campaign in EU against Turkish charity

European Jewish Congress has launched a smear campaign to ban a Turkish charity that lost its members in an Israeli attack on Gaza ship aimed to break Israeli siege.

Israel starts smear campaign in EU against Turkish charity

World Buleltin / News Desk

European Jewish Congress (EJC) has launched a smear campaign to ban a Turkish charity that lost its members in an Israeli attack on Gaza ship aimed to break Israeli siege.

The attempt to ban worldwide-known Turkish charity comes although US recently rejected the Israeli accusations.

"EJC called on the European Union and European nations to immediately proscribe the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) and other similar terrorist front organizations", according to an Israeli report.

“Organizations affiliated with and used as front for terrorist groups like Hamas and Al Qaeda have to be outlawed with immediate effect,” Israel's Ynet quoted Dr. Moshe Kantor, president of the EJC as saying.

A group of concerned people individually formed IHH in response to attempt to "ethnic cleansing" of Serbs in Bosnia, largest genocide committed after the World War II.

Since then, IHH volunteers keeps aid missions throughout the world.

Regarding the accusations, U.S. Department of State's spokesman Philip Crowley said, "we know that IHH representatives have met with senior Hamas officials in Turkey, Syria and Gaza over the past three years. That is obviously of great concern to us. That said, the IHH has not been designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States."

The U.S. could not validate IHH's connections with al-Qaida, he added.

"Israeli propaganda"

EJC based the accusations on a report that cited a probe that was launched in 1997 by then military-backed Turkish government, formed after what Turkish writers call "postmodern coup".

“It is evident that the IHH has been an organization long associated with terror and global Jihad”, Kantor charged.

Addressing a news conference, Bulent Yildirim, the head of IHH, rejected Israeli accusations that the charity had direct links to Hamas or ties to militants, dismissing it as Israeli propaganda. He said, as we know, it is their best art to lie".

He also said three people his charity had listed on Thursday as missing had been located, and were being treated for wounds in Ankara. He had no news on the whereabouts of a indonesian doctor surrendered who he said was shot dead.

On May 31, an Israeli raid on the convoy of ships with more than 600 people on board killed 9 people and injured nearly 30 others. Eight of the nine injured were Turkish citizens, and the other was U.S. citizen of Turkish descent.

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Muhamed
Muhamed - 11 yıl Before

After the loss of lifes in the humanitarian convoy turkey lost a lot. More than that from a position of winner of the public opinion Turkey is starting to lose even the propaganda war. This is untolerable. Turkey must do something that this won't be the case. Our hopes are with Turkey.Israel must be seen by the world without masks.