Turkish aid group calls on Israel to free West Bank representative

Turkish humanitarian aid group called on Israel to free its West Bank representative held for days without any charge.

Turkish aid group calls on Israel to free West Bank representative


World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish humanitarian aid group called on Israel to free its West Bank representative held for days without any charge.

Israel soldiers arrested Izzet Sahin, who is representative and founder of IHH, Humanitarian Relief Foundation Office, in West Bank and studies Hebrew in Hebrew University on 27th April at noon time when he passed through to Bethlehem Checkpoint. Sahin still remains in custody in Shabak’s (Israel Security Agency) detention center since that date.

At a press conference, the aid group "asked Israeli court officials to release Sahin on Thursday, whose arrest has no legal basis what so ever", said an IHH statement sent to World Bulletin.


Bulent Yildirim, President of IHH, Kadriye Sahin, Izzet Sahin’s wife, Cihat Gokdemir, lawyer and also head of Mazlumder’s Istanbul Branch (The Association of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed People), Ozgurder’s President Ridvan Kaya, Fisun Bandir, Head of the Association For Solidarity with Palestinian People appeared at the press conference.

Numerous NGOs also attended the conference to show their support.

NGOs have launched a request for the release of Sahin. They noted that Sahin’s time in custody and a possible court decision to imprisonment will not be legally acceptable.

Sahin’s wife, Kadriye Sahin, said, “My husband has been kept in custody for more than a week. I am worried for his health and safety. We have three children. They too are concerned about their father. I want my husband to be released.” Then she asked to be excused since she could not continue talking anymore.

If retaliation?

Yildirim stated that the reason behind Izzet Sahin’s arrest might be to stop the flotilla campaign to Gaza in the end of May.


Yildirim said “If Israel wants us to give up on the campaign by doing things like this, they are wrong. We will be taking the humanitarian aid to the people of Palestine by the end of May. We are not doing anything out of legal boundaries.”

He went on to say, “Israel has been keeping our friend in custody for 8 days. He is now being interrogated. Israel’s previous actions make us concerned. There are people who lost their lives under Israeli custody, there are those who were subject to torture. The first two days we were not informed of our friend’s location. Apparently, Sahin had two receipts of aid with him when he got arrested, one from IHH, one from another aid organization in Palestine. He supposedly had videos of Shaikh Rahed Salah’s in his house. Israel declares these as their evidence for the crime. The institution which Rahed Salah is the leader of, is a completely legal organization that is certified by Israel. It is claimed that Sahin is harmful for Israel’s security. How come a person who studies at Hebrew University and coordinates aid work over there is thought to harm Israel’s security? How could this be the truth? Israel claims to be a state of law. However, this arrest is totally an illegal act.”

Yildirim also mentioned "that the Foundation wanted to send 3 lawyers to defend Izzet Sahin, however no response has been received from the Israeli side." “This is an insult to Turkey. Turkish state is now obliged to solve this by sending out a diplomatic warning of the highest degree”, he continued.

Gokdemir, said, that they have applied to Israeli consulate for visas to go to Israel to defend Sahin. Gokdemir, if Israel is genuine in her claims to be a state of law, she should grant us visas and let Sahin to be defended by Turkish attorneys.


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