World Bulletin / News Desk
A number of non-governmental organizations in Turkey have come together upon the call of the Ankara Freedom of Belief Platform to defend the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), which has been the target of a media smear campaign to link it to Al-Qaeda.
Representatives of the NGOs held a joint press conference two days after the IHH’s office in the south-eastern Turkish city of Kilis was raided by police in a nationwide operation against suspected Al-Qaeda operatives in the country.
Reiterating the statement of the IHH, which gained a worldwide reputation after organizing the Mavi Marmara aid flotilla to break to Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip in May 2010, Ankara Freedom of Belief Platform member Soner Kartal said that Israel was behind the conspiracy against the charity.
‘We have gathered here to express our support for the IHH,’ Kartal said, adding ‘When a person’s home is attacked he defends his home. We see IHH as our home and are showing our reaction to this attack that is currently taking place on our home. We are here to show both our financial and spiritual support for our brothers.’
After praising the hard work of IHH to deliver aid and support for so many disadvantaged people around the world, representatives from Ilkder, Mazlumder, the Sincan Civil Society Platform, City and Civilization Association, Knowledge and Cultural Research Foundation and Catider all slammed the smear campaign against the charity.
IHH’s Ankara representative Mustafa Sinan thanked the NGOs, and reaffirmed IHH’s commitment to stand by the oppressed people of the world.
Helping people who eat street cats out of desperation not terrorism
25 people arrested in the eastern Turkish province of Van in 13 operations across the province have been sent to court.
The operations that were ordered by the Republic’s Chief Prosecutor in Van also targeted the Kilis office of the IHH charity on Tuesday.
The suspects who were seen coming out of a hospital following health checks were heard saying ‘this is a political conspiracy. This is an operation against civil organizations and the Syrian people. It is not terrorism to help people who have no choice but to eat street cats out of desperation.’Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Ocak 2014, 16:19