Sunday, June 13, 2010
Almost two weeks ago, the world was shocked by the news of the fatal confrontation between a Gaza aid flotilla and Israeli security forces. The Turkish and Islamic charity that helped organize the flotilla, the Foundation for Human Rights, Liberties, and Humanitarian Relief (known by its Turkish initials of IHH), continues to face questions regarding its role and history. For example, the Los Angeles Times reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accuses the group of having supported terrorist organizations, and that a 2006 Danish Institute for International Studies paper detailed IHH's role in supporting militant causes around the world. A Washington Post editorial also highlighted IHH's links to the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as its involvement with the Union of Good, a coalition designated a terrorist entity by the United States in 2008.