World Bulletin/News Desk
Witness of the Mavi Marmara incident, Ismail Patel has called the attack as, "it was one of the most traumatic moments in my life."
Ismail Patel, the founder and head of UK-based NGO "Friends of Al-Aqsa" will testify at the hearing of Mavi Marmara case next week.
Patel shared his point of view about the Israeli raid on Mavi Marmara and told Anadolu Agency (AA) prior to his trip to Turkey for the hearing, "it was one of the most traumatic moments in my life. To witness my colleagues' being shot in front of me with bullets from all directions is something I will never forget."
Patel shared those moments with the AA and said, "I also recall one person getting shot and falling right in front of me. I had to take him below deck and I believe he was one of the martyred."
"I was also involved in calming the rest of the passengers on the boat and I picked up the ship's microphone -- PA System -- and announced -we are unarmed civilians, please do not shot-", underscored Patel.
He added that the voice people hear in most broadcasts during the attack on the Mavi Marmara was his voice.
Witness Patel highlighted he took detailed notes about the attack afterwards and said, "I made extensive notes of the incident and gave evidence to the UN investigation. I hope to report in full my eyewitness account to the court."
Touching onto Israel's apology to Turkey, Patel stated, "the apology is one of the three demands made by Turkey and they are all of equal importance. An apology therefore is only a third of the way to the demands made and therefore it should be seen in that light."
"The compensation will never compensate the loss of nine lives and if the compensation does not cover the injured and other passengers than Israel is not taking full responsibility", said Patel.
Regarding the efforts of the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, he said, "Palestine and Gaza are highly commendable and we need to thank him for his continued interest. I hope Prime Minister Erdogan will be in Gaza on the May 31 to mark the anniversary of the attack; it will send a strong signal of an independent Turkish government that places the concerns of its people first. The visit will also send a strong signal to the rest of the world that the Turkish government will not forget the killing of its people and this will greatly restore the pride and honor of the Turkish people."
Furthermore, Patel noted he was working for Palestinian people to live in peace and justice for more than 16 years of time. Mavi Marmara, a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, organized by the Free Gaza Movement and the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights, Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) in 2010 was carrying humanitarian aid and construction materials with the intention of breaking the Israeli-Egyptian blockade on the Gaza Strip.
On May 31, 2010, Israeli soldiers boarded the ships from speedboats and helicopters to attack, and killed nine Turks aboard, which worsened the relations between Turkey and Israel.Last Mod: 17 Mayıs 2013, 14:40