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WASHINGTON — Jewish groups, working with congressional leaders, are pressing to designate one of the main organizers of the humanitarian flotilla that sought to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza as a terrorist group.
With a boost from Senate leaders, the Jewish groups are lobbying the administration to sanction Insani Yardım Vakfı, the nonprofit sponsor of the ship Mavi Marmara. Nine Turkish passengers, including one dual-nationality American, were killed on the Gaza-bound Turkish vessel when Israeli commandos seized control of it in international waters, leading to a clash between the commandos and some of the passengers.
An Islamic organization, IHH was formed in 1994 in response to the war in Bosnia. It provides shelter, clothing, food and various other necessities to individuals in conflict or natural disaster zones. IHH is presently involved in humanitarian aid projects in over 120 countries, including Ethiopia, Haiti, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Palestine.
In 2005, IHH was designated by the Turkish General Directorate of Foundations as the foundation that uses its resources in the most efficient way. The Turkish Parliament also awarded IHH with the Parliamentary Award of Honor in 2007.
IHH has had Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ESOCO) since 2004. It is also affiliated with the Organization of the Islamic Conference to the United Nations, the Council of International Organizations for Relief in Iraq and the Union of NGOs of the Islamic World.
Originally posted by I AM LEGION
Thank you for the comments, this is as bad as it can get...there no worse point than this. What remains to be seen is whether US administration will buckle under the pressure of Jewish lobbies, groups or stand with humanitarian right.