fatalities 'dreamt of martyrdom'
the Marmara, Ali Khaider Benginin told his family he dreamt of becoming
a shahid. Turkish press reports two other slain flotilla participants
expressed similar wish. A Dutch activist arrested on flotilla suspected
of ties with Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood
The Gaza flotilla organizers insist that all activists killed on
board the Marmara ship were innocent peace activists. However, new
reports reveal a completely different picture.
Media reports in Ankara on Wednesday revealed that three
out of the four Turkish citizens that were killed during the raid
declared their wishes to become shahids (martyrs). Another Dutch report
claimed a Dutch activist, who was arrested by the IDF is suspected of
being a senior Hamas operative.
In an interview with Turkish newspaper
Haber, the family members of Ali Khaider Benginin (39), resident of east
Turkey's Kurdistan region, revealed their relative's true intentions.
"I am going to be a shahid; I dreamt I will become a shahid
– I saw in a dream that I will be killed," Benginin told his family
before leaving for the sail.
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According to the report, beniginin, who graduated from
al-Azhar University in Cairo, served for the past two years as the
chairman of a foundation for rights and freedom in education and
culture. His family noted that he had spoken in the past about his dream
to become a shahid in Gaza.
Another Turkish citizen killed during the raid, Ali Akhbar
Iritilmis (55), a father of four from Ankara, was active in the IHH
organization, which led the naval convoy to Gaza. "He was devoted to
this activity, and always dreamt about becoming a shahid," said his
close friend Mehmet Faruq Cheber.
Anadolu News Agency reported that the third activist killed
on boards the Marmara, Ibrahim Bilgen (61), an engineer and father of
six, was active in the Islamic party in southern Turkey. "He was a role
model to all of us; a true philanthropist. Therefore, it suited him to
die a shahid's death. Allah gave him the death he wanted," said
Ibrahim's brother, Nuri Mergen.
The fourth slain activist, Muharram Kuchak, was also a
volunteer with the IHH.
The three Turkish "shahids," as it turns out, were not
alone. Holland-based Teltarif newspaper reported Wednesday morning that
Amin Abou Rashed, 43, and Anne de Jong, 29, are probably the only two
Dutch citizens that were arrested among the flotilla participants.
newspaper's investigation revealed incriminating details from Abou
Rashed's past; intelligence sources claimed he is the local Hamas
leader, while the Muslim Brotherhood's website identified him as one of
the organizers of the naval convoy.
According to Teltarif's report, Dutch intelligence services
have been following Abou Rashed's activities for a long time. He
worked, among other places, with al- Aqsa Foundation, suspected of
acting under the guise of a charity, while funneling its donations to