Mavi Marmara families reject upcoming Israeli-Turkish compensation talks

( The families of those who were killed aboard the Mavi Marmara have said they reject the upcoming Israeli-Turkish talks over compensation and will continue their lawsuits against Israeli military commanders.

The Mavi Marmara flotilla. Credit: Free Gaza movement via Wikimedia Commons.

“While no steps have been taken to lift the severe restrictions or to amend the rights of the Palestinians who are oppressed, these meetings for compensation are an insult to our martyrs,” one widow told the Associated Press.

The statements by the families come as an Israeli delegation heads to Turkey to discuss compensation to the families in an attempt to normalize ties between the two countries.

The Mavi Marmara was a Turkish ship that sailed to Gaza in May 2010 in an attempt to break Israel’s blockade against Hamas. After militants attacked Israeli soldiers as they boarded, the soldiers fatally shot eight Turkish citizens and one Turkish-American.

In March, U.S. President Barack Obama helped broker reconciliation between Turkey and Israel, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call. But the reconciliation has been complicated by further demands by Turkey, including calls for Israel to lift its blockade of Gaza.

In addition to their demands, the families also vowed to continue their lawsuits against Israeli military commanders.

Posted on April 22, 2013 .