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Dispatch From Istanbul: Protesters Decry Israeli Assault On Freedom Flotilla

Men, women and children gathered in the Saturday heat and stayed well into a rainy evening in solidarity with besieged Gaza and the Turkish victims of the IDF.

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Speaking at Dogan's funeral, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan asked:

You killed 19-year-old Furkan Dogan brutally. Which faith, which holy book can be an excuse for killing him?

Erdogan has also stated that he is considering going on a mission to end the siege of Gaza himself.

In the streets of Istanbul, London, Toronto and New York people are expressing rage at the Israeli government, which has been described as a spoiled child that is always threatened with punishment but never punished.  In response, pro-Zionist commentators argue that Israel is being targeted because those who claim they are interested in human rights are actually just anti-Israel, and of course then also anti-Semitic by default. But some Israeli journalists, as Robert Fisk has brilliantly pointed out, are doing an excellent job of challenging this claim.

According to Gideon Levy in Haaretz, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu may finally get what he wished for, since the world may finally be turning "against us" due to Israel's blatant disregard for human rights:

Netanyahu said the whole world is against us. Wasn't he right? He also said we live under an existential threat. Isn't it beginning to look like that? Give it another minute and Turkey will be at war with us too. Netanyahu said there's no chance of reaching an agreement with the Arabs. Wasn't that spot on? Our prime minister, who saw danger lurking in every alleyway and enemies waiting around every corner, who has always taught that there is no hope, who has drummed into us that we shall forever live by the sword (just as his father the historian taught him ), knew what he was talking about.

At the end of the protest here in Istanbul tonight it began storming, the sky seemingly mirroring the fury on the streets. All those who dream of a free Palestine, be they in Europe, the Middle East or North America, are also acting according to the storm of frustration and anger in their hearts, coming out to protest Israel's continued injustices against the Palestinians. But given Turkey's reaction and the return of the world's attention to strangulated Gaza, some may be finding reason to be hopeful again. At least in Istanbul, this storm doesn't look like it’s going to end.