Turkish Journalist Who Took Cropped Photos Tied to IHH
Robert Mackey at the New York Times Lede blog has identified the person who took the photos that were cropped by Reuters as Turkish journalist Adem Ozkose: Photographs of Battered Israeli Commandos Show New Side of Raid.
Mackey fails to note, however, that Turkish journalist Adem Ozkose is hardly what one would call a neutral observer. At the website of the Islamist group that organized the flotilla, IHH, we find an article apparently posted before the boarding incident: Palestine Is Waiting For Your Help.
Adem Ozkose, another speaker at the panel, works as a reporter for Gercek Hayat Dergisi, said that a frontier of Gaza conflict is named Istanbul, adding “Palestinians named the flotilla ‘Noah’s ark’. I hope that, God willing, despite all the Israeli efforts to stop the campaign, the flotilla carrying humanitarian aid and volunteers to Gaza will reach its destination and that route will never get closed again.
Also stating that they will never give up against the potential obstructions and attacks by Israel, Ozkose said “Palestinians are waiting forward to arrival of those ships from Turkey. The aid delivered by the people from Turkey exceeds the aid coming from the UN and the arrival of the flotilla will declare to the world that the embargo is over and a passage will be opened up for the people of Gaza.”