We partners in the Freedom Flotilla would like to offer our deepest sympathy to the people of Turkey and particularly to the nine families who have lost their brothers, sons and fathers. We have been proud and honored to work with the Foundation for Human Rights & Freedoms & Humanitarian Relief (IHH) and respect its track record of humanitarian missions worldwide.
IHH was one of the first charitable organizations to send in teams of doctors to Haiti after the earthquake. Their outreach and aid to impoverished and traumatized people is based on doing the right thing and not on religion, ethnicity or nationality. www.ihh.org.tr
They are a member of ECOSOC, one of only 3000 organizations granted consultative status to the UN. http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ngo/
To be eligible for consultative status, an NGO must have:
- A democratically adopted constitution
- The authority to speak for its members
- A representative structure
- Appropriate mechanisms of accountability and democratic and transparent decision-making processes.
The basic resources of the organization must be derived in the main part from contributions of the national affiliates or other components or from individual members.
In the past few days, Israel and its apologists around the world have demonized this charity. Instead of facing the fact that the Israeli navy committed crimes of murder, maiming, hijacking and theft, they are blaming the victim. It is time for all of us who believe to stand up and shout …………………….
WE ARE ALL IHH