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Israeli Arabs receive second flotilla probe summons

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Israeli Arabs who sailed with a flotilla of ships attempting to break Israel’s Gaza naval blockade of Gaza each received a second subpoena to appear before the Israeli commission probing the incident.

Muhammad Zidan of Kafr Manda and Hamad Abu Dabus of Rahat failed to appear before the Turkel Commission Wednesday to testify about their voyage on the Mavi Marmara, which was intercepted by Israeli naval commandoes on May 31. Nine Turkish passengers, including a dual Turkish-American citizen, were killed in the operation.

In letters sent to the men late Wednesday evening, they were summoned again to appear before the commission on Oct. 25 at noon. If they fail to appear, commission chairman Jacob Turkel can request that the Israel Police bring them in, according to a statement issued by the commission.