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How could it be otherwise?  Piracy is still an offence as is pre-meditated murder, both of which were committed in this instance.

What is disgraceful is that such a horrific international crime has been turned into yet another fiasco when swift and decisive action should have been taken from the very beginning – a naval escort provided for the flotilla to complete its journey to Gaza, and the killers responsible arrested under international warrants and brought to trial outside of Israel.  That is all.

I don’t know why we have to go through this after every atrocity carried out by this vile entity.  The very idea of there being justification for this massacre is disgusting,  Even setting up tribunals and the like has turned this into something it is not, giving credence of any kind to a terrorist state.

And regardless of how many tribunals come to the only conclusion they can, what will happen?  Nothing.

Angie Tibbs
Journalist
CANADA

(UKPA) — Israeli forces violated international law when they raided a Gaza-bound aid flotilla killing nine activists earlier this year, a report by three UN-appointed human rights experts said.

The UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) fact-finding mission concluded that Israel’s naval blockade of the Palestinian territory was unlawful because of the humanitarian crisis there, and described the military raid on the flotilla as brutal and disproportionate.

The entire report can be seen HERE in PDF form…

The Israeli Foreign Ministry responded by saying the Human Rights Council, which commissioned the report, had a “biased, politicised and extremist approach”.

The Islamic militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza, praised the report and called for those involved in the raid to be punished.

The 56-page document lists a series of alleged crimes committed by Israeli forces during and after the raid, including wilful killing and torture, and claims there is “clear evidence to support prosecutions”.

“A series of violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, were committed by the Israeli forces during the interception of the flotilla and during the detention of passengers in Israel prior to deportation,” the experts found.

Examining the circumstances of the raid, the panel concluded that a humanitarian crisis existed in Gaza on the day of the incident in Gaza and “for this reason alone the blockade is unlawful and cannot be sustained in law”.

Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza after Hamas militants violently seized control of the coastal territory from the moderate Palestinian Fatah party in 2007. Israel allows humanitarian aid and goods into Gaza via land crossings after inspection for weapons.

“The conduct of the Israeli military and other personnel toward the flotilla passengers was not only disproportionate to the occasion but demonstrated levels of totally unnecessary and incredible violence. It betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality,” the report said.

It described the Israeli raid on May 31, in which eight Turkish activists and one Turkish-American aboard the Mavi Marmara were shot and killed, as “clearly unlawful”.

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  1. Dawoodi Morkas on the 23. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    I had written in the BBC blog on Gaza flotilla that there was bias in the BBC conduct on the whole program and they were trying to influence reports around the world based on their program, My remarks were expunged and I was debarred from commenting.

    The UN report on the Turkish effort has vindicated my opinion and the BBC has been exposed.

    Israel is a monstrous State. It has to be made to pay for the loss of life and limbs of the unarmed Palestinians. Unless the Palestinians ar made a free nation there is no justification of an Independent Israel on Arab Lands.

  2. LanceThruster on the 23. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    Dawoodi Morkas – It is sad and troubling just how much the narrative is controlled even when regarding something as basic as expressing one’s own opinion.

    The worst are the PEP sites (Progessive Except Palestine) and I consider being banned from them a badge of honor as it reveals them as tools (Huffingtom Post & Daily Kos are prime offenders).

    If an agenda requires so much gatekeeping and such a coordinated disinformation campaign, it is painfully obvious that it cannot stand on its own merits.

  3. Robert H. Stiver on the 24. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    Zionist Israel has descended into and is mired in a full-blown collective criminal psychosis. The entire colonialist ideology termed Zionism, taken from Western colonialism during hard times for the Jewish people, doesn’t fit our times and must be erased. The Palestinians, Christian and Muslim alike, suffer immeasurably as the hapless victim as the Zionists maraud, plunder, murder and maim and generally act as psychotics act. Fellow Arab states are no help to their brethren in Palestine, and the flailing Western colonialists, led by the U.S., Britain and France and cowardly supported by the likes of Canada and Australia, are an exercise in rottenness. The West has allowed militant/political Zionism to assume its present role of bully, and now that the bully is immensely strong and arrogant, the question must be posed: How does one confront and undertake resolute treatment of a criminal psychotic when that very same criminal psychotic (in collective) is in charge of the insane asylum? I see no equitable, just and lasting resolution to the torment of the Palestinians, along with the rest of the world’s poor and oppressed who sink deeper into poverty and despair as the West pours trillions of dollars into propping up Zionism and its lust for control, domination and hegemony in the Middle East region and beyond, in my lifetime….

  4. Robert H. Stiver on the 24. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    I intended to make an incidental note to my above comment: As relatively straightforward and factual as it is, the article nonetheless engages in some language that deminimizes the magnitude of Zionism’s assault on the Palestinians’ history, culture, present “existence,” and very hopes for survival: e.g., “Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza after Hamas militants violently seized control of the coastal territory from the moderate Palestinian Fatah party in 2007. Israel allows humanitarian aid and goods into Gaza via land crossings after inspection for weapons.” A more accurate rendering, IMO, would be something like: “Israel imposed a sadistic, collective-punishment blockade on Gaza after the Hamas party, democratically elected in 2006 and in the great majority in Gaza, was forced to take control of the Strip by force in 2007 after fratricidal provocation by the minority Fatah party. Israel allows (even as it avers that it does not ‘occupy” Gaza), with extreme prejudice and in far smaller quantities than are minimally essential, humanitarian aid and goods into Gaza via land crossings after inspection for ‘weapons’ — which, if introduced at all, could only be far, far less lethal and numerous than the massive arsenal at state-terrorist Israel’s disposal in a never-ceasing pipeline from its benefactor America.” My revision is perhaps a bit tilted on the other side of the scale, but the Palestinians deserve a break after 63 years of Al-Nakba and counting, don’t they now?

  5. Debbie on the 24. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    As for: “Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza after Hamas militants violently seized control of the coastal territory from the moderate Palestinian Fatah party in 2007.”

    It must be kept in mind, and before the public eye at all times, that the PA, the PLA, the PLO, and all other organizations, whatever they are called, are not the elected representatives of the Palestinian people, freely elected BY the Palestinian people as were the Palestinian Hamas Party!

    The so-called “Civil War” between Hamas and Fatah following the election, in which Hamas was forced to take refuge in Gaza, was not a “Civil war,” but was the violent and military action supported by US/Israel with force of arms resorted to by a defeated incumbent and corrupted government agency, to deny the freely elected representatives of the Palestinian people from occupying the offices which they were legally elected by the people to occupy. That may not set well with the US and Israel, nor with many of their “allied” puppets, mimics and toadies, but, it WAS a FREE and OPEN election demanded, orchestrated and supervised by the US,the UN and Western powers, and HAMAS won!

    No one has ever claimed that the”Democratic Process” was the best way to achieve Fascist of totalitarian puppet control over a people, as the United States and Israel had apparently thought it might.

  6. Rexw on the 24. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    Even more discouraging on this day, 24th September was the weak speech by that Israeli stooge, Obama, at the UN.
    He has shown his real colours yet again and the allegiance he has to the Israeli shekel as well as his lack of respect for the rule of law makes his time left as president nothing more or less than a temporary holding position.
    He has let down all those who thought at the time of his inauguration that he was a man with some character and honesty. He has turned out to be the exact opposite.

    A mouthpiece for Israel.

    A positive disgrace as a President whose lack of involvement and truthfulness will warrant an epitaph saying, simply, “A man who chose to do nothing and did it well”

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