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Israeli raid on Gaza aid flotilla broke law - UN probe

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11393836

Israel's military broke international laws during its raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, a UN Human Rights Council investigation says.

The three-member panel said Israeli commandoes' response to the flotilla was "disproportionate" and "betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality".

Israel insists that its soldiers acted in self-defence during the 31 May raid.

Nine people were killed on board a Turkish ship as it tried to breach an Israeli naval blockade of Gaza.

There was widespread international criticism of Israel's actions, which severely strained relations with its long-time Muslim ally, Turkey.

Israeli rebuttal
In a 56-page report, the UN panel said: "There is clear evidence to support prosecutions of the following crimes within the terms of article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention: wilful killing; torture or inhuman treatment; wilfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health".

The Convention is an international treaty governing the protection of civilians in times of war.

The UN investigators also said the Israeli blockade of the Palestinian territory was "unlawful" because of a humanitarian crisis there.

Just before the report was released, Israel dismissed the Human Rights Council as being biased, politicised and extremist.

Israel also said that work on its own independent enquiry into the raid was still continuing.

The Israeli investigation has two foreign observers, but critics say its remit is too narrow.

There is also an ongoing separate UN enquiry - ordered by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon - into the raid.


Added: Sep-22-2010 
By: Xenophon
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  • Israel Failed Big Time. You don't need PhD degree to know that no country can go out to international water to hijack and kill people. Today it is still called piracy. You allow this BS to your own detriment, as tomorrow Israel may just decide it is justifiable to come bomb your ass in America.

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  • Just my opinion, but FTUN!

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  • http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-12/13/content_10497366.htm

    Even Ban Ki Moon has called the Human Rights council out for its unfair focus on Israel. They don't care about North Korea, Tibet, Sudan. Nope just Israel. The council's agenda is in many instances chaired by countries with dismal human rights records.

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    • Why?

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    • The UN spend plenty of time on other conflicts, such as Darfur, Rwanda, Yugoslavia(Kosovo)

      However there is a point here: As realpolitik i.e. money, wealth, arms and power have backed Israel since the conflict began (albeit less now), one of the only real recourses for those wanting to do something about Israeli crimes has been via the UN and increasingly other Intl bodies, which don't have real power can have some bearing on the conflict and how its perceived.

      Of course as soon as this non-vi More..

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    • Because it's supposed to be a sanctuary of democracy and tolerance within the Middle East where the words democracy and tolerance are quite rare. And it's viewed in the Mid East as a strong western partner so what happens in Israel paints a picture of the west to the Muslim population which is increasingly against us.

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    • Don't worry, nothing will change.

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    • As I've pointed out Israeli radicalism stems from Palestinian radicalism. It was they who drew first blood. In some sense does that not at least partially morally justify our helping Israel?

      Even though we have many illegal immigrants here in California would I be justified in attacking them? Should I not expect them to organize and defend themselves?

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  • Thank goodness there are heroic people around who are prepared to face Zionist terrorism and piracy in an attempt to bring succour to the enslaved people of Palestine.

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    • Why doesn't YOUR country offer the Palestinians a
      homeland,if you are so concerned? Or Canada? Canada
      has a huge amount of land,being used by a very small
      number of people.Give some to their Palestinian
      brothers and sisters! It won't happen,because you
      and I both know that the Palestinian's have no desire
      for a homeland. They want Israel dead,end of story.
      Cheers.

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    • The Palestinians had a homeland old son, it was called Palestine.
      They lived there for longer than the US of hate has existed.
      Sadly the regular murders of British soldiers and civil servants in Palestine by Zionist terrorists forced the British Government to abandon the Palestinians.
      Read books much?

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    • Hey,
      Wasnt it you British that named it Jewish Palestine to start with?
      And as far as you claiming the Palestinians had a home here older than Britain, show me one reference to Arabs calling themselves PAlestinian pre 64.
      I didnt know Britain was only 46 years old, old boy.

      You should ask yourself whether you read books much, before questioning others.

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    • http://whatreallyhappened.com/IMAGES/antiquepalestine1851.jpg

      http://whatreallyhappened.com/IMAGES/antiquepalestine1866.jpg

      http://whatreallyhappened.com/IMAGES/Lawrence_map.jpg

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    • You cannot keep bringing FACTS to a conversation with freejay...lol



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  • And ho hum, the drunken party-hopping snoots at the UN continue with their nonsense. Why, because like it or not, bureaucracies must justify their own existence.

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  • ok, but does it really matter

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  • Well, I say the UN should do everything it usually does to countries like Rawanda, Sudan, Etc when they are accused of human rights violations or violations of international law with exactly the same vigor.

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  • UN fuck off, who cares they are all commies. amazing thing is the UN goes to third world countries and sits around as their own peacekeeping troops rape the locals and watch as minorities are ethnic cleanced( Rwanda, Bosnia)

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