29 September 2010

In the News...

According to a UN investigation, even if Osama Bin Laden himself had been present on the Gaza-bound flotilla which was blocked by Israel last May, Israel's actions still would have been illegal. Ah, yes, don't you just love how fair and just the world is toward Israel?

CNS News reports:
Israel’s blockade of a Gaza-bound flotilla last May would have been illegal, even if Osama bin Laden himself had been on the ship full of pro-Palestinian activists, a member of a U.N.-appointed fact-finding mission told the Human Rights Council.
The Geneva-based HRC is considering a report by the three-member commission that investigated the so-called “flotilla incident” – Israel’s interception at sea of Gaza-bound vessels, including the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara, on May 31, 2010.  The ensuing deadly clashes between Israeli commandos and pro-Palestinian activists left nine activists dead.
Accusing Israel of war crimes, the report stated that the seizure of the ship was illegal, based on the determination that the Israeli blockade was itself illegal under international law.
Israel claimed its soldiers acted in self-defense after being attacked by activists wielding iron bars and other weapons.
U.N. Watch had earlier submitted to the commission a package of more than 40 reports, audio and video clips which it said “documented the jihadist intent and actions of the IHH militants on the ship.” U.N. Watch representative Leon Saltiel asked the commission Tuesday why the evidence had been disregarded.
Both the commission head, Trinidadian Judge Karl Hudson-Phillips, and panel member Desmond da Silva, a British jurist, indicated in their response that the intentions and statements of those onboard the boat were irrelevant to their conclusions.
The points raised by U.N. Watch were “not something which would have altered our conclusions as to the lawfulness or otherwise of the Israeli intervention,” Hudson-Phillips said. “It would not have made the blockade lawful, and therefore it would not have made the interception lawful. It could not have changed our thinking in any way.”
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