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UN Uses Genocidal Dictator to Clear Israel in High Seas MurdersTim King Salem-News.com
Nobody following the issue will be surprised...
(SALEM, Ore.) - The United Nations now backs illegal activity, officially. It seems the influence of the United States and ally Israel were sufficient to bring an official reaction that Israel's deadly 2010 raid in open ocean waters on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara was legal.
The New York Times has the story right now, they report that the United Nations review of Israel’s raid on Gaza Freedom Flotilla ships including the Mavi Marmara, out of Turkey, which our writer Ken O'Keefe was aboard, finds Israel's actions "both legal and appropriate". The UN also says the way Israeli forces boarded the vessels was excessive and unreasonable. (see: New York Times - Report Finds Naval Blockade by Israel Legal but Faults Raid)
The UN also reportedly finds that Israeli forces faced, “organized and violent resistance from a group of passengers”.
The passengers had slingshots, and some of the railing of the ship had been cut up to provide crude defensive weapons, but Israel began by having snipers kill passengers aboard the ship before any Israeli boots were on her deck, and concluded by killing the majority of the victims "execution style".
Again, the peace activists had no guns, and their only desire was to end the mass suffering in Gaza that Israel and its illegal blockade are responsible for. They refused no lay down and not defend the ship that at the time, was their home, and privately owned. Ken O'Keefe personally participated in disarming two Israeli 'commandos' and in each case, could have easily shot them. Instead, he and other activists took the injured soldiers into the ship's medical center for treatment, then released them umharmed.
Also, it is important to note that the Mavi Marmara and the other ships and boats in the flotilla, had been thoroughly, repeatedly inspected and even pocket knives were not allowed by passengers. The video 'Mavi Marmara Witness' explains this in great detail through both Ken O'Keefe, and survivor Kevin Neish of Victoria, B.C.
Such behavior is unknown to the Israelis, seemingly, as they ensured the deaths of at least two men by denying them medical care, as they profusely bled from Israeli bullets, after the ship was fully secured. This, Israel did while being begged by one of the only Palestinian Israeli Knesset members, Haneen Zoabi, who the soldiers repeatedly threatened to shoot, to simply provide dire medical care.
According to the New York Times, the UN's 105-page report was completed months ago, though it was delayed as negotiations took place between Turkey. Neither government is happy with the outcome of the report and many believed its release would never take place.
Turkey, above all, takes exception to the conclusion that Israel’s naval blockade is consistent with international law, and that deadly force against civilians is deemed acceptable even toward ships in international waters.
Turkey maintains that the conclusion oversteps the mandate of the four-member panel appointed by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and that the decision stands in direct conflict with previous UN.
The report, which begins with what appears to be a heavily biased tone, "Israel faces a real threat to its security from militant groups in Gaza," was assembled by a panel of dubious origin. The UN's investigation of the events aboard the Mavi Marmara, was led by Sir Geoffrey Palmer, a former prime minister of New Zealand, and aided by Álvaro Uribe, a former president of Colombia. Regardless of his ties to the U.S. government, Uribe, as our writer Belén Fernandez noted in her article, Learning from Israel:
"Commission to investigate the “false positives” phenomenon during the administration of Alvaro Uribe, in which members of the Colombian army—reportedly in thousands of instances—murdered civilians and then disguised the corpses as FARC guerrillas in order to receive bonuses and additional vacation time."
That is just the tip of the iceberg, Uribe stands accused of a long list of war crimes and Human Rights violations, he is the last person alive who should be a judge for Israel. Only countries that cooperate with the United States, like Israel, Sri Lanka and Colombia, are "allowed" to commit Genocide legally.
It was also noted in the report that the panel lacked the power to compel testimony or demand documents, so its integrity is weakness in extended form.
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