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UN Uses Genocidal Dictator to Clear Israel in High Seas Murders

Nobody following the issue will be surprised...

These are the people Israel attacked, slaughtering nine while receiving no casualties, because the ship's crew was unarmed.
These are the people Israel attacked, slaughtering nine while receiving no casualties, because the ship's crew was unarmed.

(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.

From: The Truth about Israel's Attack on the Mavi Marmara,
as Opposed to what The BBC Reports

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.

From: David Rovics' Song for the Mavi Marmara Tribute Video

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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Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Silver Spoke Award by the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (2011), Excellence in Journalism Award by the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs (2010), Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), First-place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Tim has several years of experience in network affiliate news TV stations, having worked as a reporter and photographer at NBC, ABC and FOX stations in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Tim was a member of the National Press Photographer's Association for several years and is a current member of the Orange County Press Club. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. As News Editor, Tim among other things, is responsible for publishing the original content of 82 Salem-News.com writers. He reminds viewers that emails are easily missed and urges those trying to reach him, to please send a second email if the first goes unanswered. You can write to Tim at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com


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Anonymous September 1, 2011 6:07 pm (Pacific time)

Even tho I agree with this article Tim, I woke yesterday sick to my stomach in regards what U.S./Britain/other countries backed NATO did in Libya. NATO is ruthless, and out of control. And guess what? They care about the U.S. about as much as they care about Iraq. Do you understand where I am coming from here? Iraq is in shambles with slavery, child prostitution, killings etc. Libya has been bombed to rubble, and can you believe they supported al quada to be the rebels? This is so out of control and most people dont even realize it. Maybe when we see foreign troops on American soil they will get a clue. We are all Palestinians now. As far as the U.S.? The economy is in collapse, and they are already preparing FEMA and foreign troops to intervene during the civil uprisings. Do you know that the entire southwest has that, El Raja (sp) sorry, advocating killing the whites? And they DONT GET IN TROUBLE? If I said I wanted to kill a mexican I would be jailed without due process! Dont blame the tea party, dont blame obama or bush, dont even blame israel, they are all just second hand players..BLAME their bosses! Here is a 5 minute video, that will give you a glimpse into what I have been researching for over a decade. It just came to my attention recently, and is easier to share than me writing a novel that would take hundreds of pages. Wake up, this is the REAL truth. Please watch, its only 5 minutes.. I have hundreds of documentaries to back this up, but I know you are busy. Surely you have 5 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1nxTEUSIdo

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