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Israel agrees to UN's flotilla raid inquiry
August 3, 2010
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FORMER New Zealand prime minister Geoffrey Palmer will head a United Nations inquiry into Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that resulted in the deaths of nine Turkish citizens.

This brings to five the number of inquiries set up to examine the events surrounding the May 31 interception of the flotilla as it tried to breach Israel's naval blockade of the tiny Palestinian enclave that is home to 1.5 million.

The four-person UN-panel will include outgoing Colombian president Alvaro Uribe, plus a panel member chosen by Israel and another by Turkey.

The quasi-judicial inquiry will begin its work next week, and is due to deliver a first interim report by the middle of next month. A final report is due by February.

''This is a very sensitive matter,'' said Mr Palmer, a former law professor who succeeded David Lange as prime minister of New Zealand in 1989. ''It's a quasi-judicial inquiry, so it is really very important to maintain a sense of detachment.''

After at first steadfastly refusing to co-operate with any possible UN inquiry, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had nothing to hide.

''It is in the national interest of the state of Israel to ensure that the factual truth of the overall flotilla events comes to light throughout the world,'' Mr Netanyahu said.

He said Israel had decided to participate only after it had been assured that the inquiry would be charged with a fair and balanced mandate.

Next week Mr Netanyahu, along with Defence Minister Ehud Barak and Israel Defence Forces chief Gabi Ashkenazi, will testify before Israel's own commission of inquiry into the raid being headed by former Israeli Supreme Court justice Jacob Turkel.

Last month, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights announced its own inquiry into the raid.

This followed a military review conducted by former IDF senior commander Giora Eiland.

Israel's State Comptroller, Micha Lindenstrauss, is also investigating the raid.

After Israel refused to co-operate with a UN Commission on Human Rights inquiry into the 2008-09 conflict in Gaza, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Israel's decision to participate in the flotilla inquiry was an ''unprecedented development''.

''I thank the leaders of the two countries [Israel and Turkey] with whom I have engaged in last-minute consultations over the weekend, for their spirit of compromise and forward-looking co-operation,'' Mr Ban said.

He said he hoped that the inquiry would ''impact positively on the relationship between Turkey and Israel, as well as the overall situation in the Middle East''.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the UN probe an important step, saying the investigation ''demonstrates that every UN member is accountable for its actions''.

The announcement of the inquiry was also welcomed by the United States ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, who said it represented a positive step towards repairing the once strong ties between Israel and Turkey.

August 3, 2010
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Israeli government spokesman
Mark Regev.

Israel to take part in UN probe of flotilla raid

JERUSALEM — Israel's prime minister has informed U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon that Israel will take part in a U.N. investigation of the deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, a government spokesman said Monday.

The panel will be set up by Ban, who has been pressing Israel to cooperate with the investigation.

"Today, Israel informed the secretary general of the United Nations that we will participate in a panel set up by the secretary general to look into the flotilla incident," spokesman Mark Regev told The Associated Press. "Ultimately we are sure that the facts are on our side. We have no problem whatsoever with a credible, objective panel."

The decision marks a departure for Israel, which has frequently viewed the United Nations with suspicion and accused many U.N. bodies of being unfairly biased against the Jewish state.

Regev would not say what, if any, assurances Israel had received from the U.N. chief.

August 3, 2010
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Mark Regev (formerly Freiberg) is an Israeli diplomat and media spokes person.

He is the spokesman for the Prime Minister of Israel and an advisor on foreign press and public affairs, a position he has held since his appointment by the former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in 2007.

Regev was born Mark Freiberg in Melbourne, Australia in 1960 to Martin and Freda Freiberg. He graduated from Mount Scopus Memorial College, received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science and History at Melbourne University,

Mark Regev joined the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1990, serving at Israeli embassies in Beijing, China and Washington, D.C., as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Consulate General in Hong Kong, and as a lecturer on International Relations and Strategy at the Israel Defense Forces Staff College. Prior to the appointment to his current position he was as the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.

August 5, 2010
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They've had two months to doctor and destroy evidence.

August 10, 2010
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"Aquatank" wrote: They've had two months to doctor and destroy evidence.

True that.

August 10, 2010
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If it were any group of people other than the Jews that you guys treated that way, you would be ostricized, and tossed out of here for being the bigoted people you are. But I guess it's a free-for-all as long as the Jews are taking the hits.

Pure, unadulterated bigotry... proudly on display by folks, many of whom preach peace and tolerance.

Hyprocrites.

Every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe-a spirit vastly superior to that of man. - Albert Einstein

August 12, 2010
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"frrostedman" wrote: If it were any group of people other than the Jews that you guys treated that way, you would be ostricized, and tossed out of here for being the bigoted people you are. But I guess it's a free-for-all as long as the Jews are taking the hits.

Pure, unadulterated bigotry... proudly on display by folks, many of whom preach peace and tolerance.

Hyprocrites.

Your stealing my gig now.

I have said that many times.

Their all ok attacking the Jews & the Arabs, Muslims .... but the second you say boo about Americans they all go Psychotic.

Hyprocrites ........ Indeed.

August 26, 2010
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Israel has started messing with the probe already. Apparently they are trying to keep their soldiers from testifying.
http://news.antiwar.com/2010/08/24/un-i ... lla-probe/

Frrostedman,
Its not about Jews its about Israel and I treat the US the same, the UK the same, Canada the same, the Russians the same, Hamas the same, the Taliban the same and any other oppressor I come across, that ticks me off. And that includes groups that defend witch doctors that kill albinos for body parts, or priests that accuse children of being witches in Africa. Heres the point, the Israelis belong behind the Greenline and should stop oppressing people of Palestine and Gaza in defiance of of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Speaking of the USA and investgating itself, that piece it submitted to the UN is atrocious.
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2010/08/u ... eport.html

September 24, 2010
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"frrostedman" wrote: If it were any group of people other than the Jews that you guys treated that way, you would be ostricized, and tossed out of here for being the bigoted people you are. But I guess it's a free-for-all as long as the Jews are taking the hits.

Pure, unadulterated bigotry... proudly on display by folks, many of whom preach peace and tolerance.

Hyprocrites.

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UN: Israeli raid of aid flotilla ‘grave violations of human rights law’, ‘unnecessary violence’.
GENEVA – A UN probe said Wednesday there was clear evidence to back prosecutions against Israel for killing and torture when its troops stormed a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May.

In a scathing report, it also threw out Israel’s argument that the aid activists were violent, thereby justifying the decision by Israeli soldiers to open fire.

The incident left nine Turkish nationals dead and drew global condemnation.

Saying some were victims of actions “consistent with… summary execution,” the inquiry ordered by the UN Human Rights Council said Israel’s military used “unnecessary violence.”

These “constituted grave violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law,” it said, adding there was “clear evidence to support prosecutions” of crimes including “willful killing; torture or inhuman treatment; and willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health.”

Israel rejected the report as “biased” and “one-sided.”

“As expected of a democratic country, Israel has been — and still is — investigating the events of the Gaza flotilla,” said a statement released by the Israeli foreign ministry late Wednesday night.

It added that its own committee of inquiry, which includes two international observers, was still at work and that Israel had also agreed to take part in an inquiry set up by the UN Secretary General.“The report… is as biased and as one sided as the body that has produced it,” the statement said.

“Israel… is of the opinion that the flotilla incident is amply and sufficiently investigated as it is. All additional dealing with this issue is superfluous and unproductive.”

Israel has insisted that it acted in line with international law, arguing that it had the right to retaliate against ships attempting to breach its blockade of the impoverished Gaza Strip.

However, the probe said Israel’s enforcement of a blockade was itself unlawful, since Gaza was suffering from a humanitarian crisis on the day of the deadly raid.

“For this reason alone, the blockade is unlawful and cannot be sustained in law. This is so regardless of the grounds on which it is sought to justify the legality of the blockade,” said the report, which will be presented to the rights council on Monday.

It said even those activists who did not try to stop Israeli soldiers from boarding the aid ships “received injuries, including fatal injuries.”

“It is apparent that no effort was made to minimise injuries at certain states of the operation and that the use of live fire was done in an extensive and arbitrary manner,” said the inquiry.

“The circumstances of the killing of at least six of the passengers were in a manner consistent with an extra-legal, arbitrary and summary execution,” it added.“The conduct of the Israeli military and other personnel towards the flotilla pasengers was not only disproportionate to the occasion but demonstrated levels of totally unnecessary and incredible violence,” said the probe.

The fact-finding mission, chaired by Karl Hudson-Phillips, former judge of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, had travelled to Turkey, Jordan and Britain to interview witnesses and officials for the probe.

Desmond de Silva, former chief prosecutor of the Sierra Leone War Crimes Tribunal, and Shanthi Dairiam, as Malaysian human rights expert, are the other members of the panel.

http://zakiraah.wordpress.com/2010/09/2 ... st-israel/

Bring Em All Home Cole

And a follow up to the severity of the event itself. One has to wonder how the smallest state on the Planet is capable of keeping the spotlight on those Nasty TERRORISTS while they engage in same right under the Public's noses. Must be some sort of agenda!

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Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
Turkey has praised a UN probe into Israel’s deadly takeover of a Turkish-organized aid convoy, describing the investigation as “absolutely unbiased.”

Released on Wednesday, the report by the UN Human Rights Council condemned Israel’s May 31 attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters, which killed nine Turkish nationals aboard the civilian fleet.

The navy commando attack “constituted grave violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law,” the report added.

Briefing reporters in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu welcomed the report as “extremely unbiased and based on sound evidence.”

“We appreciate it… It meets our expectations. I hope the Israeli side will… from now on act within international law,” he went on to say.

So based on the report the Isralis have broken International Law---What shall the Good God fearing peoples suggest as a result of said report? Maybe an EYE 4 an EYE! :

http://zakiraah.wordpress.com/

September 24, 2010
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Cole
as much as I agree with the UN Human Rights report, we still have to wait on the second UN investigation & report which isn't done yet. We may yet see different conclusions.

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