Posted: August 23, 2010 in Israel

In a recent article from the “Israel Today” magazine which posted the results of the flotilla enquiry.

“The Israeli military inquiry says the arm was poorly prepared for the raid on the aid flotilla Israel trying to break the Gaza blockade on May 31st.  Israeli commandos stormed the ships, killing nine people and sparked international outrage. Israel says the soldiers were acting in self defence when they were attacked by pro-Palestinian activist wielding clubs and knife.  The report said military intelligence underestimated the violent response.  The battle plan was flawed: for instance commandos were armed to with paint guns because they expected passive resistance……At same time, the inquiry found no wrong doing or intelligence and therefore did not call for any officer to resign. Former general Yaakov Amidror believes that is the right approach.”

If this is meant to be the results of this enquiry and if so does anyone see anything wrong with this report?

We have a bunch of military trained soldiers who drop down from helicopters at night with nothing more than paint guns and yet nine people die.   The battle took place in international waters on board a foreign national boat.  The right of self protection from what I could see was on the side of the sailors whose boat was attacked and not on those who boarded it.  Just as it is the right of an occupier of a house to defend his house against a violent burglar.   They said the soldiers were acting in self defence.  In reality it should read that the sailors on the boat were acting in self defence from boarding pirates.  The fact that nine people were killed and no Israeli officer is forced to resign or be punished shows how little this enquiry takes serious the taking of life. I also find it hard to believe how nine people can be killed with paint guns when these people died from bullet wounds.

From the final report which basically says “One of the ways to …..Better in the future is to learn from mistakes” Otherwise its better luck next time.  The word cover up comes to mind.    Israel immediately easers Gaza blockade in an attempt to appease international anger.

Maybe the question which should be raised is why some official body UN or otherwise could not have boarded the ships , inspected the cargo at their last docking and then travelled with them to confirm that arms were not being secretly transported.    But then that would be just too easy.

As Christians we cannot be for or against one side or the other.  Nor can we allow our emotions to dictate the truth in this matter.

Pro 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people.

If there is unrighteousness, or acts of a criminal offence committed by either side.  Then both sides must be held accountable.  The fact that the Israeli government is not willing to prosecute, let alone hold its officers accountable shows a high disregard for the rule of law.

Let’s say you are travelling down a road one day in your car.  The car is stopped and you and your family are robbed.  Do you allow the robbers to take all you have or do you fight back.  Then the police come along and you are the ones to be taken into custody.  The robbers moan that they were attacked and beaten up, and their rights were violated by you.   The following enquiry finds you guilty while the attackers are given a good handshake and sent on their way.  Naturally you would say that this is madness.  Yet is this not what these soldiers did?

  1. Testimony from someone who was there. I posted it as it was given. It would be interesting to see if these is any more information on the man in the video:

    “After seeing passengers shot at close range they tried to grab the weapons to stop the killing. Kenneth Nichols O’Keefe was later beaten by the Israelis.

    A US war veteran said yesterday he confronted Israeli commandos when they raided a Gaza-bound aid ship which he had boarded as a peace activist, Anatolia news agency reported.

    Kenneth Nichols O’Keefe, his face bruised and still stained with blood, flew to Istanbul from Tel Aviv, on his way to Ireland, the report said.

    “We overpowered three Israeli commandos. They looked at us… They thought we would kill them, but we let them go,” O’Keefe said, adding he took the weapon of one of the soldiers and emptied it, according to Anatolia.
    The ex-marine said he saw five people being killed on board the Mavi Marmara.”

  2. Smuggled out phototage that israel does not want you to see

    On the night of Sunday, May 30, showing a terrifying disregard for human life, Israeli naval forces surrounded and boarded ships sailing to bring humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip. On the largest ship, the Mavi Marmara, Israeli commandos opened fire on civilian passengers, killing at least 9 passengers and wounding dozens more. Others are still missing. The final death toll is yet to be determined. Cultures of Resistance director Iara Lee was aboard the besieged ship and has since returned home safely.

    Despite the Israeli government’s thorough efforts to confiscate all footage taken during the attack, Iara Lee was able to retain some of her recordings. Above is raw footage from the moments leading up to and during the Israeli commandos’ assault on the Mavi Marmara.

    Full video

  3. A United Nations Human Rights Council investigation concluded that the Israeli military broke international laws during a raid on a Turkish ship that was part of an aid flotilla trying to deliver humanitarian supplies to Gaza. Ken O’Keefe says that the Israeli commandos stole footage that shows executions carried out on the flotilla.

    UN Probe Recommends Prosecution of Israel for Attack on Gaza Flotilla

    A high-level UN probe has recommended the prosecution of Israeli officials for the May 31st attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in international waters. In a report to the UN Human Rights Council, a three-member panel of international jurists said there is “clear evidence to support prosecutions” for “willful killing” and torture committed during Israel’s raid on the Mavi Marmara. The panel says Israel’s storming of the ship “betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality” that “demonstrated levels of totally unnecessary and incredible violence,” violating “international humanitarian and human rights law.” Nine activists were killed in the attack, including a US citizen. The Human Rights Council is expected to take up the report’s findings on Monday.

    Palestinian Right Conference
    New Delhi, India
    Palestinian Civil Society
    Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel
    Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights

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