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The Israeli navy seized an international pro-Palestinian activist ship in the Mediterranean sea on Saturday to prevent it breaching its blockade of the Gaza Strip, a military spokeswoman said.
The so-called Palmer Report on the Israeli raid of May 2010 that killed nine Turkish activists said earlier this month that Israel had used unreasonable force in last year's raid, but its naval blockade of the Hamas-ruled strip was legal. A panel of five independent U.N. rights experts reporting to the U.N. Human Rights Council rejected that conclusion, saying the blockade had subjected Gazans to collective punishment in "flagrant contravention of international human rights and humanitarian law."
"In pronouncing itself on the legality of the naval blockade, the Palmer Report does not recognize the naval blockade as an integral part of Israel's closure policy toward Gaza which has a disproportionate impact on the human rights of civilians," they said in a joint statement.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
If those ships want to dock at a port where what everyone says is no problem to see can BE seen, Israel doesn't block it. Gaza has a quite a luxury shopping mall, in fact, if anyone wants to google it. It was quite a ..confusing...statement of affairs over there when it opened a few years back
Anyway... The alternative is to just kinda sorta HOPE they have the cargo they declare as it's delivered directly to Hamas....who literally are the Gaza Government. They are among those that absolutely refuse, under any conditions, to recognize Israel or rescind the concept of total destruction being a really good thing to work toward.
However anyone feels about the conflict, allowing blue water cargo ships to dock right into the Self-declared and enthusiastic enemy (still firing into Israel on a regular basis) would be terminally stupid, bordering on willfully suicidal for the Israeli's. There has to be some logic allowed into this somewhere for their self defense....or are they just to interfere in no way at all and wait for the inevitable war?
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by buster2010
The United Nations official report following the investigation of the killings on the ships Israeli seized during the famous attempt to run the blockade says quite differently and essentially cleared the State of Israel in it's policy of maintaining the blockade by the standards of international law and norms. They were highly critical of other areas of Israel's response.....but if the U.N. had a beef with the blockade itself, that was the best time imaginable to make it. That was the whole point of Turkey demanding the investigation, after all. The UN's failure to even say much for harsh words is also among the biggest reasons Turkey is still anything but tolerant toward Israel at the moment. ...Could even be why Turkey hacked and disabled IFF so Turkish F-16's can lock and fire on Israeli aircraft. That report wasn't taken well.....but the blockade isn't going anywhere.
So.. As much as it's hurt relations with Turkey and many feel what the United Nations has failed to condemn in it's Official investigations is wrong....Well, thats not the way it's held Officially. So...Ships can dock for unload at the Israeli port...or be seized. Everyone knows the rules...and running the blockade is a ZERO possibility of success. That makes this stuff publicity stunt anyway and a dangerous one in any case.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned Israel on Monday that keeping its long-standing blockade of Gaza would only condemn the area's people to lasting poverty and play into the hands of extremists in the Middle East. In a speech to the world body's Human Rights Council, Ban also blamed what he called "indiscriminate rocket fire" into Israel from Hamas-controlled Gaza and serious rights violations there for "the immense human suffering" of its population. "I urge Israel to lift its harsh restrictions in order to ease the plight of civilians and bring an end to the closure," the UN chief declared in a reference to the blockade which the Israel government argues is a security measure.
Originally posted by Corruption Exposed
Anyone who supports this blockade deserves to suffer the same as the people of Gaza.