8 thoughts on “Dueling Gaza Investigations: Israeli-U.S. Attempt to Derail UN Probe of Mavi Marmara Attack – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Don’t count on Obama to give up on cosmetics. That’s what actors smear on to fool the audience. He is not the least “credible.”

    1. Haaretz keeps showing the stupid manipulated picture of “the man from Yemen with the knife” to illustrate their articles. Almost every day! It may not be a ‘big’ thing, but it annoys me, so each time they do so, I send them a mail to complain, and a link to the uncropped version.

      They used the picture again this afternoon (for me afternoon, I’m Paris time) to illustrate a piece with the headline:
      Probe: Erdogan knew Gaza flotilla would be violent.

      And of course the talkbacks came in: “The man with the knife in the picture above looks everything except naive and decent. It’s too bad that your agenda is blinding your eyesight.” Etc.

      This time, I kept sending them complaints. None of them were published of course, but all of a sudden the picture accompanying the article was changed: It now shows a commando lying on his back.

      So I will publish my complaint to Haaretz here:
      “When (if ever) will you show your readers the uncropped version of the picture of the man with the knife? It will show you that this man was dressed from head to toe in a Yemeni folk costume (of which the dagger forms a traditional part). It also shows that he was sitting on the floor – engaged in a performance of some kind for other members of the flotilla – surrounded by relaxed photographers. I am sure many people on the boat entertained their fellow activists with examples of their traditional culture. It is just that the IDF Spokesperson’s Office had no use for confiscated pictures of people dancing the Sirtaki for their propaganda purposes.”

      OK, that’s off my chest now.

    1. RE: “Mavi Marmara was heading away from the Israel/Gaza coast when attacked” – Meni Zehavi

      HASBARA: “Israel has the right to defend itself!”*
      * Fundie version: “Israel has the right to defend herself!”

      “Israel has every right to defend itself against terrorists which threaten its very survival…” – House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) 06/03/10

      “Israel has an absolute right to deal with its security interest,” Biden said in an interview on PBS’s “Charlie Rose” show. – 06/02/10

      “Israel will do what it has to do to defend 7.5 million Israelis” – Ambassador Michael Oren, 06/06/10

      “Once again, Israel is told that it has a right to defend itself but is condemned every time it exercises that right.” – Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, 06/02/10

    2. It’s absolutely true that our ships, already well into international waters, were moving even further away from Israel in an effort to avoid confrontation with Israeli warships and helicopters which were circling.

  2. Professor of international law at Ohio State University, John Quigley said yesterday: “Contrary to what many are claiming, including the New York Times in a front-page article on the Gaza flotilla, the Mavi Marmara, the vessel on which deaths occurred, is not Turkish-flagged. Although formerly Turkish-flagged, the Mavi Marmara was Comoros-flagged by the time of last week’s incident. The point may be of some significance, because Comoros, unlike Turkey, is a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The Court has jurisdiction over war crimes committed on vessels registered in a state that is party to the Rome Statute.”
    SOURCE – http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/06/07-13

  3. There is also the legal position that because the siege on Gaza is illegal, hence the attack on the flotilla preventing aid from reaching Gaza is illegal. This position may actually supercede maritime law regarding whether or not the ships were in international waters. In other words, if the flotilla were 200 feet from the Gaza shore, they still had the right to dock because Israel legally had no business stopping them.

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