Robin Shepherd has it right
Thu, 09/23/2010 - 13:20
The UN Human Rights Council investigation into the attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla by the Israeli military on 31 May 2010 has revealed its findings in a 56 page Report. The probe, which included interviews with witnesses from across Europe, Turkey and the Arab world, concluded that Israel’s military had broken international laws during its raid on the Flotilla carrying over 600 peace activists to Gaza.
The main findings within the Report which refute Israeli allegations include:
The conduct of the Israeli military and other personnel towards the flotilla passengers was not only disproportionate to the occasion but demonstrated levels of totally unnecessary and incredible violence (Para 264)
There is no evidence of live fire being used by passengers (Para 112)
“The Mission has found no evidence to suggest that any of the passengers used firearms or that any firearms were taken on board the ship.” (Para 116)
Reports of communications coming from the Flotilla ships about Auschwitz / 9/11 were dismissed: “The Mission is not satisfied that these recordings are authentic – the Mission as given positive evidence that no such statements were made by anyone involved in communications on the flotilla.” (Para 110)
The retention by the Israeli authorities of unlawfully seized property remains a continuing offence and Israel is called upon to return such property forthwith (Para 266)
“All the passengers on board the ships comprising the flotilla who appeared before the Mission impressed the members as persons genuinely committed to the spirit of humanitarianism and imbued with a deep and genuine concern for the welfare of the inhabitants of Gaza. The Mission can only express the hope that differences will be resolved in the short rather than the long term so that peace and harmony may exist in the area.” (Para 273)
“The findings of this investigation are a vindication of those of us on board who have been smeared by an orchestrated campaign to de-legitimise the Flotilla and those on board. We call on the British government to consider the findings carefully and take a stronger position than it has to date in making Israel accountable for its actions and demanding compensation for the theft of our possession by the Israeli military, amounting to hundreds of thousands of pounds,” stated Ismail Patel.
Thu, 09/23/2010 - 13:25
I find hilarious the fact that you hate the BBC so much and always go out of your way to criticise it, simply for being critical of the Israeli occupation, yet when you agree with some of that which it reported, all of the sudden its heralded as 'excellent journalism'.
Thu, 09/23/2010 - 14:28
haven;t been able to find a single news source that qualifies its reort in the way Robin Shepherd demands of the BBC,not even the jerusalem post. They all just report the findings and israel's critiscism just like the BBC.
Thu, 09/23/2010 - 15:49
Robin's blog has rejected my constructive criticisms of his post.
Thu, 09/23/2010 - 19:56
Good. Robin knows how to Moderate. Others (no names) could tale a leaf out of his book.
Thu, 09/23/2010 - 19:57
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Thu, 09/23/2010 - 21:17
ibrows, you would not be able to recognize constructive criticism if you saw it. You are just a propaganda spreading activist, unable of independant thought.
UNHRC is the laughing stock of the world and no one cares about its 'conclusions' that were announced before it started its 'enquiry'.
UNHRC is dominated by human rights' worse violators on Earth, which is equivalent to giving the keys of the henhouse to the fox. Where is the condemnation of the rapist of Darfur women, where is the condemnation of the racist Mugabe, where is the condemnation of Iranian regime repression of opponents, execution of gays, stoning of women?
The UNHRC has made a nightmare of the human rights' dream.
Fri, 09/24/2010 - 14:10
Organisations such as Amnesty International do indeed condemn the human rights violations of many of these countries, its only that you don't bother to read their documentation, which would undermine your ridiculous claims that they 'simply target Israel'.
Plus, raising the issue of worse crimes does not in any way absolve Israel of its responsibility of killing those on the Gaza flotilla.
Fri, 09/24/2010 - 16:26
moderate moderation ?
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