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Gaza Flotilla Massacre: Whitewash Absolves Israel


By Stephen Lendman - Posted on 24 January 2011

Gaza Flotilla Massacre: Whitewash Absolves Israel - by Stephen Lendman

Last May 31, Israeli commandos attacked and murdered nine or more activists, injuring dozens in international waters on board the Mavi Marmara mother ship, one of five bringing humanitarian aid to besieged Gazans. An earlier article explained, accessed through the following link:

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2010/05/brave-israeli-commandos-slaughter-...

The UK-based Stop the War Coalition called the attack "Yet another act of Israeli barbarism." Global protests erupted. Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy cited Israel's "propaganda machine....reach(ing) new highs (in distributing) false information....embarrass(ing) itself by entering a futile public relations battle," filled with malicious fiction and deceit.

What happened was clear. IDF commandos planned and executed a premeditated attack against unarmed, nonviolent humanitarian activists, trying to break Israel's illegal blockade to deliver essential aid. Cold-blooded murder resulted. The entire world knows it except Israeli government and military officials, as well as its self-appointed Turkel Commission, established to whitewash, not reveal, facts.

Two earlier articles discussed it, accessed through the following links:

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2010/08/charade-begins-netanyahus-flotilla...

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2010/08/charade-begins-netanyahus-flotilla...

Commission members included:

-- two voting members: former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Jacob Turkel (its head) and Amos Horev, a retired major general; and

-- two non-voting observers: (1) close Israeli ally David Trimble, a Northern Ireland unionist allied with death squads during "The Troubles;" and (2) retired Canadian general Ken Warkin, involved in the coverup of the Canadian Airborne Regiment Battle Group's early 1990s Somalia atrocities.

Like similar Israeli and Washington commissions, it was established for coverup and denial. As a result, it unanimously endorsed bald-faced lies, distortions, omissions, false conclusions, and exoneration of cold-blooded murder, as ordered by top Israeli government and military officials who'll get off as usual scot-free. The outcome was preordained as was Israel's Cast Lead whitewash.

On August 9, it began hearings. On January 23, Haaretz writer Barak Ravid headlined, "Israel's Gaza flotilla probe: IDF soldiers acted in self-defense," saying:

In the first part of its report, the Turkel Commission absolved Israeli commandos of criminality. It "also determined that Israel's (illegal siege) does not break international law....(and) there were clear indications that the flotilla intended to break the naval blockade....By clearly resisting capture, the Mavi Marmara had become a military objective," despite on board activists offering no resistance. Saying so was a lie.

Moreover, the Commission "determined that Israel had been in compliance with (its unilaterally imposed) conditions for such a blockade," a clear oxymoron. It also suggested Israel "examine the medical needs of the people of Gaza in order to find ways to improve the current situation....focus(ing) its sanctions on Hamas while avoiding harm against the civilian population."

Omitted was admitting the siege's illegality or that Hamas is Palestine's legitimate government, obligated to serve, protect and defend its people. Sanctioning it for doing its job is criminal and inhumane.

In several months, the report's part two will be out, discussing Israel's procedures for investigating its international law violations, as well as the government's decision-making process ordering the assault.

Last September 22, the UN Human Rights Council's (HRC) fact-finding mission held Israel entirely culpable, calling its assault brutal and disproportionate. An earlier article discussed it, accessed through the following link:

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2010/09/guilty-as-charged-un-report-on-gaz...

Based on eye witness testimonies, forensic evidence, video footage, and other photographic material, it:

"concluded that a series of violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, were committed by the Israeli forces during the interception of the flotilla and during the detention of passengers in Israel prior to deportation....The preponderance of evidence from impeccable sources is far too overwhelming to come to a contrary opinion."

Israel's justification on "security grounds" was called entirely baseless. Moreover, prosecuting Israeli criminals is warranted and essential under Fourth Geneva's Article 147, covering:

-- willful killing;

-- torture or inhuman treatment; and

-- willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health.

HRC commission members included:

-- Desmond de Silva, a UK lawyer and former chief prosecutor for the Sierre Leone Special Court investigation into widespread killings there;

-- Karl Hudson-Phillips, a former International Criminal Court (ICC) judge and former Trinidad and Tobago attorney general and parliament member; and

-- Malaysia's Mary Shanthi Dairiam, active in gender equality issues, including on the UN Development Program's gender equity task force.

In emergency session ahead of its investigation, the HRC criticized Israel's "outrageous attack on aid ships attempting to breach a blockade on the Gaza Strip," calling it "piracy, (an) act of aggression, (a) brutal massacre, (an) act of terrorism, (a) war crime, (a) crime against humanity - unprovoked, unwarranted, atrocious, (and) brutal." It described activists onboard as "peaceful, innocent, noble, unarmed, (and) defenseless, setting a hopeful tone for a Goldstone Commission-like investigation and conclusions."

Following its own investigation, Turkey's report (like the HRC mission) held Israel entirely culpable, accurately concluding what actually happened, not Israel's web of lies and coverup, its speciality.

A Final Comment

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected Israel's findings, saying they have "no value or credibility." Turkey's Foreign Ministry said it was "appalled and dismayed."

As expected, New York Times writer Isabel Kershner's article leaned heavily toward Israel, headlining, "Israeli Panel Rules Flotilla Raid Legal," saying:

"Israeli officials expressed hopes that the (panel's) conclusions....would vindicate Israel and win it at least some foreign support, quoting Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev saying "the findings....are clear: Israel acted in justifiable self defense. Our soldiers acted to protect themselves and to protect their country."

Video footage, said Kershner, "showed Israeli naval commandoes being set upon as they rappelled from helicopters onto the ship's deck. Some soldiers had their equipment seized, and the commission found that two were shot during the melee, but it said it was unable to determine whether (Turkish) activists brought their own firearms on board."

False on all counts. What, in fact, happened was opposite of what Kershner reported. No one on board had arms. Israeli commandos killed activists before coming aboard, then with photos of ones targeted, they shot them at point blank range.

Viva Palestina's Kevin Ovenden, on board the Mavi Marmara, responded saying:

"The claim by Israel's Turkel Commission that Israeli forces acted legally when they killed nine people (and) left another brain dead, will be laughed out of court by all but the Israeli government and its most fanatical supporters."

"This whitewash commission was set up by the Netanyahu government, the same people who commissioned the assault on the aid ship....Israel has refused (to cooperate with an) independent international inquiry and instead was brazen enough to establish this farce. No Turkish official, lawyer or representative was allowed to take part," even though its citizens were killed....However hard the Israeli Government attempts to rewrite history, they can't rewrite the truth."

Israel committed premeditated slaughter in international waters, murdering unarmed activists in cold blood, trying to deliver humanitarian aid.

Dealing only with Israel's blockade, the Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement said "No Commission of inquiry can authorize collective punishment of a civilian population by restricting its movement and access, as did Israel."

"We disagree with the Commission's conclusion that the restrictions were justified for military or 'strategic' reasons." It's unjustifiable to claim preventing "the transfer into Gaza of industrial margarine, paper, and coriander (among other non-military staples) contributed to a legitimate military goal."

Gisha rightfully calls Israel's closure policy "illegal" under international law. It was established illegitimately to weaken Hamas, as well as punish and strangle Gaza's economy, not protect security as claimed. Murdering unarmed, nonviolent humanitarian activists trying to deliver essential aid compounds Israel's culpability. Ongoing without letup or accountability, Turkel's whitewash commission absolved it.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

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Hey kidz!!! Nobody loves a good whitewash more than the ADL!!!

(clipped headline and article from ADL website)
"ADL Welcomes Turkel Commission Report on Gaza Flotilla Incident - The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the release of a report by an independent panel of inquiry into an Israel Defense Forces raid on a Gaza-bound ship last May, saying the report 'shows Israel's commitment to transparency and military accountability' and vindicates Israel's actions in self-defense as it stopped the flotilla from reaching Gaza."

(full story)
http://www.adl.org/PresRele/IslME_62/5967_62.htm

Have truer words ever been spoken? Yes, the Turkel Commsission, while far from being an "independent panel of inquiry", does indeed show to the entire WORLD Israel's "commitment to transparency and military accountability" . . . ;-)

And that would be "zero" from where I'm standing . . . ;-)

Good ol' Abe "You're an Anti-Semite if WE HATE YOU" Foxman goes on to say:

(clipped text from above ADL article)
"The report fully and completely upholds the legality of the decision taken by the Israeli government to establish the naval blockade of Gaza and vindicates Israel's actions in self-defense as it stopped the flotilla. The report says the use of force by the IDF in response to the violence they encountered after boarding one of the ships trying to cross the blockade was appropriate."

And from a Zionist point of view, again the ADL speaks its version of "truth" . . . ;-)

For is it not written in the Zionist "Game Rules"?:

"Adah and Zillah, hear my voice,
Lamech's wives, listen to what I say:
I killed a man for wounding me,
a boy for striking me.
Sevenfold vengeance is taken for Cain,
but seventy-sevenfold for Lamech"
- Old Testament/Torah, Genesis 4:23-24

"If a Gentile hits a Jew, the Gentile must be killed.
Hitting a Jew is the same as hitting God."
– Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 58b

"When a Jew murders a Gentile, there will be no
death penalty. What a Jew steals from a Gentile
he may keep."
– Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 57a

See how easy it is to make something not only "legal" and "appropriate", kidz? . . . ;-)

Now, we all know that the ADL was established in 1913 to, "Fight Anti-Semitism, Bigotry, and Extremism" . . .

. . . coincidentally(?) the same year the the Federal Reserve and the IRS were created and the same year the Federal Government changed the "Game Rules" on how U.S. Senators were to be selected.

But isn't it interesting that this "noble" and "moral" organization known as the Anti-Defamation League has remained deathly quiet about THIS recent story of "Anti-Semitism, Bigotry, and "Extremism". . .

. . . for aren't the Palestinians the only real "Semites" in the mix when it comes to the populations of Israel and Palestine??? . . . ;-)

(clipped headline and article from Desert Peace)
"Israeli Banks Finance Newspaper calling for Genocide - An Israeli Jewish orthodox magazine 'Ma’ayanei Hayeshua' (Fountains of Salvation) that is distributed freely in hundreds of synagogues all across the country has been the center of attention after calling in its editorial for the concentration of Arabs in extermination camps. (25Dec10)"

(full story)
http://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/family-magazine-calls-for-al...

Yup, all we get is deafening silence from the ADL . . . ;-)

However, when an American ordained Christian minister speaking of HIS Faith in a Christian CHURCH to the FAITHFUL dared to express one of the fundamental tenants of that FAITH . . .

. . . well, Abe "You're an Anti-Semite if WE HATE YOU" could not send out the press release fast enough on how "Shocked" and "Offended" he was . . .

. . . and DEMANDED, not asked, for an immediate apology from a United States Governor . . . ;-)

(clipped headline and article from the ADL website)
"ADL 'Shocked And Offended' by Remarks of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley - The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned remarks by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, who told an audience in Montgomery that citizens who do not accept Jesus as their savior are 'not my brothers and sisters.'. . .Bentley made his remarks during an appearance at a service at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church in Montgomery."

(full story)
http://www.adl.org/PresRele/RelChStSep_90/5963_90.htm

Was Governor Robert Bentley talking about sending non-Christians to death camps or exterminating them? No, he was merely expressing one of the fundamental "Game Rules" laid down by the founders of his faith that people who have accepted these "Game Rules" make up a "family in that faith" and consider each other to be "brothers and sisters" . . .

. . . NOT "Masters and Slaves" . . . NOT "Owners and cattle" . . . NOT "Humans and goyim" . . .

For is it not written in Minister Robert Bentley's "Game Rules" known as that rather popular "The New Testament"?:

"Second condition: keep the commandments, especially the law of Love - In this way we distinguish the children of God from the children of the devil; anybody not living a holy life and not loving his brother is no child of God's. That is the message as you heard it from the beginning: that we are to love one another."
- Gospel of Saint John, 1 John 3:10-11

Wow, this ol' fool from North Cackilacki can certainly see why this blatant example of "Anti-Semitism, Bigotry, and Extremism" got Abe Foxman so upset . . . ;-)

. . . while a very real "Holocaust" that is going on right now in OUR TIME does not seem to be of much importance to him, nor is the MURDER of an AMERICAN by a FOREIGN military.

Of course, maybe dear ol' Abe "You're An Anti-Semite if WE HATE YOU" Foxman is just a bit stressed these days . . .

. . . you know with all these "self-hating Jews" like David Cole coming out of the woodwork telling WE THE PEOPLE of the World that "THE HOLOCAUST(TM)" . . . you know the only one in history that apparently matters . . . did not really happen . . . ouch!! . . . ;-)

(link to video: approx. 10 minutes)
"David Cole Auschwitz Part 1 of 6"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-xlIGBFTIU

Boy, that kinda throws a spanner in the works for the entire Zionist justification for the state of Israel . . . and the raison d'etre of 5th Column Organizations like the ADL . . .

Regardless of what Abe Foxman and Turkel Commission Report say, the FACT remains . . .

. . . an AMERICAN kid and many others were MURDERED in International waters by a foreign military while trying to bring aid and comfort to an oppressed and occupied people . . .

(clipped headline and article from The Washington Post 04June10)
"American teenager among those killed in Israeli raid of aid flotilla - One of the nine activists killed by Israeli commandos aboard a Gaza-bound aid flotilla was a teenager who held U.S. citizenship, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday."

(full story)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/03/AR201006...

This ol' fool from North Cacklacki has a serious problem with that FACT . . . as well as the FACT that these MURDERS clearly don't bother so-called "American" Abe Foxman of the ADL . . .

No one can serve two masters, kidz . . . whom does Abe Foxman and the ADL serve???

"It's all up to what you value
Down to where you are
It all swings on the pain
You've gone through
Getting where you are
It's what you value"
- "It's What You Value" by George Harrison

peace.

Hey kidz!!! The U.N. Obviously loves a good "Whitewash", TOO!!! . . . ;-)

(clipped headline and article from Reuters)
"U.N. chief condemns rights expert's 9/11 comments - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned 'preposterous' comments by a U.N.-appointed expert (U.S. academic Richard Falk), on Palestinian rights that there was a cover-up over the September 11 attacks, Ban's chief of staff (Vijay Nambiar), said on Monday."

(full story)
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE70O05O20110125?feedType=RSS&feedNa...

As we dig a bit into this story . . . we start seeing the same Modus Operandi that we seem to see time and time again when confronting Zionists like the ADL's Abe Foxman with "THE TRUTH" . . .

The "SHAME" and "GUILT" card . . . ;-)

(clipped text from above Reuters article)
"A letter of reply from Nambiar said Ban 'condemns (Falk's) remarks. He has repeatedly stated his view that any such suggestion is preposterous -- and an affront to the memory of the more than 3,000 people who died in the attack.'"

So, here we have the head of the U.N. telling the person tasked with carrying out an investigation/study that their conclusions are "wrong" . . . not based on FACTS and TRUTH . . . but for EMOTIONAL reasons . . .

In essence, "How dare you say such a thing . . . you bad bad person!!!" . . . ;-)

Now, let's look a little deeper into this series of events . . .

(clipped text from above Reuters article)
"In a letter to Ban last Thursday, UN Watch director Hillel Neuer called on the U.N. chief to 'strongly condemn Mr. Falk's offensive remarks -- and ... immediately remove him from his post.'"

Now, who the hell is "Hillel Neuer" and what the hell is "UN Watch"??? . ..

(clipped text from above Reuters article)
"UN Watch says on its website it is a non-governmental organization, accredited with the United Nations and affiliated with the American Jewish Committee, that aims to monitor U.N. performance against the yardstick of the U.N. Charter."

Then suddenly, in a Maslow 'Ah Ha' moment, all this U.N. World Arena kvetching makes sense . . .

Just like the ADL, SPLC, Simon Weisenthal Center, AIPAC, Chabad-Lubavitch . . . we see that "UN Watch" is just another RACIST organization put in place to dictate policy to benefit SOLELY the ethno-centric interests of Israel and World Zionism . . .

. . . they are just in a different league with a larger demographic . . ;-)

(link to UN Watch website)
"U.N. Watch - Monitoring The U.N. - Promoting Human Rights"
http://www.unwatch.org/site/c.bdKKISNqEmG/b.1277549/k.D7FE/UN_Watch__Mon...

Of course, like many of you kidz, I once fell for all these Zionist Organizations that claim to be supporting "Human Rights" starting back in the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S.A. . . .

Believe it or not, I used to completely adore the Southern Poverty Law Center for all their "good works" . . . what a schmuck I was, eh??? . . .;-)

Then I started learning about the "Game Rules" of World Zionism . .

Gee, for example this ol' fool from North Cacklacki always thought "Human" . . . as in the term "Human Rights" . . . referred to ALL the ethnic sub-groups that make up the species of "Homo Sapian Sapian" . . .

. . . then I find out other folks see it quite differently . . . ;-)

(clipped headline and article)
"The King's Torah: a rabbinic text or a call to terror? - Prohibition 'Thou Shalt Not Murder' applies only 'to a Jew who kills a Jew,' write Rabbis Yitzhak Shapira and Yosef Elitzur."

(full story)
http://poorrichards-blog.blogspot.com/2011/01/kings-torah-rabbinic-text-...

For is it not written?:

"The Jews are human beings, but the nations of the world are not human beings but beasts..."
- The Babylonian Talmud, Saba Mecia 114, 6

Perhaps we should ask The Palestinians if they are seeing any of this zio-mindset . . . ;-)

So, there you have it kidz . . . the head of the U.N. says we must all accept the "Official Version" of 9-11 . . . or else risk "Shocking" and "Offending" our "Special Friends" . . . ;-)

. . . now, how'd that story with the box cutters and the magick cell phone calls go again??? Let's all review . . .

(clipped headline and article from Veterans Today)
"9/11—Mission Accomplished? - 'The bigger the lie, the more it will be believed.' And lies don’t get any bigger than 9/11, the mother of all lies. That’s why it was swallowed so readily. We’re told that on that fateful day, nineteen Arab 'evildoers' launched a ‘holy war’ on Western civilization. As the story goes, this cadre of inept layabouts, led by an arch-villain holed out in an Afghan cave, outwitted the most advanced, ultra-sophisticated, multi-billion-dollar, defense system on the planet. Four times."

(full story)
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/01/24/nila-sagadevan-911-mission-accom...

After all, when the U.N. Whitewash dries, the lesson is clearly that:

"2 + 2 = 5" . . .

. . . and WE THE PEOPLE of the entire WORLD must accept it or else risk offending our "Special Friends" and being labeled "bad people" . . . ;-)

Gee, I do wonder what "U.N. Watch" thinks of the U.N. Agenda 21 genocidal "depopulation" policies with its cornerstone of "Man Made Global Warming" as revealed by Saint Al "Come on Carbon Tax Derivative Profits" Gore??? . . . ;-)

"U.N. Agenda 21"
http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/

After all we must save the "humans", right? . . . ;-)

"In a soldier's stance, I aimed my hand
At the mongrel dogs who teach
Fearing not I'd become my enemy
In the instant that I preached
sisters led by confusion boats
Mutiny from stern to bow.
Ah, but I was so much older then,
I'm younger than that now."
- "My Back Pages" by Bob Dylan/The Byrds

peace.

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