On this, the 16th day of my Blue Beret vigil outside the London (Ontario) Muslim Mosque, which I began on June 23/11 in order to draw attention to its support (fundraising + a ‘delegate’) for the Canadian Boat to Gaza’s attempt to break Israel’s blockade of weapons to the Hamas terrorist organization, I am pleased to report that the United Nations has ruled that the blockade is lawful.
Michael Ross, a veteran of the Israel Secret Intelligence Service, is reporting the details as follows, in part:
More bad news for the dwindling number of flotilla activists hanging around the ports of Greece. The now completed UN Inquiry on last year’s Gaza flotilla incident aboard the Mavi Marmara found that Israel’s blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza is legal and the Israeli government owes no apology or reparation to Turkey.
The UN investigative committee, headed by former Prime Minister of New Zealand and internationally renowned jurist, Geoffrey Palmer, actually criticizes Turkey for not doing enough to prevent the flotilla from setting sail and for also providing a somewhat anaemic and lacking investigation into the events of May 2010.
Now the part that is going to really take the starch out of the flotilla activist’s kafiyehs is that in its examination of the Turkel Committee’s report – the committee conducting Israel’s official investigation – aided by Nobel Peace Prize winner David Trimble and former Canadian Forces former Judge Advocate General, Ken Watkin QC, is its conclusion that the Israeli investigation (in stark contrast to Turkey’s) was conducted in a professional and independent manner.
For a UN report, the summary is astoundingly tepid in its criticism of Israel’s actions and constitutes a very mild slap on the wrist. The report mentions that while international law allows Israel to intercept ships far from its territorial waters, the navy would have been better off waiting until the flotilla was closer to the blockade line some 20 miles off shore. There is also the bromide of Israel using excessive force, but nobody disputes that when faced with attackers wielding iron bars, knives or axes, there is every justification for ditching the paintball gun for a real weapon in self-defence.
What will have them out in the streets in Ankara and Istanbul however, is that Palmer does not demand that Israel apologize to Turkey or pay any kind of reparation. In short, the UN report vindicates Israel and authoritatively rebuts the many false and contradictory versions of events spread by last year’s flotilla activists. […]
- National Post, July 08/11: Michael Ross: UN rules that Israeli blockade is legal in blow to failing flotilla
Israeli International Law professor vindicated
- Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Ruth Lapidoth, Professor Emeritus of International Law, Hebrew University, July 18/10: The Legal Basis of Israel’s Naval Blockade of Gaza
Israel & Gaza 101 – a semester on the Middle East in 6 minutes
- Prager University, Oct 24/10: The Middle East Problem’ [VIDEO, 5:59]
It is a great day for Israel and world decency – and, especially, the United Nations. Tomorrow, on Day 17 of my vigil, I will be standing up just a little straighter, feeling just a little prouder to be wearing my blue beret.
Shalom to Israel and Jews everywhere. The UN has done right, not only by you, but by all of us with this victory of truth over lies, rule of law over rule of murderers.
- VoiceofCanada feature: UPDATES: ‘Blue Beret’ vigil at London (Ontario) Muslim Mosque re support for ‘Canadian Boat to Hamas
- VoiceofCanada, June 22/11: MEDIA RELEASE: Former Blue Beret to protest London (Ontario) Muslim Mosque support for Canadian Boat to Hamas
POSTED BY: Mark Vandermaas