The report prepared by a commission, set up by the UN to investigate the Israeli commandos attack on Mavi Marmara, and approved by the UN Human Rights Council said: “The conduct of the Israeli military and other personnel toward the flotilla passengers was not only disproportionate to the occasion but demonstrated levels of totally unnecessary and incredible violence. It betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality”.
The Israeli response, as usual, was that the report is baised and amount to anti-Semitism. The Zionist regime set-up its own inquiry commission. The Western Israeli-puppet regimes sided with Israeli version of the massacre.
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 the Zionist Jews in and outside Israel, who prefer to live in their self-denial. The Israel’s self-appointed Turkel Commission, established to whitewash, not reveal, facts – which included two voting members: former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Jacob Turkel (its head) and Amos Horev, a retired major general; two non-voting observers, a close Israeli ally David Trimble, a Northern Ireland unionist allied with death squads during “The Troubles” and the other a retired Canadian general Ken Warkin, involved in the coverup of the Canadian Airborne Regiment Battle Group’s early 1990s Somalia atrocities.
The Turkel Commission’s verdict, as expected, was – 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.
In response, Ankara established its own inquiry commission headed by Ambassador Mithat Rende . Its report was submitted to the UN on Monday. The report countered Israeli claims that passengers on the flotilla that set out from Turkish ports to break the blockade on the Gaza Strip were armed, saying the vessels contained no firing weapons. The objective of the attack was to spread fear and to deter any future conveys to Gaza, Rende said, adding that passengers had said in their testimonies that they used the tools available for self-defense, thinking they would all be killed. Eight Turks and one American of Turkish descent were killed in an Israeli commando attack on the ship. According to the Turkish report, five of those who died were shot in the head from close range, including the Turkish-American, who it said was shot while he was already injured.
Echoing the U.N. Human Rights Council’s report, Rende said Turkey’s report found that Israel could have rendered the ship ineffective through peaceful means rather than attacking it with helicopters and submarines. He added that the measures employed by Israel targeted not only the Mavi Marmara but also the other ships in the convey, calling Israel’s actions physical, verbal and psychological mistreatment.
The report by Turkey also said that Israel’s blockade on Gaza is illegal