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Israeli flotilla probe ‘a sham’

By Sherine Tadros | Al-Jazeera | October 26th, 2010

Turkel Schmerkel.

For the past few days I’ve had the delightful task of hanging around the Yitzhak Rabin Guest House in West Jerusalem. I was covering the latest round of questioning by (Israeli) judges, appointed by the (Israeli) government to examine the legality of their deadly raid on the Gaza-bound aid ship last May. The inquiry is called the Turkel Commission, named after retired Justice Turkel – the big chief.

Now, I could tell you how, at various points, I saw every member of the panel fall asleep during the testimonies.

Or, I could describe the humiliating and condescending way in which the panelists spoke to the Arab-Israeli passengers who came to testify (compared to the respect they showed whilst interviewing Opposition leader Tzipi Livni and military chief Gabi Ashkenazi).

I could even explain how for 45 minutes I watched the panelists argue with the Arab passenger about how, being that “he seemed like a reasonable man,” he could breach Israeli law (as an Israeli citizen) and decide to get on a ship to Gaza. Indeed – a Palestinian going to a Palestinian territory seemed more absurd to these judges than the actual policy that stops him getting there (and by extension anyone getting out).

Every step of the way it was obvious that this commission, which was tasked with determining whether Israel is in breach of international law in blockading Gaza, had made up their minds long before they stepped into the Rabin Guest House.

But put all that aside, here are five simple reasons why this Commission is a sham.

1) The average age of the five original panelists is 84. They have all spent their careers defending the state of Israel and between them have very little expertise in international law…

2) …Except for one of the panelists – Proff Rosenne – but sadly he died a few weeks ago. He was 93-years-old and he was not replaced, so the panel has now gone down to four.

3) The panelists were all hand picked by Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, and Ehud Barak, the defence minister. The two token international observers on the panel are also widely known as sympathetic to Israel.

4) The coverage of the Turkel Commission in the Israeli papers is virtually non existent. Apart from a local TV channel, Al Jazeera English was the only outside channel broadcasting the proceedings the last two days.

5) Turkel said two weeks ago, during proceedings, that “the people of Gaza have brought this hardship on themselves”. Another panelist stated, despite the mass of data provided to the Commission by Israeli human rights groups on the situation in Gaza, “there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza”.

Case closed.

October 26, 2010 - Posted by | War Crimes

8 Comments »

  1. Slumlords do the same thing when something on their property needs repair. (Maybe they found these old guys on Craigslist.)

    Comment by Eric Vaughan | October 27, 2010 | Reply

  2. Gee, what a surprise, the commission is biased toward Israel. I think Mike Rivero says it best on his website when he sarcastically writes “Charles Manson Investigates Sharon Tate Death:”She fell on the knife”.
    No one expected any more than this. I don’t think the rest of the world even cares about the results of this “Investigation”. None of us would beleive the conclusions anyway! Sorta like, “Rachel Corrie dove under the bulldozer”. Sure thing, guys, and Israel is a legitimate country too.

    Comment by JonnyX | October 27, 2010 | Reply

  3. Same sham as the investigation into 9/11. We all know about 9/11 and Israel, here:

    http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

    Comment by Dave | October 27, 2010 | Reply

  4. They take an annual oath to LIE. http://www.WAKE-UP-AMERICA.net

    Comment by The KOL NIDRE Lies | October 27, 2010 | Reply

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