Thursday, September 23, 2010

UN confutes Israel's version of raid against flotilla: evidence of "wilful killing and torture"

The probe on the deadly raid against the flotilla of peace activists carried out by an Israeli commando last May 31st is finally coming to an end, and the report of the UN Human Rights Council concluded that there is evidence of "wilful killing and torture", making the raid brutal and disproportionate.

According to the UN experts, "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." Enough "to support prosecutions."

"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 experts - judges from Britain and Trinidad and a Malaysian human rights campaigner - said.

"It betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality. Such conduct cannot be justified or condoned on security or any other grounds," they said in the report, to be submitted to the rights council on September 27. "It constituted grave violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law."

The rights experts, who were not allowed to enter Israel, said Israel had refused to cooperate with their mission, and called on the Israeli authorities to identify those involved in the violence and prosecute them.

The world over is demanding a proper reaction by the International Community in order to make the zionist entity stop carrying out crimes against humanity and recognise an unconditional right of return to the Palestinian people to their own country.

Sources Press Association, Reuters, AFP

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