A report released last September by the fact-finding mission of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the Mavi Marmara attack revealed the illegitimacy of Israel’s attack on the Mavi Marmara, which took place on 31 May 2010. The UN has announced that it will release its final report on the Mavi Marmara incident in July. The Turkel report contains findings which are completely different from the findings of the reports prepared by the UN and Turkey on the Mavi Marmara attack.
Following the strong reactions Israel has drawn over its attack on the humanitarian aid flotilla in international waters, the country had to establish an investigation commission. The commission led by retired judge Jacop Turkel prepared a report about the Mavi Marmara attack. The report was prepared to be submitted to the UN fact-finding mission. Israel prepared this report to confirm its own arguments.
Israel, which seized all camera footage belonging to the passengers and evidence on the ship and refused to share them with international investigation commission and courts, covered only the statements of its own soldiers in its report, which severely damages the impartiality of the report. Israel’s report claims that the travel of the flotilla in international waters was illegal from the beginning and the activists on board the ship began resistance even before the Israeli soldiers opened fire on them. The report claims that Israel acted within the boundaries of the international law. Going further, it even alleges that the Israeli soldiers were engaged in self-defense.
Israel’s report shows that members of the commission preparing the report acted like a “defense lawyer” and not as a “judge.” The language in the report which sometimes turns aggressive and accusatory makes the report more like a defense statement than being an objective report.
Israel’s “defense,” was written with a defensive language which aims to respond to the findings in the UN’s and Turkey’s reports. The report includes manipulation efforts more than judicial assessments. Still, Israel’s feeling obliged to prepare a report about its own action, despite the fact that this report is very inadequate, shows that the world is slowly changing after the Mavi Marmara incident.
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