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  ECESG appreciating the UN report about the Israeli attack on Freedom Flotilla
by Adli Al-Baraqouni-humanitarian voice - 2010-09-23

The European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG), with its headquarter in Brussels expressed its appreciation to the results reached by the report of the UN Human Rights Commission, concerning the probe in the Israeli massacre against the Freedom Flotilla aid convoy that took place in international waters off Gaza shores last May.

The ECESG statement said that the report pointed to a series of Israeli violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law that were committed by the Israeli forces during the interception of the flotilla and during the detention of passengers in Israel prior to deportation.

The statement added that these Israeli practices included murdering , torturing, insulting, humiliating , and physical assault against the foreign solidarity supporters who were on board of the flotilla, besides a flagrant violation to articles 6, 7,9,10, and 19 of the international charter of civil and political rights.

The ECESG campaign, which is one of the founders of the Freedom Flotilla coalition, added that the conclusion of the commission’s report about the Israeli offensive that killed nine Turkish solidarity activists, is considered as a victory, even partially to Freedom Flotilla martyrs and to the fair issue of ending Gaza siege.

It is worth to mention that the international fact-finding commission that was appointed by the Human Rights Council, had listened to the testimonies of one hundred of solidarity peaceful activists who were on board of the flotilla.

The mission visited the UK, Turkey, Switzerland, and Jordan to meet with those persons, while the Israeli side refused to cooperate with this international mission.

Law violations :

The UN mission of Human Rights Council also stated that Israel violated the international law and the international humanitarian law though its attack on the Turkish Marmara vessel that was trying to reach Gaza Strip by the end of last May.

The mission consisting of three legal experts , talked yesterday in Geneva about clear evidences that entail the prosecution of Israeli officials for practicing “ murder” and “torture” against the participants of the flotilla.

The mission’s report referred to the article 147 of the fourth Geneva convention concerning the protection of civilians during war times., and described the force used by Israel against the passengers of the flotilla as "disproportionate" and “brutal”.

As a first reaction ,Israel described the report and the members of the UN mission as biased and tried to justify its attack claiming that its soldiers were trying to defend themselves .

It also described the solidarity activists as ‘ terrorist elements” such accusation that was rejected by the peaceful activists who reaffirmed that they were only carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.

The Israeli military stormed the Freedom Flotilla ships in neutral waters in the Mediterranean Sea in late May as they tried to take 10,000 tons of aid to the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli blockade for the past three years.

The raid claimed the lives of at least nine activists, including eight Turkish nationals.


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