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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

UN Security Council condemns 'acts' that resulted in flotilla deaths

With the United States standing in Israel's corner, the United Nations Security Council condemned 'acts' that led to the deaths of nine people on Gaza's flotilla of fools on Monday and requested that Israel release the ships and civilians that it impounded on Monday. The Security Council also called for an investigation, but not specifically by outsiders (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
“The Security Council requests the immediate release of the ships as well as the civilians held by Israel,” the United Nations statement said, calling for “a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to international standards.”

It also said the situation in Gaza, under blockade by Israel, was “not sustainable” and called for a “sustained and regular flow of goods and people to Gaza, as well as unimpeded provision and distribution of humanitarian assistance throughout Gaza.”

On the broader Palestinian-Israeli confrontation, the Security Council renewed calls for a two-state solution and voiced concern that the raid on the flotilla took place while United States-sponsored so-called “proximity talks” were under way.

Earlier, Turkey — the unofficial sponsor of the convoy — had proposed a statement that would have condemned Israel for violating international law and demanded a United Nations investigation, the prosecution of those responsible for the raid and compensation for the victims. It also called for the end of the blockade.

But the Obama administration refused to endorse a statement that singled out Israel, and it proposed a broader condemnation of the violence that would include the assault by passengers of the Israeli commandos as they landed on the deck of the ship.

As the wrangling continued late Monday night and in the early hours Tuesday, the two countries were trying to work out their differences on the wording, including whether to specify that the investigation should be conducted by outsiders, diplomats said.
Read the whole thing.

So here's what I would do. First, I'd carefully review all of the IDF video from Monday. I'd charge anyone who is caught on the video assaulting IDF troops and release the rest - with a ban on them returning to Israel or the administered territories (that's the name for Judea and Samaria in international parlance) for the next 5-10 years.

I'd return the ships and the cargo to the people who brought it with the proviso that if it heads in any direction other than north or west the ships will be sunk immediately.

And I'd conduct an IDF investigation - which would happen anyway. I'd focus on who gave the order to use paintball guns and to talk to the terrorists rather than just taking over the ships.

Anyone have other suggestions?

By the way, I believe we have to thank the IDF video department for the fact that the condemnation was as subdued as it is.


At 6:39 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

I am too angry to read the rest.

Did we get this "outrage" when the genocidal president of Sudan, Bashir was murdering, torturing, raping black Africans and Christians?

Did we get ANY "outrage" about Ahmadinejad doing the same to his people?

Not a word.

This is not "outrage". It is a deliberately engineered attack on Israel and Jews by the islamic OIC at the UN. The UN is filled with crooks and paedofiles(remember, during the Yugoslav war, they were trafficking girls and women from Bosnia and Serbia?)

It is fake, manufactured hysteria, by muslims and national socialists in order to get people to attack and kill Jews.

I totally repudiate the UN: they are criminals and islamists!

At 6:50 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

I would like to see Israel NOT do as they did regarding the Gladstone affair. So, rather than searching out and condemning someone in the IDF for the paintball idea, I would focus in on each whack of a steel bar that one of the "peace activists" and "aid workers" did on video. Catalog them. Compare the situation with various countries' coast guards stopping and boarding boats off their shores, complete with the legal international standards I read somewhere, that Israel did ok on location. Compare the one fighter boat to the others in their flotilla that cooperated. List other situations with similar boat passengers acting like pirates, like the Russians with their disappearing pirates, or Obama with his (appropriate) hit on teenage pirates threatening a hijacked boat's crew.

BTW, I've seen people come back from weekend paintball forays into the mountains with huge festering welts. So, and I'm sure it's too late now, I would suggest a drug test for all those thugs waiting for the IDF on the deck to see whether meth or whatever their drug of choice, caused them to create the horror movie knife stabbing scenes. Name names of any EU parliamentarians and Obama buddies who may have helped finance or participated in this attack on Israel.

So - the IDF video dept gets full kudos. And now, compile it all into a start to finish documentary, describing financing, organization from the pink and EU people, rejection of the project by Cyprus, calls for dead Jews as the flotilla was departing Turkey, the warnings, the guarantees of aid delivery, then the frame by frame cataloging of the lynch mob, etc.

Please, Israel, resist the compulsion to self-flagellation. It makes the world dangerous for the rest of the Jewish communities around the world. You were/are not wrong. Document the case!

At 8:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps Bibi can get Obama to apologize for Israel?

At 9:41 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

They condemned Israel but couldn't exactly get around the fact that Israel was defending itself... all evident to any one who cares to look at those videos.

At 10:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would tell the next ship that it will have free passage to gaza when and only when Gilad Shallit is returned unharmed to his parents until then such vessel will be prevented by any means avaialable from landing in Gaza -and I would make it public. Let's see what happens then.


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