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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

UN 'Human Rights Council' ignores international law

Here are some awesome pearls of wisdom from members of the special flotilla commission appointed by the UN 'Human Rights Council.'
The U.N. commission into Israel’s May 31 flotilla clash declared during a U.N. Human Rights Council debate today that “even if Bin Laden himself were on the Mavi Maramara, Israel’s blockade would still be illegal.”

The statement was made by commissioner Desmond de Silva in response to questions posed in the council plenary by the Geneva-based UN Watch as to why the probe ignored voluminous evidence it submitted regarding the stated intentions of the Islamist flotilla members to physically confront Israel and become “Shahids,” or martyrs.

The chair of the flotilla probe, Judge Karl T. Hudson-Phillips, said that he had never heard the term “Shahid” before. However, he insisted that, in any event, the intentions of the IHH activists carried no legal relevance.
Aside from incredible stupidity, their interpretation of international law is way off base.

Read the whole thing.

By the way, they're also claiming that Israel is suppressing video footage from the ship. Given that Israel confiscated all the video on the ship, disproving that is going to be like disproving that you beat your wife without her testimony.


At 10:42 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Considering the fact they deliberately disregarded all the evidence that supported Israel's case, to claim that Israel had no right to maintain a lawful blockade on the seas is staggering.

But this is what you get when the UN is obsessed with Israel to the point of losing sight of the larger issues involved.

What could go wrong indeed

At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummmm, one has to wonder why the bothered to hear supposed eyewitness testimony from flotilla participants at all. Their so-called findings rest entirely on their declaration that the blockade itself is illegal. Even if no one had been physically harmed in the interdiction of the Mavi Marmara, by their book, Israel still had broken international law. The construction of their 'legal argument' renders all the other violations of due process and natural justice irrelevant... in fact the entire 'investigation' could have been conducted before the flotilla, without any video evidence, and without leaving their offices or speaking to anyone.

What a farce!!!


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