Tuesday, 23 August 2011

UN once again delays flotilla report

UN once again delays flotilla report
Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:24PM GMT
On May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos attacked the six-vessel Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters. (File photo)
The United Nations has for the third time postponed the release of a report on Israel's deadly attack on the Gaza-bound international aid flotilla in 2010.

The UN's findings about the brutal incident, which left nine Turkish activists dead and dozens of others wounded, was expected out this week.

According to Turkish foreign ministry, Israel is behind the delay in the publication of the long-awaited UN report, also known as the Palmer report.

"The demand to postpone (the announcement) came from Israel, like the previous demands," Selcuk Unal, the spokesperson for the Turkish foreign ministry told Turkey's Anatolia news agency on Monday.

This is while Israeli media claimed that Ankara had demanded the delay.

Tel Aviv has been hard trying to mend its damaged relations with Ankara before the publication of the UN report.

Turkey has repeatedly said that relations between the two sides can only be restored if Tel Aviv apologizes for the attack, compensates the families of those killed and the injured, and lifts its crippling blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Israel has reportedly agreed to a payout but is resisting calls to apologize, proposing instead to express regret.

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that Tel Aviv ''definitely will not apologize to Turkey'' over the flotilla attack.

On May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos attacked the six-vessel Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters to prevent the convoy from breaking the crippling Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip.

In the assault, nine Turkish nationals, including a teenager with dual Turkish-US citizenship, were killed and dozens of others were left wounded.

Turkey said that some of the victims had been shot "execution-style" at point-blank.

Turkish post-mortem examinations also revealed that a total of 30 bullets were found in the bodies of the nine dead activists. One of the activists had been shot four times in the head.

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8/22/2011 9:52:07 PM
I am shocked, really shocked, really really shocked! The Zionists have been busy subverting the course of investigation. UN means unreal, when the world will wake up to the fraud of "UN"?
8/22/2011 9:43:14 PM
the delay of the trial at the UN issue Israel's attack on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla in 2010 it's quite disturbing how Israel seems to be in a position to obstruct justice at the UN highlights the uneven approach at the UN on issues such as crimes against humanity
8/22/2011 7:48:49 PM
Where's Wikileaks when you need them? This report must be leaked, to by-pass the sickening grip of Israel on the USA and the UN. It will be doctored and "redacted" anyway, but the facts speak for themselves. Nine civilian sailors murdered after a pirate attack in international waters. If a Moslem group had done this, the world would be clamouring for UN action and condmenation.
Gling Lu Fang
8/22/2011 6:03:27 PM
Israel wants to delay the report, obviously. But what's not too obvious is that they always try to put the blame on others. When they are obviously in fault for something, the Zionist Jews will always try to thrawt attention to someone else's fault. They are attached to this world like frogs to flies on a dookie
8/22/2011 2:15:54 PM
Turkey and Israel - a disagreement between friends.
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