UN Probe Says Prosecute Over Flotilla Massacre
Posted by uscsjp on September 23, 2010
From Democracy Now!:
“UN Probe Recommends Prosecution of Israel for Attack on Gaza Flotilla
A high-level UN probe has recommended the prosecution of Israeli officials for the May 31st attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in international waters. In a report to the UN Human Rights Council, a three-member panel of international jurists said there is ‘clear evidence to support prosecutions’ for ‘willful killing’ and torture committed during Israel’s raid on the Mavi Marmara. The panel says Israel’s storming of the ship ‘betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality’ that ‘demonstrated levels of totally unnecessary and incredible violence,’ violating ‘international humanitarian and human rights law.’ Nine activists were killed in the attack, including a US citizen. The Human Rights Council is expected to take up the report’s findings on Monday.
Clashes Erupt After Settler Guard Kills Palestinian in East Jerusalem
Meanwhile, in East Jerusalem, clashes erupted Wednesday after an Israeli security guard shot one Palestinian dead and wounded two others. The slain victim was a thirty-two-year-old man with five children. The security guard works for an Israeli settlement in the Arab neighborhood of Silwan. Palestinian Authority spokesperson Ghassan Khatib called the shooting a violent escalation.
Ghassan Khatib: ‘The killing of a Palestinian resident in Silwan in East Jerusalem represents a very dangerous Israeli violent escalation that threatens the peace efforts and can, if it continues, defeat the peace agenda.’ “
–Democracy Now!, 23 September, 2010
Also From Democracy Now!:
Israeli Shelling Kills Three Palestinians in Gaza
“Three Palestinians died Sunday when the Israeli military fired shells into the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun. The dead included a ninety-one-year-old man and his teenage grandson. Israel said it began the shelling in response to rockets that were fired across the border from Gaza. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday the Israeli moratorium on new settlements in the West Bank will not stay in place after it expires later this month. A new report from the Israeli group Peace Now has found that 13,000 Jewish settlement housing units in the West Bank are ready for construction once the building moratorium ends on September 26th and at least 2,000 are ready for immediate construction.”
–Democracy Now!, 13 September, 2010