Israel won’t comply with UN flotilla probe 25Jul10 July 26, 2010

Palestine Note -  25 July 2010

Israel will announce this week that it will refuse to cooperate with a UN-mandated inquiry into its deadly May 31 attack on a convoy of ships carrying aid to Gaza, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Sunday.

An Israeli official told the newspaper that the UN commission of inquiry is “unnecessary,” and “the product of an obsession with Israel.”

The UN Human Rights Council announced Friday that the panel will include Judge Karl T. Hudson-Phillips of Trinidad and Tobago, Sir Desmond de Silva of the United Kingdom and Mary Shanthi Dairiam of Malaysia. The head of the panel has not yet been announced.

Israeli commandos shot dead nine activists when they seized control of the largest ship in the Gaza “Freedom Flotilla,” international waters. The convoy planned to challenge Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. The International Committee of the Red Cross and other bodies say the siege is a violation of international law.

Israel’s has appointed its own internal inquiry led by retired Israeli judge Jacob Turkel. An Israeli military probe of the incident concluded earlier in July that mistakes were made in planning the raid, but no punishable offenses were committed.

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