UN condemns Israeli flotilla raid, demands inquiry

Tuesday, June 01, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

The UN Security Council on Tuesday concluded its emergency session regarding Israel's raid on a so-called "aid" flotilla headed toward Gaza by condemning the Israeli action and passing a resolution calling for a full commission of inquiry into the incident.

Nine people were killed and many more wounded, including Israeli troops, after activists affiliated with a Turkish terrorist organization violently attacked the Israeli boarding team on the flotilla's largest ship.

The Security Council called the Israeli defense of its Gaza maritime blockade unacceptable, and insisted that Israel immediately free the 600 flotilla activists it is now holding and release the six ships they were traveling on. The UN also said the incident highlighted the need for Israel to end its limited embargo against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Israel had already announced that it would deport the detained activists, and even transfer the humanitarian goods they were carrying to Gaza.

Turkey had spearheaded an effort to produce a far harsher UN Security Council response, but was partially thwarted by US diplomats and video evidence circulated by Israel that clearly showed the "peace" activists aboard the Miva Marmara ship were bent on violence. One video showed the activists lynching each individual Israeli soldier as he slid down onto the deck from a hovering helicopter.

But Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called even the watered down Security Council statement an act of hypocrisy.

In a telephone call with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Lieberman noted that more than 500 people had been killed in violent incident around the world last month, but that only Israel had warranted Security Council attention, and that for legitimate defensive action.

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