Mavi Marmara Massacre Whitewash Redux
Israel committed cold-blooded premeditated murder.
by Stephen Lendman
In May 2010, Israeli commandos committed premeditated murder. They killed nine humanitarian activists in cold blood. They did so in international waters. They were trying to bring vitally needed aid to besieged Gazans.
Israel wants them isolated. It wants them suffocated. Slow-motion genocide is longstanding policy.
A Human Rights Council investigation followed. It criticized Israel's "outrageous attack on aid ships attempting to breach a blockade on the Gaza Strip."
It called doing so "piracy, (an) act of aggression, (a) brutal massacre, (an) act of terrorism, (a) war crime, (a) crime against humanity, unprovoked....unwarranted....atrocious, (and) brutal."- Advertisement -
It said onboard humanitarian activists were "peaceful, innocent, noble, unarmed, (and) defenseless."
Attacking them "was unnecessary, disproportionate, excessive, inappropriate and resulted in the wholly avoidable killing and maiming of a large number of civilian passengers."
"Israel made "a deliberate attempt....to suppress or destroy evidence." Its own version of events was fabricated. Fake videos and other falsified materials were used.
Crimes against humanity were committed. So was piracy. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shamelessly named his own commission .
Doing so mocked justice. It showed which side he supports. Three of four members chosen are pro-Israeli ideologues. Former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer was commission chairman.
Then Colombian President Alvaro Uribe was vice-chairman. His appalling human rights record should have disqualified him.
He bore direct responsibility for murdering thousands of trade unionists, campesinos, human rights workers, journalists, and others opposing Colombia's narco-terrorism and ties to US imperialism.