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Mavi Marmara Massacre Whitewash Redux

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(a) it has the sole purpose of starving the civilian population or denying it other objects essential for its survival; or

(b) the damage to the civilian population is, or may be expected to be, excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated from the blockade."

Turkel commission members dismissed rule of law principles. They did so out of hand. They ignored clear evidence of criminality. Eye witnesses, forensic evidence, video footage, and other photographic material proved it.

The Human Rights Commission called Israel guilty as charged. 

It "concluded that a series of violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, were committed by the Israeli forces during the interception of the flotilla and during the detention of passengers in Israel prior to deportation."

"The preponderance of evidence from impeccable sources is far too overwhelming to come to a contrary opinion."

On February 6, two Haaretz reports said the Turkel Commission members allegedly had second thoughts. It's hard imagining sinners turning saintly. 

They whitewashed earlier criminality. It begs the question why they now recommend "dramatic changes in the way decisions are made about opening investigations of possible war crimes by IDF soldiers against Palestinians."

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