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Guilty As Charged: UN Report on Gaza Flotilla Massacre

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Guilty As Charged: UN Report on Gaza Flotilla Massacre - by Stephen Lendman


On September 22, Reuters headlined the news, saying:


"UN Experts Condemn Israel Attack on Gaza Flotilla"


It explained that the UN Human Rights Council's (HRC) "panel of international experts" concluded what was obvious on day one - that Israel's international water attack "was unlawful and resulted in violations of human rights and international humanitarian law...."


A one paragraph AP report said the same thing. America's leading paper, The New York Times (always pro-Israeli), published the above two accounts, not its own, ducking its responsibility to do in detail.


In contrast, Israeli papers covered it prominently, including Haaretz headlining, "UN Human Rights Council: Israel flotilla raid broke international law," saying:


"The UN Human Rights Council's fact-finding mission concluded that Israel's naval blockade of the Palestinian territory was unlawful because of the humanitarian crisis there, and described the military raid on the flotilla as brutal and disproportionate."


Israel's response was unsurprising, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ygal Palmor saying:


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