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UN Allows Israel to Get Away With Murder

According to the UN, Israel's execution-style slayings of unarmed peace activists was “legal and appropriate”.

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(LONDON) - The long-awaited United Nations inquiry into Israel’s attack on the Mavi Marmara, the flagship of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, on May 31, 2010 has ruled that Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip is both legal and appropriate.

The UN-mandated inquiry also ruled that Israel’s action, in which nine Turkish citizens were killed, was “excessive” but not a violation of international law and has held both Israel and the Gaza Freedom Flotilla activists responsible for the violence.

This is a miscarriage of justice.

According to the UN investigators, the occupied and the occupiers are now the same and there’s no difference between the killers and the killed.

Israel and some other privileged countries are allowed to flout intentional law.

For example, the Israelis have been allowed to steal a people’s homeland, build homes and farms there, and confine 1.6 million people in a 360-square-kilometer coastal territory. They have also been allowed to make life a living hell for the Palestinians by besieging them from three sides and coercing former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak to do the same on the fourth side of the Gaza Strip.

But according to the UN, all this is “legal and appropriate” since the oppressors are given certain privileges by the Western powers and the oppressed are just characters from Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.

And the Palestinians cannot get even the simplest condemnation of the Zionist regime from the UN, even if it launches a full-scale military assault on the people of Gaza, kills over 1400 civilians, and destroys schools, hospitals, mosques, and the infrastructure of the territory.

UN panels do not regard this as a violation of international law and specifically the Geneva Conventions, which clearly state that the occupier is responsible for providing the basic necessities of life to the people of the occupied territory.

According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the occupier is bound to “ensure the food and medical supplies of the population” as well as “agree to relief schemes on behalf of the… population” and maintain “public health and hygiene.”

Articles 55 and 56 of the Fourth Geneva Convention are related to the protection of civilians in time of war.

Article 55 says: “To the fullest extent of the means available to it the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring the food and medical supplies of the population; it should, in particular, bring in the necessary foodstuffs, medical stores and other articles if the resources of the occupied territory are inadequate.

“The Occupying Power may not requisition foodstuffs, articles or medical supplies available in the occupied territory, except for use by the occupation forces and administration personnel, and then only if the requirements of the civilian population have been taken into account. Subject to the provisions of other international Conventions, the Occupying Power shall make arrangements to ensure that fair value is paid for any requisitioned goods.

“The Protecting Power shall, at any time, be at liberty to verify the state of the food and medical supplies in occupied territories, except where temporary restrictions are made necessary by imperative military requirements.”

Article 56 states: “To the fullest extent of the means available to it, the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring and maintaining, with the cooperation of national and local authorities, the medical and hospital establishments and services, public health and hygiene in the occupied territory, with particular reference to the adoption and application of the prophylactic and preventive measures necessary to combat the spread of contagious diseases and epidemics. Medical personnel of all categories shall be allowed to carry out their duties.

“If new hospitals are set up in occupied territory and if the competent organs of the occupied State are not operating there, the occupying authorities shall, if necessary, grant them the recognition provided for in Article 18. In similar circumstances, the occupying authorities shall also grant recognition to hospital personnel and transport vehicles under the provisions of Articles 20 and 21.

“In adopting measures of health and hygiene and in their implementation, the Occupying Power shall take into consideration the moral and ethical susceptibilities of the population of the occupied territory.”

But it seems that none of this applies to Israel, according to the UN.

Learn more:

Sep-01-2011: The Palmer/Uribe Report: Another Attempt by Israel to Whitewash Murder

Sep-01-2011: Report Finds Naval Blockade by Israel Legal but Faults Raid - NY Times

Sep-01-2011: UN Uses Genocidal Dictator to Clear Israel in High Seas Murders - Tim King


The writer, Gul Jammas Hussain, is a Pakistani journalist based in Tehran. Gul's writing takes into account the long struggle of the Palestinian people, whose plight is largely ignored by western media. is extremely pleased to feature the work of Gul Hussain as we believe that Americans and other western people, need to receive information about the Middle East, from the Middle East, whenever possible. We are glad to amplify the voice of Gul and other writers who seek to deliver true, unfiltered information to the world at large.

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Arturo September 3, 2011 6:43 am (Pacific time)

Always blame the I mean "Zionists"

And hey, if you can't believe a Pakistani moslem writing for an Iranian rag, who can you believe?

Editor: No, sometimes we blame the Nazi's.  There is a big difference between a Jew and a Zionist, sorry if you lack the capability to understand that.  And FYI, this is an American news agency, we have writers all over the world, and thankfully none are racist small minders as you seem to be.  Gul is an exceedingly bright writer and we are very, very thankful to have him. 

"Zionism is racism, it's as simple as that". - Kevin Neish, Mavi Marmara survivor 

Anonymous September 2, 2011 2:37 pm (Pacific time)

The U.N. is owned by the same people who own israel and the U.S. What did you expect? A few questions for ya. When Andrew Jackson was fighting the bankers, and called them vipers etc. israel was not involved. In 1913, when our country was taken over by bankers, israel was not involved. Israel was not involved in WW1, brought on by bankers, etc. From my research, those such as the Rothchilds cartel, and queen B, etc own pretty much everything. They used the U.S. to build their military industrial complex, and they put together the state of israel for strategic geographical location and an intel hub. They could also use this "God gave us israel scam, and hire those such as jim hageee to promote it..israel sucks, but we should be looking at the owners. Here are the owners.

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