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ACTION ALERT: Why israel's Investigation into Flotilla is not Sufficient?

 

Write to your MP and tell them that the British government cannot accept israel's investigation into the Flotilla attack, and there needs to be an independent UN led inquiry.

(Contact details below)

 

Tirkel Commission is not Enough

israel's Tirkel Commission has been set up to 'investigate' the armed attack by israeli troops on the Gaza Flotilla. 9 Turkish peace activists were killed on 31 May 2010 by live fire from israeli troops.

 

Immediately after the incident, israel began to defend itself, saying it was attacked by the peace activists. All video footage and photo evidence from the passengers of the attack on the MV Marmara were confiscated by the israeli troops and have not been returned to their rightful owners, including 20 journalists who were on board the ship.

 

Since then, israel has gone to great lengths to blame the activists, calling them 'protestors', 'radicals' and even 'terrorists'. The information being circulated in israeli society is expected to form the bulk of israel's inquiry into the attack on the Flotilla. Instead of releasing all of the video and photographic evidences that exist, the Tirkel Commission will look at selective materials which support israel's story. As no peace activists from the ships will be interviewed, not any of the soldiers who attacked the ship, this enquiry is flawed.

 

The Tirkel Commission fails to meet international standards for a number of reasons:

  • 1. The Tirkel Commission's terms of reference do not include looking into the decision-making process by israeli Politicians and Commanders which led to bloodshed on the high seas, to the killing of nine people whose purpose had been to reach Gaza rather than clash with israeli soldiers.
  • 2. The commission is specifically and explicitly excluded from calling any soldier or officer to testify and is expected to rely blindly on the army's own investigation of its own doings, which is carried out secretly.
  • 3. israel has confiscated most of visual recordings and photographic evidence from the passengers which is highly unlikely to be made available to the commission.
  • 4. With israel withholding vital evidence it would appear there may be selective or no eye-witness testimonies of the boat's Turkish, European and American passengers, whom the State of israel has already branded as "terrorists".
  • 5. To get a semblance of international respectability, two international observers were attached to the commission. It should be noted that one of them - David Trimble, Protestant Unionist leader from North Ireland – expressed his allegiance just two weeks ago by joining a "Friends of israel" group established by Netanyahu loyalist Dore Gold. In addition, Trimble is a veteran member of the Henry Jackson Society, an international organization linked with the American "neo conservative" circles and which advocates the "spreading of democracy" by way of military incursions and invasions. At Trimble's side, this society's membership includes such people as Richard Perle, who under the Bush Administration was among the main initiators of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, as well as William Kristol who is the main neo-conservative ideologue.
  • 6. The other international observer on the commission is Ken Watkin, retired Canadian Army general and until recently Judge Advocate General. Watkin's name is associated with a sensational affair in Canada, regarding cases of Canadian forces in Afghanistan transferring dozens of prisoners to the custody of the Afghan government's security service – where they were tortured and some extra-judicially executed. Watkin refused to testify to the Canadian Parliament regarding the advice he had given to the military commanders on this issue, arguing that there existed between him and the Canadian government a privileged attorney–client relationship. This behavior does not bode well for Watkin 's willingness or ability to participate in exposing facts which might prove embarrassing to the Government of israel.

The Tirkel Commission falls short of the basic International requirements of being independent, transparent and comprehensive. It has no credibility and therefore it is not acceptable.

 

TAKE ACTION:

 

1. Write to your local MP

Include the above points in your letter.

Click here to find the address of your MP or Click here to email a letter to your MP

 

2. Write to the Foreign Secretary and encourage him not to accept the Tirkel Commission and instead call for an independent UN led investigation.

Rt Hon. William Hague MP

Foreign Secretary

King Charles Street

London

SW1A 2AH

 

3. Write to the Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt, who is also an Officer of Conservative Friends of israel.

Rt Hon. Alistair Burt MP

Minister for the Middle East

King Charles Street

London

SW1A 2AH

 

 

Friends of Al-Aqsa is a UK based non-profit making NGO concerned with defending the human rights of Palestinians and protecting the sacred al-Aqsa Sanctuary in Jerusalem. This vision is supported by various international groups and organisations. Friends of Al-Aqsa was first established in 1997 and now has an international support base.

 

source: Nakba .co .uk

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