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Report Finds Naval Blockade by Legal but Faults Raid Israel
By NEIL MacFARQUHAR and ETHAN BRONNER
The report, expected to be released Friday, also found that when Israeli commandos boarded the main ship, they faced "organized and violent resistance from a group of passengers" and were therefore required to use force for their own protection. But the report called the force "excessive and unreasonable," saying that the loss of life was unacceptable and that the Israeli military's later treatment of passengers was abusive.
The 105-page report, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, was completed months ago. But its publication was delayed several times as
The report noted that the panel did not have the power to compel testimony or demand documents, but instead had to rely on information provided by
The Foreign Ministries in
But the two countries' negotiations, which focused on some kind of apology from
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of
The report does recommend that
The United Nations investigation into the events on the ship, the Mavi Marmara, which was sailing under a Turkish flag and was the largest of six vessels that were commandeered by Israeli commandos on May 31, 2010, was led by Sir Geoffrey Palmer, a former prime minister of New Zealand. He was aided by Álvaro Uribe, a former president of
The report takes a broadly sympathetic view of
The report is hard on the flotilla, asserting that it "acted recklessly in attempting to breach the naval blockade." It said that while a majority of the hundreds of people aboard the six vessels had no violent intention, that could not be said of the I.H.H. Humanitarian Relief Foundation, the Turkish aid group that primarily organized the flotilla. It said, "There exist serious questions about the conduct, true nature and objectives of the flotilla organizers, particularly I.H.H."
It also said that the Turkish government tried to persuade the organizers to avoid an encounter with Israeli forces, but that "more could have been done."
Regarding the boarding of the ship, the Palmer committee said
The report assailed
Like so many elements of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the events on the Mavi Marmara produced two competing narratives, each full of self-justification and contempt for the other.
An official Israeli investigation found not only that
A Turkish investigation came to precisely the opposite conclusion. It asserted that the blockade was illegal in all aspects, amounting to collective punishment of the Palestinians of
The Turks also concluded that Israeli commandos used live fire before landing, leading to death and injury; the Israelis said they had not. The Palmer committee said it was unable to determine who was right.
Those critical of Israeli actions toward Gaza have viewed the blockade that began officially in January 2009 as part of a siege imposed by Israel on Gaza after Hamas took full control there in 2007. That siege, which has eased considerably in the past year, prevented the movement of most goods and people.
But the Palmer committee said that while it had concerns about that policy and urged that it be loosened further, it saw the naval blockade as a purely security-oriented tool that had been imposed to stop weapons from arriving in
Neil MacFarquhar reported from the United Nations, and Ethan Bronner from
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