Obama is definitely right on this - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Cipora Julianna Kohn
    • 03.07.10 | 20:06 (IDT)

    The only relevant question with regard to the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara is whether Israel was acting legally when her Navy attacked the Mavi Marmara. The applicable law is the San Remo manual, paragraph 47 which lists classes of enemy vessels exempt from attack. Paragraph 47(ii) includes "vessels engaged in humanitarian missions, including vessels carrying supplies indespensabel to the survival of the civilian population....However, paragraph 48 states that "vessels listed in paragraph 47 are exempt from attack only if they (a) are innocently employed in their normal role; (b) submit to identification and inspection when required. The Mavi Marmara, which carried IHH terrorists among civilian passengers, was not innocently employed. Once the Mavi Marmara refused to submit to inspection, it became subject to attack. Turkey would do well to listen to Obama on this. Turkey should renounce its association with the terror group IHH. Turkey needs to accept an end to this episode in which terrorists were mingling among civilians on a Turkish flagged vessel that originated in a Turkish port. As is, Turkey has lost some prestige.

    from the article: 'Obama warns Erdogan international Gaza flotilla probe bad for Turkey'
    First published 12:31 03.07.10 | Last updated 12:31 03.07.10
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