The blockade is illegal, disproportionate collective punishment and therefore the IDF raid was illegal - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Michael UK
    • 10.06.10 | 10:14 (IDT)

    Israel propbably has a legal right to use proportionate methods to try to prevent weapons reaching Gaza. It has no right whatsoever to prevent the people having access to things like pasta, coriander, chocolate, school books, building materials to resconstruct homes destrpyed by Israel etc. It has no right to almost totally prevent, for years, the movement of civilians in and out of Gaza in the current situation of very sporadic qassam launches by small numbers of people. Most of the blockade is demonstrably illegal collective punishment and serves no legitimate military purpose whatsoever. In that context, the Freedom Flotilla was legally right to try to break it by transporting non-military goods, and they had every right to defend themselves against an illegal IDF raid attempting to enforce an illegal blockade, doubly so because the raid was in international waters. Since the raid itself is illegal, that puts a huge question mark over all the killings committed by the IDF which is probably why Barak won't let them by examined by independent investigators. A burglar who has entered someone's house does not have the right to kill the homeowner if the homeowener tries to resist their raid.

    from the article: Foreign Ministry warned Israel Navy not to raid Gaza flotilla in international waters
    First published 02:26 10.06.10 | Last updated 02:26 10.06.10
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