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Jacob Turkel

  • Legal panel: IDF doesn't follow own procedures regarding Palestinian civilian casualties

    The Turkel Committee, appointed following the deadly raid on the Mavi Marmara, determined that the IDF didn’t follow its own procedures in cases of Palestinian civilian casualties. However, the committee also believes that the IDF should continue to be the one probing its own actions. The Turkel Committee, which was appointed to examine the events surrounding the deadly IDF raid on the Mavi Marmara in 2010 has submitted the second part of its report yesterday. The committee declared that the IDF is capable of investigating alleged crimes perpetrated by soldiers (and policemen under army supervision), but had some major recommendations…

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  • The Gaza Flotilla Inquiry: Afloat in a sea of whitewash

    The Turkel Committee, investigating the legality of Israel’s lethal response to the Gaza Flotilla in May 2010, has published the first part of its conclusions. The omens for the report were not good, and unfortunately, its 248 pages (Hebrew) reinforce the impression that this inquiry was a sham, intended to whitewash any Israeli wrongdoing involved with the incident. This can be gleaned from the report itself, without even having to confront it with any external evidence. The Turkel Committee, investigating the legality of Israel’s lethal response to the Gaza Flotilla in May 2010, has published the first part of its conclusions. The omens for…

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  • IDF document: "Policy principle: separating Gaza from West Bank"

    An IDF Powerpoint slideshow, presented before the Turkel committee for the investigation of the Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla, reveals the official goals of the Israeli policy regarding the Gaza strip. The slideshow, prepared by The Administration for the Coordination of Government Policy in the Territories – the IDF body in charge of carrying out Israeli government policies regarding the civilian population in the West Bank and Gaza – deals with the humanitarian conditions in the strip; with food, water, fuel and electricity supply and with the condition of medical facilities in Gaza. download the IDF slideshow [Hebrew] here…

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  • IDF spokesperson spins Mavi Marmara video for local political purposes

    After weeks in which Israel refused to release the media confiscated form the journalists on the Gaza-bound flotilla, a short clip is posted on the IDF radio site, just at the perfect timing for Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi's needs Israeli chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi testified this week before the Turkel committee, the investigating panel Israel has formed to look into the events surrounding the deadly raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla. In what seemed like a strange coincident, while Ashkenazy was testifying, IDF Radio released another short clip from the videos taken on the the Mavi Marmara and later…

  • British PM Cameron: Gaza is a prison camp

    In a visit to Turkey, newly appointed British Prime Minister said that the attack on the Gaza-bound flotilla was "'completely unacceptable'' This is from the Telegraph's report: Today Mr Cameron said: ''The situation in Gaza has to change. Humanitarian goods and people must flow in both directions. ''Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp.'' And he added: ''The Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla was completely unacceptable. ''And I have told PM Netanyahu we will expect the Israeli inquiry to be swift, transparent and rigorous.'' PM David Cameron's senior coalition partner, Nick Clegg of the…

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