When a Foreign Military Shoots a U.S. Human Rights Defender “at Point Blank Range,” Shouldn’t the U.S. Investigate?

By: Friday May 31, 2013 8:36 am

Many U.S. citizens take for granted that if they are wounded or worse by another government, the U.S. will, at the very least, press for an independent, credible investigation. Under the international human rights system, governments are responsible for the protection of human rights defenders, and the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders has concluded that, “[f]ighting impunity for violations committed against defenders is crucial in order to enable defenders to work in a safe and conducive environment.”

But instead of taking decisive action to get to the bottom of the attack against a flotilla of human rights defenders in international waters and ensure accountability, the U.S. showed an alarming amount of deference to Israel and tried to undermine international efforts to investigate the incident.


Talk about Jurisdiction Shopping: Israel to Investigate Self with U.S. OK

By: Monday June 14, 2010 6:00 am

Now comes word that Israel has decided to ignore international calls for an independent, international investigation into the attack on the Gaza flotilla – and will instead investigate itself. Obama’s White House has said this is a great idea.

Memorial Day Memory Hole: After Israel Forgets “Exodus”, White House Forgets “Shores of Tripoli”. Will Obama Remember NATO?

By: Monday May 31, 2010 7:15 pm

Last night, Israel’s leaders and commandos forgot the past Leon Uris drew upon for his fictionalized celebration of their nation’s creation. The IDF’s witless, merciless repetition of their nation’s pre-history ensured predictably tragic consequences for the humanitarian flotilla attempting to penetrate Israel’s deadly Gaza blockade. As of this writing, the IDF are reported to have killed up to twenty and wounded scores more civilians aboard the unarmed flotilla. In this lethal campaign of attacks on unarmed vessels in international waters, Israel’s leaders and armed forces aped the the British Navy’s successful prevention of the Exodus’ attempt to break the British blockade of Palestine in 1947.

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