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Knesset member calls Turkel Report "professional and moral scandal for Israeli judiciary"

February 20, 2014 at 3:31 pm

A member of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, has called the Turkel Report “a professional and moral scandal for the Israeli judiciary”. Taleb El-Sana MK, who heads the Arab Democratic Party, made his statement about the official Israeli report which exonerates Israel for its assault on the Freedom Flotilla in May 2010. Nine Turkish peace activists were killed by Israeli commandos as they stormed the Mavi Marmara and hundreds more from around the world were taken into custody. The flotilla was in international waters at the time of the murderous attack.

“The Turkel Report claims that the brutal attack on the Freedom Flotilla was an act of ‘self-defence’ and therefore justified,” said Mr. El-Sana. “This shows that the Israeli judiciary is bankrupt by justifying aggression, murder and kidnapping.” However, he added, the report’s findings are not surprising.

“Turkel was set up by [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, who is directly responsible for what happened, in order to clear his name,” he said. This is a waste of time, claimed the MK. “This report will not clear Netanyahu’s name, nor will it clear Barak’s name, because Israel has lost the world’s trust following all that it has done with its Occupation, settlement activity and disregard for human rights.”