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  9/1/2011, Elul 2, 5771

Report: Flotilla Activists Violent but IDF Excessive


A copy obtained by the New York Times of the United Nations report on Israel's interception of the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara in 2010 says Israeli commandos who boarded the ship were met by “organized and violent resistance from a group of passengers” and were required to use force, but called the force “excessive and unreasonable,” according to excerpts published by the newspaper on Thursday. The 105-page report says the loss of life was unacceptable and called the Israeli military’s subsequent treatment of passengers abusive.

The report is officially scheduled for publication Friday evening. One of its conclusions is that Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza, which the Mavi Marmara was trying to break, is legal under international law and that its forces have the right to stop Gaza-bound ships in international waters. Turkey is seeking an Israeli apology and an end to the blockade.

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