Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Following the release of a United Nations report last week finding that Israel's blockade of Gaza is legal, Turkey is threatening to file suit at the International Court of Justice challenging that conclusion. The special UN Panel of Inquiry found that the blockade is a legitimate security measure to stop weapons smuggling into Gaza. However, the report also concluded that Israel used excessive force against persons on the ships attempting to run the blockade in May 2010, resulting in the deaths of nine Turkish citizens. Israel has refused to apologize or to compensate the families of the victims.
In addition to threatening a lawsuit at the ICJ, on Friday, Turkey downgraded its diplomatic relations with Israel and severed military ties.
The UN report may be found at http://unispal.un.org/unispal.nsf/udc.htm.