17 June '12..
In September 2011, the UN released their long-awaited Palmer Report – a 105 page document based on research and hearings conducted over the course of more than a year.
The report concluded that Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza is “LEGAL“, “appropriate”, and consistent with international law.
The report stated:
“Israel faces a real threat to its security from militant groups in Gaza. The naval blockade was imposed as a legitimate security measure in order to prevent weapons from entering Gaza by sea and its implementation complied with the requirements of international law.”
“The Panel therefore concludes that Israel’s naval blockade was legal.”
I predicted at the time that the Guardian – whose coverage of the flotilla incident on May 31 represented a reckless journalistic rush to judgment (there were 71 separate reports or commentaries, almost exclusively critical of Israel over four days) – would either downplay or totally ignore the report’s findings.
True to form, the following is a section from the Guardian’s editor’s note, meant to introduce their Gaza Live Blog on June 8.
(Read full "...Guardian still calls Israel’s blockade of Gaza ‘illegal’")
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