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The Turkel Commission submitted the first part of its report in Jan. 2011. The second part of the report is some 1,000 pages long, according to the Haaretz newspaper.

The Turkel Commission submitted the first part of its report in Jan. 2011. The second part of the report is some 1,000 pages long, according to the Haaretz newspaper.

The national commission established to probe Israel’s raid on the Mavi Marmara ship, which killed nine Turkish citizens, submitted the second part of its report to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu yesterday. 

The first section of the report, made public in January 2011 focused on failures that had occurred during the Mavi Marmara raid on May 31, 2010.  According to Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, in its second report the Turkel Commission, chaired by former Supreme Court Justice Jacob Turkel and comprised of Israeli and foreign dignitaries, issued several recommendations to solve flaws found in the decision-making process that resulted in the raid on the Mavi Marmara.

One of the most critical propositions made is to attribute responsibility to the involved army commanders as well as the civilian government for the alleged violations of international law that were committed by their subordinates, Haaretz newspaper reported. “The law should impose direct criminal responsibility on commanders and their civilian superiors for violations committed by their subordinates, if they do not take all reasonable measures to prevent these violations or do not bring those responsible to justice when they find out about violations after the fact,” says the commission
report, according to Haaretz.

The commission also suggests establishing an independent team formed by army officers and jurists to provide counsel during the army’s own operational investigations. This team would be allocated the means needed to make an assessment following an operation and advise the military whether an investigation should be opened or not, noted Haaretz. 


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Ken Alden

2/8/2013 5:30:42 PM

@Constantino, I am sure that you have heard the term "Shooting oneself in the Foot" Well Israelis did just that Nine times over when their Raiding Party MURDERED ( pROTESTERS on Mavi Marmara, nine murders that resonated around the World and will do so whenever one thinks of Israel. There is no further need to send ships! Some Israelis claim to be the World's smartest people, if so they did the World's dumbest thing!

Turk Uzan

2/7/2013 7:03:56 PM

Constantinos, well because of countries like Greece that accepted Israeli bribe money to keep the ships from leaving their ports .. many ships tried and often were sabotaged before they got the chance to leave the harbor like what happened in your country multiple times neighbor. PS .. "why they stopped to send ships" who is they? Many civilians from different religions, cultures, countries etc have tried to break the blockade with ships not just who ever you meant with "they"

Ken Alden

2/7/2013 4:17:02 PM

This Commission, Chaired by a past member of the Israeli Supreme Court, the same court that sanctiones Torture in cases of National Security, i.e. it means; "anything goes, as long as it's labelled "National Security"! By the look of it , it looks that hey are researching a more efficient way to conduct such MURDERS and pin Medals on Assasins! What is hard to fathom,what are the "Foreign Dignitaries" lend their names to this incredelous Farce that legalizes Murder! Pfui,thousand times Pfui!

constantinos kio

2/7/2013 3:03:10 PM

why they stoped to send ships ? i am curius ....

Eyal Eyal

2/7/2013 11:57:56 AM

I just want to remind Murat that the crimes Israel perpetrated also Include firing on a us warship Liberty in 67 and killing 34 marines and injures 171, shooting down 5 MIG 21 Russian fighter jets in 1970, shooting down Libyan passenger airplane killing 108 and 5 badly injured and we didn't even started talking about the Palestinian Nakba of expelling 700 thousand Palestinians in 1948 massacring villages with women & children of deir yassin etc... For Israel its just another day at the office.


2/7/2013 1:27:28 AM

As if the blatant and cowardly murder of unarmed Turkish citizens was just a dress reharsal, and excercise to improve the tactics and techniques of the apertehid army. After all the killing, including UN observers, women and children and crimes against humanity, one would have thought they got enough practice! Still, not a single murderer has ever been punished, and many were in fact medaled. No amount of internal reports will ever whitewash it.
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