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Opinion Editorials, September 2011
Turkey Does the Right Thing
By Lawrence DavidsonReress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 7, 2011
Lawrence Davidson lauds Turkey’s decision to downgrade its diplomatic relations with Israel and suspend military ties with the Zionist state and says that Tel Aviv’s refusal to do the decent thing and apologize for murdering unarmed civilians on the high seas has probably put an end to its dream of becoming a NATO member.
In the wake of the dubious UN investigatory report which all but exonerated Israel for its 31 May 2010 attack on the Mavi Marmara – an attack that killed eight Turkish citizens and one Turkish-America – Turkey has downgraded its diplomatic relations with Israel and suspended all military cooperation. Ankara had little choice in this matter. The Israeli attack was egregious. It took place in international waters against an unarmed civilian vessel and was carried out in defence of a barbaric and illegal policy of collective punishment against one million Palestinians bottled up in Gaza by an Israeli blockade.
”Above international laws and human conscience"
For their part, the Israelis claim that they murdered the Mavi Marmara
in self-defence. I juxtapose the words self defence and murder quite
deliberately, for the Turkish passengers were in the process of defending
themselves from a violent assault when they were gunned down by Israeli
soldiers who now describe their actions as self-defence. This scenario is
a tragic parody of a hundred years of Zionist action in the Middle East.
Having come to the region in the baggage train of an imperial occupying
power (Great Britain) and successfully establishing themselves by evicting
the native population (a process that is on-going), the Israelis define
all acts of resistence to their aggression as attacks which require their
defending themselves. The Mavi Marmara action fits neatly into this
Zionist world of peculiar logic. In this sense, they turn the world upside
You can see this perverse
influence in the way the UN investigatory report on the Mavi Marmara
manipulated and distorted. Though headed by Geoffrey Palmer, a New
Zealand lawyer and politician with a reputation for integrity and honesty,
he was hemmed in by having to share the investigation with ex-Columbian
President Alvaro Uribe – a devoted follower of the Israeli line and ally
of Washington. The UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, who is currently
under attack by the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight for
weakening the moral integrity of the organization, also bowed to a
combination of American and Israeli pressure.
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