Panel to examine Gaza raid

Israel flagIn an effort to stave off calls for an international inquiry and international criticism, Israel’s cabinet approved a government-appointed commission with foreign participation to investigate the deadly commando raid last month on a flotilla bound for blockaded Gaza.  But international relations Professor Augustus Richard Norton, author of “Hezbollah: A Short History,” says the proposed Israeli panel falls well short of impartiality and credulity.

“The board is charged to address the blockade’s legality, but it is noteworthy that the International Committee of the Red Cross, not an organization given to rash judgments, has already noted that Israel’s blockade of Gaza is a violation of the Geneva Convention.”

Contact Augustus Richard Norton, 617-353-7808, arn@bu.edu

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