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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Israel PM appointed former Supreme Court judge to head flotilla raid probe
Katherine Bacher at 12:00 AM ET

On June 13, 2010, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an internal investigation headed by former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Yakov Tirkel concerning the raids on Turkish ships headed to the Gaza Strip that occurred on May 31, 2010 and left nine pro-Palestine activists dead. The commission was designated to investigate and produce a report of their conclusions. The investigation followed Israel's insistence that they do not require international oversight and are capable of fairly evaluating their own actions. Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip originally began in 2007 after the Hamas rival, Fatah, was expelled. The Israeli probe ultimately found that, although there were intelligence failures in the operation, no punishments were warranted.

Coat of arms of Israel

Learn more about Israel and the aftermath of the Gaza flotilla raid from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary on the flotilla raid from JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn in Forum.

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