UN experts accuse Israel of suppressing flotilla footage

Former International Criminal Court judge says Israel appeared to try and "have monopoly on versions as to what existed."

By ASSOCIATED PRESS, JPOST.COM STAFF
September 28, 2010 17:57
1 minute read.
UN SECRETARY-GENERAL Ban Ki-moon, center, meets with members of the panel investigating the Gaza flo

UN Flotilla Committee 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

GENEVA — An independent panel investigating Israel's boarding of the Gaza-bound aid flotilla on May 31 said Israel is suppressing footage of the incident it seized from the passengers.

The UN-appointed experts said Israeli soldiers confiscated still photos and video material from more than two dozen journalists and others aboard the flotilla during the raid in which nine Turkish activists were killed.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
UN human rights experts say flotilla raid broke int'l law
PMO: UN flotilla panel blamed Israel before probe began

Karl T. Hudson-Phillips, a former judge at the International Criminal Court, told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday that Israel appeared to be trying to "control information and to have monopoly on versions as to what existed."

Israel has dismissed the report, claiming the UN Human Rights Council that commissioned it is biased.

The comments come after the US State Department expressed concern that the UN Human Rights Council report on the Gaza flotilla could be used to stop the peace process, according to an AFP report.

"We are concerned with the tone, content and conclusions of the report," US envoy to the UN Human Rights Committee Eileen Chamberlain reportedly told the organization.

Related Content

August 15, 2018
US defense bill could force Al Jazeera to register as foreign agent

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN