Hamas calls for new Goldstone Report

Mashaal: PM and Barak should face war crimes trial for flotilla raid.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
June 1, 2010 20:35
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Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal.

mashaal 311. (photo credit: AP)

Hamas leader in Damascus Khaled Mashaal called on Tuesday for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak to be tried for war crimes in connection to Monday's Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in which nine activists were killed.

Mashaal, at a press conference in Yemen, said that Monday's clashes aboard the flotilla's Mavi Marmara ship were cause for a new Goldstone Report.

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The Hamas leader said that activists aboard the ship were prevented from getting to Gaza, but that they were successful in getting out their message and they "defeated" Israel.

Mashaal praised Turkey for its strong reaction to the raid on the Mavi Marmara. The ship originated its journey in Turkey and the Turkish Foreign Ministry has reported that four of the activists killed in the raid were Turkish citizens.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sharply criticized Israel for the raid on Tuesday, calling the events a "bloody massacre."

Turkey also initiated a meeting of NATO on Tuesday in which a call was made for an investigation into the events.

The UN Security Council called for a probe on Tuesday as well, condemning Israel's actions.


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