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MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) said Tuesday she told UNHRC investigators probing Israel's deadly raid on an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip that its commandos were on a mission to kill.
Investigators from a UN human rights inquiry on the May 31 flotilla attack, in which nine activists died, began interviewing witnesses in the Jordanian capital on Monday.
So far, Zoabi and six others have been interviewed.
"It was evident from the beginning that the commandoes viewed all of us activists as terrorists," Zoabi told The Associated Press after her testimony before a three-member U.N. team headed by Karl Hudson-Phillips, former judge of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
"Israel's use of large numbers of elite troops with sophisticated weaponry showed it intended to kill the passengers," added the lawmaker, who was aboard the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara
, where the killing took place. "We were very peaceful activists, but the commandoes came to kill," she said.
Israel has refused to cooperate with this probe, accusing the UN Human
Rights Council of bias. But it is working with a separate UN group led
by New Zealand's ex-Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer and Colombia's
ex-President Alvaro Uribe that is examining the legal ramifications of
Israeli commandos met unexpected resistance last May when they tried to
prevent a Turkish aid ship from breaking Israel's blockade of Gaza. The
commandos opened fire, killing eight Turkish activists and a Turkish
American. Both countries said they acted in self-defense.
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Israel's military has already wrapped up its own investigation, finding
that intelligence failed to predict the violent response but troops
acted properly under the circumstances.
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