If you’re in search for evidence of Chomsky’s propaganda model, you might want to wonder why the UN Human Rights Council’s report on the flotilla raid has received approximately no news coverage. It’s been on a few blogs, and there is a piece at globalresearch.com. But in general, there seems to have been zero coverage in the mainstream and most alternative media. I don’t have time to fully cover the report, so you should read it yourself, as it is easily downloadable as a PDF.
The report contains many condemnations of IDF actions, most which centre around the use of violence over and beyond what was required. While the soldiers did meet resistance, likely kitchen knives and perhaps slingshots, the report asserts:
168. In such circumstances the use of less extreme means, such as available less-lethal weaponry, would have been sufficient to achieve the required objective as required by Principle 4 of the Basic Principles on the Use of Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials.79
A well-trained force such as the Israeli Defense Force should have been able to successfully contain a relatively small group of passengers armed with sticks and knives and secure control of the ship without the loss of life or serious injury to either passengers or soldiers.
Furthermore, no amount of violence against the soldiers, even had there been firearms (of which there is no proof – and Israel’s unwillingness to HRC the medical records or evidence concerning the purported firearms injuries that soldiers suffered suggests they are fabrications), can not justify summery executions on deck:
170. The circumstances of the killing of at least six of the passengers were in a manner consistent with an extra-legal, arbitrary and summary execution. Furkan Doğan and İbrahim Bilgen were shot at near range while the victims were lying injured on the top deck. Cevdet Kiliçlar, Cengiz Akyüz, Cengiz Songür and Çetin Topçuoğlu were shot on the bridge deck while not participating in activities that represented a threat to any Israeli soldier. In these instances and possibly other killings on the Mavi Marmara, Israeli forces carried out extra- legal, arbitrary and summary executions prohibited by international human rights law, specifically article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.80
This is not something to respond to with an argument about the legitimacy of illegitimacy of the killings. The men shot were people like you and I, the only difference is they were taking action on their politics and attempting to do something which, whatever you believe, they strongly believed was right. This is therefore something at which to be deeply appalled, and to mourn for those whose lives were cut short by this action. This is something, above all, at which one should feel before continuing with one’s defence, critique, or indifference towards IDF activities.