Glenn Greenwald reflects on the UN Report that concludes Israel executed one US citizen and 5 Turkish citizens on-board the aid flotilla to Gaza on Salon.com. Even more jarring than the Obama administration’s lack of outrage over the finding, is the almost absolute silence in the U.S. media over the matter. That’s probably for the best though, because as Glenn notes the only thing they are likely to attack is the report itself.
The report has been largely ignored in the American media despite the fact (or, more accurately: because) it found that much of the Israeli force used “was unnecessary, disproportionate, excessive and inappropriate and resulted in the wholly avoidable killing and maiming of a large number of civilian passengers”; that “at least six of the killings can be characterized as extra-legal, arbitrary and summary executions”; and that Israel violated numerous international human rights conventions, including the Fourth Geneva Conventions (see p. 38, para. 172).
Even more striking in terms of U.S. media and government silence on this report is the fact that one of the victims of the worst Israeli violations was a 19-year-old American citizen. As Gareth Porter documents in an excellent article at The Huffington Post, the report “shows conclusively, for the first time, that US citizen Furkan Dogan and five Turkish citizens were murdered execution-style by Israeli commandos.”
The full article can be found here.