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Human rights group that sailed 5 times into port of Gaza.

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September 14, 2011
Israel Given Two Bites of the Apple

Co-chair of the National Lawyers Guild Free Palestine Subcommittee; she practiced law in the US for 20 years, worked in Jerusalem and Ramallah for six years as a human rights lawyer, and is now Legal Adviser to the Free Gaza Movement.

Almost all the factual findings, as well as the legal analysis and conclusions of the recently leaked UN Secretary General’s Panel of Inquiry into the “Flotilla Incident” on May 31, 2010 (Palmer/Uribe Panel) directly contradict those of an earlier UN report of the Human Rights Council Fact-Finding Mission (FFM, whose conclusion that Israel’s blockade of Gaza, including the naval blockade is illegal, was just reaffirmed on September 13, 2011 by five independent UN rights Special Rapporteurs. In line with all statements Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon has made about Gaza, the Goldstone report, and statements by other international agencies, including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), these UN international law experts rejected the Palmer/Uribe conclusions and demanded that “[t]he Israeli blockade of Gaza must end immediately and the people of Gaza must be afforded protection in line with international law.”