On May 31st, 2010, Israeli commandos killed nine passengers aboard a humanitarian flotilla destined for Gaza. (Eight of the nine were Turkish citizens, one was a dual U.S.-Turkish citizen.) On August 2nd, 2010, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed a Panel of Inquiry (POI) to “examine and identify the facts, circumstances and context of the incident,” and to “consider and recommend ways of avoiding similar incidents in the future.” After the Secretary-General selected singularly corrupt and criminal Colombian ex-president Alvaro Uribe as Vice-Chair, it was predictable—and predicted at the time—that the panel would produce a whitewash. In this respect the POI’s final report did not disappoint.
The Turkish government was seemingly less invested in the POI report than in eliciting a formal Israeli apology for the killing of its citizens.
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