New York, NY, September 27, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned a report issued by the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) on the Gaza flotilla affair, calling it another "unnecessary" and "undeniably biased report."
The mandate of the committee charged to investigate the May 31, 2010 incident aboard the Mavi Marmara predetermined the predictable approach of the report: "to investigate…Israeli attacks on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian assistance."
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director issued the following statement:
Once again an investigative committee appointed by the Human Rights Council produced a predictably prejudiced report with one goal: to demonize Israel. Moreover, this report is unnecessary given the fact that Israel is currently conducting a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident through the Turkel Commission, and a committee was established by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to monitor the progress of the Israeli and Turkish investigations.
For the HRC to conduct its own investigation in light of these other efforts is superfluous. For it to issue its undeniably biased report now is disruptive of the recently resumed negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. It is a travesty that the Human Rights Council wastes its time and funds with the sole intent of condemning and demonizing Israel.
The HRC report itself lacks any context. It fails to address legitimate Israeli security concerns, nor the terrorist nature of Hamas and its repressive rule over the people of Gaza, and glosses over the myriad of rockets that have rained down on Israeli civilians. The panel hypocritically relied on testimony from passengers aboard the very ship being investigated to draw its overwhelmingly biased conclusions against the Jewish State.
The investigative committee was established on June 2, 2010 and although Israel did not cooperate with the panel, the Israeli government is cooperating with the Secretary-General's investigation and established its own committee as well.