Regarding the Israeli flotilla incident, do I have this correct?

-The flotilla was in international waters, carrying humanitarian aid. Israelis raided one of the ships while it was still in international waters. The ship's passengers tried to defend themselves.

And so what if they had knifes? What sort of ship kitchen would not have knifes? To me, this seems to be a clear case of Israel violating international law. I don't have much sympathy when aggressors operating illegally complain about people defending themselves.

Ditto on Israel periodically and illegally entering Lebanese airspace. If an Israeli pilot gets shot down over Lebanon, I won't blame the Lebanese, I'll blame the Israeli government.

Update:

@Josh. From the video, it appears that Israelis are illegally rappelling onto a ship in international waters.

Update 2:

@Corrine. Laughable claim. The passengers included an Irish Nobel Prize winner, Americans, and plenty of Europeans.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The flotilla was warned repeatedly over the past days to turn back, they chose not to. They entered the exclusive economic zone (within 200 nm) so Israel chose to board the vessel and one of the ships opened fire on the search team. A few may have had side arms, pistols perhaps. The flotilla was in clear violation of an internationally recognized and legal blockade by a sovereign nation. The UN Security Council is reviewing video captures and after action reports right now in an emergency session.

    The ship was out at 70 NM, the legal economic zone is 200NM, Israel is allowed to act at that distance to interdict ships that are violating the economic zone.

    U.N. tables show that 148 coastal nations claim a territorial sea, which is not supposed to include more than that ocean within 12 nautical miles (nm) of the coastline. About half of these nations also claim a contiguous zone which is up to 24 nm, also measured from the coastline. The contiguous zone allows states to "exercise control to prevent infringement of its customs, fiscal, immigration, or sanitary regulations within its territory or its territorial sea." Most nations also claim an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), up to 200 nm, which consists of high seas within which "a coastal state may assert certain sovereign rights."-- The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

  • Jen N
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    1 decade ago

    I wondered about the same thing so I asked about international waters law and got a great answer that defined clearly what a nations rights are concerning the international waters that border a nation. This is the answer I got that explained it wonderfully. I personally find their actions deplorable and wonder when the world will wake up and demand that Israel be held accountable for it's actions. But they are a slippery bunch and no doubt knew that it was within their right to board that ship as long as they believed there was a threat to their national security.

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    U.N. tables show that 148 coastal nations claim a territorial sea, which is not supposed to include more than that ocean within 12 nautical miles (nm) of the coastline. About half of these nations also claim a contiguous zone which is up to 24 nm, also measured from the coastline. The contiguous zone allows states to "exercise control to prevent infringement of its customs, fiscal, immigration, or sanitary regulations within its territory or its territorial sea." Most nations also claim an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), up to 200 nm, which consists of high seas within which "a coastal state may assert certain sovereign rights over natural resources."

    The flotilla was boarded about 70 nm out to sea, which is within the exclusive economic zone. Israel was perfectly within their sovereign rights to enforse a nationally recognized and legal blockade within their economic sphere of influence. The flotilla was about six vessels carrying about 7 tons of concrete and construction material. Israel has warned the flotilla repeatedly they would be turned back and they were. There were armed personnel on the flotilla including firearms, knives and clubs. The entire event was filmed by Israel and will be reviewed by the UN security council this afternoon.

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    The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

    Source(s): Answer was given by SGT Rawk
  • 1 decade ago

    The exclusionary zone is established by Israel and Egypt and is internationally recognized, therefore allowed under international law.

    BTW. Plenty of terrorist and mercenary groups have had American and European members.

    >The Irish Nobel Prize winner was not on flotilla.

  • 1 decade ago

    The flotilla was willfully trying to run a blockade that Israel and Egypt have had in place since the terrorist organization Hamas came to power in Palestine in 2007.

    Israel offered to inspect and deliver the aid but the flotilla refused the offer.

    For all Israel knew the ships could have been carrying arms.

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  • jack
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    1 decade ago

    So what for CENTURIES Israel and Israelis, were murdered, mistreated and totally abused by those countries who disagreed with them or thought of them as "less human," so i guess pay back is a B@#$H! As far as i see it Israel should be no more condemned than what their enemies done and people praise their enemies for murdering them so GO ISRAEL!

  • 1 decade ago

    Israel is wrong in this. You don't raid ships that are on humanitarian missions.

    That being said, I hope America stays out of this. Let the UN and everyone else solve it. I don't think interventionism is the answer. While we are at it, we should end all foreign to all nations, Israel included. I think we should just worry about ourselves.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Candy-arss Liberals get all-hot-and-bothered when Jews try to defend their country.

    National Socialism was defeated in 1945 but it's scum residue obviously live on.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The video tells a very different story:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYjkLUcbJWo

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    And Israel has *every right* to police the blockade on Hamas, which is sworn to destroy them and shoots rockets at Israel civilians and has a long history of smuggling in weapons.

  • 1 decade ago

    Israel should have fired an Exocet Ship Missile

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There also was a claim that the ship contained slings and metal balls. ie. smuggling weapons.

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