Shortly after the infamous Mavi Marmara flotilla incident in May of last year, the UN appointed a committee to find out what happened and why and to make recommendations. Their report was published in July of this year (2011) and we have obtained a copy.
The panel was composed of a British Chair, and Italian Vice-Chair and members from Israel and Turkey so both sides in the incident were represented. Below are the summary findings of the panel, followed by a statement by the Israeli member of the panel (the Turkish member rejected much of the report and accused it of being biased in favour of Israel).
The panel (known as The Palmer Committee) found faults on both sides. The Turkish passengers on the ship were classed as politically driven and spoiling for a fight, while the report criticised the Israeli forces for the violence of their attack. At the time, the IDF showed video footage of violent attacks on their soldiers, which they were forced to respond to. Unfortunately, there is a fine line between a reasonable response to force and excessive reaction. Of course, when you are in the middle of it all, you just want to get out of it alive while many of the Turkish attackers were expecting death! You can read our extracts from the report here, or download a full copy of the report here.