Turkish scholar: Israel committed war crime over Gaza ship attack

Koni said the incident was a crime against humanity, and all Israeli state officials were responsible under international laws.

Turkish scholar: Israel committed war crime over Gaza ship attack

Prof. Hasan Koni, a scholar in the Law Faculty of the Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, said Monday Israel committed a war crime by attacking civilian ships in its own territory.

Koni told AA that the ships had announced beforehand that they were carrying humanitarian relief, and Israel should have arrested the ship and released the people on board.

Early on Monday, Israeli navy forces attacked a convoy of aid ships of IHH --a Turkish humanitarian relief organization-- carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza, killing more than 10 people and injuring 30 others. Turkish Foreign Ministry protested Israel.

The flotilla, which includes three cargo ships and three passenger ships, was trying to draw attention to Israel's three-year blockade of the Gaza Strip. The boats were carrying items such as electric-powered wheelchairs, prefabricated homes and water purifiers.

Koni said the incident was a crime against humanity, and all Israeli state officials were responsible under international laws.

He said the attack put both Israel and the U.S. in a difficult situation. He said the incident would be brought to the UN Security Council floor, and U.S. would not be able to protect Israel anymore.

He said Turkey-Israel relations would take a totally different course, adding that the attack would strengthen Turkey's hand about its arguments in the Middle East about human rights.

Emre Gonen, a scholar in the International Relations Faculty of Istanbul Bilgi University, said it was known by all parties that this situation could easily get out of control. He said the attack by Israeli navy despite this fact showed that the Israeli government did not have enough control over its armed forces.

Gonen said no Israeli government could ever be so careless and fail to calculate the consequences of this action.

He said the international community would give a serious reaction to the incident, noting however that it would be restricted to diplomatic reactions.


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