It's Not Piracy!
The International Law Framework

Brayer, Linda; Wimmer, Andrew
Date Written:  2010-06-09
Publisher:  CounterPunch
Year Published:  2010
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX11925

The crimes that Israel committed during its assault on the vessels and civilian passengers of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla fall firmly within the category of "high crimes." The assault, rather than an act of piracy, must be defined as a "crime against the peace" and a "crime against humanity" as Israel subjected "part of the high seas to its sovereignty" in a murderous attack on unarmed civilian vessels. The severity of these crimes is magnified precisely because the criminal actor is not an individual but a highly militarized state.

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