Today, the Toronto Star published the following letter to the editor from HRC Executive Director Mike Fegelman about how it’s difficult to procure balance in Mideast reporting:
While Palestinians may be “angry” about their plight, there is no grievance that justifies the wholesale slaughter of innocents.
Furthermore, contrary to Robert Fantina’s claims, the UN-commissioned Palmer Report affirms that the Israeli blockade of Gaza is legal and in compliance with international law as it prevents Hamas from receiving weapons and from carrying out terror attacks.
According to the report: “The fundamental principle of the freedom of navigation on the high seas is subject to only certain limited exceptions under international law. Israel faces a real threat to its security from militant groups in Gaza. The naval blockade was imposed as a legitimate security measure in order to prevent weapons from entering Gaza by sea and its implementation complied with the requirements of international law.”
This is the context that must be told.