[Ed. – We can hope the third time will be a charm. In 2010, “peaceful activists” on Mavi Marmara attacked Israeli commandos executing a lawful boarding, in Israel-administered waters, to prevent the ship from breaking an embargo that keeps weapons from flowing to the terror group Hamas. Among the “peaceful activists” was a Hamas operative who works out of London. The ship was chartered in Turkey with the connivance of the Turkish Islamist group IHH, which a short time before had publicly declared solidarity with Hamas and Fatah.]
The International Criminal Court on Monday declined to reopen an investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes stemming from a 2010 incident in which a Gaza-bound flotilla filled with militant anti-Israel agitators was intercepted by Israeli authorities, leading to a bloody confrontation.
The ICC’s lead investigator declined to bow to pressure and reopen an investigation into the nearly decade-old confrontation between Israeli military personnel and activists aboard the Mavi Marmara, a flotilla that attempted to violently penetrate Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Pro-Israel legal experts who have been following the hotly contested case celebrated the decision as a hard-fought win in a court that has historically been hostile to Israel.