Not surprisingly--those apologists are twisting the law again.
Accroding to The San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea, 12 June 1994
SECTION V : NEUTRAL MERCHANT VESSELS AND CIVIL AIRCRAFTWe can only hope that the people who habitually take everything the pro-Palestinian apologists say as true will take the opportunity to check the facts.
Neutral merchant vessels
67. Merchant vessels flying the flag of neutral States may not be attacked unless they:
(a) are believed on reasonable grounds to be carrying contraband or breaching a blockade, and after prior warning they intentionally and clearly refuse to stop, or intentionally and clearly resist visit, search or capture;
Yes, and it would be nice if the media did too.
Update: See: More On The Legality Of Israel's Blockade Of Gaza
See also: Still Another Source On Israel's Right To Stop The #Flotilla
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