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Counterinsurgency LawNew Directions in Asymmetric Warfare$
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William Banks

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199941445

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199941445.001.0001

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The Gaza Freedom Flotilla

The Gaza Freedom Flotilla

Politicizing Maritime Law in Asymmetric Contexts

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(p.178) 10 The Gaza Freedom Flotilla
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Counterinsurgency Law
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Zoli Corri

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199941445.003.0010

This chapter examines the ramifications of asymmetric warfare for traditional international humanitarian law by focusing on the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” incident. On May 31, 2010, Israel launched a military operation against six civilian ships of the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” in international waters off the Mediterranean Sea, resulting in the death of nine passengers aboard MV Mavi Marmara—the only vessel that did not practice passive resistance. The chapter analyzes the politicization of the incident and highlights how the legal and policy shortcomings of postmodern warfare are especially attenuated when conflicts take place in a maritime environment. It also discusses the limits of the law of naval warfare, counterinsurgency and non-international armed conflicts, and the San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflict at Sea.

Keywords:   asymmetric warfare, international humanitarian law, Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Israel, Mavi Marmara, postmodern warfare, law of naval warfare, counterinsurgency, non-international armed conflicts, San Remo Manual

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