A BBC report claims that the UK will support Mahmoud Abbas PLO bid for statehood as long as it doesn’t pursue Israeli war crimes and returns to peace negotiations. So far as Israeli war crimes go , the British politicians have already changed existing laws so that it would be very difficult to bring about the prosecution of a suspected Israeli war criminal in this country. I use the word ‘Israeli’ because it isn’t required for other nationalities because the UK government would try to prosecute those anyhow. The law was changed with particular regard for Israeli visitors and to stop members of the general public bringing about ‘politically driven accusations’.
Secondly, which peace negotiations are the UK government referring to? To my knowledge, there aren’t any negotiations ongoing. Before any direct meetings would take place it was stipulated that the illegal building of settlements must stop. The Israelis refused to do that and in fact increased planning and building even more. Netanyahu and his criminal government colleagues know that Abbas can not come to the table without a settlement freeze as a minimum requirement. It’s incredibly easy to identify the party that are not working towards peace.
Having said all this, I strongly believe that Abbas would (if he could get away with it) become involved without any pre conditions… Such is his criminality and betrayal of the Palestinians. It’s only their anger that prevent him from trying.
The Telegraph today revealed that:
One in five Conservative backbench MPs had been taken on trips to Israel and Palestine since 2010 – the majority paid for by pro-Israeli lobbying groups. In total 79 MPs have been funded to visit the region at an approximate cost to their hosts of more than £130,000.
Not bad for a very small country who are apparently in need of $3 billion worth of aid from the US every single year. All three major parties have Friends of Israel groups and the vast majority of MP’s are in them. Is it not surprising that our political elites fall over each other to support Israel no matter what justifiably legitimate criticisms are aimed at them? Further evidence in case it was needed can be found quietly stashed away in today’s newspapers.
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces killed a 20-year-old Palestinian man near the Israeli border in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday morning, medical officials said.
Medics said Anwar Abdul Hadi Qudaih, 20, was hit in the head with a live bullet east of Khan Younis.
Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said 19 others were wounded by Israeli fire in the border area.
So, within hours of agreeing a cease-fire Israel yet again breaks their word and there won’t be an utterance of criticism from the US or Europe.
An IDF army spokesman said 200 Palestinians approached the fence and “began rioting” before causing damage to the fence.
In 2006 the Israel/Lebanon ceasefire had already been decided when Israel dropped hundreds of thousands of cluster bombs in a despicable act of vengeance. These bombs were to kill Lebanese civilians long after the ceasefire had begun and of course that was exactly the idea. We are dealing with a very sick nation when dealing with Israel. The ‘cast lead’ operation had support of 94% of Israelis in one survey and a recent one suggested 90% support for the current onslaught. The bombing of a bus in Tel Aviv today will prolong the turkey shoot in Gaza much longer which makes me believe that it could well be dark forces in Israel that may have carried out such an attack. Whatever the outcome, we can virtually guarantee that just as with Lebanon a few years ago, the Israelis will have ‘storm before the calm’ if and when it comes.
Despite the interviewer trying to focus on the rocket fire from Gaza, Diana Buttu made an incredible and truthful defence in support of the people of Gaza.
Humans appear to be getting much more selfish despite advanced technology allowing us to be much more aware of what is going on in the world and being able to bypass the pathetic main stream media and accessing independent news sources for ourselves. Indeed, I used to be just as ignorant to world affairs. I used to think Israel were being attacked because the ‘blood thirsty Muslims’ couldn’t help themselves in making Israeli lives hell. I couldn’t work out why people would go to such extremes just to make those poor Israelis feel unsafe. The newspaper headlines shaped my view of the Palestine-Israeli conflict.
I educated myself and discovered that Israel’s ‘promised land’ was nothing more than one part of a story book compendium called the bible. I then found out that the British government had given this area to European Jews even though it was already inhabited by people who had lived there for thousands of years and that it wasn’t even ‘owned’ by the British government to give to anyone.
Then I learnt that the Palestinians who had lived there were simply driven out by Jewish terrorist groups and that these Zionists didn’t just want a small patch of this region to be a safe haven against future ‘Hitler’s’, they wanted it all. So the victims of German Nazi’s were at the same time that they were being persecuted for being Jewish, were persecuting Arabs for not being Jewish. I think it’s fair to question whether one Nationalist groups behaviour was very different from the others.
Sadly, it wasn’t the end of the Palestinians woes. In keeping with their historic ownership of this small piece of land in the Middle East (re: bible) a long and patient plan was regrettably set in motion. This was to make the Palestinians so miserable and make their lives so unbearable that they would just leave of their own accord. Decades later, the Palestinians still haven’t succumbed to the constant demolitions, separation walls, arrest and imprisonment without due process, water deprivation……. The list is endless. Still after all this, the Palestinians won’t abandon what little life and belongings they have to make way for Israeli expansion.
I think what it would be like waiting in long queues to get to see a friend who lives the other side of an Israeli check point…Or even if I were lucky enough to have a job and had to go through a checkpoint twice daily. Maybe a hospital appointment? What if I worried every day about not having enough water to drink, never mind enough to stay clean? The Palestinians are being brutally tortured (particularly the ones in Gaza) on a daily basis. The Israelis, with help from virtually every Western government are committing this inhumane crime. I don’t know about having empathy, I do know we should feel absolutely ashamed of ourselves to allow these injustices to continue in these supposed enlightened times.
It’s so easy to get Israel to attack Syrian troops. All it takes is a few deliberately aimed rockets fired into the Golan Heights and it’s absolutely perfect…If you have itchy fingers. The primary Israeli ambitions are to render any country it perceives as even a slight threat into fragmented small groups to stop them from being a potential military problem. Iraq is now a nation of small nations effectively. Lebanon has five major political/religious groups. The Palestinians have Hamas and Fatah who despite numerous attempts seem unable to agree to even the most basic policies and of course if they do start to come close, Israel quickly increases the pressure on Abbas to draw back. They fear a united people.
The fear is irrational. Combine all Israel’s neighbours military assets together and they still could not create too many problems. None of them have nuclear weapons for starters. The major problem for Israel is that the rest of the world works them out. They are masters of illusion and according to them are never to blame for any of their battles and wars. The cries of ‘we were just defending ourselves’ can be heard every time (Israeli historians have discounted these claims on every occasion).
A million Israelis have been spending their third night in bomb shelters due to Palestinian rockets. I wouldn’t like to be directly under one of these rockets when it lands but the only image I could see earlier was one damaged house that even if you were in the room it hit, I doubt you would have anything more serious than scratches. Netanyahu is preparing the foundations for another bloody and ruthless attack on an imprisoned people with nowhere to run or hide. The Gazan’s don’t have any bomb shelters because Israel won’t allow them to import building materials, even though after the destruction of 10,000 homes in operation ‘cast lead’, bomb shelters would be very low on the priority list. The starved, bullied, oppressed people of Gaza are again in the cross-hairs of a military so far advanced than anything they can muster that I fear another bloodbath under this bogus pretext of a million Israelis in bomb shelters. It’s either a blatant lie or a gross exaggeration.
The Israelis still have a major hurdle to tackle before they can complete their conquest of the imaginary ‘promised land’. That obstacle is the Palestinians themselves. The cruelty the Nazis imposed on the Jews was a flicker of an eye compared to how long the Palestinians have had to endure the brutality of the Israelis. Still they won’t give in. I salute the people of Gaza and the West Bank for the resilience and commitment to your homeland. I have no doubt that no matter what the criminal state of Israel imposes on you, the determination and bravery will see you through until Justice is yours.