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Gilad Atzmon
Jeudi 17 Décembre 2009

Britain’s Jewish foreign secretary rushes to rescue Israeli war crimes suspect
Gilad Atzmon views the declared intention of Britain’s Jewish foreign secretary, David Miliband, to change UK law so that suspected Israeli war criminals can visit the country without the risk of being arrested.
“I find myself puzzled. Why exactly is this law to be ‘reviewed’ or ‘reformed’? Is it because Britain decided to give up on its ethical tradition? Or is it because Miliband needs the support of the Labour Friends of Israel so he can be re-elected? Or is he just revealing an ever-present hidden cronyism?

“Miliband said that ‘the British government was determined that arrest threats against visitors of Livni's stature would not happen again’. And I find myself bewildered again. What does he mean by ‘Livni’s stature’? Does he really mean that Livni-like genocidal murderers are now welcome on British soil?”

On 14 December, senior officials in Israel confirmed reports that a British court issued a warrant against opposition leader Tzipi Livni for her role in orchestrating Israel's military offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip last December.

British sources reported that although a British court had issued a warrant for Livni’s arrest over war crimes committed in Gaza, it annulled it upon discovering that she was not in the UK.

As many of us predicted for more than a while, the tide is changing. Now Israeli political and military leaders are finally being chased.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported today that British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, the man who last week appointed a Zionist Jew to be the next British ambassador to Israel, has announced that Britain would “no longer tolerate legal harassment of Israeli officials in this fashion”. Miliband maintained that “the British law permitting judges to issue arrest warrants against foreign dignitaries without any prior knowledge or advice by a prosecutor must be reviewed and reformed”.

I find myself puzzled. Why exactly is this law to be “reviewed” or “reformed”? Is it because Britain decided to give up on its ethical tradition? Or is it because Miliband needs the support of the Labour Friends of Israel so he can be re-elected? Or is he just revealing an ever-present hidden cronyism?

Miliband said that “the British government was determined that arrest threats against visitors of Livni's stature would not happen again”. And I find myself bewildered again. What does he mean by “Livni’s stature”? Does he really mean that Livni-like genocidal murderers are now welcome on British soil?

"Israel is a strategic partner and a close friend of the United Kingdom. We are determined to protect and develop these ties," Miliband said. This obviously brings to mind the old saying: “Tell me who your friends are, and I'll tell you who you are.” Considering Labour’s recent history of illegal wars and foreign invasions, it is far from surprising that Miliband has so many friends in the Jewish state. And not just ordinary Israelis but actually the leading mass murderers.

According to Haaretz, Miliband called Livni to express his shock over the arrest warrant and pledged to address the matter immediately. Years ago, when we were young and naïve, our politics lecturers insisted on telling us that judicial independence is crucial to the democratic process. Seemingly, this principle is not highly regarded by Miliband who professes to spread democracy around the world. Miliband may benefit from spending some time with my son’s primary school teachers so he can grasp what democracy stands for.

Livni clarified that she “doesn't view the arrest warrant as a personal offence but rather as one that affects Israel as a whole”. She is obviously right. The Israeli society is regarded by an increasing number of Europeans as a criminal exterminatory state. The arrest warrants against Israeli leaders are indeed just a symbolic act.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on 15 December issued a statement saying:
We will not agree to a situation in which Ehud Olmert, Ehud Barak and Tzipi Livni will be summoned to the defendant's bench…We will not agree that IDF [“Israel Defence Forces”] commanders and soldiers, who - heroically and in a moral fashion [sic] - defended our citizens against a brutal and criminal enemy, will be condemned as war criminals. We reject this absurdity outright.
It is pretty obvious where Netanyahu is coming from. Yet, the Israeli prime minister fails to see that dropping white phosphorous on civilians is not exactly what Europeans and cultured people regard as “heroism” or “moral fashion”.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry is almost as amusing as its bigot head, Avigdor Liberman. In an official statement, the ministry declared: "We appreciate the British government's desire to play a central role in the Middle East peace process, and thus we expected it to translate the importance it gives its relations with Israel into actions.” Let’s face it, intimidation is a normal Israeli tactic. Yet, the fact that Israelis want us to believe that they are heading towards peace is less than comical -- it is downright treacherous. Britain is not going to play a part in the “peace process” because there is no such process.

In response to the warrant, Livni, deflecting personal guilt, said on 15 December that “she would not accept any accusation that compared Israel Defence Forces soldiers to terrorists”. She is actually correct. The so-called “terrorists” are in fact freedom fighters. Israel on the other hand is a racist, expansionist state. Its military forces are engaged in a continuous crime against humanity. Israel is as vicious as Nazi Germany but, in practice, it is far worse for it is a “democracy”. Its murderous practices are a direct reflection of its people’s wishes as expressed in a democratic vote. At the peak of the IDF's brutal Gaza campaign 94 per cent of the Israelis supported the lethal measures against the Palestinian population. Israelis are not terrorists, they are actually the embodiment of terror.

Gilad Atzmon is an Israeli-born musician, writer and anti-racism campaigner. His latest jazz album, "In loving memory of America", was released on 1 March 2009 and can be purchased here.


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