Gaza slaughter: Peace and justice still blocked by cowardly international community

How can any sane person, after visiting Gaza, fail to demand the full force of international law and sanctions against the sadistic Israeli regime?

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UK Middle East minister Alistair Burt meets 'The Fonz' (Henry Winkler, who spoke at the Foreign Office in London on his experience of living with Dyslexia)

Jewish News reports the UK proudly announcing a new package of aid totalling £1.5 million to buy medicines and equipment for 11 hospitals in Gaza. The money will also provide services for around 4,000 people.

Live fire across the border by Israel’s snipers, slaughtering some 111 Palestinians, mostly civilians and including women and children, and wounding and maiming thousands more, shamed Britain into this latest gesture.

Middle East minister Alistair Burt made the announcement on a visit to Gaza. He said: “I am deeply concerned about the worsening situation in the Gaza Strip, and today’s UK aid package gives a message to the world, and to the people of Gaza, that we have not forgotten them or their plight.

“Today’s support will help to ensure that hospitals which are under immense pressure are able to cope with the increased number of casualties who need medical and surgical care.”
Oh, how nice. Handing out £1.5 million of our tax money saves Burt the chore of calling the Israeli psychopaths to account. It is another cowardly subsidy to keep the illegal occupation of the Holy Land going.

Burt added: “We have been clear that a political settlement is the only way to ensure lasting peace for Palestinians and Israelis alike. All parties must redouble their political efforts and return to the negotiating table, not only to address the deteriorating conditions in Gaza, but to ensure tragedies of the past months are not repeated.”

Why should Palestinians ‘negotiate’ for their rights and freedom? And given the Israelis’ track record could a political settlement with them ever be fair or just? Without justice there can be no lasting peace. And without law there’s no justice. So why the continual focus on ‘negotiations’ while ignoring the rule of international law?

The BMJ (British Medical Journal) recently described the horror on the ground:

“Since 2014 Israel has further tightened the passage of essential medicines and equipment into Gaza, and of the entry of doctors and experts from abroad who offer technical expertise not available locally. Gazan hospitals have been depleted of antibiotics, anaesthetic agents, painkillers, other essential drugs, disposables, and fuel to run surgical theatres. Patients die while waiting for permission to go for specialist treatment outside Gaza. All elective surgery has been cancelled since last January 2018, and 3 hospitals have closed because of medication, equipment and fuel shortages. Medical personnel have been working on reduced salaries. Gazan health professionals find it almost impossible to get Israeli permission to travel abroad to further their training.The regular episodic military assaults on Gaza and the current targeting of unarmed demonstrators are part of a pattern of periodically induced emergencies arising from Israeli policy. The cumulative effects of the impact on healthcare provision for the general population have been documented in multiple reports by NGOs, UN agencies and the WHO..This appears to be a strategy for the de-development of health and social services impinging on all the population of Gaza.

“The current systematic use of excessive force towards unarmed civilians, including children and journalists, is provoking a further crisis for the people of Gaza. Since 30 March 2018, snipers firing military grade ammunition have caused crippling wounds to unarmed demonstrators. As of 23 April 5511 Palestinians, including at least 454 children, have been injured by Israeli forces, including 1,739 from live ammunition according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza. As of April 27, the death toll has reached 48 and additional hundreds wounded.”

The UK claims its aid is already providing Gazans with access to clean water and improving sanitation facilities to help stop the spread of deadly disease. So what? It does nothing to end Israel’s blockade, the day-to-day, hour-to-hour misery of economic strangulation and the helplessness of imprisonment within that tiny, overcrowded coastal strip.

Mr Burt and his Foreign Office colleagues are a large part of the problem. We’ve heard Burt many time before spouting appeasement, giving away money and urging lopsided negotiations rather than enforcing UN resolutions and international law and imposing sanctions. Seven years ago, as the new minister in charge of Middle East affairs, he was handing the Palestinian Authority’s prime minister Salam Fayyad and his boss, president Mahmoud Abbas, £17 million for their sterling work. The official reason for such largesse with our hard-earned tax money was the dynamic duo’s progress towards creating an independent, viable Palestinian state “living in peace with a secure Israel”.

Their only real achievement, however, was having turned the Occupied Territories into a police state of the most sinister kind on behalf of their Israeli puppetmasters. The gift was also a sweetener to get the Palestinian leaders back to the negotiation table. “It is critical that both sides find a way to return to talks,” said Burt. “The current impasse is of great concern and I urge all parties to take immediate steps to secure a lasting peace… We firmly believe that this should see a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital. This is the solution which offers the best prospect of a just and sustainable peace.”

That was 2011. Where’s the peace?

 

“Enemies of peace will continue to use the conflict for their own purposes…”

Talk is cheap when you have no intention of following up with action. And Mr Burt was not about to transform himself into a man of action for peace. Why not? Because he’s a creature of the Israel lobby. He used to be an officer of that detestable club of Israel flag-wavers, the Conservative Friends of Israel. The Foreign Office is stuffed with them thanks to our then prime minister, David “I’m-a-Zionist” Cameron, an individual so misguided that he proclaimed: “In me you have a Prime Minister whose belief in Israel is indestructible.” What a ridiculous commitment for a British prime minister to make to a lawless, racist entity that respects nobody’s human rights, continually defies international law and shoots children for amusement (see ‘The methodical shooting of boys at work in Gaza by snipers of the Israeli Occupation Force’ by surgeon David Halpin and latest reports on the use of dum-dum and other soft-nose or ‘exploding’ rounds by Israeli snipers).

It is a disgrace that the Conservatives, who weren’t given a clear mandate to govern and resorted to forming a coalition with the wimpish Liberal Democrats, chose to vomit their infatuation with the thuggish Israeli regime all over the British nation and the Arab world. They continue their nauseating behaviour to this day.

In a speech to the Board of Jewish Deputies, Burt recalled how he had worked from the age of fifteen for an MP who was a president of the Board and a founder of the Conservative Friends of Israel, and how this “had a lasting effect upon me, and on my interests in Parliament”. He said: “Israel is an important strategic partner and friend for the UK and we share a number of important shared objectives across a broad range of policy areas.”

Can anyone think of a single objective they’d wish to share with those people?

On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict he said that “without an agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis peace in the Middle East is unobtainable”. Oblivious to the irony of his remarks, he went on: “Those who are enemies of peace will continue to use the conflict for their own purposes… We cannot allow those who want to pursue a violent agenda to succeed… We are committed to a two-state solution and we will continue to support the efforts of the US to broker a peace deal between both sides. And as an honest broker, the UK Government does not believe that economic sanctions or embargoes on Israel [are] the way to engage or to influence it.”

The “honest broker” has been happy enough to use economic sanctions to collectively punish the Gazans who are no threat to us, to punish the Iranians who are no threat to us, and even to punish the Russians who could swat us like a fly. Why so queasy about doing the same to Israel, which is a real and present danger to everyone?

I do, however, applaud Burt’s words condemning the enemies of peace who use the conflict for their own ends and his determination not to allow those who want to pursue a violent agenda to succeed. But it surely cannot have escaped his notice that Netanyahu doesn’t want peace. Land-grabbing, ethnic cleansing and other high crimes are what he does, so the jackboot of Israeli occupation stays on the Palestinians’ neck and any peace plan is treated with contempt. More to the point, no-one in the international community – and certainly not Burt – has actually told us what a two-state solution looks like. No-one, that is, since Ehud Barak made his absurd “generous offer” back in 2000.

When the Palestinians signed the Oslo Agreement in 1993 they were ready to accept a meagre 22% of pre-partition Palestine and recognise Israel within the ‘Green Line’ borders (i.e. the 1949 Armistice Line established after the Arab-Israeli War). Conceding 78% of the land that was originally theirs was an astonishing compromise.

But it wasn’t enough for greedy Israel. Its “generous offer” demanded the inclusion of 69 Israeli settlements within the 22% remnant. It was obvious on the map that those settlement blocs created impossible borders and already severely disrupted Palestinian life in the West Bank. Barak also demanded the Palestinian territories be placed under “Temporary Israeli Control”, meaning Israeli military and administrative control probably indefinitely. This two-state arrangement also gave Israel control over all the border crossings of the new Palestinian State. What nation in the world would accept that? The idiotic reality of Barak’s offer was hidden by propaganda spin.

Later, at Taba, Barak produced a revised map but withdrew it after his election defeat. The ugly facts of the matter are documented and explained by organisations such as Gush Shalom, yet Israel lobby stooges in the UK government continue to peddle the lie that Israel offered the Palestinians a “generous” peace on a plate.

 

In lockstep with Netanyahu’s crazed ambitions?

Since then, Netanyahu has made it clear several times that Israel will not voluntarily give up any land it illegally occupies to a Palestinian state. “We are here to stay forever. There will be no more uprooting of settlements in the land of Israel. … This is the inheritance of our ancestors. This is our land.” So says an intruder who, like most of his unpleasant colleagues, actually has no ancestral links to ancient Israel. The Israeli regime occasionally gives the impression of going along with talks for propaganda reasons but will always ensure they go nowhere. Look at its track record.

Meanwhile Burt and others are still busy promoting the fantasy of a peace process that’s just around the corner. Why? Are they in lockstep with Netanyahu to prolong the conflict in order to buy more time to steal more territory? Or perhaps they need help in spotting the patently obvious: that the peace process is dead, belly-up, a write-off…. and has been for 20 years.

The Jewish Chronicle was ecstatic about Burt’s appointment as a Foreign Office minister, which it said sent “as clear a message as possible about the direction of the new [Conservative] government in the region. Mr Burt is listed as an officer in the parliamentary group of Conservative Friends of Israel and has been passionate in campaigning for visiting rights to Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held hostage by Hamas for the past four years…”

Funny how Burt was so concerned for Shalit, a trained killer whose capture and detention he called “outrageous” while ignoring the thousands of Palestinian civilians (including women and children) abducted from their homes and left to rot in Israeli jails without trial.

And his stance on Palestinian independence has always been nonsensical. I remember Burt saying that we would not recognise a Palestinian state unless it emerged from a peace deal with Israel. London “could not recognise a state that does not have a capital, and doesn’t have borders.” He’d been talking earlier about a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. Why had he suddenly lost the plot? And where does he suppose Israel’s borders are? Is Israel ever within them? Where does he think Israel’s capital is? And where does Israel claim it to be? In other words, is Israel where Israel ought to be? If not, how can he possibly recognise it let alone align himself with it?

“We are looking forward to recognising a Palestinian state at the end of the negotiations on settlements…” Israel’s illegal settlements are classed as war crimes. Since when did Her Majesty’s Government approve of negotiating with perpetrators of such crimes? Besides, the Holy Land’s status was ruled on long ago. International law has spoken. But instead of enforcing law and upholding justice Mr Burt and his Government chums still push for more discredited, lopsided talks. He was one-time president of the Oxford Law Society and graduated with a law degree but he shows remarkably little regard for international legal process these days.

And where does Burt suppose the Palestinians’ offshore boundaries run in regard to the huge reserves of marine gas and oil in the Levantine Basin? Israel wants the lot and the question for many years has been: will Gaza ever get a whiff of its own gas? What does Mr Burt, wearing the British government’s “honest broker” hat, say?

Don’t be surprised at the answer. Burt is or was a political adviser to the Henry Jackson Society, a neoconservative foreign policy think tank. Signatories and patrons include Richard Perle, William Kristol, Ambassador Dore Gold (former foreign policy advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel), Natan Sharansky (chair of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel), Denis MacShane, David Trimble (founder member of the Friends of Israel Initiative), Robert Halfon MP (former political director, Conservative Friends of Israel) and Stephen Pollard (editor, The Jewish Chronicle).

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After working on jet fighters in the RAF Stuart became an industrial marketing specialist with manufacturing companies and consultancy firms. He also “indulged himself” as a newspaper columnist. In politics he served as a Cambridgeshire county councillor and member of the Police Authority. Now retired he campaigns on various issues and contributes to several online news & opinion sites. With a lifelong passion for photography he has produced two photo-documentary books, one of which can be read online at www.radiofreepalestine.org.uk.
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10 COMMENTS

  1. Many great comments here. Israel is a gangster nation aided by other gangsters like the U.S. The only response to these criminal terrorist nations Israel and U.S. must be a unified boycott response of these two gangster nations by the rest of the world. This is the only kind of language these two thug countries understand. The rest of the world and EU should boot the outlaw U.S. out of the EU and then boycott both Israel and U.S no matter how difficult this may be. Do not buy or sell anything to these two international criminal countries U.S. and Israel. Also avoid any transactions in dollars which are virtually worthless now. The U.S. is bankrupt morally and fiscally. It has obviously been hi jacked by the selfish Israeli thugs of the planet. As Stuart also states, Israel lover England is also a big problem Boycott them too. Our Founders should have gone over there and destroyed that cesspool when they had the chance. This is a great and powerful article by Stuart. it only highlights that armed force is the only resolution of the bullies Israel and U.S. and England against the Palestinians.

    • If these countries will simply stick together they can raise the price of gas to $5.00-$10.00 per gallon or more in the U.S. and break its back. Boycott is a powerful weapon against large or small countries. The arrogant fools in the U.S. are very vulnerable. Nearly all manufacturing has been lost. These big mouths can and must be broken and brought down to where they belong. A financial collapse in the U.S. is also imminent. It could happen without warning at any instant. It is also vulnerable to a massive power outage from the computer controlled grid.
      The bigger they are the harder they fall. Big mouth Israel lover liar bully con artist draft dodger Trump must be humbled and soon before this ignorant arrogant stupid insolent fool starts WWIII and destroys all human and animal life on the planet.

  2. Here is a list of the 33 countries that voted to insert a totally foreign European people on Arab soil.

    a) I see no Middle Eastern countries on the list.
    b) I see no African countries except for South Africa and Liberia which were both under white rule .
    c) I see no Asian countries except for the Philippines
    d) They are mostly European and other Western countries who hated the Jews and wanted them gone!

    1 Australia
    2 Belgium
    3 Bolivia
    4 Brazil
    5 Canada
    6 Costa Rica
    7 Czechoslovakia
    8 Denmark
    9 Dominican Republic
    10 Ecuador
    11 France
    12 Guatemala
    13 Haiti
    14 Iceland
    15 Liberia
    16 Luxembourg
    17 the Netherlands
    18 New Zealand
    19 Nicaragua
    20 Norway
    21 Panama
    22 Paraguay
    23 Peru
    24 Philippines
    25 Poland
    26 Sweden
    27 Ukraine
    28 South Africa
    29 Uruguay
    30 the Soviet Union
    31 the United States
    32 Venezuela
    33 White Russia

  3. Mileikowsky (aka Netanyahu aka Ben Nitai): “We are here to stay forever. There will be no more uprooting of settlements in the land of Israel. … This is the inheritance of our ancestors. This is our land.”

    Ben Gurion: (David Grun) “I say on behalf of the Jews that the Bible is our Mandate, the Bible which was written by us, in our own language, in Hebrew, in this very country. That is our Mandate. Our right is as old as the Jewish people. It was only the recognition of this right which was expressed in the Balfour Declaration and the Mandate. It is stated in the Mandate that it recognizes the right of the Jewish people to reconstitute their National Home.” (1937 testimony before the Peel Commission)

    These European creatures are atheistic and at the same time they believe in a god they do not believe to have given a piece of Middle Eastern land to their Khazarian ancestors. These people were repeatedly expelled more than 100 times out of Europe and the world needs to know what it is about them that they incite so much hatred. Now they are in my region and I detest each and every one of them for being leeches and predators on our soil. The sooner they are gone, the sooner the Middle East can begin to heal.

  4. “Without justice there can be no lasting peace. And without law there’s no justice. So why the continual focus on ‘negotiations’ while ignoring the rule of international law?”

    You nailed it. Very well said.

    In a Norman Finkelstein speech from 2008, he mentions: “In 2004 the international court of justice published a report on the wall Israel’s building in the occupied territories. It concluded that the whole of the West Bank and Gaza are occupied Palestinian Territories. It concluded that all the Israeli settlements built in the occupied territories are illegal under international law. The highest judicial body in the world found that east Jerusalem is occupied Palestinian territory. The vote in the court on these findings was 14-1.”

    So there’s nothing to debate. The highest judicial body in the world has spoken. How can anyone expect Palestine to surrender it’s territory to illegal Israeli occupation? There would be no justice in doing that. Beyond the ruling of the international court of justice, the UN has passed a number of binding resolutions requiring Israel to withdraw its settlements from all illegally occupied territories and return to its pre-1967 borders.

    • Every time the international community tries to take action against Israel, the USG vetos the decision and gives Israel a free pass. More recently, the UNHRC voted by a margin of 29-2, (in favor of independent investigation) with 14 abstentions, to establish a Commission of Inquiry into the Gaza massacres. The two who voted against the independent investigation were the Zionist vassal states of Australia and the US. I guess that’s a perk Israel gets for their agents sponsoring the campaigns of foreign politicians. The words of Theodor Herzl are being acted out in front of our eyes. He said,

      “In the beginning it must appear that we want to perform the governments a service. In return for this we receive the favours that we need.”

      “Then, too, our diplomats will be at work (we shall make financial concessions in the form of loans and special gifts”.)

      “Above all, toleration of our propaganda and occasionally (upon our request) an ungracious word, but with the main- tenance of order.”

      This is why groups like AIPAC and all Israeli dual citizen lobbyists should have been registered under the FARA a long time ago.

    • Sadly, the last American politician who had the sack to attempt to register the AZC (the precursor to AIPAC) under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, (FARA) had his brains scattered all over his wife on live TV. Since then, no US politician has dared to try, lest they find themselves riding in a convertible near a grassy knoll.

    • People need to understand that Finkelstein too believes Palestine belongs to his Khazarian ancestors. Finkelstein mentions “international law” as if the Palestinians were consulted during the decision by the “international law” to let foreign Europeans invade Arab land. Finkelstein cannot give me one good reason why his Khazaran cousins are on that land except for “international law”. And no one peddles the “holocaust” story as much as Finkelstein. Yes, he is famous for writing a book called “the Holocaust Industry” but when Finkelstein gets on stage to speak, he never leaves his deceased parents behind. He reminds the audience about the “holocaust” at every speech, never failsto mention “holocaust” – ever!

      How about Finkelstein letting the indigenous people decide what is to become of their land?

    • I just used Finkelstein as an example of a Jew acknowledging that Israeli settlement construction in the occupied territories is a violation of international law. I am familiar with Finkelstein’s peddling of the holohoax narrative, but in the speech I referenced, he specifically mentions how both the Holocaust and claims of what is erroneously referred to as “antisemitism” have been weaponized and used against anyone who speaks critically of Israeli actions. It’s true, Israel’s settlements in the occupied territories are a violation of international law and the Holocaust/antisemitism seem to be the only defense Israel deploys against objective criticism. Regardless of the fact that less than 3% of the world’s Jewish population are semites and more than 80% of the world’s Semitic population are Arabs, it doesn’t stop jews from calling their critics “antisemites”, when in fact the Israelis themselves are the antisemites.

      “How about Finkelstein letting the indigenous people decide what is to become of their land?”

      Sounds good to me.

    • In a comment you made above, you said: “These European creatures are atheistic and at the same time they believe in a god they do not believe to have given a piece of Middle Eastern land to their Khazarian ancestors. These people were repeatedly expelled more than 100 times out of Europe and the world needs to know what it is about them that they incite so much hatred.”

      If I had a dollar for evertime I’ve said the exact same thing, I’d be filthy rich. Hopefully they get what they deserve and your land can begin to heal.

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