Standing down the hanging jury

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In Britain today, hating Israel has become a valid criminal defense. This week five criminal defendants charged with destroying property valued at some $285,000 at the EDO MBM arms factory in Brighton during a January 2009 break-in were found innocent of all charges. They were found innocent despite the fact that all five admitted to having committed the crime.
 
As the Guardian reported, the defendants boasted in online forums at the time of the incident that their crime was premeditated. It took place during the IDF’s campaign against Hamas in Gaza. Their declared aim was to, “smash up,” the factory. And they achieved their goal. 

 

The jury found the five innocent because the jurors accepted as a valid defense the defendants’ claim that they vandalized the EDO MBM plant because they wanted to prevent Israel from carrying out war crimes in Gaza. EDO MBM does business with the IDF, therefore, the defendants claimed and the jury agreed, it deserved to be attacked. 

 

In finding as they did, the jurors were acting in accordance with the guidance they received from the presiding judge. As the Guardian reported, Judge George Bathurst-Norman instructed the jury, “You may well think that hell on earth would not be an understatement of what the Gazans suffered in that time.”

 

What this verdict shows is that in British courts, hatred of Israel has become a license to break the law. This turn of events is the logical flipside of Parliament’s abject refusal to amend Britain’s outrageous universal jurisdiction law. British lawmakers, government officials and jurists all basically agree that the law – which allows magistrates to issue arrest warrants against foreigners based on allegations filed by British subjects – is a legal travesty. It subverts the capacity of the British government to conduct foreign policy by placing all foreigners at the mercy of political activists.

 

Both Spain and Belgium amended their universal jurisdiction laws for this reason. 

 

But in Britain no amendment is in the offing because the demand for the amendment is linked to Israel. Since Israel-hating activists began hijacking magistrate courts to force the issuance of arrest warrants against Israeli military personnel and politicians five years ago, Israel has repeatedly asked that the law be changed. And because Israel wants it changed, it will remain in force. 

 

In fact, not only will it remain in force, its use against Israelis expands by the day. Today any Israeli who served in the IDF has to think twice about travelling to Britain lest doing so place him or her in jeopardy of being arrested on trumped-up charges. 

 

What both the Brighton court’s verdict and the abuse of the universal jurisdiction law show is that today in England Israelis cannot assume that the laws will protect them. And by the same token haters of Israel can assume that they will be immune from punishment for violent attacks against Israel-related targets.

 

THE PERVERSION of the legal system in England isn’t unique. Take the situation in Malmo, Sweden for instance. In an almost one-to-one parallel of the arguments that won the day in the Brighton courtroom, in January Malmo Mayor Ilmar Reepalu used the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day to bash Israel and Israel supporters and equate them with Nazi Germany. 

 

Over the past few years, Malmo’s Jewish community has been fleeing the city due to the massive increase in anti-Jewish violence conducted by an alliance of Muslims and leftists. Reepalu denied there is anti-Jewish violence in his city and then went on to blame the city’s Jewish residents for the violence launched against them. As he put it to the Skanska Dagbladet newspaper, if the city’s Jews don’t wish to be attacked, all they have to do is denounce Israel. But he said, “Instead the community chose to hold a pro-Israel demonstration,” adding darkly that their action, “may convey the wrong message to others.” 

 

So like the EDO MBM plant, Malmo’s Jews deserve to be attacked. 

 

Then there is the situation in Australia. In the weeks that followed the Mossad’s alleged assassination of Hamas terror-master Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January, Australia’s generally relaxed Foreign Ministry sprang into action. No, it didn’t attack Dubai for allowing wanted arch-terrorists to roam free and enjoy the principality’s famed hospitality at one of its luxury hotels.

 

Australia’s Foreign Ministry angrily expelled an Israeli diplomat amid unproven accusations that the Mossad officers allegedly involved in the counter-terror operation used forged Australian passports to enter Dubai.

 

Notably, the fire-in-the-belly attitude that marked Australia’s assault on Israeli embassy personnel had no parallel in an Australian federal courtroom last week as Judge Neil McKerracher adjudicated an extradition request from Hungary. 

 

Hungary requested the extradition of retired Nazi Charles Zentai. Zentai is wanted in Hungary for his role in the 1944 murder of Peter Balasz. Balasz was 18 when he was killed. Zentai and his fellow Nazis killed Balasz because he was Jewish and threw his body into the Danube River. 

 

There is no statute of limitations for Zentai’s crime. Yet, McKerracher didn’t care about the law. Instead he followed his heart. And his heart told him that extraditing the 88-year-old war criminal who has evaded justice for 66 years for his crime would be “oppressive and incompatible with humanitarian considerations.” And so he denied Hungary’s request. 

 

To sum up the situation Down Under, an Israeli diplomat got expelled from Australia because Israel allegedly used Australian passports to kill a senior member of an organization dedicated to the eradication of Jewry. And an Australian judge ruled that a Nazi war criminal who actively participated in the genocide of Jewry can live out the rest of his life in peace in the bosom of his family.

 

THIS BRINGS us back to Britain for a moment. Britain was the first country to expel Israeli diplomats over the Mabhouh incident. The Foreign Office received the rousing support of the British media for its action. The Guardian for instance characterized Israel’s alleged use of British passports in the Mabhouh operation as the action of an “arrogant nation that has overreached itself.”

 

Notably, while Israel allegedly used forged British passports to target a terrorist, last week it emerged that Russia used British passports to spy on the US. Reports of the Russian spy ring that was arrested last week in the US indicate that members of the ring used forged British passports. Amazingly, (or actually, predictably), neither the Foreign Office nor the British media have taken or called for action to be taken against Russian embassy personnel for abusing British travel documents.   

 

As to the international campaign against Israel following the Mabhouh assassination, this week Poland is set to rule on Germany’s extradition request of Uri Brodsky. Polish officials acting on a German arrest warrant arrested Brodsky at a Polish airport last month for his alleged role in forging a German passport for one of the alleged Mossad operatives allegedly involved in the Mabhouh operation. Germany is adamant that Poland send Brodsky to Germany to stand trial for his alleged role in assisting in the targeted killing of a wanted terror mastermind. 

 

Germany’s feverish insistence that Brodsky stand trial in Germany is of a piece with its newfound appetite for waging political warfare against Israel.

 

Last week Germany’s Bundestag unanimously passed a resolution calling for an international investigation of the IDF’s takeover of the Turkish-Hamas ship Mavi Marmara on May 31. The resolution also demanded that Israel immediately end its lawful maritime blockade of the Gaza coast and slammed Israel for violating the principle of proportionality.
 
Like the court in Brighton, the Bundestag’s action asserts that Israel is guilty by nature and that as a consequence, unlike every other country in the world, it cannot be judged by an impartial body. Rather, as the British judge made clear in his libelous instructions to the Brighton jury, guilty Israel must be judged by a hanging jury that draws its conclusions in advance. 

 

ONE QUESTION that necessarily arises amidst any discussion of this legalistic-political assault on Israel and the worldwide perversion of law in the service of Israel’s enemies is where is the Government of Israel in all of this? 

 

Last week Britain’s Methodist Church voted to boycott all products emanating from Israel’s Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and from Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem. It probably goes without saying that the Methodist Church has levied no similar boycott against any other country. Indeed, as Robin Shepherd wrote in Monday’s Jerusalem Post, not only did the Methodist Church never consider boycotting say Sudan or Iran or Saudi Arabia for their human rights abuses, the only countries the Methodists considered attacking other than Israel were Britain and the US… for having relations with Israel. 

 

As Shepherd relates, among other factors guiding the church’s decision was its members’ assertion during the boycott deliberations that Jews worship a racist God. 

 

Shepherd recommends that Israel fight fire with fire. In his words, “If the Methodist Church is to launch a boycott of Israel, let Israel respond in kind: Ban their officials from entering; deport their missionaries; block their church-funds; close down their offices; and tax their churches. If it’s war, it’s war.”

 

These recommendations are eminently reasonable. 

 

Indeed, the government has no cause for not adopting them.

 

For generations Jews have clung to the belief that law is intrinsically good and if we follow the law the law will protect us. But this has never been more than a fool’s belief. 

 

As we see today in the wholesale perversion of law in the service of Israel’s destruction in countries around the Western world, law is but a tool. Depending on who wields it, it can be a force for injustice just as easily as it can be a tool for pursuing justice.

 

Israel’s response to date to all of these legal assaults against it has been muted and defensive. But as the energized boycott movement and the Brighton court’s obscene ruling and similar actions throughout the world show, Israel must itself take up the law as a cudgel to beat its foes. 

 

Where are Israel’s government lawyers? Why aren’t they issuing international arrest warrants against every agent of Hamas and Hizbullah? 

 

Where are Israel’s diplomats? Why aren’t they expelling British, Swedish, Australian and German diplomats involved in subverting Israel’s sovereignty in Jerusalem and other subversive and unlawful activities?  

 

Where are Israel’s political leaders?

 

It is not enough to decry the international campaign to delegitimize Israel in speeches before foreign audiences and in newspaper interviews. A war is being waged against us and it is well past time for us to fight back and fight to win. 

 

Originally published in The Jerusalem Post.
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32 Comments

  • independentpatriot 07/05/2010 at 17:38

    For the Israeli government to fight back, they need to remember that we are no longer shtetl Jews with no ability to defend ourselves. Have we not learned as Jews that to sit with our head in the ground does not mean the evil will pass us by. There is no lambs blood on the door that will help us now, we must help ourselves.It is time Israel and the rest of Jewry, stop playing the victim and apologizing for its existanece. It is time to fight back. Tha includes fighting back when Bibi comes to the US this week. It si time that he told Obama to stuff it and do what he knows needs to be done to protect us all.

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  • Marcel 07/05/2010 at 17:48

    A weak Israel makes an easy and inviting target as we now see on an international scale.
    Evidence of the evil,unregenerant nature of mankind abounds.
    We have to face the reality that everyone of them are fearful cowards intimidated by the growing nazi caliphate.
    They would never treat an Islamic nation as they treat Israel and look at the ongoing criminal actions of each one of these genocidal dictatorships.
    You don’t think the cowardly Brits would say anything to the Russians about forged British passports do you ?
    Give them all something to really cry about.
    The God of Israel has drawn a line in the sand and those who stand against Israel stand against Him and lose everything in the end.
    I’m not shocked to see so many cowardly nations and the spiritually dead Chrsitian denominations side with the forces of darkness (Islam and godless left) against Israel.
    It was written long ago by the Jewish prophets that all the nations would come against Israel and it is fulfilled now before our eyes.
    In seeking to save their lives by thriowing Israel to the wolves. they have sealed their ugly fate.
    You’ve tried the lowly,soft,beggardly,appeasing approach and it has failed miserably.
    All the appeaseing,retreating,all the goodwill gestures all the release of terrorists,removal of security roadblocks,feeding the terrorist enclave of Gaza all the gestures for the false peace has earned you the target on your back.
    Isn’t it time to get rid of these failed,loer politicians who don’t have an ounce of courage to stand for anything ?
    Israel ,you had better get a spine and grow some sharp teeth while you can .
    Everyone can smell your weakness
    The vultures are circling.
    If Netanyahu can’t stand up to an abusive ‘friend’ than he sure is incapable to doing it with the enemy as we plainly see.

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  • naomir 07/05/2010 at 17:57

    I suspect the increasing Muslim influence in the Western world, England, Sweden, Belgium, Holland, Spain, France, etc has much to do with the rise of Israel bashing. This is especially true is England where many cities have large enclaves of radical Muslims. Unfortunately Netanyahu’s visit to the US will probably be more of the same chastising and insistence on more concessions to Hamas. What it will take for Jews everywhere and especially the Israeli government to realize that we are totally on our own is something I don’t want to contemplate because when we finally do understand that fact it just might be too late G-d forbid.

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  • Sue 07/05/2010 at 20:12

    Sorry. It’s appalling, isn’t it. As an Australian, the recent behaviour of our government towards Israel makes me go hot and cold with shame. As a Gentile believer who refuses to be affiliated with any church, it is clear that much of the church is drowning in the lie of replacement theology. Our PM has been unceremoniously unseated. Watch and take note of what happens to nations and organisations that stand against Israel. There is plenty of documented evidence to illustrate the position that the God of Israel doesn’t, and isn’t going to, let any of this go unpunished. He is very much on Israel’s side. Israel should stand and fight with full confidence in her God to protect and preserve her. He alone is mighty to save. And He will.

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  • anonymous 07/05/2010 at 20:33

    A country with any self-respect would consider what Britain, Germany, Poland, Sweden, and Australia (not to mention Turkey) have done to be an unfriendly act and change diplomatic relations accordingly.
    Israel plainly has no self-respect and seems to be suffering under a galut mentality. This is actually a critical issue in Jewish survival. If a Jewish State cannot act with dignity, integrity, and self-respect then it is no better than any other diaspora community slowly assimilating into nothingness.

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  • Marc Handelsman, USA 07/05/2010 at 20:43

    Britain’s use of “meshugana” jurisprudence coupled with weak Israeli leadership is sending a message that political Israel-bashing is justified. The reason judiciaries in England and other like-minded countries use Israel-bashing, is they are truly afraid of upsetting their restive Muslim populations. Israel has steadily lost respect in Europe and beyond due to a diminished use of its strategic deterrence. Israel cannot afford to massage this problem, but must vigorously counteract this legal assault against it. Finally, Israel-bashing and Jew-hatred go together, and intellectually dishonest jurists have lost their moral authority.

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  • free 07/05/2010 at 20:48

    sad, in the past the British ware the last line of defense against the Nazi’s no the are becoming the new Nazi’s

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  • Rebecca (Australia) 07/05/2010 at 21:02

    What a great article! It is very depressing to see that Israeli leaders don’t seem to understand what they are dealing with.

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  • ThePaganTemple 07/05/2010 at 21:29

    This kind of thing is why I want to put an end to NATO. These people are not allies and friends of the US, and the sooner the US realizes this, the sooner we can go about finding some real friends and allies. I would put more faith in some European nations than others, true, but NATO as an organization has long lived past its legitimate shelf life. The governments of most of those countries are not our friends, and neither are most of the citizens of those countries.
    Let Putin have them. Say what you will about him, for all his many faults, st least he knows how to deal with a radical Muslim population.

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  • Anonymous 07/06/2010 at 0:40

    This is a brilliant piece, if not also heartbreaking. Ms. Glick, you see the truth clearly while your pointed questions rage against the darkness that is enveloping us. I live in the U.S. and never cease to be stunned to realize that America elected someone who sympathizes with the enemy. When I read that Israel seems to have as much madness going on within her government and among her people, I feel truly hopeless. If we cannot be for ourselves, who will be? I fear it is only a matter of time. Please G-d, let me be wrong.

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  • Walter 07/06/2010 at 1:19

    Caroline said,
    “In Britain today, hating Israel has become a valid criminal defense.
    …The jury found the five innocent because the jurors accepted as a valid defense the defendants’ claim that they vandalized the EDO MBM plant because they wanted to prevent Israel from carrying out war crimes in Gaza. EDO MBM does business with the IDF, therefore, the defendants claimed and the jury agreed, it deserved to be attacked.
    …What both the Brighton court’s verdict and the abuse of the universal jurisdiction law show is that…haters of Israel can assume that they will be immune from punishment for violent attacks against Israel-related targets.
    …Last week Britain’s Methodist Church voted to boycott all products emanating from Israel’s Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and from Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem. It probably goes without saying that the Methodist Church has levied no similar boycott against any other country.
    …among other factors guiding the church’s decision was its members’ assertion during the boycott deliberations that Jews worship a racist God.”
    +++
    Shameful.
    And i speak as a UK born, non-Jew.
    Much of the anti-Jew, anti-Israel propaganda today, insists that it is evil and wrong for Jews to love their ancient homeland.
    That, cannot be true.
    And we [the world community] are told, that Israel’s birthright belongs to ‘Palestinians’ [a lie].
    Much of the poisonous anti-Jew [anti-Israel] propaganda we are exposed to today, is based on malicious falsehood and lies, and is inspired by pure hatred, of the Jewish people.
    +++
    Something is very, very, wrong in the world today.
    Today in this world, we are often exposed to views that effectively assert that,
    BLACK IS WHITE.
    WHITE IS BLACK.
    UP IS DOWN.
    DOWN IS UP.
    TRUTH IS ‘HATE’.
    HATE, IS ‘TRUTH’.
    Caroline said,
    “…law is but a tool. Depending on who wields it, it can be a force for injustice just as easily as it can be a tool for pursuing justice.”
    Look at, and in, this world [mankind’s world].
    Deception, lies, wickedness, everywhere your eye may fall.
    And men [mankind], are turning away from [they refuse to *acknowledge*] the truth of that fact.
    No repentance, for their wickedness.
    What is happening?
    The God of Israel has drawn a line in the sand, in this world.
    The God of Israel is separating those who love truth, from those who love lies and unrighteousness.
    Malachi 3:14
    Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?
    15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.
    16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
    17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
    18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
    Ezekiel 9:3
    And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side;
    4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
    Isaiah 44:2
    Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.
    Amos 5:15
    Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.

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  • Malcolm 07/06/2010 at 2:33

    I must say that I have to agree with the judge in the case of Charles Zentai. I must also take issue with your calling him a “war criminal”. He is an alleged war criminal; he may or may not have committed the crime. Although there is no statute of limitations on murder, the fact is, it took place 66 years ago. The trail of evidence would have grown very weak in that time, and the possibility of a miscarrage of justice correspondingly strong. It must also be asked exactly what is expected to be achieved by the prosecution. It is unlikely to deter any future war crimes, and it is unlikely to rehabilitate him, as he has apparently been a good citizen for the last 66 years. Our legal system has better things to do than to follow the trail of 66 year old crimes against persons who are very old, and will soon come before a Higher Tribunal than any earth can provide.

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  • Anonymous 07/06/2010 at 4:18

    I think Israel is a victim of its own success. You have carved a nation out of the desert, protected yourself with courage and tenacity, and respect the rule of law. The law is now being used to beat you.
    I have stumbled across your blog as part of research on strategic communications (subsequent to the flotilla raid). I am stunned as to how much anti-Israel hate there is out there! Can it only be jealousy at what you have achieved as a nation? Is hating Israel a ‘free pass’ from Islamic terrorist attack?
    I’m quite concerned about Turkey’s diplomatic direction (probably not as much as you though!) and wonder where the US will stand if the relationship turned more antagonistic.

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  • Sam Freedom 07/06/2010 at 4:37

    Malcolm,
    Perhaps you would feel differently if someone raped and murdered your mother. You’d feel some sense of closure and relief if law enforcement never gave up and chased the (alleged) killer to his grave.
    The law is the law. If you don’t like it, get it changed, somehow, with the consent of the requisite number of fellow citizens. But to try to apply your cockamamie “compassion” formula to this situation just goes to show what a naive idiot you are.
    Why don’t you go hang out in the forest and play with a pack of wolves. After all, by your logic, they’re really nothing more than a bunch of friendly dogs waiting to be freed.
    May you regain your sanity as quickly as possible,
    Sam

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  • Marcel 07/06/2010 at 7:58

    True believers understand what is happening now across this cursed earth.
    Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
    Revelation 12:12
    anon wrote ;
    I live in the U.S. and never cease to be stunned to realize that America elected someone who sympathizes with the enemy. When I read that Israel seems to have as much madness going on within her government and among her people.
    The leaders are a reflection of the people.God always gives a nation the leaders they deserve and you voters thought you were little god’s.
    Britan,Australia,the U.S.,Europe,Russia long ago have all turned away from God and their Judeo-Christian foundations and there is no real justice as demented Malcom proclaims here.
    This is why the US has gone insane beyond repair and Israel draws closer to the flames where all godles pagans self destruct.
    NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his “foremost” mission as the head of America’s space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world

    Walter wrote;
    Something is very, very, wrong in the world today.
    Yes indeed Walter, All the nations are being turned into hell
    The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.
    The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
    Psalm 9:16
    Why is it so hard for Israle to see that without God ,hell fills the vaccum. America is the best example of this to Israel and the world.
    Why does Netanyahu surrender one concession after another and does not bring Pollard back home ?
    Because he is not a leader,just another dog on a leash.

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  • David 07/06/2010 at 8:27

    Hi –
    I just don’t get the inaction of our government (Irsael).
    Is it incompetence? Is it the yih-yah-beseder attitude?
    I doesn’t make any sense any way you add it up.
    Lieberman, whom I did not vote for, seems like the only voice in the government that behaves with anything even approaching normalcy.
    Lieberman, for whatever his shortcomings, actually seems to get the (obvious) fact that if you act like a hapless dolt that does not defend himself, people will attack you.
    And for this, Lieberman is treated by Netanyahu like some insane rogue.

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  • wendy 07/06/2010 at 8:29

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00swhbh
    Last night I listened to this concert-(link above)-which celebrated the unique artistic outpouring from the Terezin Ghetto,followed by a selection of sephardic music.
    At last, I thought, an acknowledgement of Jewish history and culture : signs of a return to decency and sanity.
    Some hope !
    As this excellent article shows,we in the supine west descend ever deeper into the pit of hypocrisy, prejudice and sheer bone-headed stupidity.
    I am so ashamed and so angry ; the default position amongst the movers and shakers is : ‘Israel bad : lie, condemn and insult with impunity’.
    As Caroline so rightly says, Israel should fight back and hit them where it hurts.
    How about bringing a case against Turkey, Iran, Sudan and Hamas for serious, institutionalised human rights abuses, including the repression of minorities and the suppression of women?

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  • Andre 07/06/2010 at 10:33

    When England, the birthplace of human rights and the rule of law, falls this low, you know that England is on the verge of extinction as the model of democracy that it used to be.
    England will be the first European country to “flip over” into the wonderful world of Sharia and eventually backwardness and nothingness. As Britain prepares to crown a man who believes that the Coran is a beacon of tolerance, humility and peace, one can see how the final nails are slowly being hammered into this coffin.
    Stick a fork into England, it is done.

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  • Geoffrey Britain 07/06/2010 at 12:11

    Malcom,
    Might I suggest that the primary purpose of bringing to justice alleged murderers is neither deterrence nor rehabilitation but rather ensuring that there be “consequence for one’s actions”.
    Deterrence is certainly desirable but results from the unequivocal message being sent that actions have consequences, even if, in a miscarriage of justice, that consequence be delayed by 66 years or more.
    Yes, Zentai is an alleged war criminal, in order to determine if he in fact is a war criminal, trial must proceed but you would deny that eventuality upon the possibility that he might not get a fair trial.
    Rehabilitation is unreliable at best and only obtainable when the offender wants to be healed.
    Zentai may indeed and shortly stand before the Highest Tribunal but as that courts findings we are not privy too, no consequent message of accountability can be afforded the public.
    Your prescription to let the status quo remain ensures no consequence of any kind shall happen and, strongly reinforces the message that Jews stand uniquely apart simply because they are Jews and therefore deserve ‘what they get’.
    Hitler and Satan have to be smiling in hell.

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  • Rich 07/06/2010 at 13:21

    Thanks for posting this-I live in the UK and (perhaps unsurprisingly!) I have not read about it before.

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  • TC 07/06/2010 at 16:30

    Needless to say, a wonderful commentary once again. I’m constantly shocked but (paradoxically?)never surprised.
    I heard about this case in the British court a few days ago over at Melanie Phillips’ blog, and I read your take on it here, and I still am unable to believe what my eyes are reading. It’s quite literally unbelievable, only it’s real. These are frustrating times indeed.
    P.S. whatever happened to that entry about the inane Chief of NASA with a video from Latma that was posted here earlier today?

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  • Penny 07/06/2010 at 19:14

    I’m a Brit and find this verdict utterly appalling. From what I can see, the majority who know about it – ordinary, everyday people, not the so-called inteliigentsia – do, too.
    Those of us who actually know the facts understand what you are fighting and will continue to support you.

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  • Arius 07/06/2010 at 23:15

    Well, Malcolm, I guess we Armenians should give up on making the Turks uncomfortable for committing their Armenian Genocide nearly a hundred years ago. You would make a good apologist for the crimes of the Turks.

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  • Otto Gershon 07/06/2010 at 23:43

    Malcolm, perhaps the French should have simply let Claus Barbie go free to live out his days in comfort? I am sure he would have made a good neighbor for your family, as he most surely was considered a “good citizen” by Bolivian standards where he lived for many years. You could all be fascinated by his many “interesting” stories that he could tell with such experiences behind him. What a treat to have Zentai or Barbi as your neighbor. Quite honestly, this moral apathy is truly boring and causes me to want to enjoy a glass of wine and go to sleep for awhile, except this crow’s nest is so small! I mean, really Ms. Glick, what’s all the fuss about?

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  • sabril 07/07/2010 at 3:10

    “It is unlikely to deter any future war crimes”
    I’m not sure I agree with this. It sends a message to potential war criminals that they will never be able to relax for the rest of their lives.
    But anyway, in my country (the United States), it happens now and then that a former Ku Klux Klan member is prosecuted for some lynching 40 or 50 years ago.
    In such a case, the authorities could decline to prosecute on the grounds you describe but as far as I know, they do not.
    Maybe I’m paranoid, but I feel that I am constantly seeing different sets of standards to situations where Jews are involved. And most of the time it is hard to think of any explanation besides anti-Semitism.

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  • Aidel 07/07/2010 at 3:17

    As an Australian, I am appalled by the expulsion of an Israeli diplomat because of the use of Australian passports in the extermination of the terrorist in Dubai. May I offer the use of my valid passport , better still may I enlist for the next extermination of terrorists wherever they may be?
    Re: the ‘alleged’ NAZI war criminal…. try him in a fair trial and see if he is innocent.

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  • Robert Pereira 07/07/2010 at 6:33

    Israel should issue an international arrest warrant for the five who committed the crime on the grounds of committing Terrorism against the State of Israel.
    The English judge should be censured for allowing his bias to influence the Jury.
    Just as a side note even though the Magna Carta is no longer considered to be in force in Britain its article 40 says:
    “To no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice.” Seems Britain has forgotten what is right and just.
    God Bless Israel!

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  • Anonymous 07/08/2010 at 9:57

    Great Britain is a nation out of control in practically every important sphere. Youth crime, violence, drug and alcohol abuse are rampant and the authorities have neither the resources nor the desire to correct the situation. The National Health Service has the reputation of being the first place go to if one wants to die.
    Swedish suicide rates are phenomenonal, and a quickly becoming a leading cause of non illness related death.
    Thus these two societies are symptomatic of the desperation afflicting Europe as a whole, and as usual in Europe, when local problems get out of hand or the debt looms too large, the first thing to do is Blame the Jews!
    We Jews know this from first hand and historic experience but because things seemed so quiet for so long and so pleasant for Jews in Europe, even we forgot.
    It looks like the European Jews better start packing their bags and selling their property again, and get themselves someplace safer, like Israel, to live.

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  • Nolanimrod 07/13/2010 at 9:02

    Passports Shmassports. The Brits never made a fuss about Polonium.

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  • Revnant Dream 07/13/2010 at 22:57

    The British lion has became extinct. So too it seems the Nation perishes with barely a whimper.
    Under Sharia Law, with the barbarians running the show.While the inhabitants die off without issue, mostly in debauchery. Living like ants on the dole.
    It was a great Country at one time. It ended most Slavery, while making the seas safe for open trade. Than colonized a World. It stood up alone against to this date the most insidious group of fiends yet to curse us.They too where socialist. The lie that killed the Lion.
    JMO

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  • Me 07/19/2010 at 6:44

    Caroline, an excellent analysis of what has become open season in Europe, using the law as a blind, upon Israel and its supporters. The UK is supine in the face of the Islamist threat and its governments are craven in their submission to Islamist will while ignoring the obvious – that ultimately such submission will be the end of our democracy.
    It has been fashionable to blame this verdict on the jury – but those who advance that argument steadfastly ignore Bathurst-Norman’s shameless parading of his own biases, conveyed to them openly and brazenly, and attached to which was his own authority as a legal expert.
    Those of us who are far-sighted at all can only feel sick at the precedent this ignominious verdict will set: Open season on Jews for supporting Israel, yes, but also open season for far right lunatics to attack Islamist institutions which are known for spreading hate-speech for their tacit and often open approval of violence and hatred and for teaching their children to hate and to wish for jihad, and about the inferiority of kufar.
    I also agree with your questions about the lack of response by Jewish and Israeli organisations. Hamas and Hizballah officials, hate-spewing imams and other sundry low life are allowed to come to the UK to spread their hatreds here. Where are the warrants for their arrests? Why is it left to individual institutions, who often haven’t a clue about these haters’ backgrounds (viz, the Quakers) to take action? Surely universal jurisdiction should apply to these, too?
    We in the UK should contribute to a fund which can employ lawyers to issue such warrants. I am sick of waiting for the next attack on Jews and/or Israel here. Surely it’s time to get proactive?

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  • PHIL HAMM 07/26/2010 at 15:32

    I POSTED THIS TO THE WRONG ARTICLE. HERE IT IS AGAIN
    HI CAROLINE,
    I AM AMERICAN. WE ARE NOT ALWAYS PLEASED WITH OUR GOVERNMENT, BUT THAT IS OUR INALIENABLE RIGHT. WE GET A GREAT DEAL OF ENJOYMENT IN CRITICIZING AND TRYING TO CHANGE THE ASPECTS WE DON’T AGREE WITH.
    I KNOW YOU LEFT THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE YOU COULDN’T STAND THE ANTI JEWISH FEELING IN AMERICA. TO BE HONEST, WHEN I READ YOUR SHORT BIO I COULDN’T TELL IF THAT WAS THE REASON OR IF YOU JUST COULDN’T GET A DATE.
    SO FAR I HAVE SEEN YOU NAME A LOT OF COUNTRIES THAT IN YOUR OPINION, ARE ANTI JEWISH . ENGLAND, GERMANY, TURKEY, AUSTRALIA, U.S. AND OTHERS. I WOULD LIKE YOU TO NAME A FEW THAT SUPPORT ISRAEL. WILL THE LIST OF YOUR ALLIES INCLUDE ANYBODY THAT ISRAEL ISN’T TRYING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF?
    THE PASSPORT THING.
    WE HAVE A SILLY LAW IN THE U.S. WHICH MAKES IT A CRIME TO FALSIFY A PASSPORT. I THINK THAT THEY HAVE THE SAME LAW IN ENGLAND, GERMANY AND AUSTRALIA. WE ARE TRYING TO ADOPT ISRAEL’S PASSPORT RULES WHERE YOU CAN PRINT YOUR OWN PASSPORT, OR BUY IT AT WALMART.
    THE JEWISH THING.
    THE JEWISH RESTRICTIONS IN THE U.S. WERE FORMULATED I SUPPOSE BECAUSE WE WERE TOLD THAT THEY CRUCIFIED CHRIST. AND THEY BELIEVED DIFFERENTLY THAN THE MAJORITY. NOMINALLY THE SAME REASON THAT IS GIVEN TO INTERFERE IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES TODAY.
    I’M PRETTY OLD, AND DON’T KNOW A LOT, BUT I’VE HEARD ALL THE STORIES. SUCH AS, THERE IS A CONSPIRACY OF JEWS IN NEW YORK THAT RUN THE COUNTRY, THEY CALL US CATTLE, THEY CALL US WHITE MEN, THEY CONTROL THE STOCK MARKET, THE COMMODITY MARKET, THE OIL, ETC.
    OF COURSE YOU REALIZE THAT THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR IN THE U.S. WAS FINANCED BY A JEWISH BUSINESS MAN. HE COMMITTED HIS WHOLE FORTUNE TO THE CAUSE, AND DIED BROKE.
    THE PIONEERS WHO SETTLED AMERICA HAD LIMITED ACCESS TO GOODS AND LUXURIES IN THEIR REMOTE LOCATIONS. BUT WHAT THEY COULD BUY WAS USUALLY FROM A JEWISH MERCHANT. WHO WAS ENDURING ALL THE HOSTILITIES OF THE TIME. DESERTS, STORMS, INDIANS, AND LACK OF ACCOMMODATIONS ETC.
    TODAY’S CORRUPT U.S.JEWS.
    THE JEWISH COMMUNITY TODAY IS STILL TAKING ADVANTAGE OF US.
    THEY START MANUFACTURING BUSINESSES, CONTROL THE STOCK MARKET, THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS, ETC.
    MAKES YOU WONDER IF THEY ARE AS SMART AS WE THOUGHT THEY WERE. INVESTING IN OUR ECONOMY,PROVIDING US WITH ENTERTAINMENT, AND CREATING MILLIONS OF JOBS. WHAT RIGHT HAVE THEY GOT TO BUILD HOSPITALS AND DONATE TO CHARITIES ? IF THEY SEE A PROBLEM THAT THEY THINK THINK NEEDS CORRECTING THEY JUMP IN AND HELP CORRECT IT.(IE CIVIL RIGHTS). BY THE WAY OUR SLANG WORD FOR THEM IS AMERICANS.
    WHEN THEY WERE FINALLY ALLOWED TO EAT IN RESTAURANTS,(WHICH WERE NOT AS GOOD AS THEIRS)OR JOIN CLUBS (WHICH WERE NOT AS GOOD AS THEIRS), OR LIVE IN ANY AREAS (WHICH WERE NOT AS GOOD AS THEIRS), THEY DIDN’T KNOW ENOUGH TO BURN DOWN THEIR OWN BUSINESSES, AND RIOT, AND STEAL EVERYTHING THEY COULD GET THEIR HANDS ON.
    I PERSONALLY HAVEN’T MET A JEW THAT I HATED. BUT I KNOW YOU HAVE. I SEE YOU GRIPE ABOUT EVERY MEMBER OF YOUR GOVERNMENT WHO ALLUDES TO ANY CONCESSION TO PROMOTE PEACE.
    SPEAKING OF YOUR KNESSET, I’VE NEVER SEEN SUCH A BUNCH OF ROWDIES. AN AMERICAN JEW WOULD HAVE TO TAKE RUDE PILLS TO LIVE IN ISRAEL.
    MAYBE YOU SHOULD PRINT A LIST OF ISRAELS COMMITMENT TO THE FOREIGN COMMUNITIES. WHERE DOES YOUR FOREIGN AID GO, WHO HAVE YOU HELPED WITHOUT REWARD ETC. THERE MUST BE SOMEONE.
    AND ANOTHER THING. WHEN YOUR GOVERNMENT DISENFRANCHISES ALL THE UN PURE JEWS IN THE WORLD, WHERE WILL YOU GO? SOUNDS LIKE A RADICAL MOSLEM PLAN.
    SOME OF OUR U.S. RADICAL GROUPS ARE IN NEED OF A P.R. PERSON. JUST A HINT, MAYBE YOU COULD SEND THEM A RESUME.
    THANKS AGAIN, I ENJOY READING YOUR STUFF. IT FILLS MY DAY WITH HOPE.

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