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Well that just got a lot harder…

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Poor William Hague. From yesterday’s Observer;

The government is moving swiftly to change the law on universal jurisdiction to abolish the ability to bring private prosecutions for international crimes in the UK.

The foreign secretary, William Hague, has said the coalition government is already examining the law in detail, amid fears that the threat of arrest is preventing high-ranking Israelis from visiting the UK. “We cannot have a position where Israeli politicians feel they cannot visit this country,” Hague said. “The situation is unsatisfactory [and] indefensible. It is absolutely my intention to act speedily.”

Use of universal jurisdiction in the UK has attracted controversy after several high-profile attempts to obtain arrest warrants for senior Israelis, including the deputy Israeli prime minister, Ehud Barak, and the opposition leader, Tzipi Livni.

I don’t think they’re going to feel welcome outside Israel for some time now. But at least Mr Hague has adjusted his tone;

“I call on the government of Israel to open the crossings to allow unfettered access for aid to Gaza, and address the serious concerns about the deterioration in the humanitarian and economic situation and about the effect on a generation of young Palestinians.”


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May 31, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Caution – hasbara malfunction

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As Israel seeks to minimise the damaging fallout from its attack on the Gaza aid convoy, the cracks in the propaganda facade are already evident. From Haaretz;

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Monday that the organizers of the Gaza aid flotilla were to blame after at least 10 activists were killed when Israel Navy commandos stormed the ship…. Barak voiced regret for the deaths, but called the flotilla a political provocation by and said the sponsors of the flotilla were violent supporters of a terror organization.

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said earlier Monday that the organizers of the Gaza aid flotilla have connections to international terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Al-Qaida, and called the aid convoy a violent and provocative attempt to break the blockade on Gaza.

Ayalon, speaking at a press conference at the Foreign Ministry, said that Israel found weapons aboard the Gaza flotilla, which were used against IDF troops.

From the IDF spokesperson;

According to reports from sea, on board the flotilla that was attempting to break the maritime closure on the Gaza Strip, IDF forces apprehended two violent activists holding pistols. The violent activists took these pistols from IDF forces and apparently opened fire on the soldiers as evident by the empty pistol magazines.

From the website of the IDF;

During the boarding of the ships, demonstrators onboard attacked the IDF Naval personnel with live fire and light weaponry including knives and clubs. Additionally, one of the weapons used was grabbed from an IDF soldier. The demonstrators had clearly prepared their weapons in advance for this specific purpose.

So who’s lying, the Israeli government or the Israeli military? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way.

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May 31, 2010 at 12:37 pm