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  • Sunday, February 05, 2006

    Britain considering changing the law for Israel

    It seems to me very disturbing that on the demands of another country, our government considers changing any laws. The Guardian reports that Blair & Co are considering changing our laws on warrants for human rights abusers, because of objections by the Israelis over an attempt to arrest a former senior Israeli general at Heathrow last year:

    Under international law, Britain has a duty to arrest and prosecute alleged war crimes suspects if they arrive on its territory, even though the alleged offences occurred overseas. Gen Almog is alleged to have ordered the destruction of 59 Palestinian civilian homes in revenge for the death of Israeli soldiers, in breach of the Geneva conventions. Since last September, Israeli officials have met twice with Home Office officials and Foreign Office representatives regarding the attempted arrest. The government has denied claims that US officials want the British law changed, fearing their officials could be arrested for alleged human rights abuses.
    It wouldn't matter who was demanding a change in our laws, no country has a right to demand Britain changes its laws because they don't like alleged war criminals and human rights abusers being arrested. See all recent "A Logical Voice" posts


    At 2/05/2006 07:45:00 pm, Blogger Jez said...

    Itis indeed very disturbing yet hardly surprising. Remember the kerfuffle when Gen Pinochet visited?

    At 2/05/2006 08:13:00 pm, Blogger Truth Seeker said...

    I certainly do Jez. I remember Thatcher defending her war criminal friend at the time.

    At 2/06/2006 12:20:00 am, Blogger DJEB said...

    Wouldn't it be better for Britain to request Israeli officials to stop breaking the law?

    At 2/06/2006 11:10:00 am, Blogger Truth Seeker said...

    That would be the best way forward wouldn't it djeb. Unfortunately, at present, our leaders don't seem to worry about war crimes and human rights abuses.


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