Friday, 26 March 2010

Israeli arrogance gets them into trouble in the West as UK expels Mossad spy


The Guardian newspaper said Wednesday that Israel’s persistence in defying the US call for halting settlement activities in occupied Jerusalem and its forging of British passports in order to murder a senior Hamas official in Dubai is a “mark of arrogance.”

The Guardian highlighted, commenting about the issue of forged British passports and the last remarks made by Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington about occupied Jerusalem, that “both events in London and Washington are the marks of an arrogant nation that has overreached itself.”

“The forging of British passports is the work of a country which believes it can act with impunity when planning the murder of its enemies, while simultaneously claiming to share the values of a law-based state,” the newspaper added. “Netanyahu's statements in Washington, made as he was preparing to meet Barack Obama, are the mark of a leader who thinks he can openly defy the will of Israel's closest military ally.”

It also quoted US secretary of state Hillary Clinton as saying that “continued construction in east Jerusalem undermines America's ability to play any effective role in the peace process.”

The Guardian warned Netanyahu that he has to face the consequences of his ideological stand over east Jerusalem and stop pre-empting the shape of the final agreement by creating facts on the ground, adding that no deal with the Palestinians can be made in such conditions.

For its part, the Independent newspaper stated Wednesday that the British-Israeli diplomatic crisis is at its lowest ebb because of the Mossad’s use of cloned British passports in Dubai assassination.

The newspaper added that the expulsion of an Israeli diplomat was not only intended for conveying the British government’s dismay about this issue to Israel, but also to the British public opinion.

In a related context, pro-Palestinian British organizations and jurists in the UK decided to bring charges against the Mossad for the assassination of Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh in Dubai and its forgery of British citizens’ passports.
Al-Jazeera net quoted lawyers and human rights activists as saying that the case of Mabhouh’s murder would be referred to British courts in the next few days.

For its part, the British Muslim Initiative called for expelling Israel’s ambassador in London and enlightening the British public about the details of this crime.

Mabhouh’s wife, for her part, told Al-Jazeera net that a group of attorneys will follow up the case of her husband’s murder in the next few days.

She said she handed an official proxy in this regard to a noted legal office in the UK specialized in such cases, pointing out that lawyers will seek to focus on the crime of assassination itself and not only on the issue of the forged passports.

In the same context, the British foreign office on Wednesday warned citizens that it might not be safe to use their passports in Israel.
On a warning posted on its website, the foreign office called on its citizens not to leave their passports in the possession of a third party in Israel, especially airports’ security officials.

Thanks to PIC

BBC news bias echoes Israeli propaganda as it bury's news of killing of Palestinian teenagers

pictured above - protest outside the BBC

MEDIA ALERT: WHEN FACTS AND PROPAGANDA COLLIDE - THE BBC BENDS OVER BACKWARDS TO ACCOMMODATE ISRAELI CLAIMS


When a Thai kibbutz worker was killed in Israel by a rocket launched from Gaza last week, BBC News online gave the incident headline coverage flagged up on its home page. (BBC news online, ‘Rocket fire from Gaza kills man in southern Israel’, 23:42 GMT, Thursday, 18 March 2010 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8574138.stm)

By contrast, the killing of two Palestinian teenagers, Mohammad Qadus and Osaid Qadus, by Israeli soldiers on Saturday was buried at the end of a short news report on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's Middle East visit. Even worse, the BBC’s footnote simply echoed Israeli propaganda that “no live bullets were fired, only tear gas and rubber bullets”, despite ample evidence to the contrary. (BBC news online, ‘UN chief says Gaza suffering under Israeli blockade’, 11:26 GMT, Sunday, 21 March 2010, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8578611.stm)

Yesterday morning, we joined with a number of media activists in sending complaints to the BBC. We emailed Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen. We asked Bowen why BBC News so often channels the Israeli version of events without proper scrutiny. We pointed out that, in contrast to the BBC, other news media had given the tragic killings of Mohammad Qadus and Osaid Qadus significant prominence, while also providing strong evidence that directly contradicted Israeli claims. For example, the Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported that the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem had obtained an X-ray of Osaid Qadus's body that refuted the Israeli army's assertion that “no live bullets were fired”. B‘Tselem commented:

"Rubber-coated steel bullets will not enter and exit the body in that way. It's very clear these injuries would not have been caused by any kind of crowd-control measure. The army's explanation is simply impossible and not consistent with the evidence." (Ma’an news agency, ‘Army explanation “simply impossible”’, 22 March, 2010; http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=270326)


To read the rest of this media alert, please go to:

http://www.medialens.org/alerts/index.php

Sign the petition to demand release of UK Gaza protesters


A defence campaign has been set up for the protestors who have been charged with offences at the Gaza demonstrations in
January 2009. (DETAILS, UPDATES, PETITION: http://bit.ly/d1FqIA )

More than 20 of the 78 people charged have been sent to prison in an unprecedented campaign by the police. Almost all of
those charged are Muslims. The campaign to defend the protestors has resulted in some good press coverage, and one of the first defendants to plead not guilty was acquitted last week.

Please sign the petition in defence of the protestors, which will be delivered to the Home Office at a protest on Tuesday
30 March
, 4.30pm.

SIGN THE PETITION ONLINE: http://bit.ly/ccjdN8

DOWNLOAD THE PETITION FOR PRINTING: http://bit.ly/b1KAxH We are asking our supporters to download the petition for
collecting signatures as widely as they can. Please send them to the Stop the War office in time for the 30 March protest at
the Home Office.

Gaza protester released from prison after police lies fall apart



Call for inquiry after video evidence clears Gaza protester

The Metropolitan police were forced to drop charges today against a British man charged with violent conduct at a protest in London against the Israeli bombing of Gaza. It emerged they had failed to provide crucial video evidence until a day before the trial. From the Guardian

UN human rights council demands that Israel pay reparations to Palestinians


Make Israel pay for the destruction it wrought in Gaza. True to form the US and five European countries opposed the resolution - no wonder the West is hated in the Middle East and beyond.
GENEVA — Israel should pay Palestinians reparations for loss and damages suffered during last year's war in the Gaza Strip, the U.N. Human Rights Council suggested Thursday.

The 47-nation body didn't call for similar payments by Palestinians to Israelis. The resolution was opposed by the United States and five European countries.

Israeli Ambassador Aharon Leshno-Yaar said the resolution was biased and defamatory, and would do nothing to bring Palestinians and Israelis closer together.

The proposal by Pakistan passed by a majority of 29 to 6, with 11 abstentions. One country, Gabon, didn't vote. more