Posts Tagged ‘miliband’
Newly elected Labour leader, Ed Miliband, mentions attack on Gaza Freedom Flotilla during his speech at the Labour Party Conference:
The Palestinian people have the right to a state with internationally recognised borders. They have a right to a functioning economy. They have the right to be free and to pursue a better life for themselves and for their children. The sad truth is that today, with the blockade still in place on Gaza and in the aftermath of the appalling events on board the SS Mavi Marmara, we are a long way from securing that outcome. There should be an international investigation into what happened aboard that ship, but that alone will not undo the damage – to Israel’s reputation and the peace process – done by those tragic events.
One of Europe’s decision making body, the Council of the EU, will be discussing upgrading the EU-Israel association agreement next Tuesday 23rd March 2010. The agreement had been due for an upgrade in December 2008, but was suspended following Israel’s massacre in Gaza.
Since 2000, the EU Israel Association Agreement (EUIAA) has promoted strong trade, business and cultural ties between Israel and the EU. An upgrade to ‘special status’ will cement even stronger relations– allowing greater scope for collaboration (e.g. academic exchanges), input in a number of key EU policies and increased access to EU funding.
Israel is also in gross breach of Article 2 of the EUIAA, which requires countries to ‘respect human rights and democratic principles’.
Britain will be represented at the meeting by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Israel must not be rewarded for violating international law and continuing its illegal occupation.
We urge you to contact the following and ask them to reject an upgrade for Israel. Email:
Foreign Secretary: email@example.com
Herman Van Rompuy
President of the European Council: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Cathy Ashton
HR for the Union of Foreign Affairs: email@example.com
UK government may act during Christmas
“At today’s PMQ the Conservatives made a shocking demand. William Hague MP [standing in for Conservative leader Cameron], suggested possible pressure on the judiciary and whatever it takes to ensure Israeli politicians would not be subjected to an arrest warrant for their responsibilities for war crimes. Harman MP [standing in for Gordon Brown] fully and shamelessly endorsed his demand.”
Clip of the Hague–Harman exchange followed by a question from Bob Marshall-Andrews about The Geneva Conventions Act:
Following arrest warrant for Tzipi Livni, British government ‘urgently’ looking at changing the law
Please act now! Contact your MP!
Following the news that Tzipi Livni, who served as Foreign Minister in the Israeli government that planned and executed Israel’s brutal bombing and massacre in Gaza, faced arrest if she entered Britain, tell the government there must be no impunity for Israeli war criminals. Please act URGENTLY – if possible email your MP today, and come to the vigil on 27 December to show the government that we will not let them forget Gaza.
Ask your MP to do the following:
1. Sign Early Day Motion 502 tabled by Jeremy Corbyn MP
Defending the right to bring war criminals to justice:
Israeli ex-Minister Livni called off her planned visit to London after a Westminster magistrate issued an warrant for her arrest for her involvement in the planning of war crimes in Gaza.
Like the verdicts of British juries that the Israeli Army murdered Tom Hurndall and journalist James Miller, previous arrest warrants for war crimes against Doron Almog, and the hurried exit of other Israeli generals, the latest UK magistrate’s decision to issue an arrest warrant for an Israeli Government official on war crimes charges adds to the long-term build up of pressure for the British Government to break with its support for Israel.
Channel 4 report and debate with Jewish Chronicle’s Stephen Pollard and Daud Abdullah from MCB:
If Britain’s foreign secretary has faith in his country’s standards of justice, this is the phonecall he should make.