British Government covering up for the crimes of its Israeli ally
by Mick Napier 10 July 2009

British Government: The Israeli Navy ‘took control’ of the boat.
Tr(anslation); No ‘hijacking’ or ‘piracy’ took place because we and Israel are bound by no laws.  We will join the US in ignoring Israel's violation of the 1988 International Convention on Safety of Maritime Navigation to which we are parties and bound to enforce.

An official in Milliband’s Foreign Ministry sent me, and many like me, a letter today that oozes dishonesty from every sentence as it perverts language to miserable realpolitik.  It is an example of why the Irish and the Boers and many others countered the boast that ‘The sun never sets on the British Empire’ with the barb that 'Even God couldn’t trust the b******s in the dark.'   It is a fair point, forcefully put.

On a plane recently, a member of the cabin staff asked all of us on board not to even open a bag of peanuts since this might produce an extreme reaction in one of the passengers on board. Blair’s heirs suffer from a similarly powerful aversion to any kind of truthfullness.  One suspects even whiff of it would cause real problems. 

Miliband and Lieberman got on very well
The British Government sees no criminality in the recent Israeli hijacking of a small boat, the Spirit of Humanity, just as they saw nothing wrong in the the Zionist project to hijack the whole of Palestine.

Below are the weasel words that slimed on to my screen an hour ago from the British Government.  No wonder these creatures are held in such deep contempt by most British people.

I provide here an exact translation of their meaning in human language, and the entire deceit afterwards.

British Government: The Israeli Navy ‘took control’ of the boat.
Tr(anslation); No ‘hijacking’ or ‘piracy’ took place because we and Isreal are bound by no laws.  We will join the US in ignoring Israel's violation of the 1988 International Convention on Safety of Maritime Navigation to which we are parties and bound to enforce.

BG: British nationals, were ‘handed over’ to Israeli immigration officials.
Tr: No ‘abduction’ or ‘kidnapping’ took place.

BG: British consular officials had ‘good access’. Prisoners were ‘treated well’.
Tr: Move on, nothing signifant happened here. Everything’s OK.

BG: Britain deplores the ‘interference’ by the Israeli navy in the activities of Gazan fishermen.

Tr: Our ally carried out no ‘attacks’ or ‘shooting’. We repeat – there was no Israeli crime.

BG: ‘When the Foreign Secretary spoke to the Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, on 1 July he raised the issue with him and asked for clarification about whether or not the Spirit of Humanity had been intercepted in international waters.’
Tr: We can photograph car number [lates from space, but we can’t spot ships. Mr. Milliband will seek ‘clarification’ from Israel’s fascist Foreign minister as to whether Israel took over the ship in international waters. We will accept his answers about Palestinian ’terrorism’ or something like that.

BG: We will continue to press the Israeli authorities for clarification.

Tr: We will wink at them, tell them we understand their difficult position and wait for interest in this latest Israeli crime to fade away. British people have short memories.

BG: We regularly remind the Israeli government of its obligations under international law on a variety of issues.
Tr: The British Government shares Israel’s contempt for international law. They know this is purest b******t, since we arm them, endorse the siege of Gaza and, for example, ignore the International Court’s ruling that we are bound to take practical steps to get Israel’s illegal Wall taken down.

BG: We advise against all travel to Gaza, including its offshore waters; that it is reckless to travel to Gaza.

Tr: We are doing our bit to isolate Palestinians under Israeli siege; don’t oppose the crimes of our Israeli ally.

BG: Britain urges those wishing to deliver humanitarian assistance to Gaza to do so through existing humanitarian organisations.
TR: Everyone should submit to Israeli control of the entire Gaza border while it tightens the brutal siege. (Word came today, Friday 10 July) of a very ill Palestinian woman being left to die on the ground just inside Egypt’s area of control at Rafah.)

BG: The UK has been unequivocal in its calls for Israel to lessen restrictions at the Gaza crossings.
Tr: We support Israel, but we know British people don’t.  We lie shamelessly to British people. If Isrel doesn’t treat Palestinians like human beings after 60-odd years we will continue to arm them and ask them again to end their crimes.

BG: Recent events in Gaza are a tragic reminder of the importance of progress on the peace process.
TR: We supported Israel’s mass murder recently in Gaza using British weaponry. We support our Israeli allies’ collective punishment of the people of Palestine although we know this is a war crime. We ‘understand’ their need for ‘security’ against the wrath of those they have dispossessed and violated. We support Israel’s siege and violence to crush the democratically elected representatives of the Palestinian people.

BG: The UK, with the support of our international allies, will continue to pursue vigorously a comprehensive peace based on a two-state solution, involving a secure Israel alongside a viable Palestinian state.
Tr: We will work with Israel and the USA to dispossess Palestinians and confine them to reservations (which we will call a ‘state’.) Palestinians are not entitled to the same rights Israeli Jews, for example, to a ‘secure’ state.


From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. [mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]
Sent: 10 July 2009 15:49
To: michaelnapier
Subject: MOP - 52628-09 - Michael Napier

Our Reference: 52628-09


Dear Mr.Napier,

Thank you for your e-mail of 1 July to the Foreign Secretary concerning the Free Gaza Movement and the Spirit of Humanity.

The Israeli Navy took control of the Spirit of Humanity on 30 June, diverting it to Ashdod port in Israel. All those on board, including six British nationals, were handed over to Israeli immigration officials. British consular officials had good access to the British detainees and established that they were treated well. The Israeli authorities deported the detainees on 6 July.

The Foreign Secretary said in the House of Commons on 30 June that it was “vital that all states respect international law, including the law of the sea. It is also important to say that we deplore the interference by the Israeli navy in the activities of Gazan fishermen”. When the Foreign Secretary spoke to the Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, on 1 July he raised the issue with him and asked for clarification about whether or not the Spirit of Humanity had been intercepted in international waters. We will continue to press the Israeli authorities for clarification.

We regularly remind the Israeli government of its obligations under international law on a variety of issues, including with respect to humanitarian access to Gaza as well as Israel’s control of Gazan waters and the effect this has on Gaza’s fishing industry. I should also point out that our Travel Advice makes clear that we advise against all travel to Gaza, including its offshore waters; that it is reckless to travel to Gaza at this time; and that medical and other essential specialist staff needing to travel to Gaza should coordinate their entry to Gaza with the major international humanitarian organisations already on the ground. Our Embassy in Tel Aviv and our Consulate General in Jerusalem have also similarly advised those wishing to deliver humanitarian assistance to Gaza to do so through existing humanitarian organisations which can advise, particularly with regards to medicines, on which items if any are currently required.

The UK has been unequivocal in its calls for Israel to lessen restrictions at the Gaza crossings, allowing the legitimate flow of humanitarian aid, trade and reconstruction goods and the movement of people. This is essential not only for the people of Gaza, but also for the wider stability of the region.

Recent events in Gaza are a tragic reminder of the importance of progress on the peace process. The UK, with the support of our international allies, will continue to pursue vigorously a comprehensive peace based on a two-state solution, involving a secure Israel alongside a viable Palestinian state.

Yours sincerely,
Zoe Jones
Near East Group
 

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From: Michael Napier
Sent: 01 July 2009 13:56
To: MSU Correspondence (Conf)
Subject: Make a public statement unreservedly condemning this example of Israel's criminality and demand the crew's immediate and unconditional release
Dear Foreign Secretary

The Israeli Navy yesterday hijacked a boat and abducted the entire crew, including a friend of ours from Edinburgh, Theresa McDermott. Theresa is among six British members of the crew of the small boat who have been forcibly taken to Israel. So far as we can gather, Theresa and all other members of the crew have been denied access to Israeli lawyers or to the International Red Cross.

The small vessel, Spirit of Humanity, was in international waters. The Israeli Military threatened repeatedly to fire on the vessel, resorting to kidnap when the tiny vessel refused to turn back in international waters.

One of us was in Gaza last year and can attest to the understated nature of the International Committee of the Red Cross report released yesterday, which reports that the Palestinians living in Gaza are “trapped in despair.”

Thousands of Gazans whose homes were destroyed earlier during Israel’s December/January massacre are still without shelter despite pledges of almost £4 billion in aid, because Israel refuses to allow cement and other building material into the Gaza Strip. The report also notes that hospitals are struggling to meet the needs of their patients due to Israel’s disruption of medical supplies.

We expect you to make a public statement today unreservedly condemning this example of Israel’s criminality and demand the crew's immediate and unconditional release.

Yours sincerely,

Mick Napier & Sofiah MacLeod
Edinburgh
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