British Capitulation to Israel:
Arresting Shaikh Raed Salah, While Allowing
Israeli War Criminal
Amir Peretz to Evade Arrest Warrant
Salah trial postponed, suspected Israeli war criminal flees
PIC, [ 06/07/2011 - 02:41 PM ]
British authorities have postponed the appeal hearing of Shaikh Raed
Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement in occupied Palestine (called
Israel by Zionists and their slaves), due to the absence of a judge that
has the power to decide in his case.
Shaikh Salah was detained a
week ago under a travel ban that he learned about after entering the
country to give a series of lectures.
Meantime, Israeli media
sources say former Israeli Minister of Security Amir Peretz managed to
evade an arrest warrant for war crimes issued in the UK as he was
scheduled to lecture at the London University.
Shaikh Salah chose
to remain in the UK to challenge the deportation decision which was
based on allegations of anti-Semitism.
Authorities have allowed
Salah legal visitation and his lawyers met with him for two hours
without barriers in the Bedford immigration detention center.
Zahi Nujaidat, a lawyer and spokesman of the Islamic Movement in
1984-occupied Palestine, expressed optimism regarding Salah’s case. He
said that if Salah wanted to comply with British orders he could have
left for his country at any moment.
Nujaidat also said Salah
wants to challenge not only the injustice that has happened to him
personally, but the Zionist ideology that surrounds his persecution.
Salah’s arrest comes just months after the UK approved a law that
would grant immunity to Israeli war criminals who travel to the country.
The former law in England saw that arrest warrants would be issued
against suspected war criminals who enter the country.
newspaper Yediot Aharonoth said former Israeli security minister Amir
Peretz was able to escape from England from an arrest warrant over
charges of committing war crimes during Israel’s 2006 war with Lebanon.
Peretz was in England to speak after being advised by the so-called
Israeli justice and foreign ministries not to go as activists in the UK
would push for an arrest warrant to be issued against him.
Despite that, Peretz ignored the warnings and traveled to London.
The source said he was forced to cancel the lecture at London
University after learning that a warrant had in fact been issued.
He was able to evade arrest and flee the country before police got
to him, according to the source.
Hamas condemns Britain for bowing to Zionist lobby
[ 06/07/2011 - 06:00 PM ]
Hamas strongly condemned the British government for overlooking the
arrest of Zionist war criminal Amer Peretz, the former Israeli war
minister, while fabricating pretexts to arrest Shaikh Raed Salah, the
leader of Islamic movement in occupied Palestine.
It said in a statement on Wednesday that Peretz has been wanted for
years by British and European courts over charges of committing war
“The British government’s behavior reflects its bias (actually
servitude) to Israel and posed as a moral scandal that reflects its
bowing to pressure to the Zionist lobby. It also reflected a double
standard when it comes to the Palestine cause,” Hamas said.
The Movement called on human rights groups to expose this British
policy and to press for the immediate release of Shaikh Salah.
Ra-ed Salah is not racist, the Zionists are
[ 04/07/2011 - 10:36 PM ]
By Khalid Amayreh in occupied East
The arrest by the British authorities last week of
Shaikh Ra-ed Salah, one of the prominent leaders of the 1.7
million-strong Palestinian community (in occupied Palestine, so-called
now as Israel), is a real affront to the most elementary considerations
of justice. It is also an indelible shame that should continue to haunt
the British justice system for a long time to come.
being motivated by any real violations of the law, the arrest seemed to
have been prompted by a vindictive complaint by pro-Israeli Zionist
circles in the British capital. Ultimately, the real motive behind the
arrest is to silence one of the most outspoken defendants of Palestinian
rights, the very man the Israeli intelligence has been persecuting,
vilifying and even trying to assassinate.
I am not talking about
someone I don't know. Since the late 1980s, I have met Ra-ed Salah many
times. I visited him at his home in Um al-Fa'hm and I attended his
lectures. And from my acquaintance with the man, I can solemnly attest
to his honesty, religiosity, rectitude and clean credentials. He is a
man who would rather be morally straight than politically correct, he
wouldn't flinch from telling the truth (as he sees it) for fear of
undesirable public reaction.
Shaikh Ra-ed Salah is therefore a
man of sublime principles. He feels he is morally obliged to speak up
against oppression, especially Israel's pornographic oppression that is
meted out to his own people on both sides of the Green Line, in the West
Bank and Gaza Strip as well as Israel.
He does belong to that
special category of people, which encompasses great men and women, who
stand up in the face of power, throwing their moral weight on the side
of the weak, the persecuted and the helpless.
racism to this man is an insult to truth, which can only be made by
irredeemable ignoramuses or malicious liars.
Needless to say, the
Israeli intelligence made every conceivable effort to vilify and
incriminate, even criminalize, Shaikh Salah.
In October 2000,
Shin Beth agents tried to insert a few grams of hashish into his pocket
in the hope of besmirching his image among the Arab citizens in Israel.
A few years later, he was accused of encouraging terror and endangering
the security of Israel.
Interestingly, the "terror" charges came
from a state that continues to embody and practice terror, even 63 years
after its misbegotten birth which wouldn't have occurred had it been for
the mass terror, ethnic cleansing and expulsion of the bulk of the true
natives of the land of Palestine.
In the past decade, the Shin
Beth became exasperated with Salah's focal and effective activism which
centered around one main theme, saving Jerusalem 's Aqsa Mosque from
Israeli conspiracies and hostile designs.
All sorts of charges
were concocted against the man, ranging from contacts with a terrorist
organization to giving flours, food and clothing to the children of
"terrorists." Israel classifies all Palestinians into two categories:
"terrorists" who oppose the nefarious Israeli occupation, even through
peaceful means, who ought to be annihilated; and collaborators (or
quislings) who either say nothing and do nothing, or agree to become
informers on their own people.
Shaikh Salah and a few of his
colleagues in the Islamic movement in Israel had to spend long prison
terms on mainly frivolous charges that had very little substance. In any
other country with a credible justice system, the charges would have
been dismissed as fabricated and lacking in credibility.
However, we are talking about Israel, a country that calls itself the
only democracy in the Middle East while in reality it commits adultery
with the most elementary aspects of justice, such as the timeless
judicial principle that the accused is innocent until he or she is
In Israel, especially when non-Jews, e.g.
Palestinians, are involved, the principle is brashly reversed and the
accused becomes guilty until proven innocent.
In recent years,
the administration of justice in Israel, a country that is based on
rampant injustice and oppression, has undergone a Kafkaesque
metamorphosis. A Palestinian, even a man or woman who has never hurled a
stone on or even toward an Israeli armored personnel carrier rampaging
through his town or village, is treated as guilty even if proven
This is the reason why thousands of innocent
Palestinians, including political leaders, elected lawmakers, college
professors and professionals of all sorts, are languishing in Israeli
dungeons and concentration camps on no other accounts than their
thoughts, views and feelings.
To conclude this article, I want to
address the collective conscience of the British people: By what
standard of morality are people who never hurt anyone in their lives,
like Ra'ed Salah, are arrested and persecuted for their views, while
real war criminals like Ehud Barak, Moshe Ya'alon and Ariel Sharon, who
bear on their hands so much innocent blood, are accorded stately
treatment at the hands of the British authorities?
seized Palestine from the Islamic Ottoman state and gave it Zionist Jews
on a silver platter is historically responsible from the enduring
Palestinian plight. However, far from seeking atonement for its
unforgivable sins, which wreaked disaster, death and pain on millions,
Britain seems to be still faithful to the same evil mentality that
motivated Lord Balfour 94 years ago to issue his infamous promise to
give Palestine to Zionist Jews.
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