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Nick Clegg and Tory Zionists More Interested in
Serving Israelis than British Citizens
By Stuart Littlewood
Redress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July 5, 2010
Britain more interested in saving Israelis from garden shed rockets
than British citizens from Israeli pirates
Stuart Littlewood explains why the hope that UK Liberal Democratic
Party leader Nick Clegg’s presence in the governing coalition would have a
moderating effect on the rabid Conservative Zionists is misplaced. Following
a recent exchange with Clegg, he concludes that the junior coalition partner
has fallen in with the Tory Zionists.
Nick Clegg is British
deputy prime minister and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party.
month ago, while reports were coming in that Israeli gunboats had
"intercepted" the Free Gaza flotilla 90 miles out to sea and told the
humanitarian workers they would be boarded and towed to an Israeli port, I
emailed Clegg: "Where is the Royal Navy when it's needed to protect life and
limb of the 30-odd British nationals?"
Ministers received advanced
warning of Israel's threats to stop the flotilla "by any means". What was
needed was firm intervention. Just for a change the British people wanted
their government to do them proud on the international stage and protect
those brave souls on their peaceful mission to bring relief to Palestinians
whose lives have been made a living hell by the bully-boys of the Middle
They were, after all, only doing the right thing, doing what
the West's cowardly governments wet their pants at the very thought of
Back in December, when the parties were warming up for the
general election, Clegg
wrote in the Guardian:
...And what has the British government and the international community
done to lift the blockade? Next to nothing. Tough-sounding declarations are
issued at regular intervals but little real pressure is applied. It is a
scandal that the international community has sat on its hands in the face of
this unfolding crisis.
No doubt the febrile sensitivities of the
Middle East have deterred governments, caught between recriminations from
both sides. No doubt diplomats have warned that exerting pressure on Israel
and Egypt may complicate the peace process.
But surely the
consequences of not lifting the blockade are far more grave?
talked the talk. Would he walk the walk if given the chance?
now has the chance, and his reply has just arrived.
The government was
very clear in its disapproval of the Israeli actions which ended in such
heavy and tragic loss of life.
We have underlined the need for a
full, credible, impartial and independent investigation into the events of
31 May. We have made clear that we want to see a process that ensures full
accountability and commands the confidence of the international community,
including international participation.
Israel's announcement of an
inquiry headed by former Supreme Court judge Yaakov Tirkel is an important
step forward. We welcome the appointment of [co-founder of
of Israel Initiative, an international group of Israeli agents of
influence] Lord Trimble as an international observer. Clearly it is very
important that this is a truly independent inquiry and a thorough
investigation that the international community can respect.
events have captured the world’s attention, but they should not be viewed in
isolation. They arose from the unacceptable and unsustainable blockade of
Gaza, which is a cause of public concern here in the United Kingdom and
around the world. It has long been the view of the Government that
restrictions on Gaza should be lifted – a view confirmed by UN Security
Council Resolution 1860, which called for the sustained delivery of
humanitarian aid and called on states to alleviate the humanitarian and
economic situation persisting there.
It is essential that there is
unfettered access – not only to meet the humanitarian needs of the people of
Gaza, but to enable the reconstruction of homes and livelihoods and permit
trade to take place. The Palestinian economy, whether in Gaza or the West
Bank, is an essential part of a viable state of Palestine which we hope will
one day exist alongside Israel in peace and security.
A solution to
the Arab-Israeli conflict is firmly in the national interests of the UK, as
well as those in the region. We want the new generation of Palestinians to
grow up in hope, not despair... We want the next generation of Israelis to
live free from the fear of rocket fire... Whilst we cannot deliver this for
either side ourselves, as friends to both Israelis and Palestinians we will
seek to buttress the diplomatic initiative of President Obama’s
administration and the proximity talks...
So no, he won't walk the walk.
“It is pointless calling for the blockade to be lifted. You have to smash it
– with warships ‘exercising’ nearby. Israel’s promise to ‘ease’ it is purely
It is pointless calling for the blockade to be lifted. You
have to smash it – with warships “exercising” nearby. Israel’s promise to
"ease" it is purely
cosmetic. I hear that incoming goods have risen by a miserable 7 or 8
per cent while the block on exports remains. That's all the West's feeble
hand-wringing has achieved.
Clegg's choice of words is revealing: "the
interception by Israeli forces". It was nothing less than a dead-of-night
military assault with guns blazing and a pre-planned execution of civilians
on a wanted list. His whole reply might as well have been scripted by Tel
Aviv. It probably was, because it turns out to be word for word the same as
the communication sent to other complainants by Israel's great friend now
doubling as Britain’s under-secretary of state in charge of Middle East
affairs, Alistair Burt.
Clegg can call for "a full, credible,
impartial and independent investigation" until he's blue in the face, but he
won't get one. He welcomes the appointment of Trimble to this farce. Why?
Trimble is a founding member of a new international "Friends of Israel
The context for Israel's crimes on the high seas is, of
course, the racist regime’s belief that it can act with impunity. It never
gets rapped for lawless conduct thanks to the abject failure of the
international community – especially Britain, whose mandated responsibility
Palestine once was – to enforce international and maritime law and the
numerous UN resolutions (not just 1860).
UN Security Council
Resolution 1860 (the US abstained on Israel's orders, according to
Ehud Olmert) calls
for the sustained reopening of crossing points on the basis of the 2005
Agreement on Movement and Access. There is still no sign of Israeli
“British governments have spent the last 93 years betraying
the Palestinian people, and continue to do so while slavishly supporting the
Israeli regime in its programme of occupation, oppression, ethnic cleansing
and collective punishment.”
Clegg claims that "we" are friends to both
Israelis and Palestinians. Bollox. British governments have spent the last
93 years betraying the Palestinian people, and continue to do so while
slavishly supporting the Israeli regime in its programme of occupation,
oppression, ethnic cleansing and collective punishment. Our last government
and now this coalition won't even acknowledge the Palestinians' right of
self-determination or their democratic choice of government. Britain, to its
shame, is complicit in those crimes.
To make matters worse, Labour and
Conservative leaders are anxious to change our laws of universal
jurisdiction to provide a safe haven for
while denying visas to Palestinian footballers.
And please, Mr Clegg,
spare us this endless nonsense about rockets. At least as many state-of-the
art US-supplied Israeli missiles were launched into Gaza, usually from
US-supplied F-16s, as garden-shed whizz-bangs were lobbed into Israel. And
Israeli air-strikes and armoured incursions continue on a daily basis.
Furthermore, no rockets come out of the West Bank, yet the West Bank
continues to be occupied, sealed and under severe movement restrictions.
Clearly, this is not about rockets or even about Hamas, which has already
agreed to recognize Israel within its pre-1967 borders in accordance with
the international community's position.
It’s a well-known fact that
America is a dishonest broker, so aligning Britain with the puppet Obama's
diplomatic "initiative" simply hands Israel even more time to establish
irreversible facts on the ground.
But the British public are wising
up. They are beginning to know the score. Prime Minister Cameron is a
self-declared Zionist. Foreign Secretary Hague has been a Friend of Israel
since the age of 15. Under-Secretary of State Burt is not just a Friend of
Israel but an OFFICER of the Conservative Friends of Israel organization.
The Knesset’s stooges roost happily in Westminster.
has just put his name to a G8 leaders' statement calling for the release of
captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit but not the freeing of thousands of
Palestinians abducted and rotting in Israeli jails.
Burt, in his
letter, talks of our pledge of GBP 26.8 million for humanitarian aid and
early recovery activities in Gaza. Is that supposed to purge our negligence?
The Palestinians wouldn't need millions of pounds of British taxpayers'
money year after year if they were left in peace. All this aid simply
subsidizes and reinforces the Israeli occupation at our (the public's)
Now that Clegg is in a position to actually kick government
ass, I hoped the Liberal Democrats would have a moderating effect on the
rabid Conservative Zionists who devote so much of their energies to the
service of Israel.
Instead, Nick and his party appear to have fallen
in with them.
Stuart Littlewood is author of the book Radio Free
Palestine, which tells the plight of the Palestinians under occupation. For
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