British Imperialism cuts another deal with Zionism–a free pass for Israeli war criminals

[Since World War 2, imperialism has cynically promoted itself as the advocate of international human rights law, even while trampling human rights in its wars, interventions, and other pursuits of domination and control and suppression of people’s struggles all over the world.  But, again and again, the truth of human rights violations has surfaced, and imperialism has created exemption after exemption to human rights law.  Several years ago, the blocked prosecutions of Pinochet of Chile and of Henry Kissinger are two examples of such imperialist shielding of its own.  Now, the immunity and impunity given imperialism’s criminals has been formally extended to Zionist war criminals. The Israel press YNet reported, “The (British) law that allows issuing arrest warrants against foreign nationals (had) not been amended since the Second World War, and has prevented several IDF officers, including former Southern District Commander Major General (res.) Doron Almog and Head of the Intelligence Corps Major General Aviv Kochavi (who was the former commander of the Gaza Division) from entering Britain…Last May, Major-General Yohanan Locker, the military secretary to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had to cancel his trip to Britain due to his role in Operation Cast Lead, where he served as the head of the IAF’s Air Division.” When even the superficial appearance of justice is discarded by imperialists, the people will, inevitably, take matters into their own hands. — Frontlines ed.]

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Former Israeli minister Tzipi Livni to visit UK after change in arrest law

Critics claim change in law governing arrest warrants for war crimes is motivated by political pressure from Israel

by Ben Quinn, The Guardian (UK), Monday 3 October 2011

Tzipi Livni, now opposition leader in Israel, will meet foreign secretary William Hague in Britain. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images

The former Israeli foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, will meet the foreign secretary, William Hague, in Britain on Thursday in the first test of a new law governing arrest warrants for war crimes.

Westminster magistrates court issued an unprecedented arrest warrant for Livni in 2009 – a move that led to an review of the issuing of such warrants.

The warrant, which was issued at the request of lawyers acting for Palestinian victims of Israel‘s operations in Gaza, was withdrawn amid embarrassment in the Foreign Office.

Israel’s foreign ministry condemned it at the time, describing it as a “cynical” move.

Livni, who is the current Israeli opposition leader, had been due to attend a conference in London in 2009 but cancelled two weeks before the warrant was issued. Palestinian sources claimed to have seen her at the event and alerted lawyers.

Legislation has now brought a new requirement aimed at preventing the courts from being used for political purposes. The justice secretary, Ken Clarke, outlined how changes would give the DPP veto power over arrest warrants.

The move, which critics claimed was motivated by political pressure from Israel, has paved the way for Livni’s visit, which was announced on Monday at a Conservative Party conference fringe event.

At a Conservative Friends of Israel meeting, director Stuart Polak said Livni always planned to come to the UK once there had been a change in the law to prevent her being arrested for political purposes.

The police reform and social responsibility bill received royal assent a couple of weeks ago, meaning she is now able to visit the UK, he said.

Polak added: “It has been a blot on the landscape of the relations of the UK and Israel which is why David Cameron and William Hague said in opposition that it should be rectified which is what they have done.

The arrest warrant followed Livni’s role as foreign minister during Israel’s three-week military campaign in Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009. A Foreign Office spokesman said last night: “We can confirm Tzipi Livni intends to visit the UK this week. As leader of the Israeli opposition she will have a number of meetings, including with the Foreign Secretary to discuss UK Israel relations and recent events in the region.”

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