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The Jericho Prison Assault: Jack Straw’s Comedy Turn

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Ten minutes. It’s obvious complicity.

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President, refused to say whether he thought Britain had colluded with Israel over what he called an “unforgivable crime”. But he said that Israeli troops arrived ten minutes after the last three British monitors had left.

“I’m giving the facts,” Mr Abbas said. “They left at 9.20am, and the Israelis came in at 9.30am. How can we explain that?” Saeb Erekat, a senior Abbas aide, voiced suspicion that the monitors had left before the formation of a new government. “If the British and Americans wanted to leave because they don’t want to deal with a Hamas government in a couple of weeks then they should have done it in a different fashion,” he said. (Times Online)

I’m not one to watch the Parliament feed on TV, not least since I try not to allow Blair and company to speak on my TV, but yesterday I caught a few seconds of Jack Straw’s comedy turn on this one.

Asked about the complicity issue, he said:

“The truth is, given the nature of surveillance in the occupied territories, if we had told anybody in the occupied territories we would at the same time, in practice, have been telling the Israeli defence forces.” (The Guardian)

And (unmentioned by The Guardian) he then laughed with a smug, conspiratorial expression and a raised eyebrow at his fellow quislings.

As ever, ignore everything except the basic fact — he didn’t deny it and provided a feeble attempt to distract from the core message — yes, but…

That’s a yes in other words. Categoric. The British did tip off the Israelis and were complicit in the assault on Jericho prison.

So much to read in that little chuckle and raised brow. “Shh boys, we don’t discuss reality here.” “Yes, the place is a fucking prison camp, a crime against humanity.” “Yes, we’re up to our fucking necks in blood, gore, corruption, and crime.” “Yes, we’re on our knees before the criminal US regime and its Zionist enterprise.” “Yes, we’re killing our boys for a lie.” “So fucking what, take the money and gongs and shut up.” And much more besides.

And in Jack Straw we have an individual who knows better. Blair never had principles, he just wanted to be a pop star; Straw at least appeared to have principles and understanding at one time, many years ago. A deeper betrayal. Again. Another one for the war crimes tribunal.

But the real point to take away is that clear ‘yes’.

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About Chromatius

"You are not big enough to accuse the whole age effectively, but let us say you are in dissent." Thomas Merton. The Unspeakable.
  • All very nice, Chromatius. We have an idiot for an acting prime inister, and you have a straw man for foreign secretary. To each his own. Our foreign secretary is prettier then yours – for the moment. So there.

    But the bottom line is that the raid on the prison was necessitated by the fact that your country and my former country overrode the sovereingty of the State of Israel in trying assassins of government officials – Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze’evi, in this case.

    Overriding our sovereignty was the reason there were British monitors in an Arab prison in the first place. Six killers were taken to be tried by the State of Israel – an event that ought to have occured four years ago.

    Unfortunately the Israelis who leaked the information to these Arabs to kill Ze’evi will not stand trial. Truly a shame.

  • chromatius

    No mention of Palestinian sovereignty, Ruvy, the ostensible reason for the setup in Jericho?

    Of course we both know the whole thing was a fiction to support imaginary ideas of Palestinian sovereignty – imaginary in the sense it’s pointless to worry about such things when an occupying nation can kill your people and political leaders with complete impunity.

  • At this point, there is no “sovereignty” here, Chromatius. The Israeli government is a puppet regime – the Arab puppet regime is even more of a puppet. You know that as well as I.

    It is only a matter of time before the masks come off entirely.

  • During this Purim season, Israel would have done well to destroy the Nazi-Muslims who have forfeited their lives. At least Baruch Marzel, candidate for Israeli prime minister, said as much.

  • “an occupying nation can kill your people and political leaders with complete impunity.”

    Yes, it’s appalling. When will Israel be blessed with leaders who acknowledge the wisdom, foresight and logic of former Israeli Parliament Member and rabbi, Meir Kahane, and remove the threat and end the Arab occupation of the Jewish homeland?

    Kahane was right about such sworn Arab enemies: They Must Go! but Israel’s treacherous “leaders” (sold out to foreign interests) expel Jews!

    Israel must finish the EXCHANGE OF POPULATIONS the Ishmaelites started.

    The Arabs in Eretz Israel cannot be trusted. Israel must remove “the stranger in thy midst.”

    May Israel no longer tolerate the occuping Arabs to kill their people and political leaders with impunity, like those [Deleted] did to a man better than all of them put together: Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze’evi.

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    You’re not too far off the mark, David, but you have to go further than you have – without hatred for the Moslems. Isaiah also prophesies that the Children of Kedar (the second child of Ishmael) will sacrifice at our Temple.

    This means that there will be a reconciliation between Jews and Arabs. This means that the reconciliation will have to take place on a religious level – that is the clue the sacrifice at the Temple gives – we cannot count on the secular Israeli leadership to do the job. Finally, Jews will have to actually practice the faith, not pay lip service to it, as so many do.

    There is a big burden on the Arab side as well – getting rid of the Wahhabi thugocracy and its spoor, and the evil influence that it has spread in Islam.