Lord Ahmed: “Arrest British Jews fighting for IDF”
He has graciously consented to an ‘exclusive interview’ for Press TV, an Iranian international news network. It is most illuminating.
Cranmer was going to give it a good fisking, but has of late - but wherefore he knows not – lost all his mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed, it goes so heavily with his disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to him a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire - why, it appears no other thing to him than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours.
If readers and communicants cannot be bothered to read the entire interview, Cranmer is pleased to provide the edited highlights (with a light fisking):
Lord Ahmed: ... Lord Malloch-Brown did actually say that if there is any evidence of the 4th Geneva Convention being breached, and it doesn't matter whether they are British citizens or whether they are other nationalities, these people will be arrested and they will be tried in this country.
And what of any breaches of the 4th Geneva Convention by Hamas? What of the breaches of any international conventions by Hamas? In the recent years, and in the present on-going military conflict, the Hamas terrorist organisation ruling in Gaza has committed a large number of diverse war crimes, as defined by International Law. They have fired 6,300 rockets targeting Israeli civilians. In Gaza, Hamas stored rockets and other weaponry and ammunition primarily in residential areas - in houses, mosques, and schools. Thousands of rocket and mortar grenade attacks were launched from within these areas, obliging Israeli military response which inevitably led to great suffering of the population and damage to property. According to International Law, any source of fire on civilian targets is a legitimate target itself. In this case, Hamas is fully responsible both for the deliberately targeted Israeli civilian casualties and for the civilian casualties of its own population used by Hamas as a human shield.
Press TV: How do you think the British Jewish community will react to such a move?
Lord Ahmed: Well the reaction was very obvious. One of their lordships got up and started to praise the British citizens who were fighting in Gaza. He said: shouldn't we be proud of the fact they are fighting against terrorists who are hell bent on trying to destroy Israel. But they are not fighting against a terrorist organization as such. The IDF and those who serve in it have been involved in the massacre of civilians, including hundreds of Palestinian children and attacks on the United Nations and even the American school. There is just no excuse for anyone to get away from these war crimes this time.
The reaction of Jews was very obvious? Was it any less obvious than your reaction, or that of thousands of other Muslims who took to the streets of London in protest? It is curious that you say Hamas is ‘not a terrorist organisation as such’. What is this 'as such'? It is also curious that many Arab countries identify them as being so, as do Fatah, which speaks for a significant proportion of Palestinians. And why do you omit to mention the crimes which Hamas inflict upon the Palestinian people – the beatings, murders and persecution of political opponents?
Press TV: Is this situation comparable to British Muslims allegedly going to fight in foreign conflicts?
Lord Ahmed: There have been many government statements with regards to British Muslims going abroad to foreign madrasahs and then seeking training. There was a huge outcry across the board - from government officials, politicians and civil society. Of course, we do not support anyone who has been involved with terrorism or killing of innocent civilians anywhere, or those who fight British troops abroad.
However, to me there is no difference whether the young person is from a Jewish background or Muslim background. The only difference is that one has a uniform and the other does not. Both kill innocent civilians. Both need to be brought justice.
This is why Baroness Tongue asked the question about the number of British youth who go to religious Jewish schools and also the kibbutz. In this case, it is a double standard to allow young British citizens of whatever religion, who go to religious schools and then get involved in armed conflicts and join a terrorist state.
So a kibbutz is a Jewish madrasah? Israel is a ‘terrorist state’? Lord Ahmed is of the opinion that Hamas mercenaries are every bit as legitimate as Israel’s legally-constituted defence force. Is this why he calls down 10,000 Muslims to Parliament? Will their notion of the rule of law be as legitimate as that of the Metropolitan Police? Surely the only difference is that one has a uniform and the other does not...
Press TV: Are you expecting any progress now that you have raised the issue?
Lord Ahmed: My intention was to bring this matter to the attention of parliament. The second was to discuss this openly in the media. It has always been a taboo to ask any questions about Jewish youth who go to Israel for training and service in the IDF.
Discuss it openly? Like ‘Fitna’? Is it not taboo to ask any questions about Geert Wilders’ juxtaposition of Quranic verses with terrorist atrocities?
We went to see the President of the European Parliament and met with a number of Members of the European Parliament who feel that Germany, Austria and France and other parts of Europe still have guilt in relation to the Holocaust. That is why Israel can get away with anything it wants.
Lord Ahmed, you are an hypocritical, two-faced, taqqiya-infected, manipulative, deceitful, ignoble Peer of the Realm. As His Grace continues to explore the legal means of bringing you to account, he shall be praying fervently that your sentencing in a few weeks shall be proportionate and just. Pray, what is the Quranic penalty for allegedly causing death by dangerous driving?
It is not Israel which ‘gets away with anything it wants’, but Hamas. And the failure to prosecute them will lead to their war crimes growing to become normative behaviour. And the failure to prosecute you will lead to your perverse proclamations becoming normative also.