The Israeli Foreign Ministry has labeled a new petition in Britain to arrest Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as “a public relations stunt that has no practical significance.”
The online petition on the Parliament’s official website has gathered approximately 80,000 signatures, according to the London Telegraph, only 20,000 short of the number needed for it to be considered as a possible topic for debate in the Parliament.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon said in a statement that “the bilateral relations between Britain and Israel are closer than ever.” He noted that trade between Britain and Israel has doubled over the past several years and that academic and cultural cooperation continues, despite attempts by BDS to curtail it.
The petition states:
Benjamin Netanyahu is to hold talks in London this September. Under international law he should be arrested for war crimes upon arrival in the U.K. for the massacre of over 2000 civilians in 2014.
The British Foreign Office also dismissed the petition as a “PR exercise, and Conservative MP Sir Eric Prickles said it was “completely absurd” and added:
The petition will have no impact upon the UK-Israel relationship which is stronger than ever and prime minister Netanyahu’s forthcoming visit will enhance it further.
Even the organizer of the petition, Damiam Moran, said he does not expect Netanyahu to be arrested. He told Al Jazeera:
[The government] will just say ‘blah blah blah, universal jurisdiction, good luck’
The British government responded to the petition in abatement:
We were all deeply saddened by the violence. However the Prime Minister [of Britain] was clear on the UK’s recognition of Israel’s right to take proportionate action to defend itself, within the boundaries of international humanitarian law.
On Monday morning, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani posted a photograph of his meeting with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on his official Twitter account.
“First #British Foreign Secretary to visit Iran since 2003.” Rouhani tweeted.
Unimpressed, one apparent UK writer replied, “Yes well I still think it was incredibly rude of you to leave that graffiti in the embassy for them to see when they returned.”
Hammond allegedly said during his meeting with the Iranian president that the UK is “ready to improve its relations with Iran to the ambassador level,” British sources said.
Hammond told Reuters on Monday, “We could be talking as early as next spring to start to see sanctions lifting off.” He added that an endorsement of the nuclear deal by the U.S. Congress could come as early as mid-October.
Nevertheless, he told the BBC in an interview that there are still points of disagreement on important issues.
“We should tread carefully,” Hammond said. “There’s a deep legacy of distrust on both sides and we have major areas where we have very substantial policy differences.”
Hammond said both countries see “eye to eye” on the need to go after Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists. But when it comes to dealing with its own human rights issues, Iran has not come close to the British point of view.
In addition, he said, there is still a gap in the viewpoints of the two countries on how to address the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Britain maintains that Assad cannot be part of a future Syrian government.
Iran, however, is a firm ally of the besieged president, who is responsible for the torture and slaughter of hundreds of thousands of his own people, including women and children.
Iranian “consultants” – political, economic and military – still remain in Damascus, as well as thousands of elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps troops.
Iran has also generously funded the presence of supplementary Hezbollah terrorist guerrilla troops to support the Syrian government forces, and continues to send Assad a steady supply of funds and arms.
Jews in Liverpool are bracing themselves to face a nasty round of ugly neo-Nazi hate with the ‘White Man March’ held on the Sabbath, courtesy of British law.
In fact, neo-Nazis all over the Twitterverse are salivating over the upcoming event. As the organizers themselves explained in a tweet:
White Man March UK @WhiteManMarchUK – Jun 6
We do not stand to oppose the colour of a man’s skin, we stand to oppose a sick Jewish ideological system @SmashCM79
Previous similar marches have been held as a platform for neo-Nazis to commit hate crimes in Britain, the Meyerside Jewish Representative Council noted in a petition to Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy QPM of Meyerside Police.
The first ‘White Man March’ was held on March 21 of this year in Newcastle where neo-Nazis were “completely unopposed,” organizers bragged in a tweet. Footage of that event is self-explanatory.
Activists on the Twitter social networking site have been tweeting for nearly a month about the upcoming event.
“This march is a disgrace to the culture heritage of Liverpool and is a vehicle from which unnecessary violence could derive.” wrote one person today (Wednesday, August 12.)
“This is a march to incite racism. This kid has sent serious threats to our mayor and our city. Why hasn’t he been arrested?” asked another in a tweet, also posted today.
“I am a Christian minister and a supporter of Liverpool’s Jewish community,” tweeted a third.
But these voices of reason are being drowned out by the vicious anti-Semitism and racist garbage being fired across the Internet by neo-Nazi organizers and White Supremacists.
The Meyerside Jewish Representative Council asked the Chief Constable to exercise his powers under Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986 to restrict the planned march.
Instead, the community activist group is asking Murphy to force the neo-Nazis to hold their demonstration at a location away from major thoroughfares and residential areas, for a short time and restricted to a small number of participants.
In addition, the Jewish group has called on Meyerside Police and the Liverpool City Council to apply for an injunction against the neo-Nazi event under Part 1 of the Anti-Social Behavior, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
They are hoping to ban the organizers and speakers for the planned march from making or causing to be made or distributing any statement or image likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress; and holding any kind of public assembly within two hundred meters of a synagogue, Jewish cemetery, or Jewish community or cultural center.
The march, organized by Wayne Jarvis of Castleford, is backed by the far-right National Action (NA. Also supporting the march are other racist) and anti-Semitic groups, including the North West Infidels (NWI), the Misanthropic Division and the National Front.
An equally active “Stop the Nazi ‘White Man’ March” movement is organized on Facebook and is urging members to retweet and share posts until gathering at 11am at William Brown Street in Liverpool, an hour before the scheduled start of the neo-Nazi march.
The Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization allegedly is plotting to target Britain’s Queen Elizabeth next weekend.
On Saturday the country will mark the 70th anniversary of the World War II victory in Japan (VJ Day).
British jihadists are allegedly planning to attack the queen at that time through a plot similar to the attack by the Boston Marathon bomber, using a pressure cooker in central London.
UK police received notice of a specific concrete threat made against the Queen herself, according to The Sunday Express.
However, despite having been notified about the potential threat, the Queen has reportedly insisted she attend the events to “honor the fallen.”
On Saturday Her Majesty is scheduled to attend a service at St. Martins-in-the-Fields at Trafalgar Square.
The service will be followed by the Horse Guards Parade, a flypast and a wreath-laying ceremony before veterans and current troops are paraded down Whitehall and Westminster Abbey.
A number of other members of the royal family are also expected to attend the events as well, including Prince Charles – another reported target of the terrorist organization.
Thousands of spectators are expected to line the streets around Whitehall and Westminster Abbey during the festivities.
Prime Minister David Cameron, members of the Armed Forces and more than 1,000 veterans of the Far East campaign and their families will be among the attendees, who are also are considered to be possible targets of the terrorists, according to the report.
S01 Specialist Protection, which provides security for Prime Minister David Cameron and other government dignitaries, will be providing coverage for the events, along with Scotland Yard’s Royal Protection unit, SO 14 and the Home Office.
Britain’s Foreign Office issued a travel alert Monday for citizens vacationing in Turkey, warning against “all but essential travel to certain regions.” British nationals are also being told not to go within 10 kilometers (approx. 6 miles) of the Turkish border with Syria.
“There’s been a lot of trouble in Turkey of late,” according to a spokesperson for the Foreign Office who spoke with the UK Daily Express.
Britons in Turkey face a “high” threat from Da’esh (ISIS), according to the alert, which warned its citizens that Turkey is continuing to launch air strikes against the terror organization.
Ambassadors from all 28 member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are in Brussels today (Tuesday, July 28) for an emergency meeting requested by Turkey last week under Article 4 of NATO’s founding Washington Treaty. Turkey requested the meeting due to the increasing danger facing its troops — posed by ISIS (“Da’esh” in Arabic), and by attacks from the PKK Kurdish Workers’ Party terror organization.
UK officials are becoming increasingly concerned that Da’esh will retaliate against Turkey, thus involving at least some Britons. More than 2.5 million British tourists visit the country each year.
“There’s a high threat from terrorism in Turkey. There are active terrorist groups throughout the country,” the Foreign Office said.
“These include domestic religious extremist and ideological groups, and international groups involved in the conflict in Syria.
“Attacks could be indiscriminate and could affect places visited by foreigners.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron is winning international kudos for his fight against anti-Semitism, with World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder speaking out to praise the UK leader for his new proposal to fight Islamic extremism.
“We congratulate Prime Minister Cameron for his strong stand against anti-Semitism and Muslim fanaticism. The resurgence of anti-Semitism and the spread of Islamic extremism across Europe is particularly troubling and Mr. Cameron’s plan takes a vital step toward combating these destructive forces,” said Lauder in a statement hailing the UK leader for the 5-year plan to fight homegrown terrorism he unveiled Monday in a speech in Birmingham.
“You don’t have to support violence to subscribe to certain intolerant ideas which create a climate in which extremists can flourish,” Cameron said. He added that conspiracy theories of a Jewish malevolent power or any Western plan to deliberately humiliate Muslims need to be challenged.
Lauder urged other European leaders to follow the Prime Minister’s lead, noting: “Once again, we are seeing the rebirth of classic anti-Semitic conspiracy mongering targeting Jews across Europe – and it is vital that Europe act now before the situation deteriorates.”
It may not be often that tabloids come across historical photos and films, but it seems that The Sun has done just that with its release of a chilling, 17 second film of England’s Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Edward VIII, giving the camera the Nazi salute.
The Sun insists its aim was not to insult a sitting monarch, since the girl who would become Elizabeth II is only six or seven years old in the footage, and is merely imitating what Edward, then the Prince of Wales, was teaching her to do, but it raises the specter of the Windsor family’s haunted past, particularly Edward’s Nazi sympathies.
The grainy film was shot in 1933 or 1934, when Hitler had risen to power, and had been stored in an archive for decades. Buckingham Palace reacted with a dismayed public statement over the release of the clip, which they consider exploitative. They also raised questions as to how the film clip got into the hands of The Sun, since it was in the archives and was the property of the royals.
Stig Abell, managing editor of The Sun, defended his decision to print the film, telling the BBC, “I think the justification is relatively evident–it’s a matter of national, historical significance to explore what is going on in the 30s ahead of the Second World War. We’re very clear we’re not, of course, suggesting anything improper on the part of the Queen.”
The film the Sun used was a copy, according to the Sun, and the original remains locked in the palace archives.
King George VI and his wife, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later to be known as The Queen Mother), raised the morale of Britons during the Nazi air raids on London, and so it is unlikely viewers would come away with the suspicion that the future queen harbored Nazi sympathies. Hitler’s rise to power was meteoric, and the characteristic hand salute might have been seen as something “trendy,” without the suspicion of the destruction and genocide the Nazis would perpetrate. Also apparent in the film is that the motivation for the salute is coming from the Prince of Wales, who would become King Edward VIII for less than a year, in 1936.
Prince Edward is seen with his sister-in-law the Queen Mother and her children playing with corgies on the grounds of Blamoral. Prince Edward lifts his arm in a Nazi salute, then the Queen Mother follows, and finally, Elizabeth. The others repeat the gesture, with 3 year old Margaret briefly lifting her arm in a semi-salute.
Dr. Karina Urbach, Senior Research Fellow at the University of London Institute of Historical Research, said that, given Prince Edward’s well-documented Nazi sympathies, it appears in the film he is quite intentionally teaching the children the Nazi salute.
Juliet Gardner, another Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research said, “It’s an insight into British attitudes at that time in 1933, long before anyone realized Hitler’s designs on Europe. It is absolutely right that the public sees it.”
The Star also rattled the Nazi skeleton in Windsor family closet a decade ago, when it published a photo of a 20-year old Prince Harry, third in line for the British throne, wearing a desert Nazi uniform and a swastika armband, at a friend’s birthday party. The theme of the party was colonialism, and Harry’s brother William made the much more diplomatic choice of dressing up like a lion.
Jewish groups were incensed, particularly given the proximity of the event to the 60th commemoration ceremony of the liberation of Auschwitz.
A spokesman for the Board of Deputies of British Jews said at the time, “It’s no joke to dress up as a Nazi, especially as we come up to the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It is important that everyone remembers the evil the Nazis were responsible for.”
Jewish and veterans’ groups accepted Harry’s apology–he expressed regret for causing offense and said “it was a poor choice of costume,” but then Tory leader Michael Howard said Prince Harry should have offered the apology in person.
Edward VIII’s Nazi sympathies were hardly a secret, although this new clip is the first photograph of him giving a Nazi salute; it was known he saluted Hitler when the two met, in 1937.
Edward was the son of King George V and Queen Mary, and his father despaired of his son’s dissolute and irresponsible ways. Prince Edward was known for being a womanizer, and his disinclination to conform to the royal rules was the reason he abdicated in 1936, after which he became the Duke of Windsor. During his short reign, he caused a constitutional crisis by marrying the twice divorced American Wallis Simpson. The marriage conflicted with his role as titular head of the Church of England, because, at the time, the church forbade remarriage of a divorced person whose ex spouse was still alive.
Less than a year after his abdication, the Duke of Windsor and the Duchess met with Adolph Hitler. It was believed that the Duke was favoring fascism over Communism and might even seek an alliance with a Germany to pursue Russia. It is believed that Hitler wanted to reinstate the Duke of Windsor as king and Albert Speer quoted Hitler as saying the abdication made things harder for the Nazis: “I am certain through him, permanent, friendly relations could have been achieved. If he had stayed, everything would have been different. His abdication was a severe loss for us.”
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor traveled throughout Europe until 1940, when Prime Minister Winston Churchill was notified that the Duke was possibly involved in Nazi intelligence and might have been giving away military secrets.
Churchill threatened the Duke with a court martial if he failed to return to Britain, and later made him governor of the Bahamas. Serving in that capacity, Edward despaired of having to deal with “negros” who “seem unable to rise to prominence without losing their equilibrium.”
He blamed labor unrest on “mischief makers–communists–men of Central European Jewish descent who had secured jobs on a pretext of obtaining deferment of draft.”
Even as late as 1941, Edward said, “Hitler is the right and logical leader of the German People,” although he later claimed he had been misquoted.
According to the Daily Mail, Edward did say that “Hitler was not such a bad chap.”