know what went through the mind of Thomas Mair.
What we do know he was composed enough to answer, in response to a
request to give his name, ‘”Death to traitors
freedom for Britain” As far as he
was concerned Jo Cox, who was well known for her campaigning for and in support
of Syrian refugees, was a traitor.
|Thomas Mair (centre) on a Britain First picket of a Muslim stall – Let’s see Britain First proscribed as a terrorist organisation|
idea that he was suffering from mental health problems is irrelevant. People who are mentally ill don’t carefully
construct a gun from manuals, which they’ve ordered from neo-Nazi sites in
America, they don’t subscribe to Apartheid South African magazines, they don’t
picket Muslim stalls with other members of Britain First.
|Jo Cox 5th from left outside the House of Commons with fellow MPs|
Clegg, aren’t considered mentally ill, though it is highly likely at least one
of them was. They were considered,
rightly, as responsible for their actions and that should be the same with
|Louise Mensch, Zionist and former Tory MP makes excuses for Jo Cox’s murderer – Nick Griffin of neo-Nazi BNP approves of her comments though|
is true though is that Mair was
emboldened to go out, with a knife and a gun and kill Jo Cox because in Britain
at the moment there is a European Referendum campaign in which refugees and
migrants are being demonised.
chance I was in Leeds the very day that Jo was murdered, as I was speaking
there that evening. As I came into the
city I noticed a large poster saying that Turkey was going to join the European
Union (a lie) and underneath that something about 78 million migrants.
anyone bears responsibility for the death of Jo Cox MP it is Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and the Daily Express Editor amongst others, with their toxic and racist campaign. They should be in the dock
alongside Mair as accomplices to murder.
January this year, Sarah Champion (Rotherham) (Lab) moved
that the House consider damning reports into Israel’s system of
martial law that is now in its 49th year, including allegations that “alleged ill-treatment of children during
arrest, transfer, interrogation and detention have not significantly decreased
in 2013 and 2014”. Cox made one of the earliest contributions:
I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. She will be aware
that evidence from Military Court Watch suggests that 65% of children continue
to report being arrested at night in what are described as terrifying raids by
the military. Will she comment on that worrying fact?
was preceded by the execrable Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside)
(Lab/Co-op) who asked Champion if she accepted that “the context in which these situations occur
is an organised campaign conducted by the Palestinian authorities of
incitement, to try to provoke young Palestinians to carry out acts of violence
towards other civilians, some of which result in death, including the death of
was followed by that of Conservative Friend of Israel Vice-Chairman, Andrew Percy (Brigg and Goole) (Con) who
suggested Champion “knows full well
that the difficulty of arresting people during the day instead of the night is
that it has led to deaths and riots. The authorities are operating in a very
is worth noting here that Jo Cox was joined in her condemnation of Israel’s
actions by Naz Shah MP, who made a memorable and complementary
securing this very important debate, and it is a great honour to serve under
your chairmanship, Mr Chope.
will keep my speech very brief. The hon. Member for Brigg and Goole (Andrew
Percy) referred to a doll. I would argue that people do not need dolls to
promote hate and violence. What we have before us in Israel and Palestine is
children between the ages of nine and 12 experiencing discrimination. I have
children of my own who are aged eight and 11, but I cannot begin to imagine the
trauma and the stamp on Palestinian children’s brains and hearts of hatred
towards the Israeli military as they grow up and face discrimination, as well
as the way they are tret in custody. So I would argue that we do not need
recently, Shin Bet told the Israeli Government that Abbas was not encouraging
terror and was actually promoting peace. So, I disagree with my hon. Friends
when they say that the Palestinians are promoting this kind of propaganda.
a former chair of a mental health charity and having my own children, I really
struggle to understand why the Israeli Government and the world are silent on
dealing with the trauma that these Palestinian children are growing up with.
Surely we know that hate breeds hate; laws aside, that is just common sense.
There are children who are blindfolded and tortured. We have got evidence
before us. How can my hon. Friends ignore that? How can anyone even present a
counter-argument to it? We are talking about the basic humanitarian right of
children, which we in this House have signed up to, and we must support these
children with conviction. There should be no excuse for taking children aged
nine away from their homes, detaining them and sending them to prison. That is
assume that she means in any circumstances. Suppose a child was involved in an
act of violence that resulted in the deaths of other human beings. That is what
has happened with young Palestinians throwing stones—people have been killed.
In those circumstances, surely she thinks that there should be detention.
is a tribute from Medical Aid to Palestine to someone who was an outspoken
advocate for Palestine.
team at MAP were saddened to hear about the tragic death of Jo Cox MP.
frequently spoke out in Parliament on issues in Palestine. Below is her
intervention on Gaza made last year.
Cox (Batley and Spen) (Lab): As a former Oxfam aid worker for many
years, I have worked for far too long on and in the conflict that we are
debating, but I still believe that there will be a resolution in my
lifetime—hopefully in the next few years.
of the time constraints, I will focus on three things. First, I would love a
response from the Minister about what confidence-building action the Government
are taking, particularly on Gaza. The Gaza reconstruction mechanism is clearly
not working, but it is also not a substitute for easing the closure. There is a
need for urgent expansion of access to Israeli markets for Palestinian exports.
last restrictions on the export of Gazan products to the west bank.
would like construction materials to be allowed into Gaza urgently. The facts
are clear: only one home has been rebuilt in the past year, since the bombing,
and the projections are that it will take hundreds of years to rebuild at the
current rate. There is a need for materials to get into Gaza so that people can
rebuild their lives. What is the Government’s view on that?
addition, people need to get in and out of Gaza. In 2000 about 500,000 people were
leaving and returning to Gaza, for work or to see family members. This year the
number is 18,000, which is very low, and we need to raise it quickly. We also
need the Israeli Government to continue to believe that there will be a cost to
their allowing further settlement expansion in the west bank. I would love to
know what the Government are doing to get that message clearly heard by the
Israeli Government. I would be interested also in the Government’s view of the
Israeli Government’s silent policy of retrospectively legalising illegal
the allegations—including allegations of war crimes—in the commission of
inquiry’s report must be investigated fully by Israel and Hamas. Both sides of
the conflict deserve access to justice and accountability. For the most part
domestic mechanisms and investigations are poor; they are either rejected
quickly or not run to international standards. Indeed, the report notes that
Israel has a
track record in holding wrong doers accountable” and
that investigation by Hamas is “woefully inadequate”. Following the UK’s
welcome endorsement of the report last week, I would love to hear what the
Government intend to do to support international mechanisms to pursue justice
and accountability, particularly in relation to preliminary work by the
International Criminal Court.