Tony Greenstein | 09 April 2018 | Post Views:

Akehurst Justifies Israel’s Terror in Gaza and its Murder of Unarmed

Dylan Thomas wrote that ‘the hand that signed the paper felled a city’.  I doubt if Luke Akehurst, a former member
of Labour’s National
Executive Committee and an aspirant to succeed John Spellar as MP for Warley, has
killed anyone. However he has done his best to encourage, support and justify
the murder of innocent Palestinians.  Those
legally minded may recall that Julius Streicher, the Editor of Der Sturmer, was hanged at Nuremburg for
Crimes Against Humanity, even though he too was not judged to have personally
killed anyone.  Indeed the charge was
invented to convict him.

Luke Akehurst’s willingness to
justify and gather support for Israel’s use of live fire against peaceful
demonstrators makes him no different from the war criminals who pull the
trigger.  If anything he is more culpable
than the snipers who execute their orders.
Luke Akehurst has no problem with Israel using live ammunition against these demonstrators
I suggest that people use the link on Akehurst’s ‘We Believe
in Israel’ site to email MPs, but delete the Zionist message in the letter and
explain why you are opposed to Israel’s war criminals shooting unarmed
demonstrators and explaining why you have deleted Akehurst’s previous
message.  Akehurst also asked that people
contact him with responses.  Maybe you
might like to send this wretch a response!
Luke Akehurst is Director of We
Believe in Israel and a stalwart of Labour First.  A former arms salesman Akehurst sent out an
email at the weekend asking people to send an identikit letter to MPs defending
Israel’s gunning down and murder of 27 unarmed Palestinians and the wounding of
over one thousand more in Gaza during the last week.  Every last lie and pretext, every dishonest
subterfuge and circumlocution was used as Akehurst blamed the people who had
been murdered or wounded.
Akehurst’s email was entitled:  ‘Please email your MP to ask them to condemn
Hamas for provoking violence on the Gaza border.’  You would be forgiven for having thought that
Hamas had done the shooting.  Perhaps Hamas had kidnapped thousands of Palestinians
and forced them to march to the fence surrounding Gaza? 
an injured demonstrator is carried away
The Zionists are fond of accusing Palestinian
supporters are engaging in ‘conspiracy theories’ but could there be any more
malign and sinister conspiracy theory than depicting the demonstrators in Gaza as
puppets of Hamas?  The idea that people
willingly walk into a free fire zone because Hamas has told them to is
reminiscent of the darkest days of the British Empire when hundreds of
demonstrators were mowed down by the British at Amritsar.
Akehurst has the racist mindset of
all apologists for colonialists.  The
indigenous people only rise up against those who have dispossessed them because
they are put up to it by ‘others’.  They
are too uncivilised and child-like to have a mind of their own.  This is classic Kipling territory.
Akehurst’s wretched racism with Gideon Levy’s heart felt words in Ha’aretz yesterday:

hard to understand how one can look at tens of thousands of people in their
cage and not see them. How is it possible to look at these protesters and not
see the disaster wrought first and foremost by Israel?

B’tselem, an Israeli human rights group issued a call to soldiers not to fire on
unarmed human beings bringing down threats of prosecution on its head.  But Akehurst isn’t in the business of human
rights but defending Zionism and Jewish supremacy in Israel.
If the Labour Party is seriously concerned about racism, as opposed to
the fake anti-Semitism it embroils itself in, it would immediately suspend Luke
Akehurst for his anti-Palestinian racism. 
By way of contrast Jeremy Corbyn sent a good message to the 2,000 plus
demonstration outside Downing Street at the weekend.  It is actions such as this which lie behind
the fake anti-Semitism campaign and which guarantee why this particular show is
set to run and run.
I have asked for this statement
to be read at today’s demonstration supporting the Palestinian people in Gaza:
The killing and wounding of yet
more unarmed Palestinian protesters yesterday by Israeli forces in Gaza is an
The majority of the people of the
Gaza Strip are stateless refugees, subject to a decade long blockade and the
denial of basic human and political rights. More than two thirds are reliant on
humanitarian assistance, with limited access to the most basic amenities, such
as water and electricity.
They have a right to protest
against their appalling conditions and the continuing blockade and occupation
of Palestinian land, and in support of their right to return to their homes and
their right to self-determination.
Firing live ammunition into
crowds of unarmed civilians is illegal and inhumane and cannot be tolerated.
We stand in solidarity with the
Israelis who have taken to the streets this last week to protest their
government’s actions.
The silence from international
powers with the responsibility of bringing a just settlement of the
Israel-Palestine conflict must end.
The UK government must support
the UN Secretary-General’s call for an independent international inquiry into
the killing of protesters in Gaza and review the sale of arms that could be
used in violation of international law.
The events in Gaza and the threat
of renewed conflict underlines the urgent necessity of genuine negotiations to
achieve a viable two-state settlement that delivers peace, justice and security
to both Palestinians and Israelis.

and Occupied Palestinian Territories
 – Amnesty International Statement (excerpts)

The Israeli
occupation of Palestinian territory (the West Bank including East Jerusalem and
the Gaza Strip) is in its fifth decade and the undercurrent of violence and
inherent abuses of fundamental human rights and disregard for international law
inherent in any long-standing military occupation is presented by both sides.
Both Israeli and Palestinian civilians continue to bear the brunt of the
violence in the region.
Human rights
violations by Israeli forces in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) have
included, but are not limited to, home demolitions and the forced eviction of
Palestinian families; punitive arrests, unfair trials, ill-treatment and
torture of detainees and the use of excessive or lethal force to subdue
nonviolent demonstrations as well as the use of restrictive legal means. In
contravention of international law, Israel continues to build parts of the
wall/fence in the OPT, expand settlements and use draconian restrictions on the
movement of Palestinians with some 600 roadblocks and checkpoints. Amnesty
International is also concerned about discriminatory policies affecting access
to water for Palestinians.
In areas under
control of the Palestinian Authority, concerns include, but are not limited to,
excessive use of force, arbitrary arrests, ill-treatment, torture and the use
of administrative detention to jail individuals without charge or trial. Some
detainees also do not receive adequate medical attention.
A ceasefire
between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip in effect
since 2009 has been generally respected. The Gaza Strip has been under
increasing restrictions since 2005, when Israel unilaterally pulled troops and
settlers out of the strip. June 2007, restrictions tightened to an almost
air-tight blockade, deepening the hardship there and virtually imprisoning the
entire population of 1.6 million.
maintains effective control over Gaza, controlling all but one of the crossings
into the Gaza Strip, the airspace, territorial waters, telecommunications and
the population registry which determines who is allowed to leave or enter Gaza.
Therefore, Israel is still considered the occupying power and is responsible
for the welfare of the inhabitants in the strip under international
humanitarian law.
authorities rejected or delayed hundreds of permit applications to leave Gaza
by Palestinians requiring specialist medical treatment; a few died as a result.
Most of Gaza’s inhabitants depend on international aid, which is severely
hampered by the blockade. In May 2010, Israeli forces killed nine men aboard an
aid flotilla in international waters that was challenging the blockade’s
Palestinian photojournalist Yaser Murtaja soon after he was shot in the chest during clashes at the Gaza border Friday April 6, 2018.IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA/רויט

Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja was sh ot in the chest and died despite wearing a clearly visible press jacket
Israel claims to have Gaza are just one more lie
In 2005 Israel pulled out its
troops from Gaza.  Not in order to allow
the people of Gaza to live their own lives in peace but in order to better
control them from the outside.  Gaza was
turned into an open air prison, an area in which to test different weaponry, a
live firing range.
As Amnesty International maintains
above, in terms of international law Israel is the occupying power, preventing
access to the territory by sea, air and land. 
It maintains a Population Registry and uses this to control who goes in
and out.
The extent to which Israel maintains
control is shown by the following story in Ha’aretz.  A Palestinian couple based in Germany want to
marry in the West Bank where the man’s family is.  Although the bride, Abu Nada, has lived in Germany
for over a decade, Israel has her still registered as living in Gaza.  Gazan’s aren’t allowed with rare exceptions
to go to the West Bank and certainly not her family.  Israel has therefore, callously and
bureaucratically refused permission for them to marry amongst family and
friends.  The reasons?  None are given but all this is, of course,
done in the name of security.  No doubt
the execrable Luke Akehurst would approve.

Refuses to Let Palestinian Couple Living in Germany Wed in West Bank

The Civil
Administration says the bride is registered as a resident of the Gaza Strip,
even though she left more than a decade ago


  Apr 08,
2018 1:37 AM
Ala Abu Nada and Omar Mohsan

Civil Administration is not allowing a Palestinian couple who live in Germany
to hold their wedding ceremony in the West Bank, saying the bride is registered
as a resident of the Gaza Strip even though she left more than
a decade ago.               
Civil Administration in the West Bank informed the two that they “do not meet
the criteria” for obtaining entry permits, but gave no further details. The
couple, who hold Palestinian identity papers and have been living in Germany
for years, have postponed their wedding indefinitely.
Abu Nada was born in Gaza and left in 2004 for Germany, where she grew up and
now lives. She met Omar Mohsan, a Hebron resident who went to Germany to study
engineering, at a Palestinian convention in Malmo, Sweden. Last year the two
asked the Civil Administration for permits allowing the Abu Nada family to
travel from the Gaza Strip to Hebron so they could attend the wedding.
a letter, the Civil Administration said that because the bride’s request was
denied there was no reason to approve travel permits for the family. It added
that travel from Gaza to the West Bank for the wedding of immediate family
members is only approved when either the bride or the bridegroom are West Bank
residents who live there.
a conversation with Haaretz from Germany, Abu Nada said she met Mohsan two
years ago when she was 18.
talked to my parents, who live in Cologne, and then we got engaged,”
she said.
To this very moment we don’t know why they denied us entry. We only want to
get married and return to Germany. It’s my dream to meet Omar’s family and
celebrate my wedding there.”
Nada said the wedding had been planned for April 6. She said the Israeli
authorities had not contacted her and she only heard about the refusal through
the Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, a nonprofit organization that
is helping the couple.
Ala Abu Nada and Omar Mohsan
have never been to the West Bank,”
she added.
at Gisha said Abu Nada was indeed registered with the Civil Administration as a
Gaza Strip resident but has not lived there for 14 years. She is not requesting
exit permits from Gaza for herself.
attorney Osnat Cohen-Lifshitz, the head of Gisha’s legal department, put it,
“You can be an adult American-born citizen but for Israel you remain a
Palestinian and that’s how you’ll be treated. You can’t enter through
Ben-Gurion Airport, and you’ll be subject to their system of permits. The
origin is the dominant factor there.”
to Cohen-Lifshitz, the difference in this case is that the request is for Gaza
residents who wish to enter the West Bank. For the Civil Administration that
does not fit any category.
says Abu Nada and her family’s requests met the necessary requirements because
permits for a wedding of an immediate family member are “on the list.” “It’s
one of the main criteria,”
she said.
Mohsan, Omar’s father, said his son wanted to come for seven to 10 days in
order to have a party and then return and finish his studies. He believes his
son will stay in Germany when he finishes his degree.
he’ll come once a year or every year and a half for a visit,” the father said.
“You know how it is.”
its part, the Civil Administration said Abu Nada’s request was received in
September and was examined by the relevant authorities.
request did not meet the criteria and the permit was denied,”
it said.  

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