An alternative AFP headline could have been something like Britain Scales Back Controversial War Crimes Law, with a justifiable sub headline like Universal Jurisdiction Used To Target Israeli Diplomats, Undermine Relations And Counter-Terrorism Cooperation.
But why miss a chance to hint that Britain is debasing itself at the feet of the Jewish State, and at the expense of human rights?
Britain placates Israel with war crimes arrest law change LONDON (AFP) – Britain sought Wednesday to soothe strained ties with Israel by publishing an amendment to a law that puts visiting officials at risk of arrest for alleged war crimes, sparking outrage from rights groups… The move was welcomed by Israel, whose politicians and officials have been targeted by warrants brought by pro-Palestinian campaign groups, but Amnesty International said it gave war criminals a “free ticket to escape the law”… Last month Israel postponed all strategic dialogue with Britain in protest at the so-called law of universal jurisdiction.
Even more than the AFP, it’s the UK Sunday Times that kind of has an obsession with this magical yet intolerable world where obsequious “placating” of Israel drives UK domestic policy. Sure Britain’s universal jurisdiction law was an absurd piece of legislation that objectively hurt the country. But because it was also a piece of anti-Israel legislation, apparently that was reason enough to keep it (though in fairness, since Israel is responsible for radicalizing British Muslims, it’s only fair that they come in for some domestic legal hiccups).
But really, why must Britain insist on not attacking Israel on every front all the time, thereby eroding its alliance with Jerusalem?
One theory is that the country is in the octopus-like grip of their own Israel Lobby, and that only a Jewish conspirator would imply otherwise. But those might just be delusions of venomous bigots who need to see constant incitement against – and attacks on – the Jewish State. If they don’t get their anti-Israel thirst constantly sated, they assume it’s because the Jews are in control of everything.
On the other hand, there is definitely an argument to be made – as borderline genocidal and pro-Hezbollah as many Middle East British diplomats are – that something really is holding them to their merely intermittent diplomatic broadsides against Israel. Octopus-like grip.
And yet the “you’re all bigots” critic might suggest, maybe it’s just that counter-terror cooperation is important to high-ranking British officials, and that functionally banning Israel’s government, opposition, and military officials from the country doth not a warm bilateral relationship make. If there was a reason that UK officials might need advice on how to deal with home-grown terrorists, that would certainly be suggestive.
Not that the AFP or the Sunday Times were even engaging in that debate. They’re just snidely gesturing in one direction.
* The Hidden Costs of Jew-Baiting in England [PJM]
* Israel halts ‘special strategic dialogue’ with Britain to protest arrest warrants [Ha'aretz]
* Britain placates Israel with war crimes arrest law change [AFP]
* Miliband moves to placate Israel over Tzipi Livni arrest warrant [Sunday Times]
* Attorney General Baroness Scotland may block Israeli war crimes warrants [Sunday Times]
* I’m Going To Miss Westminster Abbey – Britain Hands Itself Over To Radical Islam, Blames Israel [Mere Rhetoric]
* Another Vast Jewish Conspiracy [WSJ]
* Mr. Pollard You’ve Been Eating Too Many Kosher Pies [CiF Watch]
* AP: British Diplomat Who Screamed For Israel To Be Wiped Out Was “Criticizing Israel’s Conduct” (Plus: British Anti-Semitism Now Kind Of An Everyday Thing) [Mere Rhetoric]
* UK envoy says regrets offense over Fadlallah blog [YNet]
* Meridor cancels UK visit for fear of arrest [YNet]
* Most Islamist terrorists in UK are born here [Independent]