I am not sure if this change would eliminate war crimes laws altogether,
or just for Israelis. Either way, it is a stark change in policy.
UK considers curbing citizens' right to arrest alleged war criminals
The government is considering weakening laws designed to capture alleged
war criminals and torturers who enter Britain, after pressure from the Israeli
government, the Guardian has learned.
The changes would bar individuals from seeking international warrants for
the arrest of people suspected of serious human rights abuses. The government
has confirmed that Israeli officials have lobbied for changes in the law,
which has kept some of their military officials away from Britain in case
there should be an attempt to arrest them.
The proposals follow Israeli anger after an attempt was made to arrest one
of their senior retired generals, Doron Almog, at Heathrow last September.
He was tipped off that police were waiting to arrest him for alleged war crimes
in Gaza. He stayed on the El Al plane and flew back to Israel. The warrant
was issued by Bow Street magistrates, central London, after an application
from lawyers representing Palestinians who say they suffered because of the
Israeli general's alleged illegal orders.
Mayor of old London Town, Ken Livingston, made the point that some British
folk can go and join the IDF, promptly go about mass-murdering people then
come back to Blighty and no-one bats an eyelid - yet, try doing the same thing
if it's seen as not on behalf of Western interests ie 'islamic suicide bombeing'
etc - a different kettle of bananas all together
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