You might have heard about the UK warrant to arrest the former Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni (ציפורה מלכה לבני). This is interesting, so how does it work?
1- The legal concept is based on "universal jurisdiction" which states that some alleged crimes are so grave that they can be tried anywhere, regardless of where the offences were committed. 2- Current UK law supports this. 3- If Ms Livni travels to the UK, she could face arrest. 4- This is based on Ms Livni's involvement during Israel's war on Gaza.
The reactions from around the world are very interesting:
1- The BBC basically tries to argue that the UK laws are a joke and Palestinians are trying to sabotage "respectful" Israeli politicians. 2- No mention in two of the BBC's news reports about the Palestinian point of view, as if it was the Palestinians that waged war on Israel in the first place over Gaza and not vice versa. This type of journalism is clearly one-sided. Not even a name is mentioned. However all the big names are mentioned on the other side such as Netinyahu, Miliband and Ian Lewis. 3- Where was the UK (Israel's "strategic partner") when Gazans were being bombed by Israel's superior military (ironically called the Israeli Defence Force)? 4- Israel is playing the bully as usual, as if they were forced into this war. Reminds me so much of the Nazis really. "I'm only taking orders". 5- The UK bends over backwards to please Israel.
Here are some of what the BBC had to say:
1- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8413234.stm Israel fury at UK attempt to arrest Tzipi Livni. Ms Livni said the court had been "abused" by the Palestinian plaintiffs who requested the warrant. "What needs to be put on trial here is the abuse of the British legal system," she told the BBC.
(BuJ: hmmm, so in Israel people can be put on trial for winning a legal battle in another country?)
2- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8415161.stm UK ponders law change after Tzipi Livni arrest warrant The government is "urgently" looking into reforming the law after a UK court issued an arrest warrant for former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni. Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Israel was a "close friend" of the UK's and stressed he was keen to "avoid this sort of situation arising again". UK Foreign Office Minister Ivan Lewis: "This can never ever happen again"
(BuJ: Seriously, the UK has been caught with its trousers down. Surely, the law needs to be reformed if these kinds of charges can be brought up against a respectable world leader. However, if the ONLY person successfully tried under this law is an Israeli, then surely one has to look at what the Israeli did before pointing the finger at the law. If the warrant was against the Foreign Minister of Iceland, the world will probably assume it's a typo of some sort!)
Perhaps the law will be changed in the UK. And perhaps Israel will stop killing innocent people. Soon.
Final quote: "Israeli government experts on international law have advised cabinet ministers with a security background and senior IDF officers not to visit Britain, Spain, Belgium or Norway because in these countries they risk being arrested on charges of alleged war crimes through “universal jurisdiction” laws." (Source: wiki)
Surely Spain, Belgium and Norway (in addition to the naughty UK) should look into reforming their laws against abuse by "terrorists".