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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Treating Israel as a banana republic

The insufferable Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief, protested on Wednesday against the conviction of Abdullah Abu Rahmeh, a leader of the weekly attacks on IDF troops near the village of Bil'in to protest the 'security fence' (Hat Tip: Shy Guy).
In a strongly-worded statement, Catherine Ashton said she was "deeply concerned" by the guilty verdict against Abdullah Abu Rahmeh, one of the organizers of weekly marches from the Palestinian village of Bilin to the Israeli-built West Bank barrier nearby.

Israel started taking a harder line against demonstrations in the West Bank late last year, arresting activists and keeping protesters from reaching the barrier. Abu Rahmeh, a 39-year-old schoolteacher, is among the most prominent of those detained in a string of arrests.

Jailed since December, he was convicted in a military court Tuesday of inciting protesters to attack Israeli troops and for participating in protests without a legal permit. The case has drawn international attention, and foreign observers and reporters attended the hearing.

The EU sees the barrier's route as "illegal" and views Abu Rahmeh as a "human rights defender committed to nonviolent protest," Ashton said.

Ashton suggested the conviction was "intended to prevent him and other Palestinians from exercising their legitimate right to protest against the existence of the separation barriers in a nonviolent manner."
Israel's Foreign Ministry hit back.
Ashton's statement drew a sharp rebuke from Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor, who said Israeli law guarantees freedom to protest and that the EU diplomat's "interference with a transparent legal procedure is highly improper."
Abu Rahmeh could (and hopefully will) be spending the next several years in jail.

But when you agree to a UN commission examining your own internal probes of IDF actions (see: "Mavi Marmara"), you cannot be surprised when the 'international community' thinks that they can treat you as a banana republic and your courts as kangaroo courts.

What could go wrong?


At 1:09 AM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

When total morons like her are in gov you know the waste has already hit the fan!

She has got where she is by being an obedient little apparatchik for the National Socialist liebour party in UK. She has zero education and is a marxist cypher who has never done a day's real work in her life. She is a typical ugly-as-hell commie who is being told what to do by the nazis in the Foreign Office in London!

At 3:00 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel doesn't even have the right to convict and imprison Arabs who incite violence against IDF soldiers.

Lady Ashton needn't worry; there's a good chance Comrade Dorit Beinisch of Israel's Supreme Court will oblige her upon appeal.

What could go wrong indeed

At 12:53 PM, Blogger HermitLion said...

Israel has every right to do whatever it pleases with hostile colonizers of enemy states - namely the entirely Muslim middle east and North Africa.
Unfortunately, it does not exercise that right properly, which is why its own, non-Muslim, law-abiding citizens have to pay for a gigantic fence to keep those 'non violent peace activists' at bay.
Fortunately, they can still steal our cars, drain our meager water supplies, build on state lands, rape our daughters, shoot us on the roads, and launch rockets on our homes. Since you obviously care about them deeply, Norman, care to adopt a few million lawless marauders?
I hope you have a large back yard, and a daughter or two to offer them as well.


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