Wednesday, January 14, 2009

British Parliamentarians, Foreign Minister Castigate Israel Over Gaza

The National, January 14, 2009 - A statement by the British foreign minister David Miliband on "the appalling situation in Gaza" drew strong responses from both sides of parliament.

The Labour Member of Parliament Peter Kilfoyle asked the minister to "undertake to ensure that no arms at all go to Israel at the moment, given that it is guilty in many people's eyes of state-sponsored terrorism with its activities in the Gaza strip".

The Conservative MP Sir Patrick Cormack asked the minister to inform Britain's Israeli ambassador "that many of us who have been in this House for a very long time and who have been proud to call ourselves friends of Israel now feel ashamed because Israel is not behaving as a civilised state should behave".

The Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman said: "In congratulating [Mr Miliband] on steering resolution 1860 [calling for an immediate ceasefire] through the United Nations Security Council, may I ask him what the international reaction would be if Hamas had slaughtered nearly 900 Israelis and subjected nearly 1.5 million Israelis to degradation and deprivation? Is it not an incontrovertible fact that Olmert, Livni and Barak are mass-murderers and war criminals - [Interruption.] Yes. And they bring shame on the Jewish people whose star of David they use as a flag in Gaza, but whose ethos and morals go completely against what this Israeli government are doing."

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