Bad news on Cameron


By Miriam Shaviv
July 27, 2010
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There has been quite a lot of comment today excusing, or at least trying to play down, David Cameron's line on Gaza - "a prison camp". He was just telling the Turks what they want to hear; he is trying to keep the Turks onside to stop them moving any further towards Iran and Syria; he has been spending too much time with Nick Clegg.

Sadly, judging by Cameron's comments on east Jerusalem, which he boasted about in the FT in March, I think he means it. When it comes to Israel, at least, his true colours are red.

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yankeeuxb (not verified)

Tue, 07/27/2010 - 16:17

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It could also be that, like the majority of world opinion, David Cameron believes that Gaza is an open prison. Infact it's the biggest open prison in the world. The only territory in the world that is denied access to its own sea.
The only territory in the world were the population are collectively punished.
The only territory in the world that is under seige.

And damning Israel's brutal, medieval seige of Gaza and the equally brutal occupation of The West Bank does not make Cameron a 'red', an 'anti - semite', or a 'terrorist lover'. Nor does it mean he is 'sucking up' to Muslim opinion. Plenty of non - muslims recognise the injustice of the occupation and the seige.

He simply recognises the whole, nasty inhumanity of the situation and the injustice being perpetrated against the Palestinians.

(but then again they do have their own 'Brent Cross' so perhaps it's time to tighten the noose a bit more and bomb a few more civilians)


clevenson (not verified)

Tue, 07/27/2010 - 18:46

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Exactly. If the Gazans were Jewish there would be no problem. Unfortunately they were born Palestinians.
Maybe Israel should sell some weapons to Madagascar in exchange for the population of Gaza being transferred there.


amber

Tue, 07/27/2010 - 19:44

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Perhaps Cameron could have taken the opportunity to ask Erdogan about Turkey's illegal occupation of Northern Cyprus, its bombing raids on Kurdish villages in northern Iraq, or its military assistance to Syria, which is currently, as we speak, slaughtering hundreds of Kurds, to silence from people like clevenson and yankeeuxb, both of whom have a selective and hypocritical concern for humanity.

Such hypocrisy!


Advis3r

Tue, 07/27/2010 - 21:33

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@yankeeuxb another blinkered terrorist lover. Gaza is not an open prison - Egypt could open its border anytime it chooses. Israel is in accordance with International Law legally maintaining a blockade against the Gaza Strip from which unprovoked rocket attacks have been made against its citizens and because the so called "democratically" elected terrorist entity which runs it refuses to renounce terrorism and calls for the murder of Jews and the destruction of Israel. A reminder the Germans elected Hitler as the Chancellor of Germany when the allies maintained a blockade of Germany was that collective punishment? The Gazans know what they need to do - arrange for Gilad Shallit to be freed unharmed, get rid of Hamas and put a government in charge which wants to reach a genuine peace settlement with Israel - simple!


Jonathan Hoffman

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 05:15

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Cameron is focus-group driven. This speech was ignorant and designed to keep the LibDems onside and appeal to Muslim voters.

Those who agree with me should write to their MPs.

Melanie Phillips has a great piece on it:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/6171324/weep-for-britain-1940...

I would still rather have this government than Labour. At least they seem genuinely committed to reforming Universal Jurisdiction.


happygoldfish

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 08:49

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the chief feature of a prison is that 99% of the residents don't want to live there at all … not that they want to get out at weekends, or for two weeks holiday a year, or to attend family birthdays or go fishing … they want to live somewhere else

(i'm saying only "99%" because in most prison there are some "institutionalised" prisoners, who can't cope outside and on release commit an offence to get back in)

most of the residents of gaza do want to live there

cameron seems to think that gaza is the only prison in the world most of whose whose residents want to live there

cameron, that's not a prison!


Yvetta

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:03

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I too prefer this government to Labour, in view of that Universal Jurisdiction business. But Cameron is awful.


clevenson (not verified)

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 13:40

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I am sorry to ask this question but have any of you been to Gaza in the last 3 years? You might then just know what you were talking about.


yankeeuxb (not verified)

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:20

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OK, so all the war crime apologists repeat the mantra that Gaza is not a prison camp (despite evidence to the contrary provided by the UN, the Red Cross, Amnesty, B'tslem, War on Want, Cafod, UNWRA and hundreds and hundreds of others)then why can't people leave or enter?

Why is the West Bank still occupied? (no Hamas in the West Bank)
Why are there illegal settlements in the West Bank?
(no Hamas in the West Bank)
Why are there hundreds of road blocks in the West bank?
(no Hamas in the West Bank)
Why is there a huge wall, barbed wire, electric fence, watch towers in the West Bank?
(no Hamas in the West Bank)

Why are thousands of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, many of them in administrative detention?

Why were Turkish activists shot dead in international waters?
(no Hamas in international waters)

Why was Tom Hurndall shot in the head?
(no Hamas in Gaza at the time)

The list of atrocities is simply endless . . . . .


NicoleS

Fri, 07/30/2010 - 15:25

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yankeeuxb: Why...? Why...? Why...? Because Israel occupied the West Bank in a defensive war and the Palestinians have refused to agree to any peace terms that they have been offered. Israel will pull out of the West Bank when her security is guaranteed. It is the Arabs who are not keen to make peace.

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