Human Rights Law Is Undermining UK Democracy (Express)

By Stephen Pollard
January 3, 2012

My column from today's Express is here.


Chris Tucker (not verified)

Wed, 01/04/2012 - 18:35

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"But the idea that he should gain residency through an international human rights treaty is simply perverse."

I totally agree. It makes the idea that a country grants not only residency but automatic full citizenship to someone, on the grounds that that they are vaguely ethnically related to people that lived there thousands of years ago, seem almost rational.


Fri, 01/06/2012 - 12:58

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Human Rights Law - horrible stuff.

Far better to permit only those of one religion to come and live here (irregardles of where they were born) and kick out those who were born here or whose parents were born here because they are of a different religion. Now that is a fair system.


Fri, 01/06/2012 - 13:27

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srael created in the Occupied Territories a regime of separation and discrimination, with two separate systems of law in the same territory. One system, for the settlers, de facto annexes the settlements to Israel and grants settlers the rights of citizens of a democratic state. The other is a system of military law that systematically deprives Palestinian of their rights and denies them the ability to have any real effect on shaping the policy regarding the land space in which they live and with respect to their rights. These separate systems reinforce a regime in which rights depend on the national identity of the individual.

Under this regime, hundreds of thousands of dunams of land populated by Palestinians have been stolen. This land has been used to establish dozens of settlements and to populate them with hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens. As a rule, Israel prevents Palestinians from entering these lands and using them. The existence of the settlements brings with it the violation of many human rights of Palestinians, including the right of property, the right to equality, the right to a suitable standard of living, and the right to freedom of movement. The extreme change that Israel has made in the map of the West Bank prevents any real possibility to establish an independent, viable Palestinian state in the framework of exercising the right to self-determination.

The settlers, on the other hand, benefit from all rights given to citizens of Israel who live inside the Green Line, and in some instances, even additional rights. The great effort Israel has expended in the settlement enterprise - financially, legally, and bureaucratically - has turned the settlements into civilian enclaves within an area under military rule and has given the settlers a preferred status. To perpetuate this unlawful situation, Israel has continuously violated the Palestinians' human rights.

Stanley Walinets

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:03

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rushkin is absolutely right. The land of Israel, formerly known as Palestine, is heavilly populated by Jewish immigrants - yes, immigrants - who have come from all over the world. What would Mr Pollard say if suddenly Israel started to expel all those immigrants (HIGHLY unlikeley, I know!)? Would he then call in their rights to stay under international HR laws? A worrying question for him, I'm sure...

Mr Pollard really ought to refrain from identifying himself with the Daily Excess (sorry, Express). It is a rabid right-wing tabloid interested only in arousing hysteria among its readers at any half-truths it thinks make good headlines. It wouldn't even let itself be judged by joining the rest of the UK's papers on the Press Complaints Commission. It's owner, ex-porn publisher Richard Desmond, perhaps understandably would rather not be judged even by his fellow Press magnates...

It really does our cause as serious Jews no good, by having our respected JC Editor support this rag. I realise by saying this that this is the last time the JC will print letters from me - but it's the truth! Think about it, Mr P?


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