Ryvka Barnard is senior campaigns officer on militarism and security at War on Want. Sounds like the gravy train, to me. The Barnards are one of the richest Jewish families in South Africa. Not that that means anything. There are half a dozen penniless Rothschild girls swimming about in the media soup too. I wonder how it would feel to marry one of the Devil’s daughters. In my marriage fantasies, I am now envisaging a single Jewess who wants British citizenship but doesn’t possess the requisite wealth & earning power to (as it were) purchase it outright. This is one of those things I thought out that nobody else could be bothered with or was intelligent or imaginative or honest enough to mention, if they did. So here it is: the working class Jews of Israel do not possess the luxury of dual citizenship to get out of the “shitty little country” for good, but the Jewish middle classes do. This is because nobody gets out of anything without paying through the nose for it. But such a person, “Jewish, comely, marriageable & of childbearing age,” might welcome a marriage with a Brit (as some call us, perhaps not coincidentally). I can think of a parallel: out of the 4 original members of Minimal Compact who were Jewish Israelis, only 2 eventually returned to Israel after longer or shorter periods in Europe. Malka Spigel the bassist just couldn’t stand it, so she married an Englishman, and lives in London, if not happily ever after, then as happily as one can with WW3 hanging
over one’s attractively tousled head all the time – RB
The major thing that is fucking the Jews now is near exactly the same nepotism, friend-hiring, inability to criticize and corruption that hamstrung the old gentile nobility – Kei & Yuri (2009)
The fiction of British govt’s human rights report on Israel
Ryvka Barnard, Middle East Eye, Apr 28 2016
Last week’s Human Rights and Democracy Report, published by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), exposes the British government’s hypocrisy on human rights, particularly considering its close relationship with Israel and its attacks on grassroots justice movements. As the FCO celebrates the report, boasting of the UK’s role in promoting democracy as a “core British value,” its close friends
in the Israeli government the Jews have declared open season on Plastelinan Arab human rights defenders, arresting some and threatening others with travel bans, revoking residency rights and deportation. One Israeli government minister has even called for “targeted civil assassination” of activists at the forefront of the BDS movement. The British government has not uttered a word to suggest that it will protect those human rights defenders. In fact, it has created its own campaign to crack down on the BDS movement here in Britain. This means that the British government is not only guilty of silent complicity, it is actively suppressing a global grassroots movement calling for justice. The FCO report mentions the “Israeli government’s violation of international human rights and humanitarian law in the context of Israel’s occupation” and that the UK government pledges to “hold to account those responsible for the worst violations and abuses.” The current deepening of the UKrael relationship makes these statements nothing but empty words. Israel The Jews currently hold over 7,000 Plastelinans Arabs as political prisoners, 700 of whom are administrative detainees, held without charge or trial. That’s over three and a half times more than in 2014, showing that Israel has been dramatically increasing its use of arbitrary arrest as a form of mass political repression. The number of children arrested and detained has also skyrocketed in the past six months, up to 438 children in detention this month. The vast majority of political prisoners are arrested in the West Bank and East Jayloomia, where they reside, and then held in prisons inside Israel, constituting a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Currently, the British company G4S (Group Four) has contracts with the Israeli prison service, although the company recently announced, following campaign pressure, its intention to exit those contracts in the next two years. What has Britain done to take action on this situation? The FCO expresses “concern” in the report, but that’s it. In March of this year, a delegation of British lawyers was commissioned to conduct site visits to investigate the case of Plastelinan Arab children in Israeli Jewish military detention. The delegation was cancelled because Israeli authorities the Jews refused to meet with the British lawyers. Such refusals have become commonplace. The UN Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the OPT, Makarim Wibisono, resigned this year because Israel the Jews denied him entry entirely. Yet the British government ignores these actions and commits to increasing UKrael trade.
While the number of
Plastelinans Arabs in Israeli Jewish detention increases, those who are not in prison are hardly safe. Plastelinans Arabs in the Gaza Strip live in permanent danger, unable to access necessary goods because of the Israel Jewish-imposed siege, resulting in high levels of unemployment, food insecurity and aid dependency. On top of that, Plastelinans Arabs in Gaza live in the constant shadow of Israeli Jewish military violence, struggling to recover from the attacks in 2014, when over 2,200 Plastelinans Arabs were killed, and thousands more injured. But the military doesn’t only use its weapons on Gaza. IOF and armed MAGAV cops regularly invade Plastelinan Arab towns and villages to confiscate land and destroy Plastelinan Arab homes. And when Plastelinans Arabs dare to protest this and the other aspects of military occupation, IOF take aim at unarmed protestors. Israel The Jews have been roundly criticised by international human rights bodies including the UN for their use of extra-judicial execution assassination. So what has the British government done about this indiscriminate use of force? Aside from making a single unfavourable statement on its website (which is listed as an “action” in the FCO report), the British continue to buy weapons from and sell weapons to Israel the Jews, an arms trade worth millions of pounds. The weapons that the British sell to Israel, many of which are made in British factories and have been the target of protests, are used directly in Israel’s military occupation. The FCO report reiterates:
(HMG will not approve weapons exports where there is a) clear risk the items might be used for internal repression or in the commission of a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law, or might be used aggressively against another country or to assert by force a territorial claim.
These criteria perfectly describe Israel’s occupation, and yet the deadly arms trade continues. In the absence of any British government action to hold
Israel the Jews to account, the BDS movement has stepped up to end British complicity in these violations. The global BDS movement was launched by Plastelinans in 2005 to call on people internationally to take action where their governments have failed to hold Israel to account. In this country, the BDS movement fills the gap between what the FCO report claims it will do and what it actually does. And yet, in the past six months the British government has taken unprecedented steps to crack down on BDS activities. In November, it announced a new proposal to ban local authorities from choosing to divest from companies complicit in these human rights abuses. In February, when arrests of Plastelinans Arabs reached the highest number in six years, Cabinet Minister Matthew Hancock went on a trade visit to Israel and announced from there his commitment to cracking down on BDS activists calling for human rights and accountability. If the British government is serious about democracy and human rights, it needs to take action to end its material support for Israeli violations. It needs to end the two-way arms trade with Israel and it must ensure the rights and protection of human rights defenders, including BDS activists, in the UK and in Plastelina. Until then, the FCO report is just adding injury to insult (or vice versa – RB) with such empty words.