Different British attitudes towards the occupation of Ukrainian and Palestinian territories

In my letter to Watford Observer the previous week. But while there have been many serious complaints from Palestinians about the actions of the Israeli security forces over the many years of their occupation, what I was really saying was about the occupation of Ukrainian territory and the of the Palestinian Territory, and the very different attitudes of the British Government towards the occupying countries concerned.

It is important to consider what the Israeli occupation – and according to the United Nations it is an occupation – means in real life for Palestinians.

In February this year, Amnesty International published a report entitled “Israeli apartheid against the Palestinians: a cruel system of domination and a crime against humanity”. In it, he asserts that Israeli laws, policies and practices against Palestinians in the occupied territories – and in Israel itself – amount to apartheid. It explains how “the massive seizures of Palestinian land and property, unlawful killings, forcible transfers, drastic restrictions on movement and denial of nationality and citizenship to Palestinians are all elements of a system that amounts to the apartheid under international law”.

And it’s not just Amnesty International – last year, US-based Human Rights Watch released a report titled A Threshold Crossed, claiming that Israel is committing the crimes of apartheid and persecution in the same places. . “The Israeli government institutionally discriminates against Palestinians,” he writes. Moreover, showing the solidarity of ordinary Israelis for the plight of the Palestinians, the Israeli human rights organization B’tselem published a report last year entitled “A Regime of Jewish Supremacy from the Jordan to the Mediterranean Sea: it is apartheid”. Apartheid is an act committed for the domination of one racial group over another.

For Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to say “There is no friend and ally closer than the State of Israel” is shocking when there is so much evidence of her discriminatory abuses. The British government stands on the wrong side of history on this issue.

Many steps have been taken recently to isolate Russia internationally. On this theme, a broad coalition of Palestinian organizations is promoting a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. And that’s where we come in. In the face of such an alarming attitude of the British government towards this issue, we can act independently – the power of the people. After all, a boycott against South Africa was a method of protest used internationally during the apartheid years there.

The occupations of Ukrainian and Palestinian territories are wrong. My letter asked Tory MP for Watford Dean Russell what his position was on Liz Truss’s condemnation of Russia, but praise of Israel. Before responding, he might want to consult the 280-page Amnesty International report, the 213-page Human Rights Watch report and the B’tselem report, which is available online in English.

K. Gannon


Michael A. Bynum