Citizen Action Monitor

100,000 UK residents petition for Netanyahu’s arrest for war crimes against Palestinians

But PM Cameron has already said Netanyahu has immunity, justifies Israel’s killings of Gazans as “self-defence”.

No 1443 Posted by fw, September 07, 2015

“Under official procedure, a petition that gains 10,000 signatures receives a government response. As The Electronic Intifada reported, the UK government’s answer last month contained a number of false and contradictory statements, effectively justifying Israeli war crimes…. But the outpouring of support for bringing Netanyahu to justice will clearly be an embarrassment to him and his host, UK Prime Minister David Cameron.”Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada

An August 13, 2015 post noted that nearly 50,000 UK residents had signed the petition: British petition demands arrest of Netanyahu upon arrival in UK next month. It didn’t take citizens long to reach the magic 100,000 signatures, the point at which petitions may or may not be debated in the House of Commons. By the time parliament may get around to debating the matter, Netanyahu will be long gone. As for the petition being an “embarrassment” to Netanyahu and Cameron, don’t count on it — those who lack a sense of moral responsibility are not easily embarrassed.

Click on the following linked title to read the original short article. Below is a repost with a SEE ALSO link to Abunimah previous piece on Cameron’s response to the petition, as required, when it passed the 10,000 signature mark.

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Can UK parliament ignore 100,000 calls for Netanyahu’s arrest? by Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, September 5, 2015

More than 100,000 UK residents are calling for Netanyahu’s arrest during a planned visit to London this month.

The UK parliament may debate whether Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be arrested for war crimes. This is because more than 100,000 UK citizens and residents have signed an official petition calling for the Israeli leader to be arrested when he visits London.

As of early Sunday, there were more than 101,000 signatures on the petition at the parliament’s website.

Under official procedure, a petition that gains 10,000 signatures receives a government response.

As The Electronic Intifada reported, the UK government’s answer last month contained a number of false and contradictory statements, effectively justifying Israeli war crimes.

Several Israeli officials have narrowly escaped arrest in the UK in recent years, often with official complicity.

According to the rules, “Petitions which reach 100,000 signatures are almost always debated” in the House of Commons.

But there is no guarantee this will happen as the petitions committee in the parliament can choose not to have a debate “if the issue has already been debated recently or there’s a debate scheduled for the near future.”

Since Netanyahu’s official visit to the UK is scheduled for this month, it is unlikely any debate would take place before he arrives in London.

But the outpouring of support for bringing Netanyahu to justice will clearly be an embarrassment to him and his host, UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

There are currently four other petitions awaiting debates, including one with more than 415,000 signatures calling on the UK to offer asylum and support to more refugees.

Ali Abunimah is co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine

SEE ALSO

80,000 in UK demand Netanyahu arrest by Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, August 24, 2015 — in an official response containing several false statements, the government of Prime Minister David Cameron asserts that Netanyahu enjoys immunity, and justifies Israel’s destruction and killings of Palestinians in Gaza as “self-defence.” To read the rest of this article, click on the preceding linked title…

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