Barefaced lies and hypocrisy

Many independent researchers have called the integrity and independence of the BBC into question and there are numerous examples of BBC bias, misdirection and misinformation but the broadcaster's antics, to fabricate the false narratives of chemical attacks in Syria, reached a new low.

The BBC, along with other Strategic Elite media, have consistently painted a false picture of what's happening in eastern Ukraine, where the civilian population is being bombed and attacked. Immediately after the US fomented coup in Kiev, Russia was held to be the aggressor in spite of all its efforts to mediate for peace, as it had done in the aftermath of the false flag chemical attack in Aleppo, Syria.

Another Big Lie About Ukraine’s War by Eric Zuesse
When the army of the DNI [commonly called Ukraine’s ‘rebels’] are retired Russian military, the West immediately writes about "Russian aggression". And if retired (believe that retired) military mercenaries from the EU are fighting on the side of the APU [commonly called the Ukrainian government], why do the same media not write about "the aggression of the European Union?"

The US and its NATO acolytes, including the UK, have imposed sanctions on Russia, targeting the leadership and those close to Vladimir Putin. Putin's "crimes", according to the BBC, other media and western governments, are:

  • invading Crimea - false
  • invading eastern Ukraine - false
  • bringing down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 - false

Binyamin Netanyahu is guilty of ordering attacks leading to the massacre of women, children and innocents in Gaza, for which there is plenty of evidence, yet a UK petition to the UK government, calling for Netanyahu's arrest for war crimes if he sets foot on UK soil, is being rejected by the UK government which welcomes the Israeli war criminal with open arms. Could it be that, like Washington, Westminster is in Israel's pocket?

The Government has responded to the petition you signed – “Benjamin Netanyahu to be arrested for war crimes when he arrives in London”.

UK Government responded:

Under UK and international law, visiting heads of foreign governments, such as Prime Minister Netanyahu, have immunity from legal process, and cannot be arrested or detained.

The British Government has invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as head of the Israeli Government, to visit the UK in September. Under UK and international law, certain holders of high-ranking office in a State, including Heads of State, Heads of Government and Ministers for Foreign Affairs are entitled to immunity, which includes inviolability and complete immunity from criminal jurisdiction.

We recognise that the conflict in Gaza last year took a terrible toll. As the Prime Minister said, we were all deeply saddened by the violence and the UK has been at the forefront of international reconstruction efforts. However the Prime Minister was clear on the UK’s recognition of Israel’s right to take proportionate action to defend itself, within the boundaries of international humanitarian law. We condemn the terrorist tactics of Hamas who fired rockets on Israel, built extensive tunnels to kidnap and murder, and repeatedly refused to accept ceasefires. Israel, like any state, has the right to ensure its own security, as its citizens also have the right to live without fear of attack.

The UK consistently urged Israel to do everything possible to avoid civilian casualties, to exercise restraint, and to help find ways to bring the situation to an end. The UK continues to urge the parties to give priority to reaching a durable solution for Gaza which addresses the underlying drivers of conflict, and to take the necessary practical steps to ensure Gaza’s reconstruction and economic recovery.

We welcome the fact that Israel is conducting internal investigations into specific incidents during Operation Protective Edge. Where there is evidence of wrongdoing those responsible must be held accountable whatever their position in society. Both parties must also demonstrate robust and credible internal investigations which are in line with international standards. We have also encouraged the Israeli authorities, as we do all countries, to cooperate with the independent Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) regarding the preliminary examination into the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since 13 June, 2014, whilst noting that Israel is not a State Party to the ICC.

The UK is a close friend of Israel and we enjoy an excellent bilateral relationship, built on decades of cooperation between our two countries across a range of fields. Our priority for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains the achievement of a two-state solution, based on 1967 borders. We continue to believe that negotiations will be necessary in order to achieve this, and that both parties need to focus on steps that are conducive to peace. The UK Government will reinforce this message to Mr Netanyahu during his visit

 In the meantime, the leading contender for leadership of the UK Labour party, Jermey Corbyn, has been targeted by the pro-Israeli thought police accusing him of anti-Semitism, the knee-jerk reaction to any criticism of Israel. Speaking truth to power has always been a potentially dangerous occupation.

The rebirth of the Levellers by Edward Vallance
Far from representing a collective political death wish, Corbynmania shows that the spirit of 17th-century radicalism is once again in the air

As Critical Thinking highlighted yesterday, a grown-up conversation (Who rules? Where do they get their power and how it is exercised? How do we devolve power to people?) is long overdue.

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