Avi Dichter, the Israeli internal security minister, has cancelled a trip to Britain over fears that he could be arrested for war crimes at the behest of pro-Palestinian groups. Dichter, a former director of the Shin Bet domestic spy service, was to have taken part in a London conference on Middle East .
Dichter was one of the planners of the assassination of Saleh Shehada, a Hamas commander, in 2002. Shehada, and 14 Palestianian civilians, were killed by an Israeli air strike. Doron Almog, an Israeli ex-general involved in the Shehada assassination, narrowly avoided arrested when in London in 2005.
He avoided arrest by returning to Israel after being warned that a British magistrate had ordered his detention. After Almog’s near-arrest, Tzipi Livni, the Israeli foreign minister, asked British judicial authorities to review laws allowing magistrates to issue such arrest warrants. Livni repeated the request during a visit by David Miliband, the British foreign secretary, last month, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported.
Well only their war criminals, meanwhile beware the lyrics you write because as opposed to actually killing people words are far more criminal. Now please shudder along with me when you read this quote from the judge and realise the dystopia our best writers warned us of, is here and now-
“The Terrorism Act and the restrictions it imposes on the personal freedom exist to protect this country, its interests here and abroad, its citizens, and those who visit here. Its protection embraces us all. Its restrictions apply to us all, whatever our personal religious or political beliefs.”
Go on read it again slowly, feel the warm embrace of its protection, those loving restrictions that protect us all.
In a statement, the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Samina Malik was not prosecuted for writing poetry. Ms Malik was convicted of collecting information, without reasonable excuse, of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.”
Gosh I wonder what ‘reasonable excuse’ would be accepted, knowing that could be the difference between freedom and house arrest now. Just to be safe maybe we all need to start writing hack action thriller terror porn novels where the hero is a nice white SAS type protecting pasty western folk from evil swarthy hordes. That way any knowledge of…erm…anything can be put down to research into the amorphous enemy whose destruction we seek to celebrate in our thrilling page turner. Some possible titles:- Black Op Sierra Seven, Free Fire Zone, The Basra File, Incoming, Death Death Death!- a John Bullet Adventure, Full Metal Casket, BloodFire, DeathKill 4- Tactical Response…etc.