by Jay Knott
Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
A group of some of Britain’s top lawyers has issued a report critical of the way Israel treats Palestinian children.
It says the Israeli forces
These lawyers are backed by Britain’s Foreign Office, not an organization known for militant anti-Zionism. The above statements err on the side of caution.
Israel claims to be a state committed to the rule of law and international standards. To make good that claim, it must formulate a legal structure for all Palestinian children in compliance with the convention of the rights of the child and international law. Further steps must be taken to close the gaps between the treatment of Israeli and Palestinian children…
whine the lawyers.
These lawyers are clever people. They know as well as I do that Israel is not committed to the same standards as the other Western countries – it’s an overtly racist state. They know that is the reason it mistreats Palestinians – its very existence is premised on ethnically cleansing them. They know that the mistreatment of non-Jewish children is part of the essence of the Jewish state.
Working for the UK government, they can’t really say that. So they confine themselves to half-truths and ineffectual pleading:
The prohibition on violent, threatening or coercive conduct towards children should be strictly observed…
they say, as if Israel is going to listen.
Whom do they think they’re kidding?