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RECKLESS AND INDEFENSIBLE

Posted in ONLINE DEBATE, U.S. POLITICS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2017 by drjgelb

Betrayal Backlash: Obama, Kerry Slammed and Schooled on Israel By Top Senate Democrat – by Guy Benson

30th December 2016

It’s not just conservatives who are furious with the Obama administration’s shameful betrayal of Israel at the United Nations shortly before Christmas — a number of leading Democrats are criticizing the move, which lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say further undermines both Israel’s security, as well as America’s bipartisan pro-Israel consensus. In his long-winded and unproductive speech this week, outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry spent an inordinate amount of time fixating on the issue of Israeli settlements, going out of his way to lambaste the “right-wing” government that Israeli voters have elected:

“The Israeli prime minister publicly supports a two-state solution, but his current coalition is the most right wing in Israeli history, with an agenda driven by the most extreme elements,” Kerry said. “The result is that policies of this government, which the prime minister himself just described as more committed to settlements than any in Israel’s history, are leading in the opposite direction. They’re leading towards one state.” Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Kerry pointedly noted, opposes a two-state solution, as do other members of the governing coalition.

Many Israelis see the two-state solution as an unrealistic pipe dream so long as Palestinians doggedly refuse to even recognize Israel as a Jewish state at all, with less than a quarter of Palestinians polled in favor of an outcome in which Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish nation.  Indeed, Kerry had barely finished speaking when a Palestinian official reiterated his side’s opposition to Israel’s existence, saying that the Secretary of State’s words changed nothing.  Those stark realities notwithstanding, Kerry invoked the word “settlements” more than 40 times during his address, while mentioning “Hamas” just four times. A few thoughts:

(1) It’s difficult to overstate the backwardness of a worldview that obsesses over Israel’s settlements — including housing developments within the Jewish Quarter of its own capital city — while paying relatively scant attention to the Palestinians’ anti-peace extremism. They will not recognize Israel as a legitimate Jewish state. They will not foreswear violence. They will not stop teaching their children to hate Israel and glorify the killing of Jews. They will not stop calling for the destruction of the state of Israel. These are the true, intransigent, violent barriers to peace, not Israeli settlements. These truths should be very obvious — and they have been to US policymakers for decades. That’s why the United States has always held the United Nations’ virulently anti-Israel jackals at bay in Security Council proceedings. Until this administration’s disgraceful abstention and alleged whipping of anti-Israel votes among other members last week, that is.

(2) Perhaps voters in Israel elected a harder-line government (in spite of, or perhaps because of, accusations of Obama administration meddling against Benjamin Netanyahu, whom Obama reportedly loathes) due to a prevailing suspicion that the Obama White House does not have Israel’s back. Obama has a long history of pandering to Israel’s adversaries, then brokered a disastrous nuclear deal with Iran, which Israel’s leaders understandably view as an existential threat to their people. Is it any wonder that faced with these global headwinds and historically-hostile American posture, Israeli voters would err on the side of electing a muscular government that prioritizes the safety and security of its citizens? The Obama administration has actively helped to isolate Israel on the world stage, and Israelis doesn’t trust American leadership right now. Kerry’s bemoaning of their electoral decisions is therefore ironic; Obama’s actions empowered the so-called “hardliners.”

(3) Crucially, there is a very relevant (and fairly recent) history lesson here that is evidently lost on Obama and Kerry’s “Smart Power” set.  It lays bear the foolishness and myopia of the ‘settlements’ tunnel vision. We’ve seen this movie before, and some of us remember how it played out — including incoming Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. It’s astonishing that this even needs to be said, but it does:

Israel’s government unilaterally uprooted all settlements in Gaza back in 2005, forcibly removing thousands of its citizens from their homes in pursuit of peace. After the Israelis fully withdrew, the Palestinians in Gaza burned all Israeli remnants (including valuable resources) to the ground, then elected Hamas terrorists as their “government,” which has fired thousands of rockets at Israeli civilians and constructed terror tunnels.
Settlements are not blocking peace. The Palestinians are, because their leadership in Gaza and the West Bank — who have joined together on a number of occaions to form pro-terror unity governments — do not want peace.  Which is why the Obama administration’s decision to make Israel’s life even harder by validating Palestinian narratives among the international community is so reckless and indefensible.

SLAVERY, TERRORISM AND ISLAM: THE HISTORICAL ROOTS AND CONTEMPORARY THREAT – Book by Dr Peter Hammond

Posted in GUN CONTROL, CRIMINAL JUSTICE & THE HORRORS OF THE ADVERSARIAL SYSTEM!, MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2016 by drjgelb

 

Credit to Dr Peter Hammond:

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Islamisation begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges. When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse (multicultural) societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components tend to creep in as well.  

     
Here’s how it works:

As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 3% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving Minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in:      
                 United States — Muslim 2%
                  Australia — Muslim 2.5%
                  Canada — Muslim 2.8%
                  Norway — Muslim 2.8%
                  China — Muslim 2.9%
                  Italy — Muslim 2.5%        
       
At 3% to 8%, they begin to proselytise from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs.
               
                  This is happening in:
               
                  Denmark — Muslim 5%
                  Germany — Muslim 6.7%
                  United Kingdom — Muslim 7.7%
                  Spain — Muslim 8%
                  Thailand — Muslim 7.6%
       
       
From 8% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply.      
    
                 This is occurring in:       
       
                  France — Muslim 12%
                  Philippines — 9%
                  Sweden — Muslim 8%
                  Switzerland — Muslim 8.3%
                  The Netherlands — Muslim 8.5%
                  Trinidad Tobago — Muslim 10.8%  

 
       
At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.        
       
When Muslims approach 15% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris, we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam, with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam.

Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections, in:         
       
                  Guyana — Muslim 15%
                  India — Muslim 19.4%
                  Israel — Muslim 16%
                  Kenya — Muslim 18%
                  Russia — Muslim 21%        
       
After reaching 25%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:    
       
                  Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%         
       
At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:        
       
                  Bosnia — Muslim 40%
                  Chad — Muslim 53.1%
                  Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%        
       
From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non- believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:         
       
                  Albania — Muslim 70%
                  Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%
                  Qatar — Muslim 77.5%
                  Sudan — Muslim 70%        
       
After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in:         
       
                  Bangladesh — Muslim 83%
                  Egypt — Muslim 90%
                  Gaza — Muslim 98.7%
                  Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%
                  Iran — Muslim 98%
                  Iraq — Muslim 97%
                  Jordan — Muslim 92%
                  Morocco — Muslim 98.7%
                  Pakistan — Muslim 97%
                  Syria — Muslim 90%
                  Tajikistan — Muslim 90%
                  Turkey — Muslim 99.8%
                  UAE — Muslim 96%        
       
100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace.. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in:     

    
       
                  Afghanistan — Muslim 100%
                  Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%
                  Somalia — Muslim 100%
                  Yemen — Muslim 100%        
       
Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons.      

 

“Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; the tribe against the world, and all of us against the infidel”. — Leon Uris, ‘The Haj’        
       
It is important to understand that in some countries, with well under 100% Muslim populations, such as France, the minority Muslim populations live in ghettos, within which they are 100% Muslim, and within which they live by Sharia Law. The national police do not even enter these ghettos. There are no national courts, nor schools, nor non-Muslim religious facilities. In such situations, Muslims do not integrate into the community at large. The children attend madrasses. They learn only the Koran. To even associate with an infidel is a crime punishable with death. Therefore, in some areas of certain nations, Muslim Imams and extremists exercise more power than the national average would indicate.       
       
Today’s 2 billion Muslims make up 28% of the world’s population. But their birth rates dwarf the birth rates of Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and all other believers. Muslims will exceed 50% of the world’s population by the end of this century.        
       
Adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond’s book: 
“Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat”. 

 

MIKE HUCKABEE LOVES ISRAEL AND IS SICKENED BY THE IRAN DEAL!

Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS with tags , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2015 by drjgelb

This article appeared in The Jerusalem Post today:

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has come under fire from both Jewish groups and the Democratic party after comparing America’s nuclear accord with Iran to the Holocaust.

Speaking with Breitbart News Saturday, the former Arkansas governor called Barack Obama “feckless” and “naive,” adding that by signing the deal the President “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

“This is the most idiotic thing, this Iran deal. It should be rejected by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and by the American people. I read the whole deal. We gave away the whole store. It’s got to be stopped,” he said.

Huckabee’s comment drew immediate condemnation from the Democratic National Committee, the National Jewish Democratic Council and the Anti-Defamation League.

“From questioning President Obama’s religion to questioning whether or not President Obama loves America to asserting President Obama isn’t an American, we thought we had seen everything from the Republican Party and its presidential candidates,” said DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

“But now, the most liked Republican presidential primary candidate Mike Huckabee said that President Obama is marching Israelis to ‘the door of the oven’. This rhetoric, while commonplace in today’s Republican presidential primary, has no place in American politics. Cavalier analogies to the Holocaust are unacceptable. Mike Huckabee must apologize to the Jewish community and to the American people for this grossly irresponsible statement.”

The NJDC demanded that Huckabee’s fellow Republican candidates denounce his statement in the strongest terms.

”Far, far too often, this organization has found itself forced to denounce politicians for invoking the Holocaust in inappropriate and offensive ways. These comments by Gov. Mike Huckabee, however, may be the most inexcusable we’ve encountered in recent memory,” the group said in a statement which accused Huckabee of callous disregard for the memory of Holocaust victims.

“Whatever one’s views of the nuclear agreement with Iran – and we have been critical of it, noting that there are serious unanswered questions that need to be addressed – comments such as those by Mike Huckabee suggesting the president is leading Israel to another Holocaust are completely out of line and unacceptable,” said ADL national director Jonathan A. Greenblatt.

Huckabee has been an outspoken supporter of Israel and has visited the country several times in recent years.

During a 2014 press conference in Jerusalem, Huckabee also critiqued American Middle East policy, saying that he didn’t think that talks were “going anywhere at all.”

“Nothing has been asked of the Palestinians – nothing. Not one thing. And until there is some understanding that there must be recognition by the Palestinians of the Jewish state’s right to exist, I’m not sure what there is to discuss or negotiate.”

He added that he was flabbergasted that Israel is being pressured by the international community to negotiate with an adversary that will not concede its very existence, and teaches its children to celebrate terrorism.

“It’s very difficult to negotiate with someone who doesn’t believe you have a right to exist,” he said.

Daniel K. Eisenbud contributed to this report.

Some of the Comments below the article were moronic and I had to respond:

XLupusX, you and the ADL are ignorant in the extreme! Mike Huckabee began travelling to Israel at age 17yrs and has loved Israel ever since! He has been to Israel over 42 times!! He is very well known by Members of Knesset and  PM Netanyahu & has been recently honoured as the 3 millionth member of Stand Up For Israel in a live Internet broadcast watched by people the world over. He knows Israel and Israeli & Diaspora Jews like the back of his hand. He speaks to thousands of ordinary Israelis and Jews via Social Media (& on FNC until his announcement as a candidate). He has been misunderstood as insincere in these comments ONLY by those who don’t know how much good he has done for Israel and what a great supporter he has been for Israel. He knows the history of the Middle East accurately and comprehensively and can demolish detractors’ lies with real authority. Your insults are offensive lies and thousands of Israelis would be happy to put you straight on Mike Huckabee in a heartbeat!

  • ps. Mike Huckabee has taken the measure of the Mullahs & I would suggest we LISTEN to him over Obama & Kerry or pay a very high price! Iran will get a bomb in 10yrs or less. One H-Bomb will repeat the Holocaust by killing everyone in Israel! Understand that you progressive morons!!

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EXTRAORDINARY OPEN LETTER FROM AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI’S NEPHEW TO OBAMA: STOP NUCLEAR DEAL

Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS with tags , , , , on May 12, 2015 by drjgelb

An open letter to President Obama was posted on an Iranian website (khodnevis.org) today from Dr. Mahmoud Moradkhani — the nephew of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.  This letter is explosive and tells Obama, in essence, that the ayatollah, his uncle, is lying in negotiations, practicing the Shia doctrine of taqiyya in which it is permissible for Muslims to lie to the infidel for the advancement of Islam.   He advises the president not to pursue his nuclear deal with Iran and to focus on the atrocious human rights record of that country.  

Let’s allow the doctor to speak for himself:

Dear Mr. President,

I am presenting this open letter as one of the serious opponents of the Islamic republic of Iran on behalf of the like-minded opposition groups and myself. Because of my knowledge of this regime, especially of Ali Khamenei who is my uncle (my mother’s brother), I see it as my duty to inform you about this regime and the issue of nuclear negotiations with the Islamic regime of Iran.

Let me at first inform you that the regime that falsely calls itself a republic came to power in 1979 by deceiving Iranian people and the world through provoking Iranian people against the regime of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and gaining the support of the world community.

The tragedy of Cinema Rex*, believing in Khomeini’s words and then establishing a backward regime that is violent, medieval and against all international laws are all results of Iranian people and the world community being deceived. We are witnessing that not only a rich and cultured country like Iran has become a victim of this regime but also the Middle East and the whole free world. The intervention of Ali Khamenei’s regime (following Khomeini’s footsteps who had no other intention other that domination of Iraq) in Lebanon, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria is more than obvious. As if these were not enough, he has now added the Arabian Peninsula to that list.

In any case, this regime has done great damage to Iranians and to the international community.

We can find a historical example of this kind of deception prior to the Second World War. Hitler manipulated and deceived German people and European countries and the hesitation in addressing the problem with Hitler led to a great disaster.

Due to the changes in time, the domain of the disaster might become limited now but breach of human rights is the same, regardless of the number of people who become victimized in the process.

Ali Khamenei and his collaborators know very well that they will never become a nuclear power. They certainly do not have the national interest of Iranian in their mind; they just use the nuclear issue to bully the countries in the region and export their revolution and middle-aged culture to other countries. Obviously, you and European countries do not give the Islamic regime any concession unless you are certain that they comply with the agreement. The Islamic regime of Iran will certainly prolong the verification period the same way that they have delayed and prolonged the nuclear talks. It is in this period that the wounded regime will retaliate with its destructive policies.

The countless breaches of human rights violations, spreading of Islamic fundamentalism, intervention and creating crisis in the Middle East are all unacceptable and contrary to democratic and humane beliefs of yours and ours.

While we can, with some measure of decisiveness and courage, uproot the wicked tree of the Islamic regime of Iran, just settling for cutting its branches is nothing more than avoiding responsibility.

It is clear that the eradication of the Islamic regime of Iran is the responsibility and mission of Iranian people and specially the opposition abroad; however, by putting obstacles in front of Iranian people and the Iranian opposition abroad one prevents them from doing their task.

The Islamic regime of Iran, based on their deceptive nature have sent their mercenaries abroad and even managed to recruit and manipulate some American-Iranians. Individuals who out of self-interest are lobbying for the Islamic regime of Iran and hiding its true nature and giving a false picture of its intentions; in the same manner that while Khomeini was in France, the so-called Iranian intellectuals did not let people of Iran and the world, realize the true meaning “the Islamic republic”. Those so-called intellectuals polished the remarks of Khomeini and converted them to positive, popular, strong and victorious ones.

We see that unfortunately in your country and your state media (the Persian section of Voice of America) and especially in UK (the Persian section of BBC) the remarks of the opposition of Islamic regime of Iran are being censored and instead the indecent habit of analyzing and relaying statements of the Islamic regime of Iran have become a norm.

I have a deep understanding and insight of the habits, morals and true indentions of this regime and I find it necessary to let you and the world know that the true evil of the Islamic regime of Iran is far more damaging and dangerous to be resolved by just signing an agreement.

People who have always lied, deceived and believe in Taqiya**, people whose main goal is supremacy and domination over others can never be trusted.

Instead they should be confronted with the very basic principles that have led to their criminality

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  • To put an end on breaching of human rights violations; in other words, an end to Qisas***, random executions, discrimination, suppression of dissent, media repression, religious and ideological hegemony.
  • Devolving power to the people and the abolition of restrictive laws, such as mandatory supervision in elections.
  • Giving freedom to religious minorities and repealing laws limiting the choice of thought and religion.
  • Non-interfere policy toward governments of countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen.
  • Cancelling the assassination orders of dissidents in the world that have resulted in the killing of journalists, writers and even cartoonists.

I believe that any agreement or concession that is not associated with these basic conditions in reality will only be assisting this regime in achieving its indecent goals.

The possible disaster following this kind of hesitation will be similar to the historical mistake made prior to the Second World War.

Ali Khamenei will not be satisfied with the little that he has today and surely, and in all secrecy, at the first possible moment will attempt to bully and dominate.

Removing the crippling sanctions without fundamental changes in this regime will not be in Iran’s interest and will only facilitates the Islamic regime of Iran in reaching its objectives.

United States of America and Europe should not jeopardize their long-term interests due to short-term ones.

There are powerful and pro-active forces in the Iranian opposition and if the censorship of the media that are supporting the Islamic regime of Iran were to be removed, the opposition can easily organize and assist the powerful civil disobedience of Iranian people.

Iranian people want peace and freedom; without this regime not only can they ensure the resurrection of a civilized country but also a peaceful region.

Yours respectfully

Dr.Mahmoud Moradkhani

MAINSTREAM MEDIA COMMENTERS RIP INTO ME FOR DOUBTING OBAMA AND IRAN!

Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 7, 2015 by drjgelb





Below is my response to commenters who ripped into me and Israel for expressing grave doubts regarding the so called “DEAL” with Iran:



“Iran has deceived the West for decades and dozens of IAEA inspectors have said so publicly. The current head of the IAEA says he is sounding an “alert to the world” that Iran must not be trusted. I certainly don’t hate Persians…….I despise the Ayatollahs that have turned that country into a theocratic prison. The 2009 election is a perfect example of what the clerics think of their own youth…..they killed them on the streets for protesting electoral fraud! Supporters of Obama have very short memories. Unlike many politicians, when Ayatollah Khameini repeatedly calls Jews the cause of all the worlds’ problems and swears that he will destroy Israel, you would be a fool not to believe him. Hitler told Germans exactly what he planned for Europe’s Jews….a Jew free Europe! 



By 1939, it was clear that didn’t mean putting them into refugee boats and sending them elsewhere but the world DID NOT take him at his word. Same thing now…..so sad that you are willing to risk so many innocent people. Islam demands the death of all Jews….read the Qur’an, Haddiths, Islamic Jurisprudence, Reliance of the Traveler, ask Al Azhar University…..all agree with one voice, Sunni or Shi’ia, the Jews must be destroyed if Judgement Day and ascension to Paradise is to occur. Ignorance of Islam (which I have studied extensively), is leading you down a path of believing Iran’s dissimulation. Perhaps you are unaware that Islam allows four specific, named types of deception of Infidels in order to defend Islam and further its goals. The Iranians used these strategies without diplomats recognising their origin, as they have done for years. Mark this post of mine for future reference. 



Remember that 1/2 the 1.6B Muslims on earth are illiterate and many more cannot speak or read Arabic. Very few of these people know what is really in the Source Documents of Islam. I suggest to all to take the time to read and study the life of Muhammad and the underlying aims and tenets of Islam. The reference materials are freely available. Then, once you have a proper understanding of Islam, read the published manifesto of the Muslim Brotherhood, of the Ayatollahs and of Al Queda’s seven stage plan for world Islam. This is no joke…….go read what Churchill, who studied Islam closely, said about the threat of Islam, beginning in 1899 and continuing all his life! As far as Iran defeating ISIS, Iran wants hegemony over the Arabian world and the destruction of Israel. They are using ISIS as a decoy for their true goals. Ask Charles Krauthammer and General Dempsey, former Joint Chief of US Armed Forces. Look up their comments on You Tube. Stop with personal opinion…….read, listen, watch and learn!” 

IRAN MAKES ITS INTENTIONS OF NUCLEAR GENOCIDE OF ISRAEL CRYSTAL CLEAR

Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS with tags , , , on February 1, 2015 by drjgelb
I have written to my Member of Federal Parliament as follows: 


Hon. MP Kelly O’Dwyer,

Current U.S. administration negotiations with Iran are a farce and Obama clearly sees no urgency in preventing Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.

The Iranian video below, like Ayatollah Khamenei’s published plan to annihilate Israel, amounts to global forewarning of its intentions.

Ignorant arguments that Iran would be committing national suicide, demonstrate a total failure to understand ISLAM and the crucial difference between suicide and martyrdom. In Islam, Jihaddist Martyrs are never called “suicide bombers”. That term is a Western invention to give an understandable name to a 1400yr old honourable way of reaching paradise. Iran cannot wait to destroy Israel, no matter the cost! They believe that any number of martyrs is worth fulfilling Muhammad’s command to destroy the Jews and that by doing so, Shia Islam will prove itself the only true Islam. 

Australia must speak up and do all in its power to prevent Obama et al fiddling while Iran plans nuclear genocide. 

Watch the video and be very alarmed.

Your feedback would be very much appreciated.

Kind Regards, 


Jerry Gelb

PETITION TO REFER THE ISLAMIC STATE’S LEADERSHIP TO THE ICC

Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2014 by drjgelb

I signed an online petition today that has collected tens of thousands of signatures calling for international partners to refer the Islamic State to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. A few hours after I signed the petition, this automated reply from the British Foreign Secretary arrived:

“Thank you for your email.

The Foreign Secretary is receiving a large volume of emails on Iraq and abuses being carried out by actions by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). He regrets that he is unable to reply personally to each one.

The Foreign Secretary shares the concerns of many in the UK about the suffering of civilians in Iraq and condemns in the strongest possible terms the atrocities that are being committed by ISIL. They are targeting people of all religions and ethnicity, different ages, male and female, including the most vulnerable.

We now have confirmed reports that ISIL continues to kidnap large numbers of people, mostly women, and credible information that women and children are being held by ISIL in a number of locations. We have confirmed reports that some women have been executed, possibly because they refused to change their religion, while others have been sold or allocated as slaves. We are also receiving distressing reports from displaced persons fleeing ISIL of family separation and their heinous crimes.

We utterly condemn the acts of horrific violence and slavery reportedly being carried out by ISIL in areas under its control. These are serious breaches of the Geneva Conventions and all parties to the conflict must do everything in their power to prevent them and to protect the civilian population.

The Government is working closely with the United Nations, the Iraqi authorities and international partners to ease the humanitarian situation in Iraq, including providing humanitarian support assistance to displaced people, many of whom have been the victims of ISIL’s abuses and persecution.

Internationally, the UK chaired an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on 7 August to discuss ISIL’s attacks and the humanitarian situation. The UK Government has driven UN Security Council Resolution 2170, which was unanimously adopted at the UN Security Council on 15 August. This builds on our strong contribution to the humanitarian response to the current crisis in Iraq by providing measures to choke ISIL’s recruitment and financing and sanctioning ISIL individuals.

Any decision to refer to the International Criminal Court must be made on the basis of what will be the most effective means to bring the perpetrators of these atrocities to account. We will look at every available option to ensure accountability and to work with our international partners on what can be done to both assist the victims and to bring those responsible to justice.

If you have contacted the FCO as a member of the public, thank you for your email. Your email will be forwarded to the relevant part of the FCO for reply.”

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