Caabu Press Release: Caabu Director slams the British government for turning blind eye to racist positions of new Israeli government
12 January 2023
In an interview with the BBC, Caabu Director, Chris Doyle slammed the British government for turning a blind eye to the racist positions of the new Israeli government. The new Israeli coalition’s platform as tweeted by the Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu claims that the Jewish people “have an exclusive and unquestionable right to all areas of the Land of Israel”. This denies even Palestinian citizens of Israel basic rights let alone those living under occupation. The Israeli authorities are following this up with actions to forcibly evict Palestinians from areas of occupied territory such as Masafer Yatta, and areas of occupied East Jerusalem, all war crimes under international law.
The coalition includes senior Israeli Ministers who have openly advocated for the expulsion of ‘disloyal’ Arabs and the shooting of Palestinians for just throwing stones. Members of the Knesset from the ruling parties have also made disgraceful comments with no sanction as yet. Likud MK, Hanoch Milwidsky said: “I prefer Jewish murderers to Arab murderers and as a general rule in the Jewish state I prefer Jews to disloyal Arabs here.” Limor Son-Har Malech, a Knesset member from Otzma Yehudit argued that "he who murdered an Arab should sit in prison, and he who murdered a Jew should die."
Doyle was scathing of the British government at a time when Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad was in Israel to secure new trade and other deals with the Israeli government. Doyle said that "this cosying up process [is] continuing whilst the Israeli government... is proposing to push forward with major [Israeli] settlement projects including legalisation of outposts.” He argued that instead of making new deals the British government should be making clear that “pushing forward with these illegal actions would actually carry consequences.”
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1) For more information or interviews contact Chris Doyle on +44 (0)7968 040281.