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Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16

12.21.2009

Hamas claims responsibility for organizing arrest warrant campaign, opening door for pearl-clutching over 'virus of abuse' toward Israel

1. Hamas, apparently in a burst of power over other countries judiciaries, admits masterminding arrest warrants of Israelis abroad

Hamas admits to being behind the legal proceedings initiated in Europe in which arrest warrants were issued for Israeli public figures for committing war crimes.

The British newspaper The Times spoke with Diya al-Din Madhoun, who heads the Hamas committee set up to coordinate the campaign, in occupied Jerusalem.

About a week ago, an arrest warrant was issued against Israeli Opposition Chairwoman Tzipi Livni, who served as foreign minister during Operation Cast Lead that killed more than 1400 Palestinians, including 420 children and injured over 5300 others. It seemed as if the effort to put Israeli leaders on trial was continuing full force ahead. Madhoun told the Times, "All the political and military leaders of the occupation in our sights”, although he did not specify its future targets. “This has absolutely become our policy,” he said.

The Hamas committee, which was formed after Operation Cast Lead, is composed of legalists and experts. The team put together 1,500 cases in just a few months and has encouraged victims to submit complaints against Israeli leaders in countries like Britain, Spain, Belgium, and Norway.

Their objective is to facilitate between these victims of crimes and the legal institutions of Europe, which could help file complaints. "We do this as a government trying to protect our people and prevent these massacres from recurring," said Madhoun.

“These reports show that it is not human rights that drive these suits but an anti-Israeli campaign at the service of Hamas,” Yigal Palmor, the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, said.


source: al manar tv


2. Ambassador: UK gripped by 'virus of abuse' toward Israel



LONDON - Israel's ambassador to London said Monday there was a "virus of abuse" towards his country spreading through Britain as he slammed those behind an arrest warrant for former foreign minister Tzipi Livni.

It comes after the director of a committee set up by the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip said it was providing information to European lawyers investigating alleged war crimes by Israel in the Gaza war.

Livni, the leader of the Kadima main opposition party and the foreign minister during the conflict, cancelled a trip to London last week after an arrest warrant was issued against her by a British court, sparking a diplomatic row.

An "obsession to delegitimise and demonise the Jewish state" was now daily routine in Britain, Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor wrote in The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

"A virus of abuse towards Israel and Israelis has spread throughout British public life.

"When this obsession leaps from the campus soapboxes to courts, the British public can no longer ignore the alarm bells.

"In this instance and at a time when both Israel and Britain find themselves confronted by terrorist foes, their sympathisers are cynically abusing Britain's legal system.

"The scandalous treatment of Mrs Livni is another example of 'lawfare', waged for the sole purpose of delegitimising the State of Israel and its leaders.

"The fanatics who specialise in hounding Israelis are the first to defend the worst abusers of human rights and decency.

"As ever, where attacks on Israel are concerned, double standards, hypocrisy and irony are never far away."

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