January 1, 2012
Will the Animosity against Israelis ever End?
On October 6, 2011 Tzipi Livni, former Israeli foreign minister and leader of the Kadima party, met in London with British foreign secretary William Hague. Her previous attempt to attend a conference in Britain in December 2009 was prevented because an intended arrest warrant was issued by the Westminster magistrates' court. She was to be arrested for her alleged involvement as Israel's foreign minister in Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli response to the incessant shelling from Gaza, between December 27, 2008 and January 18, 2009. The issuing of the warrant was based on the principle of universal jurisdiction which allows the prosecution of war criminals in any country even if the criminal act took place elsewhere. Although she finally did visit London in October 2011, Livni was almost prevented from entering the UK for a second time. She should have been allowed to enter the UK last October on the basis of a change in British universal jurisdiction law a month earlier....(Read Full Article)