Murdering Palestinian Grandmothers Under Cover Of
Gerald Kaufman MP says his grandmother didn't die in
the holocaust to provide a cover for Israelis
killing Palestinian grandmothers today -- speaking
in the British parlaiment on 5 February 2014
Posted February 23, 2014
Gerald Kaufman MP, speaking in the British
parliament on 5 February 2014.
I once led
a delegation of 60 parliamentarians from 13 European
Parliaments to Gaza. I could no longer do that today
because Gaza is practically inaccessible.
Israelis try to lay the responsibility on the
Egyptians, but although the Egyptians' closing of
the tunnels has caused great hardship, it is the
Israelis who have imposed the blockade and are the
culpability of the Israelis was demonstrated in the
report to the UN by Richard Goldstone following
Operation Cast Lead. After his report, he was
harassed by Jewish organisations. At the end of a
meeting I had with him in New York, his wife said to
me, "It is good to meet another self-hating Jew."
again, Israel seeks to justify the vile injustices
that it imposes on the people of Gaza and the west
bank on the grounds of the holocaust. Last week, we
commemorated the holocaust; 1.7 million Palestinians
in Gaza are being penalised with that as the
justification. That is unacceptable.
statistics are appalling. There is fresh water for a
few hours every five days. Fishing boats are not
allowed to go out—in any case, what is the point,
because the waters are so filthy that no fish they
catch can be eaten?
Israelis are victimising the children above all.
Half the population of this country is under the
voting age. What is being done to those children—the
lack of nutrition—is damaging not only their bodies
and brains; it will go on for generation after
totally unacceptable that the Israelis should behave
in such a way, but they do not care. Go to Tel Aviv,
as I did not long ago, and watch them sitting
complacently outside their pavement cafés. They do
not give a damn about their fellow human beings
perhaps half an hour away.
Minister says that Gaza is a prison camp. It is all
very well for him to say that, as he did, in
Turkey—he was visiting a Muslim country—but what is
he doing about it? Nothing, nothing, nothing!
when we could condemn and think that that was enough
has long passed. The Israelis do not care about
condemnation. They are self-righteous and
complacent. We must now take action against them.
impose sanctions. If the spineless Obama will not do
it, we must do it—even unilaterally. We must press
the European community for it to be done. These
people cannot be persuaded. We cannot appeal to
their better nature when they do not have one.
It is all
very well saying, "Wicked, wicked Hamas." Hamas is
dreadful. I have met people from Hamas, but nothing
it has done justifies punishing children, women and
the sick as the Israelis are doing now. They must be
As has been
pointed out, there is a time limit for what we are
talking about. The idea that things can go on, while
we wait for a two-state solution, is gone. Sooner or
later, the Palestinians will say, "We are dying
anyhow, so let us die for something."
Let us stop
that: I do not want a war. I do not want violent
action, but the action that the international
community takes must be imposed, otherwise hell will
Stop The War