Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Israeli war criminal flees UK to Israel; British police afraid of a gun battle at Heathrow with the former Israeli general let him escape

Article in the Guardian newspaper, guardian.co.uk:

Scotland Yard allowed a suspected war criminal to escape Britain because officers feared an attempt to stop him would lead to a gun battle at Heathrow airport, police documents seen by the Guardian reveal.

The former senior Israeli officer was supposed to be detained as he arrived in London for a speaking engagement after a British court had ordered his arrest.

But detectives watched on as he landed and hid on the plane for two hours, before flying off to escape justice.

In the documents, counter-terrorism police say they did not try to board the Israeli civilian jet partly because they feared armed guards on the plane would open fire on British officers.

A UK court had issued a secret arrest warrant for Major General Doron Almog over alleged war crimes under the Geneva conventions of ordering the demolition of 59 civilian Palestinian homes.

Israeli diplomats were tipped off after Almog's plane left Israel on September 11 2005. Once it landed in London, a military attaché from the Israeli embassy boarded the jet and warned Almog to stay on board. He refused to leave the plane until it took off again for Israel, two hours later.

UK police were waiting to arrest him at the immigration desk inside the terminal.

The war crimes arrest warrant was issued by senior district judge Timothy Workman, after an application by British lawyers acting for Palestinian victims of the demolition in 2002, in Gaza.

Under British law, war crimes should be treated so seriously that even if they are committed abroad, UK courts have jurisdiction to try suspects.

Almog, commanding officer of the Israeli defence forces' southern command from December 2000 - July 2003, was due to arrive at Heathrow airport at 1.25pm on a flight belonging to El Al, Israel's national carrier. The airline refused Scotland Yard permission to board the plane.

MacBrayne wrote of events the day Almog landed at Heathrow: "By 2.30pm it became apparent that Mr Almog had not presented himself at the Immigration desk. A check of the flight manifest revealed that Mr Almog was on the plane, possibly in company with his wife.

"Consideration was given to boarding the El Al flight and DSU MacBrayne sought clarification of his powers to do so with those officials present."

Top detectives were told that police routinely boarded flights, but were not sure if they could do so without the permission of the airline.

"It was confirmed that El Al were refusing voluntary access to the plane and DSU MacBrayne could not get confirmation that he had a legal right to do so. The time scale involved made it impossible to receive the appropriate advice before the El Al flight was due to return to Israel at 15.30 hrs …

"Another consideration being that El Al flights carried armed air marshals which raised issues round public safety. There was also no intelligence as to whether Mr Almog would have been traveling with personal security as befitted his status, armed or otherwise."

"DSU MacBrayne took the considered opinion that, as access to the plane would not be consensual, there existed a real threat of an armed confrontation."

Detectives considered boarding the plane with armed officers, but felt this "presented an exponential risk to the officers, especially with the lack of intelligence regarding personnel on the plane".

"In light of the above, the decision was made not to approach/board the aircraft."

Oh, and the general was warned - seems the Israeli spying service is very, very good and monitors British police. Real time actionable intelligence based on British police radio monitoring by the Mossad:

Speaking days after avoiding the arrest, Almog told the Guardian that as he prepared to leave the plane, he was advised to wait by the cabin crew. Israel's then military attaché in London arrived on the plane to inform him that he faced arrest.

The 55-year-old former general said: "I don't know how he [the military attaché] found out but I am glad he did. It was also fortunate that I was flying with El Al as they are loyal. I don't know what would have happened if I had been on a British Airways flight."

I am willing to bet $100,000,000 that this news will never, ever, EVER be reported on the US TV.

Can you imagine, say, Wolf Blitzer reporting this story?

Me neither.

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Unknown said...

1. This is old news, happened two years ago.

2. The houses demolished were used to launch attacks against Israel, meaning they are (according to the Geneva Convention) military facilities. The person is thus not a war criminal.

3. From Wikipedia:
The foreign secretary, Jack Straw, apologized to his Israeli counterpart over the attempted arrest, and the warrant has been withdrawn. The Guardian reported that the UK government was "examining stopping private individuals applying to magistrates for prosecutions over war crimes..."

So BBC calls a man "a suspected war criminal" because a single person claims that he destroyed property unlawfully? Not killed thousands like most Palestinian leaders, but destroyed property? I can get any person arrested and stated as "suspected war criminal" in BBC just by filing an unsubstantiated complaint? And I won't be accountable for it? Neat!

Oh, wait, the UK noticed this stupidity too: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2006/feb/03/humanrights.foreignpolicy

Anonymous said...

It seems the Megaphone crew is working really hard to discredit this post. Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

How is this old news?

The Guardian article is from Feb 19.

"guardian.co.uk, Tuesday February 19 2008"

Anonymous said...

New to me

Anonymous said...

Same story, from 2005:

Its not surprising. The UK media is so biased against Israel, that they're recycling news pieces that make Israel look bad. The fact that the article doesn't state Israel's stance (destruction of houses used to launch attacks is legal according to international law) makes this bias as clear as crystal.

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AmericanGoy said...

Thanks for the links neko!

Now, the story is fascinating, and unknown to Americans, hence it is a valid story.

Also, the fact that the general was tipped off that there was a warrant for his arrest proves that Israel monitors UK police radio frequency OR that it has agent(s) in the UK police force.
Take your pick.

Also, the general is not a war criminal until proven in a court of law. There was no opportunity to do so, since he fled. Hardly the action of an innocent man.

Also, the UK and European media is BALANCED re: Israel-Arab conflict. As in they report the facts from BOTH sides of the border.

The US media is a psychotic propaganda organization - hence I got pissed off enough to start this blog and my whole americangoy persona.

Now that you know where I am coming from, feel free to browse the blog and comment on it, especially if you disagree but even more importantly if you find something that is not factual - point out my errors, if any.