Maybe Britain’s new coalition government will turn the tide, Re: British FM: Gov’t will change universal jurisdiction law, Jerusalem Post, May 27, 2010

The British Government’s decision to change the law allowing private complaints of war crimes against politicians, government officials and military personnel of foreign countries even though they are not British citizens and the alleged crimes were not committed on British soil is most welcome. In practice the universal jurisdiction law was used by anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic individuals and organizations as a propaganda tool against Israel and as a means of keeping Israelis out of the country. It played into a virulent strain of anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic prejudice in Britain and prevented the previous government from taking a positive role in Middle Eastern politics. Rescinding the law means that the current government will take a much more balanced view of the conflict in the Middle East and that it rejects the one sided, biased attitudes and behavior of it’s predecessor and a significant portion of British society. This is a repudiation of the politics of hatred and clearly in Britain’s national self interest. It might even lead to change among those Brits who have nothing good to say about Israel and nothing bad to say about Palestinians.

Well done.

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