Mr Mel Stride MP for Central Devon
House of Commons
Ref: The war on the people of Gaza
26 July 2014
Dear Mr Stride,
The message below from Ally Cohen in the 'West Bank' came to me about 7pm. It is the tiniest microcosm of the whole. I reflect that I had several patients in my time who were injured in WW2 and who were POWs. They were treated with respect by German doctors and with great skill – usually in excess of that which we had to offer.
I 'phoned the FCO and eventually spoke with a good telephonist. I asked to speak with the duty officer about Beit Hanoun. She was only able to put me through if my concern was about a British subject.
FAO His Excellency Sir Peter Westmacott KCMG RVO Ambassador to the US
Dear Sir Peter,
I am prompted to write to you because I saw and heard you on what passes for 'news' in these isles on the likelihood of finding the British subject who carried out a supposedly heinous act. I note that a naive assumption has been made - that the recorded voice was that of the masked murderer.
Although I have served as an orthopaedic and trauma surgeon and thus was used to amputating limbs, I have shrunk from 'videos' allegedly reporting decapitation in Syria where HMG has been supporting terrorist actions against the sovereign government there.
The following data has been submitted from a form on the Archbishop of Canterbury website:
Name: David Sydney Halpin
Message : What is Archbishop Welby's response to these acts? Thank you.
Cheer with the Givati brigade for the demolition of the mosque at Khuzaa **
Imagine if this was, say, the Finchley synagogue, or St.Michael's in the centre of our parish here at Ilsington (vicar copied). I imagine that Archbishop Welby will be speaking out against the destruction of people, the temples of the family - the homes, their hospitals, the schools in Gaza, and of lesser importance, the destruction of their places of worship. You will know that in addition to the destruction of dozens of mosques, some churches were also damaged. The church in the centre of Gaza City gave shelter to ALL.
You will know also that the occupier, the Zionist entity, is bound in international law to ensure the safety and welfare of the occupied people. The US and the UK failed to do that for the German people after the defeat of Germany in WW2. As with Gaza now, collective punishment was meted out.
Jon Snow, the lead journalist on C4 News, returned from Gaza a few days ago. It was clear from this blog and in the one written as he flew back to Britain that he had been deeply affected by the deliberate injury and killing of children in Gaza. This was evident too in his colleague Jonathan Miller, and in Lyse Doucet of the BBC.
Last night he tried to elicit truth from Michael Oren aka Michael Scott Bornstein, on C4 News. Oren was 'Israeli' ambassador to a surrogate US until last year. He is described as an historian and in the Wikipedia profile as being one of the ten most powerful Jews in the US. There is no hint as to how that is measured.
Mr Stuart Barker Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Services in the County of Devon.
Thank you for your prompt reply. Although I speak strongly my motives are good. You know that. People who put themselves up for election to public bodies often become Aunt Sallies; many of the people chucking the wet sponges would not take on such responsibilities themselves. I know that local government is imprisoned by several vicious circles. For instance, you end with
'This (1.9% rise) raised just over £6m but we lost £3m because by raising council tax we lost the government council tax support grant so the net gain was just over £3m – it doesn’t go far towards the £110m.'
I thought this exemplified some of your difficulty. Kafka portrayed it in The Castle - Das Schloss.