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Correspondence With Politicians

Dear Mr Stride,

Today in Helmand on the 'front line' -  Mr Cameron said the political process should mean "those people are prepared to give up the bomb, the bullet, can actually be part of that process, part of that future Afghanistan".  Huffington Post  But the bomb, the bullet, the SAMs, the heavy machine guns, the mortars for the rabbles.

The rank hypocrisy we hear from this nation's leaders causes millions of us to feel the deepest shame for the lack of principle and law in our nation.

The Rt Honourable William J Hague 10 March 2011

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
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Re: Her Majesty's Ambassador to Israel and the law

Dear Mr Hague,

I wrote to you ** 10 November 2010 with six other citizens, pleading that you sought clemency for Tariq Aziz who had been sentenced to hang by the Iraqi Supreme Criminal Tribunal (ISCT). We observed that tribunal had been set up by the Coalition Provisional Authority after the illegal bombardment and invasion of Iraq and thus the verdict and sentence given by the ISCT were not founded in law. We received an entirely inadequate reply from the FCO about six weeks later.

This letter is open therefore.

This letter concerns very serious matters. I refer you to an article in the Jerusalem Post.

Dear Mr Stride,

I have had no responses from Mr Hague or Mr Burt.

I should be grateful to know

a. whether you conveyed my concerns urgently to HMG having first received them on 24 May? In that letter I said 'We demand that it resists the threatened and armed obstruction of that flotilla in all lawful ways, including the provision of a UK naval escort, as it passes from international waters into those off the 25 mile long Gaza strip.' If HMG had taken a robust line there would not be 19 corpses in morgues and dozens of injured in hospital. As a surgeon and healer I am outraged by the loss of life arising from the subservient silence of the government.

b. Whether any UK subject, or subject with dual UK/Israeli nationality, took part in the assault force?


Flotilla – vessels from Eire, Sweden, Greece and Turkey to Gaza. UK citizens on board. Humanitarian purposes – writing paper, medical supplies, cement etc etc AND to break the illegal siege of Gaza which punishes all 1.5 million citizens.

24 May 2010

To Mr Mel Stride MP for Central Devon
copy to The Rt Hon William Hague First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (by Royal Mail).

copy to Alistair Burt MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (by Royal Mail)

Dear Mr Stride,

We have corresponded about Palestine before. Congratulations on your election in this new constituency.

I write on behalf of the Dove and Dolphin Charity which I founded with a voyage to Palestine in February 2003. We concern ourselves with the welfare of children in particular but our work becomes ever more difficult because of the barriers to entry and exit that are erected by Israel, or at its behest.

We urge that HMG treats any obstruction of the flotilla that is bound for Gaza with humanitarian cargoes as a gross breach of international law. We demand that it resists the threatened and armed obstruction of that flotilla in all lawful ways, including the provision of a UK naval escort, as it passes from international waters into those off the 25 mile long Gaza strip.


E-mail 2 March 2010

Dear Ms Mayhew,

Thank you for this proforma letter of reply. This e-mail is delayed because, like many, I am constantly responding to the cries within the chaos that is Palestine. That such suffering exists 61 years after 80% of the Palestinian population (800,000 humans) were driven from their homes, their land and their living by Zionist terror and force of arms reflects with the greatest shame on the three parties. That these resilient people have lost more lives, more limbs and more land as year has followed year 63 years after the Nuremberg trials shows the dominance of Zionist power in the Houses of Lords and Commons and the grotesque partisanship of the three parties. I note your mantra 'with security for Israel and a viable state for Palestinians'. It is very familiar; it trips off the tongues of Miliband and Lewis, whose partisanship is more plain than that of the Lib Dems. You need to read UNGA 194 if you have not. This was passed in November 1948 and it required that the Palestinians be allowed to return to their homes - though about 500 villages had been flattened by the Zionists in another genocidal convulsion. Israel was not to be recognised until it observed UNGA 194. But the UN was dominated by pro-Zionist nations. No change since.