Deadly EuroHypocrisy in Spain -- No war criminals except in Israel [can it be?]
We have long believed that the UK is the most dangerous Euro state for Israel. Certain forces in Britain have been working for the mass murder of Jews since 1920 or earlier. However, other Euro powers are doing their hypocritical best for that cause as you read this. Spain has long had a pro-Arab, anti-Israel policy. This goes back to the fascist dictator Francisco Franco y Bahamonde as he was fighting the bloody Spanish civil war back in the 1930s. Many Nazi veterans, such as Otto Skorzeny, got refuge in Spain after the defeat of Nazi Germany. Skorzeny was a war criminal as were others of his comrades in Spain. One of the ways that Skorzeny made a few spare pesos in his time was to sell Spanish weapons to Egypt and other Arabs. None of these war criminals in Spain was ever extradited for trial. Nazi commemorative ceremonies were held publicly in Spain.
What is significant is that the pro-Arab, anti-Israel policy of fascist Franco continued to be pursued by the "democratic" governments of Spain, including the socialists, after the Franco regime was removed. Any Spanish politician or official 45 years of age or older would have gone to school [for at least part of his school years] in schools subject to Franco's pro-Arab, anti-Jewish curriculum. That includes Rodriguez Zapatero, the current socialist prime minister and his foreign minister, Moratinos. We might also bear in mind that after expelling the Jews in 1492, Spain forbid Jews to live there legally until well into the 20th century. There is no shame over that historical fact on the part of either Rodriguez Zapatero or Moratinos. Zapatero is said to have made some vile remarks about Israel recently over the Gaza War in which he clearly sided with the Muslim jihadist and Judeophobic Hamas. More recently, a Spanish judge climbed up on his Eurohypocritical hobby horse to indict Israeli military officers for defending their people from mass murderous Hamas terrorism. Now, Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, has exposed the ugly, hypocritical heart of Spain's pro-Arab policy [here]. Samuels' arguments could to one extent or other be made about other officials in other EU states. Here is the Center's press release in toto:
Wiesenthal Centre to Spanish Prime Minister: "Why Does Spain's 'Universal Jurisprudence' Legislation Target Israelis But Not War Criminals and Human Rights Violators in Spain?"
Paris, 2 March 2009
In a letter to Spanish Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, noted the Centre's "great concern at the apparent misappropriation of Spain's 1993 law of 'universal jurisprudence', which grants power to Spanish judges to prosecute delicts beyond Spanish territory, committed by non-Spaniards against non-Spaniards. As recently witnessed in Belgium, such a regime is subject to political mischief as, indeed, is Judge Fernando Andreu's pursuit for war crimes of seven senior Israeli political and military figures."
"Among them figure, respectively, the former Israeli Defence and Security Minister, Chief of Staff, Commander of the Air Force, the head of the National Security Council and their advisors. Andreu charges them for the 'targeted killing', in July 2002, of Salah Shehadeh, leader of an organisation designated as terrorist in the European Union – 'Izzeddin Al Kassam', the military wing of Hamas. It was Shehadeh who indoctrinated, trained and despatched hundreds of suicide bombers into Israel for the mass murder of Jewish civilians."
In 1996, Samuels had presented to the then Spanish Prime Minister, José-Maria Aznar, the Centre's list of Nazi mass murderers of Jews and their collaborators, who were granted post-War refuge in Spain. These included Léon Degrelle, the Belgian mentor of a new generation of Spanish neo-Nazis," stressing that "none were ever prosecuted and several died with impunity in Spain."
He also lamented "the cosseting of Middle East terrorist movements did not prevent the 2004 Atocha station atrocity in Madrid."
The letter similarly pointed to North Africa, "where Guardia Civil brutality against African refugees seeking to enter Spain's colonial settlements of Ceuta and Melilla has never been publicly investigated, nor has the legality of your 'Apartheid Wall' that separates these enclaves from the surrounding Moroccan territory."
Samuels registered greatest astonishment at "the December 2008 decision of the National Audience Tribunal to leave intact the 1977 Amnesty for political crimes committed under Franco. Compensation has thus been denied to thousands of families of those 'disappeared' in the Civil War and thereafter. The 17 judges have denoted the Franco prelude to World War II as a simple 'rebellion', thereby consigning the victims of Spanish Fascism to oblivion, and effectively granting its perpetrators a State pardon."
The Centre identified one of these Judges as "His Honour, Fernando Andreu, who was, perhaps, distracted in constituting his charge-sheet against Israel," adding that "Andreu, apparently, plans to issue international arrest warrants for the seven Israeli officials, calling for their detention upon arrival in any of the 27 European Union member-states."
The Centre also questioned Prime Minister Zapatero as to:
"Why his authorities have not issued arrest warrants for the Spanish associates of Zapatero's Socialist predecessor, Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez, who were, reportedly, implicated in death squad 'targeted killings' of ETA Basque terrorists?
Do not all terrorists have equal human rights, even when they attack Spanish citizens on Spanish soil? Does your 'universal jurisprudence' regime that targets Israelis, override domestic justice in Spain?"
"There is a Hebrew word that sums up 2,000 years of antisemitism – "HUTZPA". Its Spanish translation – "atrevimiento" – hardly does it justice.
But neither does Spain's arbitrary 'universal jurisprudence,'" concluded Samuels.
For further information, please contact Shimon Samuels at +33.609.77.01.58.
END of PRESS RELEASE
The execution of Shahadeh was legal according to Article 28 of Geneva Convention IV. This article stipulates that the presence of protected persons [non-combatants] where a military target is also located does not grant immunity to that place:
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [quoting Geneva Convention, adopted 12 August 1949]Shehadeh was responsible as a terrorist leader and planner of mass murder attacks for the murder of dozens of Israelis. If he had not been eliminated, he would been involved in the murder of many many more Israelis.
The presence of a protected person may not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations
[see our blog entry here]
It's curious that actual genocide went on in the southern Sudan for fifty  years at least, with millions of civilians slaughtered, from the year of Sudanese independence, 1956, into the 21st century. The ever so righteous "international community" never took steps to stop that mass murder, which was facilitated by the UK giving the Sudan independence as a unitary state, rather than a federation of confederation or two or more separates. This state, which had never existed before 1956, was a Muslim state ruled by Arabs and arabized blacks who lorded it over tribal Blacks in the South who were Christian or followed traditional tribal religions. So the British set up the conditions for genocide, wittingly or unwittingly, but they did know that the Muslims of the North had long raided the South for slaves [permitted by Islam if the victims are Kaffirs, non-believers, infidels]. The British knowledge of the history of that territory, never a nation or a single people, should have been enough for them to grant to independence to Sudan as some sort of federated or confederal state or as two or more states. Just recently the International Criminal Court indicted the Sudanese genocidist al-Bashir for his crimes in the west of the territory, Darfur, not the massacres in the south.
Anti-Zionism is the anti-imperialism of fools
Let us be fair. Many Spaniards are ashamed of their government's pro-Hamas position. Here is one of them, Militos commenting on a post on the blog of Martha Colmenares. Martha is a Venezolana, which makes her doubly brave since she has to watch out to see if Chavez's goons are watching her:
Hola Martha: me alegro que des a conocer esta noticia aunque sea una vergüenza para nosotros los españoles. El único pais de Europa que se pone del lado terrorista.Militos says: "It is shameful [sea una vergüenza] for us Spaniards. . . [that our country, Spain] is the only country in Europe to take the side of the terrorists."
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Coming: Obama's anti-peace peacemongering, dancing with the ayatollahs, adopting the Commie policy of a "Two State Final Solution," Jerusalem archeology, propaganda analysis, etc.