The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, considered the proposed amendment of British law, which the British Government is now looking into, an unfortunate reminder of the British role in the displacement of the Palestinian people. Under this amendment, the arrest and prosecution warrant issued against the former Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, would be obstructed.
Hussam Ahmed, Head of the Refugees Department in Hamas, said that the British Government’s claims about its role in the peace process are worthless, especially after the spectacular failure of the peace process which went along 18 years since its launch in Madrid in 1992 forming a cover for the Zionist criminal policy against the peoples of the region, especially those in Palestine. He added that this policy included Judaizing Jerusalem, the continuation of settlement construction in the West Bank, the siege on Gaza, and the ongoing detention of 12,000 Palestinian prisoners.
Ahmed added that the British bias of the abortive peace process that facilitated the Zionist occupation of the Palestinian land at the expense of international law represents a continuation of the erroneous policy, which the British Gov. adopted in the beginning of the last century when it issued the Balfour Declaration and unlawfully granted the Palestinian land to Zionist movement.
Ahmed stressed that Britain as a state that is committed to international law and fighting against war crimes must prosecute war criminals regardless of their gender, position or location. The Hamas official considers the obstruction of legal procedures against Livni a new violation of international law by Britain against the Palestinian people. This would be added to the record of violations of international law committed by Britain against the Palestinian people since the occupation of Palestine and issuing of the Balfour Declaration in 1917.