Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain Condemns Visit by Israeli PM
London, UK , June 12 – Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain , the Islamic political party, condemns the warm welcome and endorsement extended to the Israeli PM Ehud Olmert following the mass murder seen in Gaza this weekend. We note that the British government have been unable to bring themselves to even condemn the brutality of their close ally in killing unarmed women and children.
It is a fact that under the Blair government, British support for Israeli repression has accelerated. The government has approved hundreds of arms export licences to Israel , in categories that include ammunition, bombs, torpedoes, rockets, missiles, combat vessels, military electronic and imaging equipment and armoured vehicles. There is abundant evidence from human rights organisations that the Apache helicopters used to attack the Palestinians are kept flying with British parts. Recently released documents show that Britain made "hundreds" of secret shipments of nuclear material to Israel in the 1950s and 60s.
The British journalist John Pilger has reported that, "The Blair government has also backed the Israeli military-industrial complex by buying bullets, bombs, grenades and anti-tank missiles. The Metropolitan Police and the South Wales police buy Israeli ammunition. An Israeli combat aircraft training system was bought by the RAF."
Imran Waheed, a media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "1647 civilians, including 704 under-18s, who were taking no part at all in fighting, have been killed by the Israeli military since October 2000. Given that the British Government has recently extended 101 per cent support for the shooting of an unarmed, innocent civilian on the backstreets of London, it will not surprise the Muslim community that they warmly welcome the leader of the oppressive and brutal Israeli state and fail to condemn the murder of innocent Palestinians."
"It will amaze many Muslims that while the blood of the civilians on Gaza Beach is yet to dry, Palestinian President Abbas talks of a referendum. The real referendum should be whether peace and tranquillity can ever come to a region that remains occupied by a brutal, apartheid regime which for over fifty years has been a source of bloodshed and instability."
"We believe that the Islamic Khilafah [Caliphate] is the only system that will bring back stability and harmony to the region, as it did for hundreds of years, and allow the Muslims and non-Muslims of the region to live in tranquillity."