John Prescott Says Israel’s Gaza Offensive ‘A War Crime,’ Compares Israel to Nazis

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BRITAIN LABOUR CONFERENCEFormer British deputy prime minister John Prescott calls Israel’s recent action “brutally disproportionate and grossly indiscriminate” bombardment a war crime.

Lord Prescott said any other country would be made an international “pariah” if it acted in the same way, as the reported death toll from the offensive against Hamas reached four figures, mainly civilians.

And he directly compared the situation in Gaza with a concentration camp, suggesting the Nazi Holocaust should “give Israelis a unique sense of perspective and empathy with the victims of a ghetto.”

Writing in the Sunday Mirror, Lord Prescott said: “Imagine a country claiming the lives of nearly three times as many as were lost in the MH17 plane tragedy in less than three weeks.

“A nation which blasted a hospital, shelled and killed children from a gunboat as they played football on the beach and was responsible for 1,000 deaths, at least 165 of them children, in just two weeks.

“Surely it would be branded a pariah state, condemned by the United Nations, the US and the UK. The calls for regime change would be -deafening.

“But these howls of protest are muted. The condemnation softened. For this is Israel.”

He continued: “Israel’s hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu trots out the same excuses. Hamas ‘militants’ in Gaza fired their rockets first. Israel has a right to defend itself. It needs to protect its citizens.

“And he’s right on all three counts – but as always with Israel this is not the full story. The military action supposedly targeting Hamas is so brutally disproportionate and so grossly indiscriminate that it makes it impossible not to view Israel’s actions as war crimes.”

He said Hamas was wrong to fire rockets and should recognise Israel’s right to exist, but suggested a violent response was inevitable.

“Israel brands them terrorists but it is acting as judge, jury and -executioner in the -concentration camp that is Gaza,” he said.

“What happened to the Jewish people at the hands of the Nazis is appalling. But you would think those atrocities would give Israelis a unique sense of perspective and empathy with the victims of a ghetto.”

Huffington Post

{Matzav.com}

15 COMMENTS

  1. said the man who was deputy prime minister of the UK when it went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan killing almost 200,000 civilians that posed NO THREAT to themselves. And, that was all a precursor of what is happening in Iraq today. Thanks John

  2. The reason why he is talking like this is because he gets his information from news organizations like cnn, whom purposely only show you what hamas would like you to see. He only saw half the picture. Maybe we should advise him to check out other web sites in order to get a true and complete picture.

  3. I think we should look back to WW2 when Germany used the same tactics as Hamas and bombed London. Did England sit back and hope that it will stop or did they go to battle and bombed Germany indiscriminately and without throwing leaflets advising the citizenry to take shelter. Is it only Israel that is not allowed to defend itself?

  4. I WOULD ASK MR. PRESCOTT WHO GAVE THE UK THE RIGHT TO CARPET BOMB DRESDEN DURING WW II AND KILL TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CIVILLIANS. WHY ISN’T HE COMPLAINING ABOUT THE SLAUGHTER OF 200,000 CIVILIANS IN SYRIA

  5. MR. PRESCOTT WHO GAVE YOUR COUNTRY THE RIGHT TO CARPET BOMB DRESDEN AND KILL TENS OF THOUSANDS OF “INNOCENT” GERMAN CIVILIANS
    AND CURRENTLY WHERE IS YOUR OUTRAGE OVER THE 200,000 CIVILIANS THAT HAVE BEEN KILLED IN SYRIA?

  6. MR. PRESCOTT—WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOUR COUNTRY WAS CONSTANTLY BOMBARDED WITH ROCKETS ON INNOCENT CIVILIANS WHERE THEY ARE UNABLE TO GO ON WITH THEIR LIVES LIKE YOUR CITIZENS. YOU WOULD OBLITERATE THE ENEMY WITHOUT ANY WARNINGS OR LEAFLETS AS ISRAEL CONSTANTLY DO TO AVOID HARMING CIVILIANS>>>> BUT MAJOR PROBLEM THAT HAMAS DISCOURAGES AND EVEN FORCES THESE CIVILIANS NOT TO LISTEN TO THE ISRAELI WARNINGS!!!!! LET THE COWARDS THE BRUTAL ENEMIES COME OUT FROM BEHIND HUMAN SHIELDS AND FIGHT!!!!! THEY DON’T DO THIS BECAUSE THEY ARE A BUNCH OF COWARDS AND DON’T CARE OF THE LOSSES OF CIVILIANS AS LONG AS IT SERVES THEIR PR TO CONVINCE THE WORLD OF THE “MASSACRES” THAT THEY ARE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR AND TO PORTRAY THE ISRAELIS AS THE PERPETRATORS!!!!! IT’S IS TIME THAT PEOPLE LIKE YOU WOULD ANALYZE THE SITUATION AND SEE THE TRUE ASPIRATIONS OF THE COMBATANTS!!!!!!

  7. 1-glad hes not our “lord”
    2-England is almost an arab state lets hear his
    tune when they come knocking on his door
    3-why didn’t he mention all the tunnels

  8. Israel hasn’t been branded a pariah state and condemned by the UN?
    I must have been dreaming.
    This ugly toad needs to slip back into the rancid swamp he squirmed out of

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