British surgeon David Halpin asks Tony Blair questions in the dock September 17, 2010

extract from “Blair’s Journey: Questions before charge” by David Halpin MB BS FRCS - 13 September 2010

Your ‘Journey’ has been long on miles but absent of humanity, reason and law. . . So there are many questions to answer before you face charges at the Hague, and a multitude to follow in the dock. But the myriad questions you face at trial are but a fraction of the minds, lives, limbs and eyes you have taken in your zeal. . . .

There is the case of Nema Abu Said, a 33-year-old mother of five, representing a tiny but important fraction of the millions you have killed, maimed or made homeless and stateless.

She is one of many thousands killed by the Zionist entity during and in every year since its ethnic cleansing of 800,000 Palestinian people in 1948. She was killed 13 July 2010 by a flechette (dart or small arrow) shell fired from a tank – one of those 3,500 in the hands of Israel. The Bedouin family, of which she was part, farmed near the ‘border’. There were no guerrillas in the vicinity.Around 8:45pm on 13 July, 2010, a few of the women of the family were enjoying the cool of the evening in the courtyard in front of their house. They heard a muffled shooting sound, followed soon after by another, and then by a loud buzzing noise, as if a swarm of insects was approaching at full speed.’

‘Without provocation, an Israeli tank fired two artillery shells at the family’s home. Amira Jaber Abu Said, 30, was hit and wounded in the shoulder by a piece of shrapnel and by steel darts, called flechettes. Her sister-in-law, 26-year-old Sanaa Ahmed Abu Said, was wounded in the foot. Panicking, they took shelter inside their home and called an ambulance. Meanwhile, from the direction of the nearby military turret, an Israeli armour-plated vehicle was stationed underneath and a machine gun was still shooting towards the family and continued to do so for a solid ten minutes.’After Amira and Saana were wounded, we continued to call for the Red Crescent ambulance. After 15 minutes the paramedics arrived in our area, but they told us they couldn’t get to our house because the Israeli soldiers wouldn’t given them permission. They threatened to shoot them if they had come near.

After an hour of apparent calm, Nema Abu Said, a 33-year-old mother of five, realized that her youngest child, Nader, was still asleep outside the family home. Nema rushed out to find Nader when another dull shot was heard and she was hit by a round of flechettes, and was killed on the spot. Her brother-in-law, Jaber Abu Said, 65, was wounded by flechettes in his right thigh.

The Israeli military allowed a Red Crescent ambulance to enter the area two hours later and retrieve the dead woman and three injured family members. (Comment. This delay is typical Mr Blair and it is, of course, contrary to all law and humanity. The delay ensures that some of our Palestinian sisters and brothers bleed to death. The Red Crescent ambulances and their personnel were targets in the greater shoah – holocaust. )

Amira and Sanaa join the other 35,000 plus Palestinians injured since 1998. Talk to young men in Rafah and you will find that one in three carry Israeli wounds. . . .

Questions to Mr Blair in the dock.
  1. On 27 June you resigned as PM and you were appointed ‘Envoy’ to the Quartet. What have you done which has contributed in the least way towards justice for the Palestinian people?
  2. One of the specious tasks set by the Quartet was:- ‘help to identify, and secure appropriate international support in addressing the institutional governance needs of the Palestinian state, focusing as a matter of urgency on the rule of law.’ This implied that lawlessness of the Palestinian was the problem, and not that of the cuckoo in the Palestinian nest. Have you done your best to stop all attacks by the forces occupying the whole of Palestine?
  3. Did Nima Abu Said deserve to die of darts bursting from a tank shell 40 metres above the ground any more than your lawyer wife Cherie?
  4. You repeat with others the mantra – ‘a secure Israel and a viable Palestinian state.’ Although your idea of a viable Palestinian state is risible given its division into small ghettoes and the certain domination of all its functions by the cuckoo, why is ‘security’ not a Palestinian requirement also?
  5. Reports suggest that you did not reside at your office in the American Colony Hotel for too many days each month. You would have been whisked to your jet at Tel Aviv airport many times and a cosy meeting with your Zionist friends wedged in. There was the South Korean oil company, the Kuwaitis, JP Morgan, Yale, ‘Faith’ this and ‘Faith’ that to advise and build. And you had those lectures, those medals for foresight etc. You only found time to visit Gaza once and that was to the UN headquarters in the north of the battered little strip. You kept Haniyeh in Coventry although he heads a party which garnered 43% of the vote in scrupulous elections in 2006. Your garnering was of only 25% of the popular vote. Mr Blair, have you applied yourself to this ‘hinge of humanity’, the Palestinians, as they face their continued genocide? Have you in fact lifted one finger for them?

David Halpin, FRCS is one of the UK’s most remarkable ‘unknown heroes’. A former Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon at Torbay Hospital & Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Hospital, David Halpin is probably best known for being one of the signatories to the letter published in both The Lancet and the Guardian (January 2004) questioning the official version of events surrounding Dr. David Kelly’s alleged suicide. However, David’s real passion is his long-standing concern for world affairs & aversion to social injustice; qualities which were the driving forces behind him establishing the ‘Dove & Dolphin’ Charity (No. 1100119), which serves to ‘relieve poverty, distress and hardship among the Palestinian people and to promote the welfare of Palestinian children.’  On 1st February 2003, he along with 4 other Britons and 6 Danish crew, 50 tons of food, plus clothing, dressings and carpet wool for weaving, chartered a ship and began their voyage to Gaza to bring aid to the poorest of Palestinians and to bring their desperate situation to the attention of the world.

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