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Robert Inlakesh: UK Biased Against Palestine

TEHRAN (FNA)- Robert Inlakesh, journalist and political analyst, says British Prime Minister’s remarks against ICC’s probe on Israel war crimes in Palestine show he is unfairly prejudiced against Palestinians.

Speaking in an interview with FNA, Inlakesh said Britain has supremacist ideology against Palestinians, and added, “Lord Balfour's declaration was a short document, of many documents promising the land of Palestine to various groups. The document itself was written prior to the UK's occupation of Palestine and is even violated by Israel in its attacks on Palestinians. The declaration is also contradictory and representative of Britain's supremacist ideology, in that they can make up rules and declare that territory unbeknownst to them is in fact belonging to this group or that . The crimes clearly committed against the Palestinian people have gone ignored by the West, which only views international law as a tool with which it can use to beat its enemies, but which does not apply to it.”

Robert Inlakesh is a journalist, writer, and political analyst. He has lived in and reported from the occupied West Bank. He has written for publications such as Mint Press, Mondoweiss, MEMO, and various other outlets. He specializes in analysis of the West Asia, in particular Palestine-Israel matters.

Below is the full text of the interview:

Q: How do you find British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s remarks on ICC’s probe into Israeli war crimes in Palestine? Do such remarks indicate ICC’s independence and the rule of law?

A: Premier Johnson's letter to the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) Lobby group is short, lacking in detail and is indicative of his bias against the Palestinian people.

It is clear the ICC is launching an investigation into potential war crimes committed by both sides, this dispels all claims of Israel being "singled out" as Israel's enemies are also under investigation. The only difference is that the Palestinian groups, including Hamas, welcome the ICC investigation, whereas Israel fears it, smears the ICC and refuses to except jurisdiction. The United Kingdom is a party to the Rome Statute, hence its disregard for the experts at the ICC, who conducted a lengthy legal investigation into what territory they could claim jurisdiction in, is concerning.

The crimes clearly committed against the Palestinian people have gone ignored by the West, which only views international law as a tool with which it can use to beat its enemies, but which does not apply to it. The Wests blatant disregard for international law is rooted white supremacy and this ideological disease should have no place in international politics.

Q: UK opposition to ICC comes amid investigation of Britain’s Balfour Declaration which has been ruled to be against the International Law. Why does UK’s behavior represent it views itself over International Law?

A: Lord Balfour's declaration was a short document, of many documents promising the land of Palestine to various groups. The document itself was written prior to the UK's occupation of Palestine and is even violated by Israel in its attacks on Palestinians. The declaration is also contradictory and representative of Britain's supremacist ideology, in that they can make up rules and declare that territory unbeknownst to them is in fact belonging to this group or that.

The UK and France were a disease that infected the lands of Sham and the entire region. According to what we understand as justice ruled by today's legal system, Britain, just as was the case in its colonial era, believes is none applicable to itself.

The roots of almost all of the conflicts in the Arab world lead back to the UK and France, so the UK's refusal to abandon the illegitimate Balfour Declaration is only helping to further inflame tensions.

Q: From the Israeli side, ex-PM Netanyahu has declared Israel does not recognize the court’s authority. Why does Israel view itself above the rule of International Law?

A: Israel, like the Western countries all, carries with them an ideology of supremacy and in order for them to change, they must be forced. If Israel is forced by any of these countries, economically or militarily, to end its occupation and violations of international law, it will.

However, there would be a certain irony in the likes of the US or UK punishing Israel for what they have not only themselves created, but also act like and support it to commit. If Israel is to be stopped, it either has to be forced militarily or economically, it will not change from the inside.