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All Not Guilty

Posted by anti militarist on July 3, 2010

After a nail-biting twenty-four hour hiatus, the jury came to decision on the Decommissioners Case – 100% Not Guilty! Six of the seven defendants Tom Woodhead, Bob Nicholls, Ornella Saibene, Harvey Tadman, Simon Levin and Chris Osmond came smiling out of Hove Trial Centre at the end of a gruelling three and half week trial. Elijah Smith was remanded in custody for another offence. Five were acquitted on Wednesday afternoon, the other two Chris and Elijah had to wait until this morning. They had waited eighteen months for this moment. Read the article here


2 Responses to “All Not Guilty”

  1. anniebannie said


  2. DevonBey said

    It’s interesting to see the Israeli media response to the verdict – it is clear that they just cannot accept any criticism no matter how despicable the acts committed by Israeli forces.

    They even attacked the jury, the headline in Jerusalem Post calls them “hate filled” – this the jury of ordinary men and women who heard the evidence and made a reasoned assessment based on that evidence.

    Israel keeps referring to the judge’s statement “You may well think that hell on earth would not be an understatement of what the Gazans suffered in that time”, as if it is somehow proof of bias – yet no reasonable person would deny that this is a perfectly adequate description of what the whole population of Gaza went through under bombardment.

    The Jerusalem Post’s attack on the judge and jury gets nothing short of hysterical calling the judge “libellous”, the ruling “obscene” and then completely losing the plot by going on about the “hanging jury that draws its conclusions in advance”

    The president of British Jewry’s representative body, the Board of Deputies weighs in with “The rule of law itself is now under threat in Britain, and judges and juries are applauding as it goes,” – he said the Board had not taken a position on the tactical rights and wrongs of the flotilla interception, or on the underlying issues, noting that “We’re there for Israel.” So there you go – we support Israel no matter what. With this closed minded mentality will they ever understand why they are becoming pariahs to the rest of the world?

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