We condemn Colonel Richard Kemp, former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan (2003), for his outrageous defence of the Israeli massacre in Gaza (December 2008-January 2009).
On Tuesday morning, 16 November, Col. Kemp will speak in London, at the offices of Israel’s largest bank, Bank Hapoalim, at “A Business Breakfast exclusively for Young Professionals . . . about his experiences in the battlefield and with the IDF [Israel Defence Forces]”.
At the UN Human Rights Council debate on the Goldstone Report in October 2009, he said: “. . .based on my knowledge and experience, I can say this: during operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defence Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in the combat zones than any other army in the history of warfare.”
In Operation Cast Lead 1,400 Palestinians were killed; 83% were civilians; 342 were children; and 5,000 wounded.
We call this picket to draw attention not only to his defence of Zionist murderers, but also his willingness to work with the IDF and Mossad whilst in Afghanistan.
Michael Kalmanovitz (International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network) said:
“With these statements, we presume Col. Kemp is an employee of the Zionist military to top up his pension from the UK military by laundering the public face of murderers.
“Col. Kemp’s defiance of the international outcry and the findings of the Goldstone Report, his complicity with Zionism, his readiness for the British Army to collaborate with other murderers, underlines not only the Israeli but also British and by implication US military’s deep contempt for the lives of people in Gaza and the wider Middle East.”
Ben Martin (Payday men’s network /Refusing to Kill) said that, “We campaign with refuseniks – soldiers around the world who refuse to kill, rape and torture, clashing with officers who defend murder, like Col. Kemp. He boasts of his connection with the IDF and Mossad, who in their attack on Gaza committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. The mass murder of women, children and men must not be hidden or, worse, glorified.”
For more information call: International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and Payday men’s network / Refusing to Kill
07816251377 or 0207 209 4751