3 thoughts on “As a British-Arab am I safe in the UK now?”

  1. As well as social media echo chambers, one of the issues which seems to have increased strife in Western societies is the recent willingness by politicians increasingly to discard longstanding convention for short-term gain, often on a personal basis. Those conventions exist as the guide-rails of the political environment, to manage politics democratically within a peaceful space, rather than whipping up the populace to violence – as we have seen happen far too many times in the past.

    Is it too much to hope that a Home Secretary might have read the Peelian Principles which underpin our convention of policing by consent? Rather than her demanding that the police act with “the full force of the law”, the Sixth Principle reads: “To use physical force only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to obtain public co-operation to an extent necessary to secure observance of law or to restore order, and to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.” (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/policing-by-consent/definition-of-policing-by-consent)

  2. I think the editors of Arab Digest need to do some editing. Much as I sympathise with the author, it repeats the Hamas tropes that the Ahli hospital disaster was caused by an Israeli missile. and that the casualties were 500 dead and a thousand wounded. Looking at the aerial photographs it would have been impossible to cram 1,500 people into the area affected by the explosion. I also don’t think there is evidence that the Israelis have used white phosphorous in Gaza in the current air campaign.

    Looking forward to the writer’s condemnation of the Hamas attack on Israel.

    1. The audio podcast version of yesterday’s newsletter does not mention an Israeli missile. The text version in yesterday’s newsletter inadvertently left that reference in. We apologise for the error. We accept that the final number of dead and injured remains uncertain. However it is likely to be close to the figures mentioned in the newsletter. Concerning the use of white phosphorous Amnesty International reviewed video at the request of the Washington Post that appeared to show its use. Human Rights Watch verified video of white phosphorous used in Gaza and Lebanon on 11/12 October.

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