Police Receive Crime Report on the JNF

 

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(5) Third supplementary report, relating in particular to the Protection of Civilians (16 May 2021)

 

(4) Second supplementary report, relating in particular to the Genocide Convention (21 April 2021)

 

(3) First supplementary report, relating in particular to the Terrorist Financing Convention (14 April 2021)

 

(2) Transcript of in-person interview by Metropolitan Police, interviewing Mortaza Sahibzada on 4 April 2021

 

(1) Report of crimes being committed by JNF office in London, made by telephone to Police 101 on 3 April 2021

 

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(5)   Crimes committed by the JNF office in London, including (complicity with) Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes, Genocide and Terrorism:

 

Third supplementary report, relating in particular to the Protection of Civilians

 

 

From: Mortaza Sahibzada (mozsahib@gmail.com)

 

To: Metropolitan Police, Counter Terrorism Command (CTC) by email (SO15Mailbox.WarCrimesunit@met.pnn.police.uk)

 

Date: 16 May 2021

 

Reference: Police 101 call no. 340-28 (3 April 2021) / In-person interview with Officers 1575AS and 2530AS (4 April 2021)

 

 

Introduction

 

In this third supplementary report, I would like to draw your attention to the crimes being committed by the JNF office in London that contravene the 1949 Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (Fourth Geneva Convention) and associated conventions.

 

The UK has made a particular commitment to the Protection of Civilians, and to upholding customary international law and International Humanitarian Law (IHL), which has developed over the years with the Protection of Civilians at its heart:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-paper-on-the-approach-to-protection-of-civilians-in-armed-conflict/uk-approach-to-protection-of-civilians-in-armed-conflict

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/implementation-of-international-humanitarian-law-at-domestic-level-voluntary-report

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/international-humanitarian-law-and-the-uk-government/uk-and-international-humanitarian-law-2018

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-national-committee-on-international-humanitarian-law-terms-of-reference/uk-national-international-humanitarian-law-committee-overview-and-terms-of-reference

 

In this report, I will refer explicitly to the Protection of Civilians in the context of War Crimes, which relate to armed conflict. This includes the prohibition of war crimes in the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. I will not refer here to the articles of the Rome Statute that extend the scope of the Protection of Civilians beyond the context of armed conflict, to include, for example, Crimes Against Humanity (I will try to provide details of these crimes in a future report).

 

 

War crimes relating to the JNF office in London

 

The JNF office in London is involved in concealing, consolidating and enabling War Crimes that contravene all of the following articles of law relating to armed conflict, from the Fourth Geneva Convention to the earlier Hague Conventions and forward to the 1977 Protocols and the 1998 Rome Statute.

 

Here are the relevant articles from the 1949 Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War:

 

Article 2: “In addition to the provisions which shall be implemented in peacetime, the present Convention shall apply to all cases of declared war or of any other armed conflict which may arise between two or more of the High Contracting Parties, even if the state of war is not recognized by one of them. The Convention shall also apply to all cases of partial or total occupation of the territory of a High Contracting Party, even if the said occupation meets with no armed resistance. Although one of the Powers in conflict may not be a party to the present Convention, the Powers who are parties thereto shall remain bound by it in their mutual relations. They shall furthermore be bound by the Convention in relation to the said Power, if the latter accepts and applies the provisions thereof.”

 

Article 49: “Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive. Nevertheless, the Occupying Power may undertake total or partial evacuation of a given area if the security of the population or imperative military reasons do demand. Such evacuations may not involve the displacement of protected persons outside the bounds of the occupied territory except when for material reasons it is impossible to avoid such displacement. Persons thus evacuated shall be transferred back to their homes as soon as hostilities in the area in question have ceased. The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”

 

Article 53: “Any destruction by the Occupying Power of real or personal property belonging individually or collectively to private persons, or to the State, or to other public authorities, or to social or cooperative organizations, is prohibited, except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations.”

 

Earlier conventions set the basis for customary international law and the Protection of Civilians (as well as the protection of their property) that the JNF office in London works against. The most important are the 1899 and 1907 Hague Conventions, in particular the ‘Laws and Customs of War on Land’ (the wording here is from 1899):

 

“Besides the prohibitions provided by special Conventions, it is especially prohibited… To destroy or seize the enemy's property…” [Article 23] “The attack or bombardment of towns, villages, habitations or buildings which are not defended, is prohibited.” [Article 25] “The pillage of a town or place, even when taken by assault, is prohibited.” [Article 28] “The occupying State shall only be regarded as administrator and usufructuary of the public buildings, real property, forests, and agricultural works belonging to the hostile State, and situated in the occupied country. It must protect the capital of these properties, and administer it according to the rules of usufruct.” [Article 55] “The property of the communes, that of religious, charitable, and educational institutions, and those of arts and science, even when State property, shall be treated as private property. All seizure of, and destruction, or intentional damage done to such institutions, to historical monuments, works of art or science, is prohibited, and should be made the subject of proceedings.” [Article 56]

 

The 1977 Protocol (I) additional to the 1949 Geneva Conventions is also applicable to the activities of JNF office in London:

 

Article 1 – General principles and scope of application: “… In cases not covered by this Protocol or by other international agreements, civilians and combatants remain under the protection and authority of the principles of international law derived from established custom, from the principles of humanity and from the dictates of public conscience… This Protocol… shall apply in… armed conflicts in which peoples are fighting against colonial domination and alien occupation and against racist regimes in the exercise of their right of self-determination, as enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and the Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations…”

 

Article 3 – Beginning and end of application: “Without prejudice to the provisions which are applicable at all times: a) the Conventions and this Protocol shall apply from the beginning of any situation referred to in Article 1 of this Protocol; b) the application of the Conventions and of this Protocol shall cease, in the territory of Parties to the conflict, on the general close of military operations and, in the case of occupied territories, on the termination of the occupation, except, in either circumstance, for those persons whose final release, repatriation or re-establishment takes place thereafter. These persons shall continue to benefit from the relevant provisions of the Conventions and of this Protocol until their final release, repatriation or re-establishment.”

 

Article 51 – Protection of the civilian population (2): “The civilian population as such, as well as individual civilians, shall not be the object of attack. Acts or threats of violence the primary purpose of which is to spread terror among the civilian population are prohibited.”

 

Article 54 – Protection of objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population (2): “It is prohibited to attack, destroy, remove or render useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population, such as foodstuffs, agricultural areas for the production of foodstuffs, crops, livestock, drinking water installations and supplies and irrigation works, for the specific purpose of denying them for their sustenance value to the civilian population or to the adverse Party, whatever the motive, whether in order to starve out civilians, to cause them to move away, or for any other motive.”

 

Article 85 – Repression of breaches of this Protocol (4/5): “…the following shall be regarded as grave breaches of this Protocol… the transfer by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies, or the deportation or transfer of all or parts of the population of the occupied territory within or outside this territory… unjustifiable delay in the repatriation of prisoners of war or civilians… practices of apartheid and other inhuman and degrading practices involving outrages upon personal dignity, based on racial discrimination… Without prejudice to the application of the Conventions and of this Protocol, grave breaches of these instruments shall be regarded as war crimes.”

 

The 1977 Protocol (II) additional to the 1949 Geneva Conventions relates specifically to the Protection of Civilians in non-international armed conflicts:

 

“The civilian population as such, as well as individual civilians, shall not be the object of attack. Acts or threats of violence the primary purpose of which is to spread terror among the civilian population are prohibited.” [Article 13(2)] “The displacement of the civilian population shall not be ordered for reasons related to the conflict… Civilians shall not be compelled to leave their own territory for reasons connected with the conflict.” [Article 17]

 

The 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court is also concerned with War Crimes, and here is the relevant text (including the latterly inserted Crime of Aggression):

 

Article 8 – War Crimes [international armed conflict]: “… Wilfully causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or health… Extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly… Wilfully depriving a prisoner of war or other protected person of the rights of fair and regular trial… Unlawful deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement… Intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population as such or against individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities… Intentionally directing attacks against civilian objects, that is, objects which are not military objectives… Attacking or bombarding, by whatever means, towns, villages, dwellings or buildings which are undefended and which are not military objectives… The transfer, directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies, or the deportation or transfer of all or parts of the population of the occupied territory within or outside this territory… Intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science or charitable purposes, historic monuments… Destroying or seizing the enemy's property unless such destruction or seizure be imperatively demanded by the necessities of war… Declaring abolished, suspended or inadmissible in a court of law the rights and actions of the nationals of the hostile party…  Pillaging a town or place, even when taken by assault…”

 

Article 8 – War Crimes [armed conflict not of an international character]: “… Intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population… Intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science or charitable purposes, historic monuments… Pillaging a town or place, even when taken by assault… Ordering the displacement of the civilian population for reasons related to the conflict… Destroying or seizing the property of an adversary…”

 

Article 8 – War Crimes [Crime of Aggression]: “… Any of the following acts, regardless of a declaration of war, shall… qualify as an act of aggression… sending by or on behalf of a State of armed bands, groups, irregulars or mercenaries, which carry out acts of armed force against another State of such gravity as to amount to the acts listed above, or its substantial involvement therein.”

 

(The Rome Statute is also concerned with the Protection of Civilians in situations outside the scope of War Crimes, which may not directly involve armed conflict. This includes Genocide and Crimes against Humanity, and I will discuss these violations of international law in a future report.)

 

 

Activities of the JNF office in London

 

The JNF office in London is complicit in all the articles of War Crimes listed above.

 

The essence of the Protection of Civilians laid out in the above Conventions is to deter cowardly attacks against vulnerable and innocent segments of human population. Yet it is precisely these segments of population that are the target of the JNF office in London – refugees being prevented from returning to their homes, agrarian Palestinian communities having their lands appropriated for Jewish settlement, and indigenous Bedouin families becoming internally displaced persons, their villages destroyed. There are (and have been historically) understandings between state agencies, JNF offices on the ground, paramilitary organisations and other non-state actors, and JNF offices worldwide to apportion the tasks necessary for such operations.

 

The JNF office in London aids and abets organisations on the ground that are directly involved in War Crimes, promoting conflict against civilians on both sides of the Green Line:

 

·         The JNF office in London is a conduit for funding to the Benji Hillman Foundation, which provides transport and residence for lone British recruits to the Israeli military. The foundation serves as a fraternity from the outset of their service and a residence during leave from combat duties in occupied Palestine. The Benji Hillman Foundation is entitled to an additional 25% gift aid from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, despite the following prohibition in customary international law: “Corps of combatants cannot be formed nor recruiting agencies opened on the territory of a neutral Power to assist the belligerents.” [Article 4, ‘Rights and Duties of Neutral Powers and Persons in case of War on Land’, 1907 Hague Convention] (See also Article 8 of the 1998 Rome Statute on the Crime of Aggression, appended.)

 

·         The JNF office in London works with Nefesh B’Nefesh, which facilitates the emigration of Jews from the UK directly to colonial settlements in occupied Palestine, as well as to the segregated Jewish-only developments in the Negev and Galilee, upon the lands from which the indigenous (Bedouin or Arab) communities have been cleansed. The JNF office in London contributes funds towards the work of Nefesh B’Nefesh; the UK branch of Nefesh B’Nefesh is (or was until recently) hosted in the JNF office (or the previous ‘JNF House’) in London. These offices assist Jews from the UK to resettle in Palestine, not with the intention to coexist with Palestinians, but for the purpose of colonisation and apartheid. As such, these offices may be assisting Jewish emigrants in the crime of perfidy, in relation to “the feigning of civilian, non-combatant status” (see Article 37 of 1977 Protocol (I), not listed above).

 

·         The JNF office in London supports HaShomer HaChadash with operational costs and equipment. HaShomer HaChadash provides military skills training to its agricultural security guards, in order to repel incursions/resistance by Bedouins or Arabs whose farmland has been taken by Jewish settlements on either side of the Green Line. This ‘Farmland Watch Program’ operates, for example, in the Rotem settlement in the occupied West Bank. One of the founders of this settlement is featured on the HaShomer HaChadash website as a recipient of their protection, though he is a case study of a war criminal, terrorising the surrounding Palestinian farmers in collusion with the Israeli military (as documented by B’Tselem), and expanding Jewish settlement over their fertile lands. HaShomer HaChadash is reportedly active in the Hebron area (where perhaps the most genocidal of Jewish settlers operate) and its Farmland Watch Program extends to the occupied Golan Heights.

 

·         The JNF office in London supports the Israeli army (known as the Israel Defense Forces, IDF). Formed of terrorist units that were committing atrocities well before the ethnic cleansing of Palestine ca. 1948, the Israeli army persists in committing War Crimes that are associated with the expansion of settlements in the ongoing conquest and colonisation of Palestine. The JNF office in London contributed to the 2014 Israeli war effort in Gaza and valorises the operations of the army in memorials to Jewish combatants. The JNF office in London is quite obsessed with inculcating Jewish school children/youth in pre-military programmes. The few projects supported by the JNF office for Bedouin school/scholarship programmes come with the proviso of military training/service (thus encouraging Bedouins to join combat against fellow Arabs across the Green Line).

 

·         The JNF office in London supports JNF offices on the ground. Although the London office claims that it is an independent organisation, it cooperates with the JNF offices on the ground (the latter hosted a meeting of the London-based executive board in 2015 during which tasks were apportioned). The JNF offices on the ground were instrumental in planning the ethnic cleansing of Palestine ca.1948 and ever since (forced population transfer is of course a War Crime in several of the articles listed above – both the ethnic cleansing of the native population and the transfer of colonial settlers to the occupied territory are War Crimes). The lands of Palestinian towns and villages were appropriated by the JNF and there was a coordinated effort by JNF offices around the world to plant parks and forests over the ruins. The JNF offices on the ground continue to be engaged in war crimes with the ongoing appropriation of lands in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

 

There is a dichotomy between the claims of the JNF office in London to carry out legal activities within the Green Line, and its fidelity with all the above organisations involved directly in War Crimes on both sides of the Green Line. Are we to accept, as the Charity Commission seems to accept, that the JNF office in London is acting with propriety in its dealings with organisations engaged in War Crimes? Is it possible to work with several groups of war criminals, with all of that work having no relation to such crimes? The JNF office in London is happily relying on these criminals to properly administer its funds, strictly demarcating its legal projects in the morning, from their terrorism and population transfer in the afternoon. This is a ruse.

 

The JNF office in London is (and has been) involved in concealing War Crimes (that have taken place historically in Palestine), in order to prevent punishment of those responsible, enabling further such crimes (including acts of terrorism, genocide and crimes against humanity) to be committed with impunity, and extending the conflict indefinitely as a smokescreen for creeping colonisation. The JNF office in London is involved in consolidating these War Crimes with the aim to irreparably undermine the process of repatriation of victims of these crimes (Palestinian refugees, internally displaced persons, and concentrated populations).

 

As has been widely documented, JNF offices around the world consolidate the War Crimes associated with the depopulation of Palestine by means of the planting of parks and forests over the remains of Palestinian villages. For example, the JNF office in London developed and financed the British Park over the remains of three Palestinian villages, expediting the destruction of religious and cultural institutions, schools, and archaeological sites, actions that are expressly prohibited as War Crimes. The JNF office in London continues to work on the development of the British park, for example, recently providing a recreational garden dedicated to a squadron of the air force.

 

 

Additional notes on prosecuting the JNF office in London

 

The JNF office in London has no legal right under international law, nor authority in any realm, to work on the Palestinian lands that they have historically worked upon. All of the lands that have at any time been administered or worked upon by JNF offices on the ground and JNF offices around the world are, to a first approximation, entirely in the gift of Palestinian refugees etc. The liabilities of the JNF office in London for crimes against the Palestinian people are such that their operations must be entirely terminated, pending prosecution of its officers for (complicity with) War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity, Genocide and Terrorism.

 

Please note that the legal representatives of the Charity Commission have contrived to deny a fair trial to Protected Persons, such as refugees/families with children, who have suffered acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing, and who have made legal challenges against the JNF office in London. It is unclear why the Charity Commission has chosen to defend the JNF office over the claims of Protected Persons. Perhaps the Charity Commission at an institutional level, and/or some of its officers at a personal level, have an interest in racial/religious privilege – unfortunately, this remains a problem throughout the world. Depriving protected persons to a fair trial is prohibited (for example, in the above Article 8 of the 1998 Rome Statute relating to international armed conflict).

 

Please ensure in your investigations that you obtain all the necessary documents from the JNF office in London. Their accounts dating back decades are of course important. However, they are not, by Charity Commission regulations, required to provide details of all of the activities they fund, so the complete records of money transfers will be required. Records of their historic and ongoing communications will show cooperation and fidelity with organisations on the ground (not least with JNF offices on the ground involved in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine) who continue to target the civilian population.

 

The operations of the JNF office in London are exacerbating the conditions indicated in the above Article 1 and Article 3 of the 1977 Protocol (I) additional to the 1949 Geneva Conventions. These conditions extend the application of the Geneva Conventions to the entire history of the conflict and the whole territory of conflict, which remains mired in a criminal enterprise of colonial settlement involving actors external to the territory.

 

A resolution to this conflict is not helped by the UK, through its agency (the Charity Commission), providing standing to the JNF office in London. This appears to make the UK a party to the conflict: it puts us in the position of an allied or subordinate belligerent in the conquest of Palestine, engaged in contraventions of international law for military objectives that are not particularly our own. At the least, our interest should be to avoid bringing liability upon the UK in a conflict that we would rather see resolved under our stated commitment to the Protection of Civilians.

 

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(4)   Crimes committed by the JNF office in London, including (complicity with) Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes, Genocide and Terrorism:

 

Second supplementary report, relating in particular to the Genocide Convention

 

 

From: Mortaza Sahibzada (mozsahib@gmail.com)

 

To: Metropolitan Police, Counter Terrorism Command (CTC) by email (SO15Mailbox.WarCrimesunit@met.pnn.police.uk)

 

Date: 21 April 2021

 

Reference: Police 101 call no. 340-28 (3 April 2021) / In-person interview with Officers 1575AS and 2530AS (4 April 2021)

 

 

Introduction

 

In this second report on crimes being committed by the JNF office in London, I would like to address the crimes against the Palestinian people (variously described as Bedouin or Arab) that fall under the Genocide Convention of 1948, to which the UK acceded in 1970.

 

Further down I will try to satisfy the guidance for referrals to the War Crimes Team (SO15) within the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command (CTC), which is responsible for the investigation of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

 

 

Genocide being committed by the JNF

 

Here are the salient excerpts from the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide:

 

“Recognizing that at all periods of history genocide has inflicted great losses on humanity… in order to liberate mankind from such an odious scourge…”

 

Article I: “The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.”

 

Article II: “In the present convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: (a) Killing members of the group; (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part…”

 

Article III: “The following acts shall be punishable: (a) Genocide; (b) Conspiracy to commit genocide; (c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide; (d) Attempt to commit genocide; (e) Complicity in genocide.”

 

Article IV: “Persons committing genocide or any of the other acts enumerated in article III shall be punished, whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals.”

 

Article V: “The Contracting Parties undertake to enact, in accordance with their respective Constitutions, the necessary legislation to give effect to the provisions of the present Convention, and, in particular, to provide effective penalties for persons guilty of genocide or any of the other acts enumerated in article III.”

 

The JNF office in London is engaged in crimes that contravene parts a, b and c in Article II. The JNF office in London works to consolidate the destruction of Palestinian homes and villages, which were destroyed in war crimes ca. 1948 and 1967, and continue to be destroyed by increments in a methodical process of ethnic cleansing. The JNF office in London provides funds to plant forests, or contributes to the development of Jewish settlements, over the remains of Palestinian homes and villages, eliminating the traces of Palestinian dwelling and destroying the evidence of the crimes that took place there.

 

With regard to the Palestinian Bedouin population, it is not uncommon for families and villages that were forcibly displaced and relocated by the Israeli authorities, to have their homes and villages bulldozed again in the second location. The objective is to disorientate them from their way of life and to transfer them to concentrated towns that are impoverished as a result of the pre-meditated neglect of regional and state authorities. This is not a condition of existence that is consistent with their culture or heritage. The JNF office in London is intimately involved in these activities, funding Jewish settler groups that covet ancestral Bedouin lands.

 

Across the Green Line in the so-called Palestinian Territories, settlers are strategically located in bases of operations (Jewish settlements) supported in part by the JNF office in London. Genocide here as elsewhere in history is conducted by racial/religious supremacists who are prone to violence against the native population, viewing them as subhuman. Supported by the Israeli military, armed gangs of settlers roam the Palestinian hills and valleys, establishing further bases (outposts), perhaps designated by the military as agricultural farms. The JNF office in London works to improve the comfort and liveability of Jewish settlements, providing the opportunity for families to be raised there, free from the rule of law, in a culture of segregation and supremacy, primed for acts of genocide.

 

 

Referrals to the War Crimes Team (SO15)

 

I will try to satisfy your guidelines for referrals to SO15 that is part of CTC and that works in conjunction, where necessary, with the Counter Terrorism Division (CTD) of the Crown Prosecution Service.

https://www.cps.gov.uk/publication/war-crimescrimes-against-humanity-referral-guidelines

 

I understand from these guidelines that referrals may be made by private individuals. I am also following the advice on the Charity Commission website to report charities engaged in criminal activities to the police.

 

I noted in my previous report that the Charity Commission has itself received numerous complaints about violations of international law by the JNF office in London, but has rejected these complaints. In your investigations, I would urge you to be alert to denial, obstruction and/or malfeasance on the part of the Charity Commission.

 

Identifiable suspects – The private individuals involved in the current and previous operations of the JNF office in London are easily identified, being trustees, executives, patrons, fundraisers and staff currently or previously working at the office.

 

Identification of victims – The war crimes that took place ca. 1948 and 1967 including the destruction of hundreds of villages and the ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian people, generations of whom continue to live in refugee camps to this day, have been widely studied and documented. Accounts of the ongoing displacement of the Palestinian/Bedouin people are widely available in the news media and academic journals. The UK probably holds the most resources in the world for providing evidence of these crimes, given the presence of world-renowned scholars on the subject and London-based organisations such as the Palestine Land Society (which has mapped out the Palestine genocide in an extensive Atlas and is an authority on the JNF) and the Palestinian Return Centre (which has special consultative status at the United Nations). Please contact them; they will put you in touch with any number of refugee families and their children who fled and had their villages destroyed and subsequently planted over by the JNF with funds originating from JNF office in London. There are numerous organisations within the Green Line, both Jewish and Arab, such as the Negev Coexistence Forum and Regional Council for Unrecognized Villages, who will provide you with details of Bedouin victims and other internally displaced Palestinian victims. The unremitting acts of violence by settlers across the Green Line (whose bases are supported in part by the JNF office in London) are documented in weekly/periodic reports on the websites of several non-governmental organisations.

 

Public interest – The JNF is a malign influence on the Jewish community in this country, overtly encouraging segregation in breeding grounds of extremism, and covertly associating the community with supremacism and colonialism. It would be of particular interest to Jews to rid them of something that afflicts them. It would be of interest to the public more generally, including the Arab/Muslim population, that the UK takes a lead on the international stage with helping to resolve the most intractable conflict of the previous century. It would advance the UK’s particular commitment to the Protection of Civilians (International Humanitarian Law) that I will address in a future report. As it states in your guidelines, if there is sufficient evidence of crimes, it is highly likely that a prosecution would be in the public interest. The UK is perfectly positioned to take a lead on this, having within our country an embarrassment of resources on the subject – it would be disappointing if another country such as Canada takes the lead while we play catch-up. There is also the matter of the UK’s liability in these crimes, given the involvement of a government agency (the Charity Commission) in harbouring the JNF.

 

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(3)   Crimes committed by the JNF office in London, including (complicity with) Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes, Genocide and Terrorism:

 

First supplementary report, relating in particular to the Terrorist Financing Convention

 

 

From: Mortaza Sahibzada (mozsahib@gmail.com)

 

To: Metropolitan Police, Counter Terrorism Command (CTC) by email (SO15Mailbox.WarCrimesunit@met.pnn.police.uk)

 

Date: 14 April 2021

 

Reference: Police 101 call no. 340-28 (3 April 2021) / In-person interview with Officers 1575AS and 2530AS (4 April 2021)

 

 

Introduction

 

This is the first supplementary report I am submitting following my call to Police 101 and the in-person interview with officers who visited my home the following day (a transcript of the interview is provided at the end of this report). I am also submitting four volumes of the JNF eBook to provide you with background on the JNF (Jewish National Fund).

 

This and future reports relate to crimes being committed by the JNF office in London in terms of contraventions of international laws that have been ratified by the UK and written into our national laws. This first report relates in particular to contraventions of the 1999 International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and associated UK legislation.

 

The investigation of the most serious of crimes - Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes, Genocide and Terrorism - is the responsibility of CTC, and I will try to satisfy your guidance for referrals to CTC in another supplementary report. For those crimes that fall outside the remit of the CTC in this and future reports, please ensure that the reports are circulated to the appropriate departments.

 

The JNF is a charity registered with the Charity Commission. Under the auspices of the Commission, I would estimate of the order of £100 million has been transferred abroad to Israel, much of it for (complicity with) Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes, Genocide and Terrorism on both sides of the 1949 Armistice border commonly known as the Green Line.

 

The Commission has received numerous complaints about the JNF’s violations of international law, as well as the JNF’s violations of the Commission’s own regulations, but there has been a consistent failure to act. It may be that the Commission is negligent and knowingly (in the case of some of its past and/or present officers) or unknowingly culpable in these crimes.

 

You will know that the involvement of a government agency, in this case the Charity Commission, in contraventions of international laws makes the UK itself liable. You may wish to look at the Commission as part of your investigations, given the seriousness of these crimes and the possible implications for the UK’s liability.

 

 

International laws that apply to JNF crimes

 

Below is a limited list of international laws/conventions ratified by the UK. The JNF office in London has been violating and continues to violate these particular laws since its establishment as the JNF Charitable Trust in 1939:

 

1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 

1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide

 

1949 Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War

 

1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol

 

1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons

 

1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

 

1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

 

1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

 

1999 International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism

 

Similarly, the JNF office in London has engaged in crimes that contravene a number of UN Security Council Resolutions, not listed here. The UK is bound to uphold these Resolutions according to Article 24 and 25 of the UN Charter, and has a particular responsibility to do so as a Permanent Member of the Security Council.

 

 

Financing of terrorism by the JNF

 

In this first supplementary report, I would like to draw your attention to the crime of terrorist financing being committed by the JNF office in London. Here are the salient excerpts from the 1999 International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism:

 

Preamble: “Recalling… States Members of the United Nations solemnly reaffirmed their unequivocal condemnation of all acts, methods and practices of terrorism as criminal and unjustifiable, wherever and by whomever committed, including those which jeopardize the friendly relations among States and peoples and threaten the territorial integrity and security of States… all States to take steps to prevent and counteract, through appropriate domestic measures, the financing of terrorists and terrorist organizations, whether such financing is direct or indirect through organizations which also have or claim to have charitable, social or cultural goals… including the exploitation of persons for purposes of funding terrorist activities, and in particular to consider, where appropriate, adopting regulatory measures to prevent and counteract movements of funds suspected to be intended for terrorist purposes… Noting that the number and seriousness of acts of international terrorism depend on the financing that terrorists may obtain…”

 

Article 1: “Proceeds means any funds derived from or obtained, directly or indirectly, through the commission of an offence set forth in article 2…”

 

Article 2: “Any person commits an offence within the meaning of this Convention if that person by any means, directly or indirectly, unlawfully and wilfully, provides or collects funds with the intention that they should be used or in the knowledge that they are to be used, in full or in part, in order to carry out… Any other act intended to cause death or serious bodily injury to a civilian, or to any other person not taking an active part in the hostilities in a situation of armed conflict, when the purpose of such act, by its nature or context, is to intimidate a population, or to compel a government or an international organization to do or to abstain from doing any act…”

 

Article 6: “Each State Party shall adopt such measures as may be necessary, including, where appropriate, domestic legislation, to ensure that criminal acts within the scope of this Convention are under no circumstances justifiable by considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or other similar nature…”

 

Article 8: “Each State Party shall take appropriate measures, in accordance with its domestic legal principles, for the identification, detection and freezing or seizure of any funds used or allocated for the purpose of committing the offences set forth in article 2 as well as the proceeds derived from such offences, for purposes of possible forfeiture… Each State Party shall consider establishing mechanisms whereby the funds derived from the forfeitures referred to in this article are utilized to compensate the victims of offences referred to in article 2…”

 

Article 18: “States Parties shall cooperate in the prevention of the offences set forth in article 2 by taking all practicable measures, inter alia, by adapting their domestic legislation, if necessary, to prevent and counter preparations in their respective territories for the commission of those offences within or outside their territories, including… Measures to prohibit in their territories illegal activities of persons and organizations that knowingly encourage, instigate, organize or engage in the commission of offences set forth in article 2…”

 

Furthermore, here are excerpts from UK legislation on Terrorism and Crown Prosecution Service information and guidance:

 

Terrorism is the use or threat of action, both in and outside of the UK, designed to… intimidate the public… for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause. Examples include: serious violence against a person or damage to property… creating a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public… It is important to note that in order to be convicted of a terrorism offence a person doesn't actually have to commit what could be considered a terrorist attack. Planning, assisting and even collecting information on how to commit terrorist acts are all crimes under British terrorism legislation.

https://www.cps.gov.uk/crime-info/terrorism

 

15. Fund-raising. A person commits an offence if he invites another to provide money or other property, and intends that it should be used, or has reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used, for the purposes of terrorism… receives money or other property, and intends that it should be used, or has reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used, for the purposes of terrorism… provides money or other property, and knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that it will or may be used for the purposes of terrorism.

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/11/section/15

 

6… there has been an actual or contemplated use or threat of action involving serious violence against a person… creating a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public; the use or threat of action also involved the use of firearms… if the use or threat of action did not involve the use of firearms or explosives then it is necessary to consider whether the use or threat of action was designed to… intimidate the public or a section of the public; and that the use or threat of action is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause.

7. The actions of individuals who travel from the UK overseas to participate in fighting, may be caught by the provisions of section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

11… it is an offence for a British subject to enlist in the military of a foreign state at war with another foreign state… That prohibition does not extend, however, to enlistment in a foreign government’s forces which are engaged in a civil war or combatting terrorism or internal uprisings.

13… If the military of any country operate outside of the law, the individuals can be investigated and there should be consideration as to whether there is evidence that an individual has acted in violation of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

14… Potential Terrorism Act offences include… preparation for acts of terrorism… providing and receiving training… fundraising offences… providing and receiving weapons training… possession of articles for terrorist purpose… possession of information likely to be useful to a terrorist.

15… Where there is the necessary extra-territorial jurisdiction, potential other offences include… War crimes or crimes against humanity.

17. If individuals decide to travel to overseas to take part in fighting, if not in accordance with a properly authorised UK government operation, then it is likely that the public interest would be in favour of prosecution.

https://www.cps.gov.uk/legal-guidance/terrorism-guidance-relation-prosecution-individuals-involved-terrorism-overseas

 

The JNF office in London provides funding for the creation and development of self-imposed, segregated Jewish settlements on land that has been expropriated, by force and terrorism, from the Palestinian population (variously described as Arab or Bedouin). The provision of social and environmental facilities to settler groups, such as the Or Movement or (affiliates of) the Har Hevron Regional Council, enables and encourages Jews from Europe, North America and elsewhere to settle there. Once there, they may engage in the ongoing colonial conquest of Palestinian land, a process that has largely compromised Palestinian territorial integrity and contiguity.

 

Settlers in Jewish communities sponsored to varying degrees by the JNF are trained in the use of firearms and military tactics, both for the defence of settlements from Palestinian resistance and for the expansion of their settlements by force of arms. Israeli forces and settlers, combined, routinely harass Palestinians, demolishing homes, poisoning livestock, vandalizing property, uprooting trees and other forms of violence. Agrarian Palestinian communities are under particular threat of physical harm and death at the hands of settlers, by which the latter intend to intimidate the native population to vacate their lands and properties.

 

This is both a colonial and an apartheid enterprise involving the JNF office in London and the JNF offices in Israel. Funds from the JNF office in London are used to support the development of new settlements on Palestinian land or the expansion of existing settlements. Then, allotments are leased to settlers on a long-term basis at preferential rates. This provides a mechanism for the enrichment of the Jewish community and the destitution of the displaced community, who are concentrated into ever-diminishing territory. The JNF in Israel benefits from the proceeds of the leasing, and uses the funds to propagate further such activities against the Palestinian population.

 

Some of the financial proceeds relating to these genocidal crimes are perhaps outside of the jurisdiction of the CTC, but they should be borne in mind because these crimes promote long-term conflict and new generations of terrorists on all sides. These crimes also provide a narrative for the motivation of third-party (or home-grown) terrorism in other countries. Moreover, the JNF office in London, a spur of terrorist finance, is within the jurisdiction of UK authorities. Prosecuting the JNF here, as well as a matter of tackling the terrorism emanating from the UK, is also a means to challenge the narrative behind third-party terrorism.

 

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(2)    Transcript of in-person interview by Metropolitan Police Officers (collar nos. 1575AS and 2530AS), interviewing Mortaza Sahibzada on 4 April 2021

 

 

Officer 1: What’s been going on then, sir?

 

Mortaza: I just decided yesterday that it’s time this matter was reported to the police, because it’s criminal, albeit by a charity that’s carrying out this illegal activity.

 

Officer 2: Ok.

 

Mortaza: So, people have complained to the Charity Commission directly, to try to get the Charity Commission to strike this charity off their register.

 

Officer 1: Right.

 

Mortaza: But that’s been unsuccessful. I had a look at the Charity Commission website and it says if you suspect a charity of engaging in illegal activity you should report it to the police. That’s what I did yesterday and so here you are now.

 

Officer 1: What sort of criminal activity are you suspecting them to be involved in.

 

Mortaza: It’s international laws and conventions that are written into the laws of this country, so things like the Fourth Geneva Conventions, conventions relating to refugees, conventions relating to indigenous and tribal peoples. Because I called on the spur of the moment yesterday, I was not able to articulate all these things.

 

Officer 1: Yeah, no worries.

 

Mortaza: What I have started to do now is write down a specific list of the laws and conventions that the country is a signatory to and which I believe this charity is contravening.

 

Officer 2: Ok.

 

Mortaza: So, if I can send that to you in a few days?

 

Officer 1: In terms of law, as response team officers, we deal with a wide range of offences, but that’s not going to be something that we are familiar with.

 

Officer 2: Sorry, I know you explained this yesterday. Because we weren’t the people who were supposed to come, they got tied up with something, we haven’t read through everything. First of all, in what country have they committed the offences, and what offences have been committed. Really basic, just so that we can work out what we are dealing with.

 

Mortaza: Absolutely. This is a charity, it’s called JNF. That stands for Jewish National Fund. All their work relates to Israel and Palestine. They raise money in this country and they have branches in other countries. They send money to Israel and this money is given to Jewish settler groups and to other agencies in Israel and they are involved in demolishing houses and villages that belong to Palestinian people. The Palestinian people own these properties and they have deeds. These groups are involved in destroying their villages. What they do then is they make their own communities, Jewish communities that are segregated, that are not mixed with the local Arab population. And they encourage people from this country for example to go and settle in Israel and Palestine and occupy the land.

 

Officer 2: Yeah.

 

Mortaza: So, basically there are a lot of international conventions to do with this. You are not allowed, under conditions of war or occupation or anything, to steal property, to destroy property of refugees, of the local civilian population. But that’s precisely what this charity, the JNF, is engaged in, is complicit with. We call that ethnic cleansing, that’s what all these crimes fall under, ethnic cleansing. And Britain is a signatory to these international laws, which are supposed to prevent this kind of crime and especially prevent us from supporting it in a foreign country.

 

Officer 2: What you are telling us, is there anything that hasn’t been brought the attention of the Israeli government, the Israeli police?

 

Mortaza: In terms of the Israeli government and the Israeli police, there’s lots of Arab Palestinian organisations, Bedouin organisations within Israel and outside of Israel that have tried to challenge this through the courts of Israel and they have reported it to all the authorities. But the problem is that a lot of laws in Israel are what we would call Apartheid laws, so they favour one ethnic group, one religious group over another.

 

Officer 2: Yeah.

 

Mortaza: Therefore, they don’t apply justice there. In fact, they facilitate this ethnic cleansing.

 

Officer 2: Ok.

 

Mortaza: Ok, Israel, there’s not a lot we can do about them, but we can certainly stop a charity in this country from sending money to groups out there who are engaged and complicit and involved in this ethnic cleansing.

 

Officer 2: What are you hoping the British police can do?

 

Mortaza: Well, as far as I understand from speaking to the officer yesterday on the 101 phone call, you have a department called Counter Terrorism Command that deals with international laws to do with ethnic cleansing, other international crimes of this nature. Like UN laws that are written into this country’s laws, apparently the department that handles terrorism also deals with matters to do with international law and UN conventions like the Fourth Geneva Convention.

 

Officer 2: I think what we could do is we could put on an intel report and that gets flagged to certain people. Like my colleague said earlier, we don’t deal with this daily, you know the kind of things we deal with, it’s not this sort of thing. So, I have no idea whether they are aware of this charity, whether it’s something they are dealing with, whether it’s something they won’t deal with. We can put on an intelligence report, and then the people that would need to see it, will see it. If it is something they need to action, they can get in touch with you. Umm… we don’t normally take reports of offences that happen in other countries… I understand what you mean…

 

Mortaza: But I must insist there are criminal offences taking place within this country because we are signatory to these laws, and we are not allowed to promote violence, conflict, hatred abroad…

 

Officer 2: We are not saying that we are allowed to do that, I’m not disagreeing with you.

 

Mortaza: Right.

 

Officer 2: I’m telling you that day-to-day we don’t normally take reports of this nature. Therefore, I don’t really know what to tell you as to what will happen once we put this intelligence report on… Other than the collecting of money and it being used for things you think are criminal, if there are any offences that have occurred in the UK, we’ll take down the details. Is there anything like that you know of with this charity?

 

Mortaza: As I said, I’m putting together a list of the specific laws which are written into our laws, British laws, that I believe this charity has contravened… Now, can I do that over the next few days and give that to you.

 

Officer 1: What I suggest is, if you carry on making a list of the laws that you think have been broken, and once we put this intelligence report on, it will get flagged to the right departments and they’ll look into it. And if they think it’s necessary, they will contact yourself, and at that point you’ll be able to give them further information.

 

Mortaza: My problem is that I have feeling that I won’t get contacted. What I would like to do is get this information to you.

 

Officer 1: If that’s the case, if you don’t get contacted or you feel that you won’t, call 101 again and give them the reference number that you’ve got and you can give them the information there.

 

Mortaza: Ok yeah… Can I give you one or two of the laws that I already have on the list?

 

Officer 1: Yeah, you can give me a couple, just so that we can have a vague idea of what’s going on.

 

Mortaza: Great, so the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. It says in that convention that we are a signatory to…

 

Officer 1: Mortaza, on second thoughts, I’m not actually going to put that in my report. It probably makes more sense if you just compile a big list…

 

Officer 2: Have you ever spoken to a lawyer regarding this.

 

Mortaza: I haven’t personally. I believe other people have and they have made complaints to the Charity Commission through lawyers. I believe they have approached the Attorney General and perhaps other agencies I’m not aware of.

 

Officer 2: Because there is a strong possibility that that would be a more effective route to go down. If for example the intelligence report that we put on doesn’t get taken up by anybody, because it’s not within their remit or whatever it might be. Seeking advice from a solicitor for charities could be an idea to see what they can offer.

 

Mortaza: Yes, that’s a good idea. A lawyer, a solicitor might be able to articulate the crimes that are being committed. I am actually speaking to someone who’s sort of qualified, but I don’t think he’s a lawyer and he’s helping me put together this list.

 

Officer 2: There are lawyers that literally deal with this kind of thing happening in Israel or in other countries and they would also possibly have a better knowledge as to what has been done regarding this charity or regarding areas that you are talking about… We’ll put the intelligence report on, but I cannot promise you that someone will get back to you, because I don’t know if Counter Terrorism will look into it or not. But thank you for calling us and any questions, anything else you want to let us know, you can always call 101 again. Ok?

 

Officer 1: Alright?

 

Mortaza: Thank you…

 

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(1)    Report of crimes being committed by JNF office in London, made by telephone to Police 101 (call reference no. 340-28, Mortaza Sahibzada speaking to Erin) on 3 April 2021

 

 

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