Rejected! Parliament refuses to debate war criminal Netanyahu arrest petition

Parliament has declined to debate a petition calling for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be arrested for alleged war crimes.

The online petition rapidly attracted more than the required 100,000 signatures needed to trigger a debate.

Some 112,000 people signed the petition calling for Netanyahu to be arrested during his Downing Street visit last Wednesday.

The government dismissed the petition, saying it is impossible to arrest Netanyahu in Britain.

Speaking to the Jewish Chronicle on Wednesday, a House of Commons’ Petitions Committee spokesperson said the petition called for action that is “not possible” under international or UK law, therefore no further action would be taken.

Under UK and international law, visiting heads of foreign governments, such as Prime Minister Netanyahu, have immunity from legal process, and cannot be arrested or detained,” the government said on the petition website.

The spokesperson said if backbench MPs want to debate the war crimes allegation, they may be able to do so by applying to the Backbench Business Committee.

Just like other heads of foreign governments, Netanyahu has diplomatic immunity in Britain, meaning he is exempt from being arrested when visiting London.

Via RT.