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6 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I March 2009
UK-Israeli trade ties
come under pressure
The research comes at time “The building of settlements is a
of growing concern in Europe crime under the ICC act and being
that economic ties to Israel are ancillary to it is a criminal offence
perpetuating the illegal situation of punishable by imprisonment under
occupation. English law,” Hayes added.
A recent report published this month Some Israeli companies export “This could mean that companies
probing trading links between British products produced in settlements like Agrexco, who facilitate and profit
companies and Israel’s settlements in to their U.K. trading partners while from the building of settlements,
the West Bank and East Jerusalem, others have major offices or factories could be considered ancillary and be
considered illegal under International in the settlements. prosecuted in the U.K. under the act,”
and British law, found 68 British Produce exported by these he added.
companies with economic ties to settlements is a violation of British Products grown on settlements
these settlements. law, which in 2001 criminalized acts are sold by major U.K. supermarkets
“Under the International Criminal like the building of settlements and Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Somerfield
Court Act 2001 it is unlawful under any crimes that fall under the element and well-known British retail chains
English law for a person whether in the of “apartheid” like Marks and Spencer and John
UK or elsewhere to be complicit in war “Under the International Criminal Lewish.
crimes or crimes against humanity” Court Act 2001 it is unlawful under Tesco is linked to four companies
Tom Hayes, BIG spokesman research English law for a person, whether in Arava, Hadiklaim, Mehadrin-Tnuport,
at SOAS University in London said the U.K. or elsewhere, to be complicit Soda-Club while Sainsbury’s is linked
that 68 British companies have direct in war crimes or crimes against to two companies: Hadiklaim, Soda-
or indirect trade links to Israel’s humanity. This includes the transfer Club. John Lewis linked to Ahava,
settlements. of civilian populations into occupied all of which benefit from settlement-
Forty-nine had head offices in the territory or profiting from apartheid,” based trade.
United Kingdom while 19 were British Tom Hayes, spokesman for U.K.-
subsidiaries of companies based in based Boycott Israeli Campaign
Israel. (BIG), told
Was Robert the first
Muslim mayor in UK?
A man tracing his family tree has The retired mechanic, of Plough
The Muslim Council of Britain
discovered Stalybridge had the first Street, Dukinfield, said: “Robert
has welcomed the findings of an
Muslim mayor in the country — more obviously became a respected Muslim
independent Charity Commission
than 130 years ago. leader towards the end of his life. We
survey of mosques in Britain which
Brian Longden’s great-great are very proud of him and want to
says that mosques contribute to
grandad Robert Stanley, who share what we have found with the
their local communities through
converted to Islam, served as town people of Stalybridge and the rest of
a wide range of services and
mayor from 1874-1876. the country.”
activities in addition to providing
The 19th century tea merchant was Steven, also a Muslim, said: “It’s
space for worship, from sport and
chairman of the building committee an amazing coincidence that I have
leisure activities to healthy living
for Stalybridge market hall and one also converted. It must be in the
programmes and assistance for
of the original trustees for Stamford blood.
senior citizens.
Park. “He is an important part of the
The survey charts how an
Campaigners are calling for him to area’s history. He achieved such a lot
overwhelming majority (94%) deliver
be given full recognition in his home in his life and we are really proud of
educational programme for children
town — with a blue plaque. him.”
and young people and three in five
Mr Stanley, who was also Initially born in Cardiff in 1828, Mr
(61%) carry out women’s groups/
an alderman and a councillor, Stanley moved to Stalybridge with his
was regarded as one of the family aged 10.
The survey also show that
most distinguished members of His civic role in Stalybridge in the
increasingly more and more
Manchester’s then 40-strong Muslim 1870s is well documented, playing a
mosques have young people (52%)
community. key role in the building of Stalybridge
and women (15%) represented in
Brian was astonished to discover market hall and in the setting up
their management responsibility. Far
his ancestor’s religious beliefs — of Stamford Park. He left to live in
from being a source of separation,
especially as his own son Steven Manchester in 1880 and died in 1911
mosques are integral to community
converted to Islam eight years ago. aged 83.
cohesion and development.
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