Ex-UK diplomat Craig Murray detained after declaring support for the people of Palestine.

A former British diplomat and human rights activist has been detained under the country’s counterterrorism laws after declaring support for the people of Palestine and criticizing Israel’s atrocities against them.

By ICH and Agencies

Craig Murray was detained on Monday under the UK’s so-called Prevention of Terrorism Act after he returned from a trip to Iceland.

Before his arrest, he had taken part in a pro-Palestinian protest outside Iceland’s parliament building.

In another X post on Sunday, Murray had clearly indicated his support for Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement.

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On the same day, Murray reposted an earlier X post by Francesca Albanese, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories, calling on the world body to intervene for an immediate ceasefire in Israel’s ongoing bloody war against the Gaza Strip, adding, “Under international law, atrocity crimes must not only be punished but also prevented.”

His detention came amid an all-out war waged by the Israeli regime against the besieged Gaza Strip, which has so far claimed the lives of more than 2,800 Palestinians and injured close to 11,000 others.

The war was waged after an operation by Gaza’s resistance groups, which has so far left some 1,200 Israeli forces and illegal settlers dead and close more than 200 others captive. The resistance factions launched the operation in response to the Israeli regime’s decades-long campaign of bloodshed and destruction against Palestinians.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said those supporting Hamas following the operation would be “held to account,” vowing support for the Israeli regime and pledging readiness on the part of London to provide Tel Aviv with military assistance.

Upon arresting Murray, British authorities seized his phone and other electronic devices. He was also questioned about attending the pro-Palestinian protest outside the Icelandic parliament.

A former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, Murray was sacked by the country’s Foreign Office for criticizing the host country’s human rights record as well as vehemently opposing the United States administration’s extraordinary rendition program, which involved torturing terrorism suspects.

Following his sacking from the British diplomatic service, Murray embraced journalism and human rights activism, and established his own blog to publish his views and findings.

See also – Craig Murray: Fascism in the West to Enable Genocide in Palestine

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25 responses to “Ex-UK diplomat Craig Murray detained after declaring support for the people of Palestine.”

  1. Lily Susan Todd Avatar
    Lily Susan Todd

    Arrest me too. If standing with Palestine against years upon years of
    having your ancestral homes destroyed, your olive trees burnt, and living under an apartheid regime, is a crime, I am guilty

    1. scrdmgl Avatar

      This proves beyond any doubt that you don’t have to be a Zionist to hate Palestinians and their supporters, so believes PM Rishi Sunak who never found a one that he couldn’t love.
      He prays at the altar of Kali, goddess of death and destruction, he’s obviously in the wrong country.

    2. Jack Lomax Avatar

      Western Democracy and Free Speech are allowed only when it don’t matter.

  2. David Chapman Avatar
    David Chapman

    Yes. It seems if one voices support for the Palestinians even if at the same time you condemn the slaughter by Hamas you are immediately labeled a Hamas lover, a Palestinian lover and a terrorist. Same thing if you present a balanced view of the Russia/Ukraine war. I live in Canada so I’m don’t believe if any of this would get me arrested. But that’s today.

    1. Ray Joseph Cormier Avatar

      I live in Downtown Ottawa-Hull, David.
      I subscribe to the Washington Post and on February 28 I posted my 1st comment on the US/NATO WAR with Russia over Ukraine in NATO,

      “When Western governments declare publicly it’s goal and objective it to destroy the Russian Economy without using bombs, WWIII/ARMAGEDDON has already started.

      History proves it’s much easier to start Wars than to end them. It took 20 years and $2 TRILLION for the US to extricate itself from the humiliating defeat in Afghanistan.

      I expect Putin will use the ‘nuclear option’ in the Economic War, and will turn off Nord Stream I and all oil and gas pipelines passing through Ukraine to keep Western Europe’s Economy going.

      The question will be who can endure material privation and want longer? Russians who are accustomed to it, or Western Europeans who aren’t, when both the Russian and European Economies crash?”

      The comment was immediately deleted and I was suspended for a week from making any comments in The Washington Post. My comments pointing out all the SINS of Historical OMISSION got me 6 more suspensions so far and many other comments just deleted without suspending me.

      1. scrdmgl Avatar

        Washington Post brother Ray? What an idea, that rag is owned by Jeff ‘Kojak’ Bezos one of the richest men in the world and a honest ally of the working class!!! Even our own CBC corporation is to be avoided since like the British BBC is devoid of any useful purpose. Subscribe to RT News to get a clear picture of events around the world.

        1. Ray Joseph Cormier Avatar

          At least I negotiated 50% off the subscription price.
          One thing about the Washington Post is you never know what Politician or influential aide reads the comments that are not deleted.

          RT is free to read and I find there is less propaganda and it’s less agenda driven than in The Post and New York Times although they delete comments too occasionally but not like The Post.

          CBC and CTV mirror and follow the prescribed US propaganda narrative on the US/NATO WAR with Russia over Ukraine in NATO.
          Being around during the 1962 Cuban Missile crisis the US was ready fro WWIII because Russian missiles were 90 miles away in Cuba, but thinking they’re exceptional, think Russia should not be concerned having NATO missiles right on Russia’s border with Ukraine.

          RT did delete this comment 2 days ago in reply to another I posted 3 times and was deleted 3 times. RT never suspended me.

          Self-proclaimed ‘most Christian America’ says the Bible is the word of God and ignores most of the fundamentals. Christ Jesus is the WORD of God made flesh.

          They ignore this controversial insight and admonition in the Revelation of Jesus Christ the World is beginning to see more clearly than ever in the Revelation of current events.

          I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Revelation 2:9
          I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. Revelation 3:9

          Since those words are verse 9 in chapters 2 & 3 of the Revelation, it’s not just a coincidence, but the reinforcement of the vision in plain, not mystical language

  3. Angel Gabriel 72 Avatar
    Angel Gabriel 72

    Off topic, but I’m concerned that the Donation I am intended for ICH was turned down by Paypal. The reason being – Donations to this Party is not allowed from this Country. I’m in NZ, which until Saturday’s Election was still a somewhat Democratically Governed Country. Now I’m not so sure, sadly.
    I have no other options to be able to transfer funds out of New Zealand & that’s a sickening thought! AngelGabriel72

    1. braithwa842 Avatar

      Hi Angel,
      Thats not off topic at all. Its right in line with:-
      • The propaganda blitz, with a total blackout for truth.
      • Laws passed to censor online free speech, and disallowing free speech on the street.
      • Arrests and seizure of bank accounts if you disagree.
      Which nations are part of the “free world”? Certainly not any of the Five Eyes nations!

      1. braithwa842 Avatar

        P.S. I was able to donate using a Mastercard from Australia just now.

    2. Tony Kaku Avatar
      Tony Kaku

      I used to send money to help the endangered Amur Leopard. Due to US pressure, my government prohibits that now.

  4. Ian Hamilton Avatar
    Ian Hamilton

    I stand with the oppressed as Jesus did. I pray for the Palestinians and wish them freedom.

  5. Prometheus Avatar

    Craig gives his account of his awakening from the herd in his ‘Murder in Samarkand’…if you can find a copy still.
    Nice tale of British/brutish justice and ye o£de triple-standards…but then the Union Jack (a.k.a. here in Ireland as ‘the butcher’s apron) does consist of a triple cross. Thems the standard…ra££y to the f£ag. We’ll find you a warm trench up at front.

  6. Lynette Ackermann Avatar
    Lynette Ackermann

    I have endless admiration for a man who thinks for himself and stand by his principles; he understands that to be on the side of Truth is what matters.

  7. Mike Boddington Avatar
    Mike Boddington

    If you confine two million people in circumstances in which they have nothing to live for, you give them a cause to die for.

  8. CR Avatar

    I can’t fathom the extent to which western countries, including my own, Canada, is destroying our democracy through censorship, denial of free speech and a perverse support for Apartheid Israel and its current genocidal path in Gaza.

    The hypocrisy is stomach churning. Collectively through the last 150 years, western countries have killed tens if not hundreds of millions of people in their colonies and elsewhere. The only conclusion that one can reach is that support for Israel is actually based on racism—hatred toward Palestinians, a form of antisemitism. Making things much worse, is a media landscape that is compromised. Even a well-intentioned journalist working for a mainstream newspaper, is prohibited from providing context and a fair analysis of the conflict for fear of being suspended, cancelled or terminated. Forget Russian and Chinese interference compromising our democracy, we’re doing it to ourselves.

    1. Ray Joseph Cormier Avatar

      Trudeau expressing horror at the bombing of the Gaza hospital yesterday hypocritically said International Law must be followed.
      Western Politicians have known since 1967 it’s a violation on International Law for an occupying power to transfer it’s Citizens into the occupied territory as settlers to create immovable facts on the ground yet they remain silent about that to this very Day.

      While Israel has the right to self-defence, the Geneva Convention legalized the occupied people to fight the occupiers. Western politicians and the MSM ignore that in their one sided propaganda with too many SINS of Historical OMISSION.

      1. jim Avatar

        Correct, although I’m horrified at all the crime that Afghans commit in the west, the persecution of Omar Khadr was a good example of this. Khadr did nothing wrong in Afghanistan when he resisted invading NATO forces.

  9. Brutus Avatar

    If you’re interested in seeing the Biblical history of what’s going on, I encourage you to go to sermonaudio.com look up Pastor John Weaver in the speaker section to the left, then search:
    Who is Israel

    Then search
    Where we are and how we got here

    There’s also an update for 2022

    I also read the prophetic books of the Bible.

    The displacement of the Palestinian people has been going on for 100 years.

    Like most people I have learned a whole lot about those hundred years in the last week, and did not realize how bad things were in Gaza or the West Bank.

    deo vindice

  10. jim Avatar

    Shows you who runs the UK. Not ‘Anglo Saxons’. If you stand up against grooming gangs or Muslim terrorists attacking concerts, they call you racist. Meanwhile if you dare sympathize with someone on the Jewish hit list, off to jail for you.

  11. penelope Avatar

    I’m getting really scared in my own country. I’ve made statements of how I do not support the Zionist Nationalist state of Israel on Twitter. ZeroHedge has also become more and more Pro-Israel, which is shocking.

  12. citizen penelope Avatar
    citizen penelope

    What happened to the West? Since 9/11 it has been continual decline – not from without but from within!

    1. Ray Joseph Cormier Avatar

      This is the 51st Day of my 80th year and The Kansas City Times was quoting me in these excerpts from the larger Newspaper report published on September 13, 1976.

      “He came to town for the Republican National Convention and will stay until the election in November TO DO GOD’S BIDDING: To tell the World, from Kansas City, this country has been found wanting and its days are numbered […] He gestured toward a gleaming church dome. “The gold dome is the symbol of BABYLON,” he said.” […] He wanted to bring to the Public’s attention an “idea being put out subtly and deceptively” by the government that we have to get prepared for a War with Russia.”


  13. espartaco64 Avatar

    The British leadership likes to depict itself as the champions of democracy, freedom and human rights. Nothing can be further from the truth. British leaders, like those within the US, Canada and the rest of the West, are sociopathic hypocrites who wouldn’t hesitate a second to silence dissent if it impedes their hold on power.

  14. mosckerr Avatar

    Hamas has got to go. Israel fights the current war which Hamas started with the intent to force the unconditional surrender of Hamas.