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Gov Rankin agrees Israel has ‘every right’ to defend itself

- But says UK is deeply concerned about worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza
November 13th, 2023 | Tags: Israel Gaza Palestinians war attack Hamas John J. Rankin
United Kingdom (UK) appointed Governor of the [British] Virgin Islands John J. Rankin, CMG has agreed with his UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak that Israel has every right to defend itself; however, he said the UK is 'deeply concerned' about the humanitarian situation in Gaza. Photo: GIS/File
Israeli forces enter Gaza. Israel has insisted it has been acting in complete compliance with international law and that it has done everything possible to minimise civilian casualties. Photo: BBC
Israeli forces enter Gaza. Israel has insisted it has been acting in complete compliance with international law and that it has done everything possible to minimise civilian casualties. Photo: BBC
Protesters march in central London on Saturday, November 11, 2023, calling for a cease-fire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Photo: Henry Nicholls/AFP via Getty Images
Protesters march in central London on Saturday, November 11, 2023, calling for a cease-fire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Photo: Henry Nicholls/AFP via Getty Images
Hassan Eslaiah, who worked for CNN and the AP, posted several images and videos on Twitter/X that were taken during the attack. One of the posts includes a clip showing Hamas fighters ransacking a burning Israeli tank. Photo: Sky News
Hassan Eslaiah, who worked for CNN and the AP, posted several images and videos on Twitter/X that were taken during the attack. One of the posts includes a clip showing Hamas fighters ransacking a burning Israeli tank. Photo: Sky News
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- United Kingdom (UK) appointed Governor of the [British] Virgin Islands John J. Rankin, CMG has agreed with his UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak that Israel has every right to defend itself; however, he said the UK is “deeply concerned” about the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Israel launched its bombing campaign against terrorist organization Hamas in response to an unprecedented cross-border attack on October 7, 2023.

At least 1,400 people were killed and 222 others were taken hostage in the Hamas attack.

Israel’s war to “destroy” Hamas in Gaza has killed more than 11,000 people, the Health Ministry in Hamas-run Gaza says, though it doesn’t differentiate between civilians and fighters. The United States, according to the Associated Press, believes thousands of women and children are among the dead.

Israel has ‘every right’ to defend itself- Rankin

It is unclear how many Jews and Palestinians live in the Virgin Islands; however, Governor Rankin was asked about his position on the conflict.

“As the UK Prime Minister said yesterday [November 8, 2023], Israel suffered a shocking terrorist attack a month ago and has every right to defend itself, within the bounds of international law.

“The UK has consistently urged Israel to take all possible measures to avoid civilian casualties. We are deeply concerned about the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza.”

Governor Rankin noted that the UK is working intensively to get more aid into Gaza and get British nationals out.

“And as the Prime Minister has said, the UK is calling for humanitarian pauses to be agreed as soon as possible and are working with allies to operationalise this.”

PM Sunak told MPs in October that a "safer environment" was needed in the territory to deliver aid and get British nationals out.

But the prime minister did not back a ceasefire as that would only benefit Hamas, his spokesperson said.

International calls for increased humanitarian access to Gaza have been growing louder, with UN aid agencies warning they were "on their knees".

US & Israel differ on who controls Gaza

Meanwhile, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted that Israel will retain security control over Gaza for the long term, a stance the White House has rejected, and ruling out alternatives like an international monitoring force.

“The only force right now that can guarantee that Hamas, that terrorism is not – does not reappear and take over Gaza, again, is the Israeli military,” Netanyahu told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “So overall, military responsibility will have to be in Israel.”

And in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union," Netanyahu appeared to rule out returning Gaza to the Palestinian Authority, saying whatever group takes over must “demilitarise” and “de-radicalise Gaza.”

“There has to be a reconstructed civilian authority," he said of the Palestinian Authority. "There has to be something else.”

38 Responses to “Gov Rankin agrees Israel has ‘every right’ to defend itself”

  • Free the Drew (13/11/2023, 15:12) Like (26) Dislike (26) Reply
    We don’t want to hear nothing from ranking
    • Reply (13/11/2023, 17:41) Like (12) Dislike (13) Reply
      It’s all just for show’ all talk’ just another opportunity for this Governor who can’t speak or do nothing for the bvi but take away our constitutional rights
    • @Free the Drew (13/11/2023, 18:41) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
      What they did but pretending otherwise was worse than the war he is speaking about.
  • Collateral damage and spoils of war (13/11/2023, 15:25) Like (22) Dislike (14) Reply
    The colonialist should know all about that form of conflict resolution. They are all savages, both sides of any war. Just a set of warmongers. Wars solve no purpose, except for those who profit from supplying both sides of the destruction. Manufactured military industrial complex in play. They need to tryout and test all their new inventory for the world’s super powers. Wars have always and will always begin by those who are positioned to gain trillions upon trillions of $ from the destruction.
  • TRUTH SEEKER (13/11/2023, 15:40) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
    @ collateral damage…The word is “savages.” Your points are truly thought provoking. Keep contributing your counter perspectives on these issues. Our story as a people has always been told by people who do not look or care about us, except for what they can gain.
  • tragedy (13/11/2023, 16:22) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    A Humanitarian Injustice on both sides. Let’s hope all involved work it out before it spreads worldwide. We should already know which sets of people do the suffering.
  • smh (13/11/2023, 16:24) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    I agree.
  • idea (13/11/2023, 16:30) Like (13) Dislike (11) Reply
    Both him, the commissioner, and the rest of the UK police around here should join them. Around here living the good life on our dime.
  • Bullies! (13/11/2023, 16:45) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wars are never about the population on the ground; it’s always mostly about conceited and stubborn leaders who want to exhibit a show of force. Leadership matters.
  • B (13/11/2023, 16:57) Like (22) Dislike (12) Reply
    What Israel is doing is butchering women & children, this is long past defence.
    The Prime Minister of Israel is a Butcher.
    Hamas also has butchers.
    But the Jews & Hamas are not Christians. Who believe in love, it is still an eye for an eye in their playbooks.
  • Similar (13/11/2023, 16:58) Like (14) Dislike (17) Reply
    situation in the BVI. Gaza is controlled by terrorists just like the BVI is controlled by criminal smugglers. Israel has 'every right' to defend itself against terrorist so to the UK has every right to defend the BVI against organized criminal smuggling.
  • Free Palestine (13/11/2023, 17:32) Like (23) Dislike (14) Reply
    From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free! End the genocide in Gaza now! Ceasefire now! We stand with the Palestinian people. We say no to apartheid Israel and strongly condemn Israel aggression.
  • Contrarian (13/11/2023, 17:39) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
    Does, Gov John Rankin, CMG, UK-appointed governor, also agrees that Virgin Islanders in the 21st Century has a right to self-determination without the UK having full veto power over what VI does without any of redressing concerns.Of course, Israel has a right to defend itself but so too does the Palestinians have the right to a place to call home and live in peace without being caged in outdoor prison, having been kicked out of their homeland. In 1947, the UK had control over Palestine and organized along with the UN to split up Palestine, creating a homeland for the Jews and what is left Palestians can be unwelcomed guests in. . It is the UK’s position that Israel has a right to defend itself so it is no surprise that the Governor is taking his position. All major developed countries and others, along with the mainstream press, take the same position ..All the context is being ignored. I don’t agree with the slaughter, kidnapping, etc of children, women, elderly, etc. But a people push to the brink without hope will respond. UK appointed governors are lawfully and duty bound to support UK policies.. Former UK-appointed Guv Augustus Jaspert when the press about reparations for the descendants of slaves takes cover under the UK policy and attitude on reparations, ie, it is not important and is not on the radar screens. Instead, he double down saying that land marks bearing the name of slave traders, murderers, etc should be retained for history. It seems the history of the so called upperclass is important but the the history of the lower class not at all.
  • Welsah (13/11/2023, 18:24) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Over the years these governors and commissioners of police are because less and less popular and disliked. If only they can stop lying soo much, and entertain the truth for a change. That might help.
  • @welsah (13/11/2023, 18:50) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    They are more disliked because they all seem to have a problem with the truth. Disguising themselves in cloaks of lies to carry out their true agenda.
  • Anonymous (13/11/2023, 19:13) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
    Under the uk and ranking we are no different to Gaza we are not free
  • wake up (13/11/2023, 19:22) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The controversy surrounding the current Israeli/Palestinian conflict which has been masked in so much untold or wrongly told information and has caused a divide of opinion among many.
  • Dancing with the Stars (13/11/2023, 20:41) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Bob Marley said that "Unless the philosophy which hold one race superior and another inferior, is permanently and finally eradicated, everywhere is war". I totally disagree with the governor's statement about Israel right to defend itself. What of the innocent Palestinians who were killed by Israel before the October 7, 2023, attacked. Children walking on the road in Gaza were being killed daily and the same British Prime Minister was there and made no statement. The Palestinians cannot take any more. Britain and its allies destroyed the Palestinians homeland and took their lands since 1948 and settled the Europeans criminals in their Territory. The God that I serve will make the Palestinians prevail. God is looking at their sufferings and He will set them free as He did when Moses brought out the people to the promise land. Israel Prime Minister will be removed from the scene in Jesus name. Time will tell. Long live the Palestinian people.
  • Eldread (13/11/2023, 22:56) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    If not other times been accuse of been racist is really now confirm, all white supremacists Bazi around the world has been ask to support the killing of babies in Palestine, murderous whites with blood running down their aprons like they did to enslaved Africans, even a racist opposition party in south Africa name DA is singing from Rankin hym sheet, is now I con see Rankin white klu klax klan behavior coming from deep within as the call from his metropolis of white hegemony call out for their loyalty to whiteness. A racist is a murderer a thief ,rapist you name it.
    • cool down (14/11/2023, 13:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The Palestinians (they elected and supported Hamas) are not innocent in provoking this against themselves either. The Jews and Arabs living there each had a right to a portion of the land. But the goal of the Arabs since 1948 has always been the total destruction of the new Jewish state and its absorption into a new Muslim state.

      We African descendants out there protesting should also know that there is rampant racism against sub-Saharan Africans, including in the Palestinian territories.

      We should remain neutral and low key in this, but should also support the UN in resolving the issue for the peace and safety of both sides.
  • God bless Israel (13/11/2023, 23:21) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    I will bless them who bless you
    And curse them
    Who curse you
    Said the lord
  • ausar (14/11/2023, 05:39) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    We understand your position, Governor.

    Israel was founded in 1948 by America and Great Btitain. Members of the Royal family, are Jewish.

    So it stands to reason that you must defend Israel's right to exist, even if it means that the life of one Israeli, is worth 1000 Palestinian lives!!!

    How your statement factors into the British occupation of the people of the the BVI, is still bothersome.

    Just as you defend Israel's right to exist, I feel that our people here has the right to say, do, and feel in a manner requisite to their beliefs, REGARDLESS, of the levels and manner of continued British occupation!

    And, if the people feel that you should, GOVERNOR, betcha by golly, YOU SHOULD GO!
  • Free the Drew (14/11/2023, 06:58) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wish those hostages a safe return to their families, taking by hamus
  • cnn (14/11/2023, 07:01) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    What is Israel supposed to do? Israel is supposed to govern itself in accordance with international laws of war. In its rage, Israel has committed unthinkable war crimes and acts against humanity.
  • THE BUTCHER (14/11/2023, 08:06) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    So, the women, the children, the neonates, The schools, the hospitals are all terrorists.
    BIBI is a renown butcherer of Palestinians from his day in the Israeli army, as a soldier and as an officer.
    As prime minister he has presided over the butchering of as many Palestinians as all other prime ministers put together since i1970. He knew of the Hamas plot and willfully ignored it so he could get the perfect excuse to escalate his genocide of the Palestinian people under the guise of protecting Israel. THE BUTCHER OF GAZA. He sacrificed Israeli lives to further his objective.
  • Really (14/11/2023, 08:51) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    Why wouldn't he just straight up come out and say it's World war three now and it's the government/ ELITES against us the Almighty Creator people. It's a war between real Almighty DNA that lives in us against the serpent DNA that run this devil's Earth. Stop giving blood to these blood suckers. The drink blood,and use it as a facial to be and look young. Red Cross with the devil cross it very symbolic to the devil of could the cross it red for blood. Blood sacrifice do you understand a little because you all don't get nothing in this world. Wake up
  • LMAO!!! (14/11/2023, 10:31) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    No MAN,WOMAN OR CHILD can ever destroy God's land and his people LOL keep crying and protesting about gaza ,but it will not change the outcome.
    • Eldread (15/11/2023, 03:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are confused or your brains harvested by white religion to believe that the Germans who help defect or leak information on Hitler during the tribal war 2 of Europe are some Israeli, they are German nazi compensated with Palestine people lands who the UK had conquered, that's why John Rankin has to support killing Palestine babies, they going to the young generation to annihilate any future growth of these people. But there made up word " bible book" is in your head to hate all else and love John Rankin and all whiteness since they paint pictures of their evil selves as god.
    • Remphan (15/11/2023, 11:58) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Screw your god and his people.
  • jack@$$ (14/11/2023, 11:51) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Be aware that just because they live in Israel doesn't mean that they are the Israelites. It's lazy thinking to grant these folks pardon for war crimes just because they live in Israel. The Israelites live in Africa and throughout the world and Israel doesn't want to give them rights in Israel. But the unfortunate thing about it is that it's mainly innocent people who get hurt or killed and displaced in this war; And in every war. That being said, the Israeli people have a right to defend themselves against Hamas, & the palestinian people have a right to land & liberty as well. Don't let superficial statements & labels bias your view. It's just a messy situation over there.
  • Common Sense (14/11/2023, 20:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    War is a terrible thing, civilians are always collateral damage, when will the world learn.
    • @ Common Sense (15/11/2023, 05:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree with you as Human nature won't allow nothing else but war. Humans are not a peaceful species. Any peace has to be won and, more importantly, protected constantly or it will get eroded. That is the nature of man.
      • Contrarian (15/11/2023, 09:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        War is deadly, a means of settling disputes, means of forcefully taking land/territory, etc. The young men and women of the poor, marginalized, etc are sent to fight/sacrifice their lives, etc for the wishes of the powerful. Nevertheless, war is profitable for the rich and wealthy who invest in the military industrial complex. All the weapons and ammunition used in day Ukraine, Gaza, etc must be replaced.
  • bvi boy (15/11/2023, 12:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    It’s a very sensitive matter. Israel has been bulldozing Palestinian Homs to build their settlements for a long time, to the point that the people of Palestine have been piled a decimated portion of land. Also, there have been Palestinian deaths every single day since 1967, of course, the mainstream media can’t report those deaths. Opposing a cease fire makes any nation a supportive of genocide.

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