An Irish journalist said on Tuesday that he attempted to place Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli Foreign Minister, under “citizen’s arrest” when he attended the EU-Israel Association Council in Brussels this morning.
A citizen’s arrest is an arrest made by a person who is not acting as a sworn law-enforcement official.
The practice dates back to medieval Britain and the English common law, in which sheriffs encouraged ordinary citizens to help apprehend law breakers.
“I took this action because I believe Israel is an apartheid state and that Lieberman must therefore be held accountable for its crimes,” David Cronin said in press statements.
Cronin has written for the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal Europe, the Irish Times, European Voice, the Sunday Tribune and the Inter Press Service.
His book titled “Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation,” was published last November.
“Apartheid has been recognized as a crime by the United Nations since 1973, ” Cronin added.
The UN’s definition of the word refers to the dominance of one racial group over another.
Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians living both in the occupied territories and within Israel amounts to apartheid, in my view,” he said in the statement.