Arming Apartheid: UK complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people
War on Want, Campaign Against Arms Trade and Palestine Solidarity Campaign call on the UK government to implement an immediate two-way arms embargo to end all arms sales to and purchases from Israel. Concretely, this means an immediate implementation of the following:
- The refusal of licences for exports to Israel (directly or via a third country) where the end-user is the Israeli military or military industry;
- The revocation of any extant licences for exports to Israel (directly or via a third country) where the end-user is the Israeli military or military industry;
- A ban on all arms imports from Israel;
- A ban on UK government facilitation of Israeli arms exports (such as by means of Israeli arms company participation in UK arms fairs);
- A ban on collaborations between UK-based companies and the Israeli military or military industry, and any activity by UK-based companies that supports the
infrastructure of Israel’s Occupation.
The Israeli assault on Gaza in July-August 2014, in which 2,205 Palestinians (including 521 children) were killed, is only the most recent example of Israel’s indiscriminate acts of violence against the Palestinian people. Yet the United Kingdom continues to treat Israel’s defiance of international law as, at best, an inconvenient detail to be worked around when making decisions on arms trade control.
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