The report ‘Arming Apartheid: UK Complicity in Israel’s Crimes Against the Palestinian People’ details how the UK arms trade with Israel makes the UK complicit in Israel’s continuing violations of human rights and international law. The Israeli assault on Gaza in 2014, in which 2,205 Palestinians (including 521 children) were killed, is just one example of Israel’s indiscriminate acts of violence against the Palestinian people.
Yet UK-made weapons and military technologies continue to be sold to and used by the occupying Israeli forces. The UK Government has admitted it issued arms export licences for equipment which could be used by the Israeli military in Gaza, yet no licences were suspended or revoked, despite the continuing violence. In the four months that followed the bombardment, it approved at least a further £4 million worth of arms sales to Israel. If the government’s own export guidelines were properly applied, the result would be a de facto embargo on arms exports to Israel.
At the same time, the UK imports Israeli military hardware and components. The UK also provides training, in the UK, for Israeli military personnel. Israeli military and industry sources openly attribute the success of Israeli exports to the weapons and technologies being ‘combat proven’. This means that when the UK imports Israeli arms, it is helping Israel benefit from unlawful practices.
We demand that the UK government impose an immediate two-way arms embargo against Israel.
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