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Ask your MP to demand a two-way arms embargo against Israel

The UK is complicit in Israel’s continuing violations of human rights and international law.

The Israeli assault on Gaza in July-August 2014, in which 2,205 Palestinians (including 521 children) were killed, was only one example of Israel’s indiscriminate acts of violence against the Palestinian people.

Israeli forces also commit daily violence against Palestinians in the West Bank as a part of the military occupation. Defense for Children International-Palestine has reported that 2016 was the deadliest year of the past decade for West Bank children, due to attacks from Israeli forces.

UK-made weapons and military technologies continue to be sold to and used by the occupying Israeli forces.

Help us increase the pressure on the UK government to end its arms trade with Israel and its complicity in Israel’s occupation and war crimes: email your MP to demand a two-way arms embargo against Israel.

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The UK government continues to approve arms sales to Israel, in defiance of its own export guidelines, while its imports of Israel's 'combat-proven' military hardware help Israel benefit from unlawful practices.

  UK government rules are supposed to prevent arms sales…
  • where there is a clear risk of the equipment being used for “internal repression”;
  • where the export would “provoke or prolong armed conflicts or aggravate existing tensions or conflicts”; and
  • where there is a “clear risk that the intended recipient would use the proposed export aggressively against another country, or to assert by force a territorial claim.”

…and should take into account the buyer country’s “respect for international law”.

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 and 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.’

The UK’s Watchkeeper surveillance drone has been developed under a £1 billion joint venture contract awarded by the Ministry of Defence to Thales UK and Israel’s Elbit Systems, allowing the UK military to benefit from technologies that have been ‘field tested’ on the occupied Palestinians.

This means that when the UK imports Israeli arms, it is helping Israel benefit from unlawful practices.

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Tell your MP to demand a two-way arms embargo against Israel

 
 

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