TDN World Desk: The British government approved over $17 million arm sale to Israel during Gaza protests in 2018. It was time when Israeli soldiers were accused of intentionally firing on and murdering Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border.
Department of International Trade (DIT) and Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) revealed this information in collaboration.
This information shows that licenses were issued for the sale of weapons by UK government included parts for assault rifles, ammunition and other arms that would be used against Palestinian demonstrations.
This Revelations of the sales to Israel come after a UK court ordered the British government last week to stop approving arms sales to Saudi Arabia because it failed to fully assess whether the equipment might be used in breach of international humanitarian law in the war in Yemen.
On May 18 last year UK government approved an arm sale worth more than $125,000. The approval has come in force just four day after 68 Palestinians were shot by Israeli soldiers. Ironically, the export was approved the same week, when then-Prime Minister Theresa May described killings as “extremely concerning”.
From March 30 to the end of 2018 U.K. government had approved license $18 million arms sale to Israel government. The ammunition included missile technology, military radar equipment and vision
gear. Although there was dissent in the U.K. parliament about selling arms to Israel. Some MPs suggested a total imposition of ban on weapon sale to Tel Aviv while seven MPs were of the opinion to put greater scrutiny on weapon export to Israel.
Commenting over the weapon sale by U.K. to Israel CAAT spokesman Andrew Smith said, ” The message it sends is that, no matter what atrocities are inflicted on the Palestinian people, arms sales will continue”.
If shooting on the border didn’t stop the arms sales, if the bombardment in 2014 and 2008 did not stop them, what more will it take?” he asked.
According to Middle East Eye, Use of opaque licences by U.K. to sell arms to states in the Middle East and North Africa rose by 22 percent between 2013 and 2017.