Thursday, February 26, 2009
The UK government is being sued over its policy of selling arms to Israel, which human rights activists say violates international law.
The Palestinian organization Al-Haq says under international law, London is obliged not to render “aid or assistance” to Israel following its recent invasion of the Gaza Strip, the BBC reported.
The group has urged the UK High Court to launch a probe into Britain’s arms sales to Israel.
The recent war in Gaza killed more than 1,300 people including women and children. Israel is accused of employing controversial weapons, including white phosphorus ammunitions and depleted uranium, in the war.
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The rights group said the UK government appears to have “positively assisted” Israel in its invasion of Gaza by continuing to sell it weapons.
“It is Al-Haq’s position that if the UK were to meet its international obligations now, Palestinian lives and limbs in Gaza would be saved,” said Phil Shiner, Al-Haq’s lawyer in the case.
The war in Gaza, which has left thousands of Palestinians without shelter and in needs of vital necessities, has been condemned by international rights groups as well as governments around the globe.
This article was posted: Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 11:05 am