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for UK arms embargo on Israel
LONDON Nov 3 (NNI):
In two separate petitions to
parliament, MPs have called on the British government to suspend arms
trading with the Zionist regime and for Israeli leader Ariel Sharon to be
brought to account for military brutality against Palestinian civilians.
"British military hardware continues to be sold to Israel and used
against Palestinians in defiance of UK export criteria," warns one Early
Day Motion, which has so far been signed by 15 Labour back bench MPs.
It also points out that the arms trade is a two-way process, with British
police forces including London's Metropolitan Police "buying Israeli
bullets" and the Defence Ministry about to purchase "Israeli anti-tank
missiles." Other sales to the UK were said to have also included grenades,
shells and military avionics.
The British government should suspend arms trade "in the light of the
continued Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, the intensified
repression by Ariel Sharon's government, the increased illegal settlement
activity in the West Bank and east Jerusalem and Israel's continuing
violations of UN resolutions," the MPs said.
A second Early Day Motion expresses support for a viable Palestinian state
and urges the international community, and the UK and the US in
particular, to take the lead "in insisting that international law be
applied in the occupied territories." It calls for Sharon's government to
be held "unequivocally accountable for its policy of brute military force
against a Palestinian civilian population during incursions by the Israeli
The petition is supported by 15 largely different Labour MPs, including
former Foreign Office Minister Tony Lloyd as well as two Liberal Democrats
and one Welsh nationalist.
It warns that failure to take action could "result in the undermining and
even collapse of the Palestinian Authority accompanied by an inevitable
and dangerous further destabilisation in the region." –NNI
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