Three Palestines were reportedly killed in airstrike in Gaza this week, and the UK is still selling arms to Israel
Three Palestines were reportedly killed in airstrike in Gaza this week, including a pregnant woman and her 18 month-year-old daughter. Campaign Against the Arms Trade, a UK NGO that works to abolishing the international arms trade, have highlighted that since 2014, the UK has licensed over £340 million worth of arms to Israel.
Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) said of the most recent killings:
It is another terrible reminder of the permanent threat of war that Palestinians are living under every day.
If weapons continue to be sold then it is only a matter of time before they are used again. By continuing to arm Israeli forces the UK is sending a message of support for the decades of repression that have already been inflicted.
The UK government should be using its influence to push for a peaceful and just solution, not promoting arms sales.
The latest airstrikes this week have followed months of atrocities, including in May when Palestinian protestors were shot at the Gaza border.
Reports suggest 154 people have been killed by Israeli forces since March 30 when protests.
Despite this the UK have continued to sell arms to Israel. CAAT have said licences include components for drones, combat aircraft and helicopters. A review government review found in 2014 12 licences for arms were likely to have been used in the war that year.Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by becoming a Left Foot Forward Supporter today.