News ID: 125849
Publish Date : 02 April 2024 - 21:19

Jewish Group Demands UK End Israeli Arms Sales

LONDON (Dispatches) – A UK Jewish group has blockaded the entrance to Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) to demand that the UK government send aid to the besieged Gaza Strip instead of sending arms to the Zionist regime.
Images posted online showed Naamod placing tents and banners at the entrance of the FCDO that said “no to arms” and “UK Jews say stop arming Israeli war crimes”. 
Among the calls by Naamod include calls on the government to reverse its decision to defund the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa), which supports millions of Palestinian refugees in Gaza, the occupied West Bank and regional countries. 
“We’re here because, even as the UN Security Council has come to the belated conclusion that a ceasefire can’t wait, the UK gov drags its feet in drawing a line in the sand,” Naamod said on X, formerly Twitter.
“In the face of unimaginable catastrophe in Gaza, we demand that our government follows others and restore funding to Unrwa.
“Unrwa is the only hope of reaching civilians desperately in need of life-saving aid. Every day the Foreign Office delays, it allows famine to continue.” 
The UK government announced in late January that it was pausing funding to Unrwa in the wake of Israeli allegations that agency staff were involved in the 7 October operation.
Last week, in a letter to Foreign Secretary David Cameron, over 50 MPs and members of the House of Lords urged the government to reinstate funding for the agency “without delay”.
The letter questions what evidence provided the basis for the decision to pause funding and why the UK’s allies, including most recently Finland and Germany, have resumed funding while the UK has not.
Naamod’s actions come after a Conservative MP admitted that the British government had received legal advice that Israel had breached international humanitarian law. 
In a leaked recording revealed by the Observer, Alicia Kearns, who is chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, tells donors to the Conservative Party that legal advice acknowledging Israeli forces broke international law meant Britain would need to end arms sales to Israel. 
“The Foreign Office has received official legal advice that Israel has broken international humanitarian law but the government has not announced it,” said Kearns. 
“They have not said it, they haven’t stopped arms exports. They have done a few very small sanctions on Israeli settlers and everyone internationally is agreed that settlers are illegal, that they shouldn’t be doing what they’re doing, and the ways in which they have continued and the money that’s been put in.