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As the civilised world reels from the horrors committed by the Israeli ‘Defence’ Forces on unarmed civilians, Britain’s Westminster regime endorses the horrific genocide of the Palestinian peoples, many of them of Christian faith, by sponsoring the imminent visit to Israeli Occupied Palestine by Prince William.
British defence contractors are selling record amounts of arms to Israel, new figures reveal, just days after it was confirmed that Prince William will represent the UK government on a visit to the country next month.
Figures from the Campaign Against Arms Trade reveal that last year the UK issued £221m worth of arms licences to companies exporting to Israel. This made Israel the UK’s eighth largest market for UK arms companies, a huge increase on the previous year’s figure of £86m, itself a substantial rise on the £20m worth of arms licensed in 2015. In total, over the past five years, Israel has bought more than £350m worth of UK military hardware.
Licences issued to UK defence contractors exporting to Israel last year include those for targeting equipment, small arms ammunition, missiles, weapon sights and sinister sniper rifles.
In 2016 the UK issued licences for anti-armour ammunition, gun mountings, components for air-to-air missiles, targeting equipment, components for assault rifles, components for grenade-launchers and anti-riot shields.
Human rights groups have questioned the wisdom of sending a senior royal to a country whose use of lethal force last month has been the subject of concern from the UK government and international community.
“After the appallingly excessive response of the Israeli security forces at the Gaza border, tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories are likely to be close to boiling point when Prince William makes this historic visit,” said Kerry Moscogiuri, Amnesty International UK’s campaigns director.
The British prime minister said the use of live rounds by Israeli forces was “deeply troubling”. One can only wonder at what this deeply unpopular premier thinks British supplied sniper rifles are used for. David Miliband, said Israeli equipment used in an attack on Gaza “almost certainly” contained British-supplied components.
Andrew Smith of Campaign against Arms Trade said: “The shootings we have seen over recent weeks have been an awful reminder of the appalling collective punishment and oppression that has been inflicted on the people of Gaza.
By the government’s own admission, UK arms have been used time and again against Palestinians. Yet arms sales continue unabated. There must be a full investigation into if any UK arms have been used in the atrocities we have seen over recent months.”
The Duke of Cambridge’s five-day trip will begin Sunday 24 June. Smith said it was taking place against the “backdrop of a massacre”.
He added: “If the prince does not speak out against the violence that has been inflicted, then it will be regarded as a major political endorsement. He must not use his visit to whitewash or legitimise these terrible abuses.”
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