Stop Arming Israel

Israel uses arms to wage war on the Palestinian people, and to maintain the systematic and institutionalised oppression of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

Israel’s use of arms violates human rights and international law. Israel's brutal military Occupation is only made possible through the continued financial, military and diplomatic support it receives from Western states.

Stop the Arms Fair! Every two years, one of the world's biggest arms fairs, Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI), rolls into London.

Human rights and international law

Importing arms from and selling arms to Israel makes the UK complicit in Israel's continuing violations of Palestinian human rights and international law. Any military equipment received by Israel directly services the occupying forces and strengthens the brutal regime of Apartheid.

War on Want is calling on the UK government to end its complicity in Israel’s aggression and implement an immediate two-way arms embargo on Israel until it complies with international law.

UK exports to Israel

More than 100 companies supplying military and security equipment to Israel have bases in the UK.  These include Elbit Systems, G4S, BAE Systems, Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Despite Whitehall's official controls on arms exports, UK-made arms and military technologies continue to be sold to and used by the occupying Israeli forces. The value of licences awarded for export to Israel amounted to over £40million in 2014 alone.

Imports from Israel

The Israeli arms industry exports 70-75% of its production, with buyers in over 100 countries. In recent years, recipients of Israeli arms exports include known human rights abusing states such as Colombia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Israeli military and industry sources openly attribute the success of Israeli exports to the weapons and technologies being ‘combat proven’ in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).

 

Read War on Want's groundbreaking report Arming Apartheid

Read Battle tested on Palestinians, on sale in London

ACT NOW Stop Arming Israel: Join the call for an immediate two-way arms embargo on the arms trade with Israel.

 

Stop Arming Israel

Join the call for an immediate two-way arms embargo on the arms trade with Israel

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