Reaction: Israeli military to demolish West Bank Palestinian village

5 July 2018 - 3:00pm
Press release

Photo: Activestills.org

Responding to the news that the Israeli military is preparing to demolish the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar in the occupied West Bank today, Ryvka Barnard, senior campaigner on militarism and security at War on Want, says:

​“Companies with headquarters in the UK are directly supporting the destruction of Palestinian homes and schools in Khan Al Ahmar, Abu Nawwar and countless other villages. Companies like CAT and JCB profit from illegal activity – and in this case, war crimes.

The UN Human Rights Council has repeatedly stated that companies must terminate all business involvement in Israel’s illegal settlement activity. In 2016 it voted to create a database of companies that are involved in supporting and facilitating settlement activity. The likes of CAT and JCB are already facing protests over their criminal liability in the expulsion of people from their lands to make way for illegal settlements. If they continue to do business with Israel’s military, they are likely to face economic sanctions as well.

It's time for the UK government to step up and hold complicit companies to account over their involvement and to end its own complicity in Israel’s systematic violation of Palestinian rights.”

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