Reaction: UK abstention from UN vote on Protection of Palestinian Civilians

18 June 2018 - 11:15am
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Responding to the UK's abstention from the UN General Assembly vote on the Protection of the Palestinian Civilian Population, War on Want's senior campaigner on militarism and security Ryvka Barnard, said: 
 
“In abstaining from this vote, the UK government has yet again refused to commit to the protection of Palestinians’ human rights as they are targeted with the brutal and unlawful use of force by the Israeli military.
 
But make no mistake, the UK is not sitting aside and remaining neutral. While the world calls for violent attacks on Palestinians to end, the UK government continues to approve arms exports to Israel, making it complicit in the violence.
 
Over 50 MPs across parties have called for the UK to suspend arms exports to Israel, representing the views of over 5,000 people who have called on them to do so.
 
Whether it’s the British weapons used by Saudi Arabia in Yemen, or those used by Israel in war crimes against Palestinians, the UK government is deeply complicit in some of the most devastating state violence in our time. The UK must implement its own export guidelines, and stop its material support for war crimes abroad.”
 
The resolution was passed with a vote of 120 countries in favour, eight against and 45 abstentions. 
 
 

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Notes to editors

 
UK government is complicit in Israel war crimes against Palestine protesters, says British campaign group: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/israel-war-crimes-palestine-uk-protests-war-on-want-a8401361.html 
 
Briefing: UK weapons and Israel’s use of force in the Gaza Strip: https://waronwant.org/resources/briefing-uk-weapons-and-israels-use-force-gaza-strip
 

 

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