16 May 2018

South Africa: Stop Giving Arms to Israel

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The latest killings of dozens of Palestinian protesters, including children, by the Israeli military is yet another horrific example of the use of excessive force and live ammunition in a totally deplorable way and, in some instances, committing what appear to be wilful killings constituting war crimes. One way to stop these brutal killings is to stop the delivery of arms and military equipment to Israel.

Unless Israel ensures effective and independent investigations resulting in criminal prosecutions of those responsible, the International Criminal Court must open a formal investigation into these killings.

The United States is by far Israel's main supplier of military equipment and technology, with a commitment to provide $38-billion in military aid over the next 10 years. But other countries, including European Union member states such as France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy, have licensed large volumes of military equipment for Israel.

Unless Israel ensures effective and independent investigations resulting in criminal prosecutions of those responsible, the International Criminal Court must open a formal investigation into these...

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