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UK Lawmakers Push For Arms Sales Halt To Israel

Over 130 MPs and Peers Sign Letter Urging Embargo Amid Gaza Conflict

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In a significant development amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza, more than 130 British parliamentarians have signed a letter urging the United Kingdom to halt arms sales to Israel. This move follows Canada’s recent decision to implement an arms embargo over concerns regarding the violence in the region.

The letter, addressed to Foreign Secretary David Cameron, represents a bipartisan effort to address the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza and to pressure Israel to respect international law and human rights standards. It comes on the heels of a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire during the holy month of Ramadan, which ends on April 9.

According to data provided by Defense Secretary Grant Shapps, British defense exports to Israel amounted to £42 million ($53 million) in 2022. This significant trade relationship has drawn criticism from advocates who argue that such sales contribute to the perpetuation of violence and human suffering in the region.

MP Zarah Sultana, a member of the Labour Party with Pakistani Muslim ancestry, played a central role in coordinating the letter. Sultana emphasized the urgency of the situation, stating, “With the Israeli government now seemingly disregarding the U.N. Security Council’s ceasefire resolution, it is again violating international law and making the case for an end to arms sales impossible to ignore.”

The letter, signed by 107 MPs and 27 peers, underscores growing concerns within the British political establishment about the impact of arms sales on the conflict. It represents a diverse coalition of voices calling for accountability and justice for the Palestinian people.

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Meanwhile, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz expressed disappointment with Canada’s decision to halt arms sales to Israel. Katz asserted Israel’s right to self-defense against Hamas, emphasizing the need to combat terrorism and protect Israeli civilians from harm.

The Canadian government’s decision to suspend arms exports to Israel comes amidst mounting international pressure to address the root causes of the conflict and to promote a peaceful resolution. According to Canadian government data, arms exports to Israel amounted to over $15.4 million in 2022.

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The debate over arms sales to Israel highlights broader questions about the role of arms exports in conflict zones and the responsibility of governments to uphold human rights standards. Critics argue that arms sales to countries engaged in conflict can exacerbate violence and undermine efforts to achieve peace and stability.

In addition to concerns about arms sales to Israel, there is growing scrutiny of Canada’s arms exports to other countries in the region. Saudi Arabia, the largest non-U.S. export destination for Canadian military exports, received about $1.15 billion in military exports in 2022.

As the conflict in Gaza continues to escalate, the decisions of governments regarding arms exports carry significant implications for regional stability and the prospects for peace in the Middle East. The calls for an arms sales halt in the UK reflect a broader international effort to address the root causes of the conflict and to promote a just and lasting resolution.

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