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The UK Government Is Being Sued For Its Arms Exports To Israel

The UK is violating its own arms export criteria and, as such, is culpable of heinous war crimes.

Will Lockett
10 min readDec 8, 2023

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The globe is watching in horror as Israel conducts tantamount genocide in Gaza. World leaders (and myself) are in agreeance that Israel has a right to defend itself against heinous atrocities, such as what happened on October 7th. But, the IDF’s actions in the Gaza Strip amount to far more and far worse than defence, with the Gazan civilian death toll rising distressingly rapidly and essential civilian infrastructure being utterly obliterated, while actual Hamas losses are minuscule in comparison. In response, not only have millions of protesters marched in capitals across the world calling for a ceasefire, but the governments closest to Israel, who stood by their suspect actions for decades, are now calling into question this support. Despite this, these governments’ support in terms of actual aid and supply to the Israeli state has been unflattering, even in the face of mass protests, humanitarian groups warnings, and internal tensions. However, for one of the nations, this support might soon be cut off, as it faces a potentially devastating watertight legal battle.

Before discussing this lawsuit, let’s first put this conflict into context. This is crucial to getting a less biased (either way) and more extensive picture of the issues at hand. Only then can we understand the severity of these government’s actions and how serious this lawsuit could be.

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This conflict started on October 7th (though, arguably, it is just an extension of a 70-year struggle of the Palestinians) when Hamas attacked Israel. During the attack, 1,200 Israelis were killed, 30% of whom were Israeli military or police, and Hamas took a reported 240 hostages. The apparent goal of this attack was to take hostages to do a hostage swap for Palestinians who were mostly illegally detained by Israel, many of whom are children. What’s more, numerous reports and investigations have found that Palestinians held by Israel are held in inhuman conditions and subject to horrific acts. There are reports that Hamas…

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Will Lockett

Independent journalist covering global politics, climate change and technology. Get articles early at www.planetearthandbeyond.co