Human rights groups have demanded the British authorities to open up an investigation into the use of UK firm J.C. Bamford Excavators Limited’s (JCB) equipment in Israel’s crimes against Palestinians.
This month, the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar in the occupied West Bank is due to be demolished by Israeli forces, in an action classed as a war crime under the statute of the International Criminal Court.
Human rights groups have condemned JCB for its role in the destruction of Palestinian villages including Khan al-Ahmar, which is set to be razed in the coming days.
London-based Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights immediately wrote to UK Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt urging the government to intervene and charging that JCB’s involvement in the pending demolition of Khan al-Ahmar “may amount to aiding and abetting a war crime.”
Labour Party lawmaker Paula Sherriff raised the issue in Parliament, and Burt assured her that…