The British government approved £4 million in weapons sales to the Israeli regime in the immediate aftermath of Israel’s massive military offensive against the Gaza Strip last summer, a new study has found.
The research study, titled “Arming Apartheid: UK Complicity in Israel’s Crimes Against the Palestinian People,” was released Thursday offering a detailed analysis of how the British supply of weaponry to Israel renders it complicit in the regime’s severe human rights abuses.
The research shows that the licenses of weapons sales cover the kind of military hardware likely to be used by the Israeli military in another act of aggression against the besieged Palestinian enclave.
The controversial revelations were part of the study authored by David Wearing, a researcher at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) and a member of Campaign Against the Arms Trade’s (CAAT) Steering Committee.
“More than 2,000 people died in Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, and yet in the months immediately following the conflict it was business as usual for the UK government and the arms companies they support,” said CAAT’s Media Coordinator Andrew Smith.