The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement announced a victory today as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Jordan confirmed to journalists that it no longer does business with the British private security firm G4S.
In the four months directly following last summer’s Israeli attacks on Gaza, the UK licensed £4 million of arms exports to Israel. This figure and others can be found in a new report, ‘Arming Apartheid’, published by War on Want, Campaign Against Arms Trade and Palestine Solidarity Campaign. The report details the UK’s complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people, with a specific focus on the multi-million pounds’ industry that is the UK-Israel arms trade. The authors call for an immediate two-way arms embargo against Israel, and for pressure on the UK government and arms producers to end this horrendous trade in death.