Electronic Intifada: EU funds firm supplying Israel with banned cluster weapons

11 August 2017 - 11:15am
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The European Union is giving millions of dollars of “research” funding to a company that is helping Israel evade an international ban on cluster weapons, writes Ali Abunimah at Electronic Intifada.

 

War on Want's senior militarism and security campaigner, Ryvka Barnard, said: 

“Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest arms company, boasts that its weapons are ‘combat-proven,’ meaning tried and tested in Israeli military attacks on Palestinians. Elbit has produced white phosphorous, cannons that shoot cluster munitions and countless other weapons that cause devastating civilian casualties, some of which are banned by international treaties signed by EU countries.”

“The EU, and member countries like the UK, admit that Israel systematically violates international law through its military occupation and attacks on Palestinians. And yet, they continue to reward the Israeli government and arms companies with research money, contracts and trade deals that feed its war machine.”

Barnard added that the EU is “incentivising Israel’s abuses of Palestinian rights and war crimes by continuing its arms trade with Israel.”

“It’s time for the EU and all of its member countries to take international law seriously, and implement an immediate two-way arms embargo on Israel.” 

 

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