Priti Patel had no other choice but to resign

8 November 2017 - 7:45pm
Press release

Priti Patel had no other choice but to resign

Responding to news of International Development Secretary Priti Patel’s resignation, War on Want’s senior militarism and security campaigner, Ryvka Barnard, said:

“This is clearly the right outcome. The scandal of Priti Patel’s ‘secret’ meetings with Israeli politicians has worsened as more details emerge, including the implication that Number 10 colluded in keeping some of the meetings secret.

Priti Patel’s actions have fundamentally undermined the goals of her own Department. Her suggestion that the UK funnel aid money to the Israeli military is beyond outrageous. She should know that UK development money should be used to eradicate poverty and to support people in realising their human rights; aid money should not, and cannot, be used to support armed groups. There could have been no clearer grounds for her resignation.

The core function of the Israeli military is to enforce Israel’s illegal occupation, and its brutal siege on the Gaza Strip. The UK government should be taking steps to end its ongoing complicity in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians, not looking to increase support by funnelling aid money to be used for more war crimes.

The UK government should be focusing its energy on ending its complicity in violations of international law for example through ending its arms trade with Israel.”

 

Ryvka Barnard is available for further comment and interviews.

Press Contacts

Liz McKean

lmckean@waronwant.org

07971080045

 

Notes to Editors

War on Want’s 07/11/2017 release on this story: ‘Priti Patel must go, says War on Want’

War on Want’s 03/11/2017 release on this story:

Latest coverage in http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41923007

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