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Palestinian NGO takes British Government to court in London

Al-Haq is taking the British government to court this Thursday over their failure to prevent Israel's violation of Palestinian rights and are asking activists to join them

Issue No. 2189

Al-Haq is a Palestinian non-governmental human rights organisation based in the West Bank.

It is taking the British government to court over its failure to fulfil its obligations, under international law, to take action to deter Israel’s activities in the occupied Palestinian territory.

This includes Israel’s most recent attack on Gaza, the continued expansion of illegal settlements and denial of the Palestinians right to sovereignty.

In their report Al Haq argues that “the widespread civilian death and destruction caused during ‘Operation Cast Lead”, coupled with the distinct failure on the part of the international community to take any immediate measures to uphold international law, have forced Al-Haq to challenge third states directly, starting with the British government, in order to seek an end to the 'business-as- usual' approach in relations with Israel.”

Al-Haq is calling on the British government, through this legal action, to:

1. Publicly denounce Israel's unlawful actions in the Gaza Strip and its continuing construction of illegal settlements and the Wall in the West Bank.

2. Suspend with immediate effect the British arms-related export licensing approval system so that no more British companies can export arms related products until Israel complies with its human rights obligations.

3. Insist that the EU suspend the preferential trading agreement with Israel until Israel demonstrates full respect for its human rights obligations.

4. Suspend all British government financial, military or ministerial assistance either directly to Israel or to British companies exporting military technology or goods to Israel.

5. Place before the police any evidence of war crimes committed by Israel's agents intending to enter British jurisdiction.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Public Interest Lawyers are calling for a public show of support for Al-Haq when they go to court on Thursday 25 February from 9.30am at the Court of Appeal in the Strand, London.

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Mon 22 Feb 2010, 11:24 GMT
Issue No. 2189
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