By Charlie Kimber
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Cameron backs arms to Israel as famine grows

The West's supposed concern has not shifted Israel's stance
Issue 2900
Panorama of destroyed buildings

The result of arms to Israel—destruction in Gaza (Picture: Unrwa)

David Cameron has confirmed the British government will not suspend arms exports to Israel despite Israel murdering 33,500 Palestinians and the killing of four aid workers and their three security personnel last week.

In a joint press conference with US secretary of state Antony Blinken, the foreign secretary said that he had reviewed the most recent legal advice about Gaza but this left Britain’s position on export licences “unchanged”.

He added the issues were always under review and bleated about his humanitarian concerns.

But for all the recent Western words about Israeli “excesses”, nothing has changed on the ground except to tell Israel that no amount of blood will halt weapons shipments and funding.

Such an approach emboldens Israel further.

It’s why Israeli leader Binyamin Netanhayu can still threaten the ground assault on Rafah in southern Gaza that would lead to even more appalling levels of deaths and injuries.

And Israel’s foreign minister threatened on Wednesday that its military would strike Iran directly if the Islamic Republic launched an attack from its territory against Israel.

Iran has said it will hit back after Israel’s murder of top Iranian figures in the country’s consulate in Damascus, Syria, last week.

Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday, “The Zionist entity made a mistake by attacking the consulate and will be punished for it. The attack on our consulate building in Damascus is an attack on our land according to diplomatic norms.”

Israel is prepared to trigger a regional war involving tens or hundreds of millions of people to deflect from its crimes in Gaza and to bind the US even more strongly to its alliance.

And the killing and famine continues. The Israeli military has killed over 250 Palestinians in the last 48 hours while Rishi Sunak and Joe Biden mutter about their desire for Israel it be more careful.

“Everyone here has lost more than a quarter of their body weight due to malnutrition. There is no food,” said Mohammed Salha, acting director of al-Awda hospital in northern Gaza.

On Wednesday the United Nations said 95 percent of pregnant and breastfeeding women in Gaza are not receiving adequate food or nutrition.

Earlier the UN’s Population Fund warned that about 155,000 pregnant women and new mothers were “struggling to survive”. It said they were “suffering from hunger and disease amid life-threatening shortages of food, water and medical care”.

Biden’s words after the aid workers’ deaths were “too little, too late”, according to Annelle Sheline, an official working in human rights who quit the state department in protest a fortnight ago.

She told the BBC that the White House “could have done this months ago and prevented famine in northern Gaza”.

Cameron’s statement makes this weekend’s mobilisation demanding “Stop arming Israel” even more important.

  • London demonstration: Saturday 13 April, 12 noon, assemble Russell Square WC1B 5LF for a march to Parliament Square.
  • For details of mobilisations outside London go here or to tinyurl.com/demos1304
  • For Scottish events go here or to twitter.com/scottishpsc 

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