Amnesty is asking us to write to Foreign Secretary, David Miliband urging him to agree to an arms embargo on Israel, Hamas and Palestinian armed groups.
The group has issued an urgent appeal for an international arms embargo as a German-owned cargo ship carrying weapons from the United States is on its way to Israel. Amnesty says there is a possibility that it contains white phosphorus, an agent that some groups argue is a chemical weapon and therefore should be illegal under international law. The IDF has already used this munition in the current Gaza conflict. It is an indiscriminate weapon that causes severe burns and when used in densely populated areas such as Gaza, it cannot avoid hitting civilians.
According to Amnesty, the ship’s journey has been delayed due to the controversy but the Pentagon is looking for other ways of getting the arms to its Israeli destination.
It doesn’t need me to tell you that hundreds and hundreds of civilians – children, babies – have been killed or maimed since Israel attacked Gaza and it’s vital that military resources are cut in order to end the destruction and prevent further loss of innocent lives.
The time to confiscate their toys is long overdue.