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Israel-Hamas arms embargo urged


Israel-Hamas arms embargo urged.

Amnesty International has called for a freeze on arms sales to Israel and Palestinian groups such as Hamas following the recent Gaza conflict.

The human rights group said it had evidence both Israel and Hamas had used weapons sourced from overseas to carry out attacks on civilians.

It called for the UN Security Council to impose the embargo on all parties. ….

Israeli forces used white phosphorus and other weapons supplied by the USA to carry out serious violations of international humanitarian law, including war crimes. …

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7904929.stm

Foreign-supplied weapons used against civilians by Israel and Hamas.

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/foreign-supplied-weapons-used...

Download the Human Rights Report, dated Feb 23. 2009:

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE15/012/2009/en

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… The report also notes that since 2002, Israel has received military and security aid to the tune of $21 billion, of which $19 billion was direct military aid. "Put simply, Israel's military intervention in the Gaza Strip has been equipped to a large extent by U.S.-supplied weapons, munitions and military equipment paid for with U.S. taxpayers' money."

A 10-year agreement, in force until 2017, stipulates that the United States will supply Israel with military aid totaling $30 billion.

"The Obama administration should immediately suspend U.S. military aid to Israel," Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International's Middle East director, said ahead of the report's release. ..

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1066231.html

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