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08.10.2014 | Amnesty International

More civilians have been killed than fighters since the Israeli military Operation “Protective Edge” started on 8 July. Call on the U.S. government, Israel’s largest arms supplier by far, to urgently suspend arms transfers to Israel and to push for a UN arms embargo on all parties to the conflict.

By Amnesty International, Thursday 7 August 2014

The Israeli military has used a wide variety of conventional weapons such as guns, bullets, missiles, drones, jet fighters, artillery, tanks, armoured vehicles and naval vessels to commit serious human rights abuses in Gaza. It is time for the U.S. government to urgently suspend arms transfers to Israel and to push for a UN arms embargo on all parties to the conflict. Sign the petition now.

Since the Israeli military Operation “Protective Edge” started, more than 1,869 Palestinians have died, some 10,000 have been injured, and hundreds of thousands have been internally displaced as of 7 August. The United Nations has estimated that 1,380 of those killed in Gaza are civilians, including over 400 children and more than 200 women. These numbers are shocking. Many more Palestinians have been made homeless, as their homes have been destroyed or rendered uninhabitable by Israeli attacks. So far 64 Israeli soldiers have been killed. Palestinian armed groups have fired indiscriminate rockets towards Israeli civilian centres. Two Israeli civilians and one migrant worker from Thailand have been killed. The use of these rockets violates international law because of their indiscriminate nature and Amnesty International calls for an immediate end to such attacks.

Many of the military tactics used by all parties to the conflict violate international humanitarian and human rights law. The U.S. is by far the largest exporter of military, security and policing equipment to Israel. The U.S. government must do its part to stop selling and sending arms that have been and continue to be used to commit serious violations of international law, including war crimes. Now more than ever, the U.S. must stop arming Israel.

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Secretary of State, John Kerry

Dear Secretary John Kerry,

I am writing to express my outrage and concern about the rapidly deteriorating situation in Gaza and Israel. I call on the U.S. government to urgently suspend arms transfers to Israel and help ensure that a UN arms embargo is imposed on all parties to the conflict.

Hundreds of Palestinians have been killed so far and thousands have been injured by Israeli forces, as part of its military Operation “Protective Edge” in Gaza, which began on 8 July. The UN estimates that, 1,380 of those killed in Gaza are civilians, including 400 children and 200 women. Thousands of buildings in Gaza have been damaged, completely destroyed or rendered uninhabitable by Israeli attacks, leaving tens of thousands of Gazan residents homeless.

Palestinian armed groups have launched volleys of indiscriminate rockets into Israel. Three civilians have been killed in Israel, with other civilians injured. Israeli homes and other civilian property has also been damaged. And 64 Israeli soldiers have died in the fighting.

Throughout the conflict, the Israeli military have deployed or used a wide variety of conventional arms including missiles, large calibre artillery systems, military drones including for weapon systems and also surveillance, jet fighters, tanks, armoured vehicles, naval vessels and small arms and light weapons (SALW) with corresponding ammunition. Palestinian armed groups have used or deployed rocket launchers, rockets and SALW with corresponding ammunition.

Amnesty International is calling for a UN-imposed comprehensive arms embargo on Israel, Hamas and Palestinian armed groups. As the U.S. is Israel’s largest exporter of military, security and policing equipment, Amnesty International is calling on the U.S. government to stop sending arms to Israel that are being used to commit atrocities.

I therefore urge you to:

  • Immediately stop the transfer of all U.S. arms to Israel until there is no longer a substantial risk that such equipment or technology will be used to commit or facilitate serious violations of international human rights or humanitarian law. This includes ending the supply of all weapons, munitions, police equipment and devices, as well as training and techniques to Israel;
  • Help ensure that a comprehensive UN Security Council arms embargo is imposed on Israel, Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups until effective mechanisms are in place to ensure that weapons, munitions, and other military equipment and technology will not be used to commit or facilitate serious violations international human rights or humanitarian law.

US policy prohibits the provision of weapons where there is a credible expectation that they may be used in grave human rights violations. The U.S. government must act in accordance with its own laws and policies concerning weapons transfers.

Stop arming Israel. The world is watching.

Sincerely,
[your name]

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