European anti-arms trade network supports Palestinian call for arms embargo against Israel

Days after Palestinians called for comprehensive military sanctions against Israel — on the 7th anniversary of the ruling by the International Court of Justice that deemed Israel’s wall in the West Bank is in violation of international law — the European Network Against Arms Trade (ENAAT) came out in public support of the arms embargo and called for an end to “all military-related training and consultancies with the Israeli army, military companies and academic research institutions.”

Published to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee’s (BNC) website on 12 July, ENAAT’s press release stated as follows:

In support of the call of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee we, groups of the European Network Against Arms Trade ask the European Parliament and European countries to:

  • Immediately cease any provision to Israel of arms and related material of all types, including the sale or transfer of weapons and ammunitions, military vehicles and equipment, para-military police equipment, including dual-use equipment, and spare parts; and also cease the provision of all types of equipment and supplies and grants of licensing arrangements for the manufacture or maintenance of these weapons.
  • Stop all military and dual-use imports (equipment, assistance and munitions) from Israel.
  • Stop the transfer of military products to and from Israel through national ports, territory and airspace.
  • Stop cooperation with the Israeli army, military companies, and military-related R&D projects, including joint ventures (whether bilateral or multilateral).
  • Halt all military-related training and consultancies with the Israeli army, military companies and academic research institutions.
  • End all military aid to Israel.
  • Refrain from any cooperation with Israel in the manufacture and development of nuclear weapons and mobilise for a nuclear-free Middle East.

The pledge was signed by nine separate anti-arms trade groups from the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Italy, Norway, Germany and Switzerland.




Boycott Israel 100% bought some throw-away razors, sed "made in Israel" - took'em back.

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Nora Barrows-Friedman is a staff writer and associate editor at The Electronic Intifada, and is the author of In Our Power: US Students Organize for Justice in Palestine (Just World Books, 2014).