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Britain revokes arms licences for Israeli navy guns

According to this article from the Guardian, the UK recently revoked licenses for the sale of certain weapons to Israel.  Even though the UK denies that this is a form of embargo, it is tied directly to Israel’s attacks on Gaza this past winter, and indicates a small victory for BDS and Palestine Solidarity movements.  A couple key excerpts:

The decision came after a review of UK defence exports to Israel announced in April by David Miliband, the foreign secretary. Israel’s London embassy ascribed the revocation of the licences to pressure from MPs and human rights organisations, the Ha’aretz newspaper reported.  (emphasis added)


Ha’aretz said the British decision was not expected to have any impact on the navy’s operational capability. But it added: “It has great political significance and could encourage other countries to halt defence exports to Israel. The country considered most likely to be next is Belgium, which sells Israel equipment used to disperse demonstrations.”

Read the complete article here.