Consortium News:ㅤUK Ignores Its Lawyers’ Warnings on Arms to Israel

Consortium News:ㅤUK Ignores Its Lawyers’ Warnings on Arms to Israel

02-04-24 09:00:00,

In a leaked recording, the Tory chair of a foreign affairs committee says government lawyers advised Britain to stop arming Israel because it is committing war crimes, reports Joe Lauria.

Sunak meets Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Oct. 19, 2023. (Simon Walker / No. 10 Downing Street)

By Joe Lauria
in London
Special to Consortium News

Pressure is growing on the British government to stop arming Israel after a leaked audio recording revealed that it is ignoring the advice of its own lawyers that Israel is breaking international humanitarian law and that Britain is in danger of also violating international law by continuing to ship Israel arms. 

The leaked remarks were made by Alicia Kearns MP, Conservative chair of the House of Commons select committee on foreign affairs, at a March 13 Tory fundraising event and first published by The Observer on Saturday. 

In the leaked tape, Kearns says: “The Foreign Office has received official legal advice that Israel has broken international humanitarian law but the Government has not announced it. They have not said it, they haven’t stopped arms exports.“

Kearns defended her published remarks, telling the newspaper:

“I remain convinced the government has completed its updated assessment on whether Israel is demonstrating a commitment to international humanitarian law,

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