Consortium News:ㅤPressure Mounts on Sunak to Stop Arming Israel

Consortium News:ㅤPressure Mounts on Sunak to Stop Arming Israel

04-04-24 01:58:00,

Former U.K. Supreme Court justices wrote to the prime minister telling him to cease arms sales to Gaza amid a “plausible genocide,” and also stunningly called for sanctions against Israeli leaders, reports Joe Lauria.

U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Oct. 19, 2023. (Simon Walker / No 10 Downing Street, CC BY 2.0)

By Joe Lauria
in London
Special to Consortium News

More than 600 British lawyers, academics and retired senior judges — including three who sat on the country’s Supreme Court — have written to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak imploring him to “end through lawful means acts giving rise to a serious risk of genocide,” namely, to stop arming Israel while it carries out its atrocities in Gaza. 

The letter on Wednesday comes in the wake of leaked audio recordings revealing that the British government is ignoring the advice of its own lawyers not to continue supplying weapons to Israel for its Gaza operation. 

“The ICJ [International Court of Justice]’s conclusion that there exists a plausible risk of genocide in Gaza has placed your government on notice that weapons might be used in its commission and that the suspension of their provision is thus a ‘means likely to deter’ and/or ‘a measure to prevent’ genocide,” the letter to Sunak says.   

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