UK government lawyers say Israel is breaking international law

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UK government lawyers say Israel is breaking international law

Pressure is mounting on the UK government over its assessment of Israel’s commitment to international humanitarian law following a leak by a top Tory MP. Conservative MP Alicia Kearns revealed that government lawyers had notified the administration about Israel’s alleged breach of international humanitarian law. The leaked recording, obtained by the Observer, has sparked significant controversy.

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UK government lawyers say Israel is breaking international law : Allegations Unveiled

Conservative MP Alicia Kearns disclosed during an event that government lawyers believe Israel has violated international humanitarian law. However, the government has yet to officially acknowledge this assessment. Such an acknowledgment would mandate the UK to halt all arms sales to Israel and cease intelligence sharing.

UK government lawyers say Israel is breaking international law : Calls for Transparency

British MPs, including Kearns, have persistently urged the UK government to disclose the legal counsel it has received regarding Israel’s compliance with international humanitarian law in Gaza. Despite these demands, the government has remained silent on the matter.

Political Fallout

The leaked revelation has triggered a wave of demands for transparency and accountability. Opposition MPs are calling for Foreign Secretary David Cameron’s resignation if the allegations are true. Labour MP Zarah Sultana emphasized the potential ramifications, including a ban on arms sales to Israel, if the allegations are substantiated.

Parliamentary Scrutiny

Parliament recessed for Easter without addressing MPs’ questions regarding Israel’s adherence to international humanitarian law. Labour MP John McDonnell highlighted the government’s refusal to publish legal advice, suggesting complicity in potential war crimes.

UK government lawyers say Israel is breaking international law : Escalating Tensions

Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy pressed Foreign Office Minister Andrew Mitchell for a straightforward response regarding the use of British weapons in potential war crimes. Mitchell reiterated the UK’s arms export regime’s robustness but evaded questions about recent legal assessments of Israel’s conduct.

Demands for Action

In response to the leak, Lammy urged the government to disclose the legal advice it had received. The Muslim Association of Britain condemned the government’s silence, calling for immediate action, including an arms embargo and sanctions against Israel.