30 UN experts call on arms manufacturers to stop arms transfers to Israel

These risks are heightened by the ICJ's recent order directing Israel to end its ongoing invasion of Rafah, experts said.

Dozens of UN experts warn arms makers, governments and investors they risk being complicit in 'serious violations' of international human rights laws, potentially including genocide , providing weapons to Israel as it carries out genocide in Gaza.

The group of 30 human rights experts, including several UN special rapporteurs, called out arms manufacturers such as American companies Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and many others, saying that they should stop transfers “even if they are carried out under existing agreements”. export licenses.

“These companies, by sending weapons, parts, components and ammunition to Israeli forces, risk being complicit in serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law,” the experts said in a statement.

The recent order by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) demanding that Israel immediately cease its invasion of Rafah, as well as the ICJ's conclusion that it is “plausible” that Israel would commit genocide, have increased this risk. warned the experts. The group includes experts on a wide range of human rights, and includes the Special Rapporteur on Palestine, Francesca Albanese.

“In this context, continued arms transfers to Israel may be considered deliberate assistance to operations that contravene international human rights and humanitarian laws and may allow profit from such assistance,” they declared.

The UN experts also warn investors in these manufacturers, like Bank of America, BlackRock, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, State Farm, Wells Fargo and others, that they could also be held liable for their complicity in the violations human rights against the Palestinians. Even though these financiers do not directly manufacture the weapons that Israel uses in its campaign of extermination, they enable nations and arms companies to do so.

“Weapons trigger, sustain, exacerbate and prolong armed conflict, as well as other forms of oppression. The availability of weapons is therefore an essential prerequisite for the commission of war crimes and human rights violations , including by private arms companies,” the report said. the group said.

Palestinian rights advocates have long targeted weapons manufacturers not only because they create the weapons used to massacre Palestinians, but also because they profit from the genocide; The more brutal and prolonged the destruction, the more money companies and their managers make, as arms manufacturers openly tell their investors.

General Dynamics manufactures the MK-80 series of bombs that Israel has long used in its campaign against the Palestinians for decades; Boeing creates the bomb kits that help Israel level refugee camps and residential buildings; General Dynamics developed and Lockheed Martin manufactures the bombs for the F-16 fighter jets.

Experts also pointed the finger at companies with lesser-known ties to the Israeli massacre, such as Caterpillar, which manufactured the bulldozers Israel used to destroy buildings and cemeteries.

Activists have targeted particularly prolific arms manufacturers and investors with divestment campaigns, while the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has seen a surge of activity since October.

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