Who supplied the arms that killed the children in Yemen? + “STOP THIS BRITISH BANK FUNDING THE ARMING OF ISRAEL” – PETITION


Stop Supplying Arms to Countries Committing War Crimes

You might have seen it in your newsfeed — devastating reports of a Saudi Arabia-led Coalition airstrike in Yemen that hit a bus carrying children from a summer camp. Media reports state that a nearby hospital received 29 bodies of mainly children.

What you may not know is that the United States is supplying weapons to both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — two countries committing war crimes in Yemen — and this year the Trump administration is finalizing a $12.5 billion weapon deal with Saudi Arabia.

Tell your Member of Congress to immediately stop the flow of arms to members of the Saudi Arabia-led Coalition for use in Yemen.

We don’t hear about it much, but Yemen is enduring one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. This month’s tragedy is the latest in a string of Coalition airstrikes which have indiscriminately killed civilians and targeted infrastructure like hospitals and markets.

Countries like Germany, Norway and Belgium have already cut off arms supplies to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates because of their human rights violations in Yemen. It’s time for the United States of America to do the same. Supplying arms that are being used to kill civilians, including children, is simply indefensible.

Please, take a moment now to tell your Member of Congress to stop supplying military exports to the Saudi Arabia-led Coalition, before more civilians are injured and killed.

It’s been called the “forgotten war”, but it’s time for Americans everywhere to pay attention. Together, we can influence our government to not only stop arming Saudi-led Coalition forces, but also to use its power as an ally and call for full compliance with international humanitarian law.

Margaret Huang

Executive Director
Amnesty International USA


US Military to Train Saudi Pilots on American Soil Despite Outrage Over Yemen “War Crimes”

There are numerous indications besides the federal procurement request that Mattis’ statements of caution to the Saudis were merely public theater aimed at reducing outrage over one of the Saudi-led coalition’s latest atrocities.




HSBC: divest from Elbit and other companies arming Israel

Israel uses military force to maintain its oppression of Palestinians. It targets people with tear gas grenades, rubber-coated bullets and live ammunition, and carries out mass arrests, house demolitions and extrajudicial executions. 
This brutality lies at the heart of Israel’s systematic violations of Palestinian rights, amounting to serious breaches of international law, and even war crimes.
HSBC is a major shareholder in companies selling weapons and military technology to Israel including Elbit Systems, which manufactures drones and surveillance technology, and has recently sold Israel cannons for internationally banned cluster munitions. HSBC claims to have a strict policy against doing business with companies involved in cluster munitions production, but as of 2017, it held £3.6 million worth of shares in Elbit Systems.
We can’t allow banks on our high streets to continue lending support to Israel’s militarised repression of Palestinians. Together, we can break the chain of complicity.
Tell HSBC to divest from Elbit and all other companies selling weapons used in violence and human rights abuse.

Elbit Systems is one of Israel’s largest arms companies, and the Israeli military is one of its main clients. Elbit bosses boast that its weapons are ‘battle-tested’ and ‘combat-proven’, meaning that they have been used again Palestinians.

Elbit is or has been involved in the production of:

  • Drones

  • Surveillance equipment

  • Cannons for cluster munitions

  • White phosphorous

Aside from its Israeli headquarters, Elbit Systems also has seven subsidiary factories in the UK, many of which have been the regular targets of protests and pickets by anti-arms, human rights and peace campaigners. Elbit has also received large UK MoD contracts, and is encouraged to sell its wares at UK government sponsored arms fairs.

Our campaign to get HSBC to divest from Elbit is a part of our larger Stop Arming Israel campaign, calling for the UK government to implement a two-way arms embargo on Israel. For more on the campaign, see: https://waronwant.org/stop-arming-israel


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War on Want: the worldwide movement for global justice: 

UK bank complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people




army beating Palestinians

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