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  • On March 23 2018 the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a series of resolutions during the 37th session, including a call for an arms embargo against Israel.
  • The call for an arms embargo intensified internationally with the response by Israel against Palestinians in Gaza. Marching against the ongoing siege of Gaza and demanding  the right of return to their homes and villages, the protesters were met with a vicious and targeted response by the Israeli army. Firing live bullets into the crowd, the Israeli army killed innocent protesters- including members of the press – and injured hundreds.
  • British Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn added his voice to the call to end arms sales to Israel over the Israeli Army’s killing and injuring of Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border.





Why End Military Ties?

Over the last 15 years the Israeli government has engaged in regular military operations against the Palestinians

– Defensive Shield (in the West Bank) in 2002
(497 Palestinians killed, 1,447 injured)

– Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in 2008-09
(at least 1200 Palestinians killed, over 5,000 injured)

– Pillar of Defense in Gaza in 2012
(over 160 killed and hundreds injured)

– Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in 2014
(over 2,100 killed and over 11,000 injured)

In virtually all operations the Israeli Defense Forces used new military technology and weapons which were then marketed as ‘field tested’. According to Israeli journalist Shuki Sadeh, arms industry sales tend to pick up in the aftermath of an Israeli military operation.







International Movement Against Military Ties with Israel

A growing number of countries – Norway, Denmark, Brazil – have made positive steps towards ending military ties with Israel. {You can read more about this here: RESOURCES}

In the wake of Operation Protective Edge there was an increase in international outrage at Israel’s disproportionate military onslaught. Many key international figureheads called on the UN and governments across the world to “take immediate steps to implement a comprehensive and legally binding military embargo on Israel, similar to that imposed on South Africa during apartheid.”

Former British international affairs government minister, Andrew Mitchell also called for a boycott of all military trade with Israel and 80 Australian politicians signed the Canberra Declaration on Gaza demanding an immediate cessation of hostilities, and an end to the occupation of Palestinian Territories and the blockade of Gaza.

The pressure from within Israel is also mounting, due in part to the great economic costs of maintaining the regime. The Israel-based ADVA Centre, in a 2008 report The Cost of Occupation states the conflict is “like a millstone around the neck of Israel: it undermines economic growth, burdens the budget, limits social development, [and] sullies its vision”.



We call on the Australian government, military and companies to step up and do the same: end all military ties with the Israel government, military and companies.

This campaign has been endorsed by the following organisations:
the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at the University of Sydney
Australian Friends of Palestine Association (AFOPA)
Australian Palestinian Professionals Association  (APPA)
Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (CJPP)
Jews Against the Occupation (JAO)
Sydney University Staff for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions
Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition
Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN)
Sydney Hiroshima Day Committee
Free Gaza Australia
Marrickville Peace Group