Arms Trade Treaty

In 2013 Australia signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), and ratified it in June 2014. The treaty became binding under international law December 24, 2014.

Article 6 of the ATT states that:  if the export [of arms] would lead to a violation of the State’s international obligations to which it is a part, and if the state has any knowledge that the arms to be exported would be used in the commission of genocide, crimes against humanity, grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, attacks directed against civilian objects or civilians protected as such, or other war crimes as defined by international agreements to which it is a Party, then the exporting State shall deny the export authorisation.

In light of the extreme and inhumane conditions being imposed upon the Palestinian people by the Israeli government and military, we cannot sit by and remain complicit in the suffering of Palestinians by refusing to act.

If Australia were to join the growing international movement to cut military ties, it would place additional pressure on the Israeli government.