Myriad human rights violations by Israel means we must stop selling them arms

At last some courageous senators in the United States are questioning the many extra-judicial killings being carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinian young people.

Myriad human rights violations by Israel means we must stop selling them arms

Since late September, 199 youngsters have been shot by the Israeli military in controversial circumstances, including an 18-year-old girl at a checkpoint in Hebron in late September.

Others have met their deaths at demonstrations. Last week the cold-blooded killing by an Israeli soldier of a Palestinian young man, who had been shot by soldiers and was already on the ground, was recorded on video by a human rights video recordist from Bethlehem.

The Israeli Prime Minister quickly said the soldier concerned would be investigated for murder but has since backtracked on that response.

Amnesty International has joined other human rights organisations to protest at these killings, which are totally unnecessary and contravene all human rights principles.

Now Vermont Senator Patricky Leahy and ten colleagues have written to Secretary of State John Kerry to question whether US military aid to Israel contravenes the Leahy law, banning military assistance to gross human rights offenders.

Such a move is welcome.

The Israeli military is shooting to kill with complete impunity in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

It is time for Ireland to say no to this complete injustice, by banning all arms trade with Israel.

Betty Purcell,

13 lower Hollybank Avenue,

Ranelagh,

Dublin 6.

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