PSPD in English Peace/Disarmament 2024-01-12   1294

[Sign Now] Stop Arming Israel!

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Stop Arming Israel : ROK Government, Stop Arms Exports! 🇵🇸

👉 Sign Here Now (Deadline : 1/18)

The number of Palestinian casualties has exceeded 21,000, with 70% being children and women. Considering that the exact number of missing and dead buried under the rubble of bombings is not accurately known, the death toll is likely to rise further. Over 21,000 universes have been extinguished.

Israel’s indiscriminate attacks have been ongoing for nearly three months. No place in the Gaza Strip, including hospitals, schools, and refugee camps, is safe. The healthcare system has collapsed and there is a severe shortage of essential supplies like food, electricity, and water everywhere. Israel is committing the genocide of Palestinian people in front of the entire world, destroying the humanity of all those who witness this atrocity. This is unacceptable.

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The ROK government is arming Israel

Since the 1990s, the ROK(South Korea) and Israel have strengthened military cooperation, and arms trade has gradually increased since the 2000s. According to reports from the ROK government in UN trade statistics, from 2014 to 2022, the ROK exported approximately $43.9 million (about 57 billion won) worth of weapons (ammunition, shells, etc.) to Israel. Weapons exported from the ROK could be used in the mass killing of Palestinians. However, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has kept the details of these arms trade with Israel confidential, citing ‘national security, defense, unification, foreign relations, and other matters that could significantly harm the nation’s major interests if disclosed.’

Furthermore, the import of weapons and military cooperation from Israel have continued. From 2014 to 2022, the ROK imported about $128 million (about 169 billion won) worth of weapons from Israel. In 2021, the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed a ‘Business Agreement for Cooperation on Next-Generation Unmanned Aircraft Projects’ with Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest weapons company. Hanwha Systems also entered into a ‘Business Agreement for Mutual Technical Cooperation and Exploring Export Opportunities’ with Israeli weapons companies Elta Systems and Elbit Systems. Israeli weapons are internationally recognized as ‘battle-tested.’ The battlefields where these weapons are used and tested are the occupied Palestinian territories. Furthermore, current genocide are being carried out based on artificial intelligence.

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The ROK government must immediately stop all arms trade with Israel

The ROK government should enforce comprehensive arms embargo measures, prohibiting both the export and import of weapons to Israel, as Israel is committing war crimes by violating International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law, disregarding the strong calls for a ceasefire from the international community.

There are already similar precedents. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the ROK imposed sanctions, including discontinuing new exchanges and cooperation in the defense and security sectors with the Myanmar government after the coup in 2021. They also strictly scrutinized export permits for military items and industrial strategic goods. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, strategic goods exports to Russia were blocked, and controls on exports of dual-use items, such as semiconductors, computers, information and communication technology, sensors, and lasers, were implemented. There is no reason why similar measures cannot be taken against Israel.

The ROK is a state party of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). ATT prohibits the transfer of conventional arms if there is knowledge that they will be used commission of genocide, crimes against humanity, grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, 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. However, the ROK has continuously exported weapons to Israel, despite its repeated invasions of Gaza and attacks on civilians, which may be a violation of the ATT.

The international communities call for “Stop Arming Israel”. This campaign has been ongoing for a long time. Recent actions targeting Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest weapons company, have been taking place worldwide.

Stop Arming Israel

Please sign now! (deadline : 1/18)

The tragedy in Palestine is not an unrelated event on the other side of the Earth. Let us strongly urge the ROK government not to become an accomplice to the war crimes committed by the Israeli government in the name of ROK people.

We demand the the ROK government

  • Stop arms trade and military cooperation with Israel!
  • Transparently disclose details of arms trade with Israel!
  • Make every diplomatic effort for an immediate ceasefire and to stop the genocide!

👉 Sign Here Now (Deadline : 1/18)

We plan to gather 5,000 signatures in agreement with these demands and hold a rally on January 19th (Friday) in front of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration(DAPA) that license arms exports to deliver the signatures. Severing weapons transactions and military cooperation with Israel is a step towards ending the genocide and military occupation in Palestine. Sign now and spread the word.

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