How and why is the transfer of weapons to states that use them in violation international humanitarian law a crime?

International law scholars and UN Special Rapporteurs have warned that transferring weapons to states that uses them to violate international humanitarian law is in and of itself a crime.

Any transfer of weapons or ammunition to Israel that would be used in Gaza is likely to violate international humanitarian law and must cease immediately, UN Special Rapporteurs warned on 23 February 2024.

“All States must ‘ensure respect’ for international humanitarian law by parties to an armed conflict, as required by 1949 Geneva Conventions and customary international law,” the experts said. “States must accordingly refrain from transferring any weapon or ammunition – or parts for them – if it is expected, given the facts or past patterns of behavior, that they would be used to violate international law.”

The Israeli newspaper, "Israel Today", revealed - today, Monday - that Israel was supplied with about 35,000 tons of weapons and ammunition, most of them from the United States, on board more than 300 planes and about 50 ships, since the outbreak of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip on October 7 last.

"Israel Today" explained that a small portion of the shipments came from several countries, but the main supplier was and remains the United States, adding that the arms shipments and "clear American support allowed the Israeli army to fight in Gaza during the past five months, while maintaining its readiness for war in the north." Against Hezbollah in Lebanon.


Documenting the transfer and use of Western weapons to Israel since October 10, 2023:





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