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U.K. Under Pressure to Halt Israeli Arms Sales; Spain to Recognize Palestinian Statehood by July

HeadlineApr 04, 2024

In Britain, pressure is growing on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to suspend arms sales to Israel. Three former British Supreme Court justices have joined hundreds of lawyers, legal academics and retired judges to warn that continued arms sales could make Britain complicit in genocide. This is David Lammy, foreign policy chief of the opposition Labour Party.

David Lammy: “All of the British public can see the scenes coming out of Gaza, children lying in rubble, deep concerns being made about international human rights law. And for all of those reasons, that advice should be published. And if it is the case that international law has been contravened, then it is absolutely right that offensive arms are suspended to Israel.”

Meanwhile, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says his country will recognize Palestinian statehood by July. This comes as Palestine’s U.N. representatives have renewed a push for full membership at the international body.

Here in New York, tallies from Tuesday’s primary election show around 12% of Democratic voters in New York state cast a blank ballot instead of voting for President Biden over his support for Israel’s assault on Gaza.

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