Tuesday, August 22, 2006

British Government 'aided Israeli terrorism', human rights group tells court

The government was accused in court today of knowingly assisting "acts of terrorism" by Israel in its campaign against Hizbullah in southern Lebanon.

The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) claimed in the high court in London that the UK was guilty of "aiding and abetting" breaches of international law by allowing US aircraft carrying bombs to Israel to stop over at UK airports.

It sought permission to bring injunction proceedings against the civil aviation authority, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Des Browne, the defence secretary, to stop "grave and serious violations" of international humanitarian law and crimes against the Geneva conventions.

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