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Clegg urges Israel arms exports ban

By Andrew Woodcock, PA
Wednesday, 7 January 2009

The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg today demanded an immediate suspension of British and EU arms exports to Israel.

Mr Clegg accused Gordon Brown of "sitting on his hands" during the current conflict in Gaza and called on the Prime Minister to "unambiguously condemn" Israel's conduct of its offensive against the Hamas movement which controls the territory.

His comments, in an article in The Guardian, make Mr Clegg the first leader of a major UK party to denounce the Israeli campaign in Gaza, rather than simply calling for a ceasefire.

They come after the death of more than 30 Palestinian civilians when an Israeli shell hit a UN-run school in Gaza, where the death toll from the 12-day air and ground assault now stands at more than 600.

Mr Clegg said the world's response to the assault on Gaza was an "indictment" o


Added: Jan-8-2009 
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