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Miliband faces high court battle in UK over Gaza rights

February 27, 2009 

Palestinians inspect the different rooms of a building that was badly damaged by an Israeli air strike in Rafah, southern Gaza.

UK foreign secretary David Miliband has acted “in flagrant and continuing breach of international law” by failing to suspend arms exports to Israel, the High Court will hear after a case commenced yesterday .

In what is believed to be the first legal challenge to arise from Israel’s ‘Operation Cast Lead’ in Gaza, lawyers representing over 30 Palestinian families have accused the foreign secretary, along with the ministers for defence and business, of acting illegally by failing to suspend arms trading and government assistance in response to alleged human rights violations by the Israeli government.

Lawyers acting on behalf of Palestinian charity Al-Haq said that the case would be the first of several legal actions brought against Israel, as activity steps up to examine the humanitarian and financial cost of recent events.

“The UK has urgent international obligations that it must fulfill immediately”, Phil Shiner, the lawyer representing Al-Haq said yesterday. Read the full article..