Up to Three Thousand Protest U.S. Weapons Sales to Israel

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Up to Three Thousand Protest U.S. Weapons Sales to Israel

By Zoë Robert
The protest in Reykjavík against Israeli raids in Gaza

A demonstration against the Israel-Palestine conflict in Reykjavík on July 23. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Up to 3,000 people gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavík yesterday evening to protest U.S. exports of weapons to Israel.

According to a statement from the Iceland-Palestine Association, which organized the protest, the U.S. government sold roughly USD 775 million (EUR 580 million) worth of weapons and ammunition to Israel between 2009 and 2013, visir.is reports. The U.S. is by far the largest seller of weapons to Israel.

According to the United Nations, the U.S. government also sent 596 armed and armored vehicles, 141 large missile systems, 192 military aircraft, 128 military helicopters and 3,805 missiles and rocket launchers.

Some 1,460 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died in the conflict and 63 Israelis, mostly soldiers, the BBC reports. Early this morning, the Israeli military announced that it was resuming operations, saying Hamas broke a planned 72-hour ceasefire just hours after it had begun.

 

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