Arms Embargo Report Funded by Lipman-Miliband Trust
Did you know that the Lipman-Miliband Trust funded a July 2015 report published by the UK-based War on Want, together with Campaign Against Arms Trade and Palestine Solidarity Campaign, calling on the “UK government to implement an immediate two-way arms embargo to end all arms sales to and purchases from Israel”?
The report, “Arming Apartheid: UK complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people,” accuses Israel of being an “Apartheid regime,” committing “war crimes,” and “continuing violations of human rights,” and urges “all readers to help us end the UK’s complicity in Israel’s systematic violation of international law.”
In addition to funding the report, the Trust has funded a 2013 War on Want “awareness campaign” to “Stop Arming Israel,” a 2012 project of +972 Magazine (Advancement of Citizen Journalism), a 2011 “Exhibit of destruction policies” organized by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), a 2010 ICAHD conference in the UK, and the Russell Tribunal in 2010.
According to its website, the Lipman-Miliband Trust is “a progressive charity whose mission was to help support the practice and dissemination of socialist education and research.” While it does list which projects it funds, it does not release amounts, financial details, or an annual budget, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability.
Lipman-Miliband trustees include: David Castle, Susan Himmelweit, Mary Kennedy, Doreen Massey, Martin Mclvor, Alex Randall, John Stirling, and Hilary Wainwright. (See here for additional information about the trustees).
War on Want, ICAHD, Russell Tribunal, and +972 Magazine are all mobilizers of anti-Israel BDS (boycotts, divestments, and sanctions) campaigns, advance the so-called Palestinian “right of return” that would effectually mean the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state, and utilize highly biased and politicized rhetoric.