UK must stop selling arms to Israel: Caabu Director joins Oxfam in urging an end to arms sales and an immediate, permanent ceasefire.

Caabu Director Chris Doyle is among 54 signatories in an Oxfam open letter, urging the UK Government to immediately halt arms licences and exports to the Government of Israel, as a first step to secure a permanent and immediate ceasefire for all Palestinians and Israelis.


Open Letter To Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch and Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron

Dear Trade Secretary and Foreign Secretary,

Together we are urging you to immediately halt arms licences and exports to the Government of Israel. This is just one crucial step towards helping to secure a permanent and immediate ceasefire for all Palestinians and Israelis.

Nowhere in Gaza is safe. The military offensive in Gaza has killed tens of thousands of people and forced 1.9 million people from their homes. Schools, hospitals, aid facilities, bakeries and water infrastructure have all been impacted and many have been destroyed. It is against international law to intentionally or recklessly attack civilians and civilian infrastructure – and British arms sold to Israel are potentially being used to commit such serious violations of international law. By refusing to stop selling these arms, the UK is complicit in the slaughter of civilians taking place daily in Gaza.

Bomber aircraft containing parts made in the UK are being used to reduce parts of Gaza to rubble, striking fear into the hearts of people in Gaza, and destroying countless lives. The Government of Israel has killed tens of thousands of people, and forced displacement, starvation and deprivation upon more than 2 million people. The UK Government, along with the international community, must take all measures within their power to prevent the risk of genocide in Gaza.

Everyone in Gaza is in need of humanitarian assistance but the ferocity of this conflict has made it impossible for humanitarian organisations to do their work. An immediate, unconditional and permanent ceasefire is vital to stop the death and destruction. Ending arms sales is a crucial step towards this. A ceasefire is the only meaningful way to deliver aid, and the safest way to get hostages out. Then the hard work of building lasting peace and justice for Palestinians and Israelis can start

We ask you to:

  • Immediately suspend arms licences and exports to the Government of Israel.
  • Call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire.




  1. Adrian Ramsay, Green Party of England and Wales Co-Leader
  2. Aisling Bea, Actor, writer and comedian
  3. Aleema Shivji, Interim Chief Executive, Oxfam GB
  4. Andrew Whitley, Chair, Balfour Project
  5. Anna Stavrianakis, Director of Research and Strategy, Shadow World Investigations
  6. Annie Lennox, Singer-songwriter and activist
  7. Anthony Slaughter, Leader, Wales Green Party
  8. Asad Rehman, Executive Director, War on Want
  9. Ben Webster, CEO, Mosaik
  10. Brian Cox, Actor
  11. Carla Denyer, Green Party of England and Wales Co-Leader
  12. Caroline Qutteneh, Director, Welfare Association
  13. Charlotte Marshall, Director, Sabeel-Kairos UK
  14. Chris Doyle, Director, Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu)
  15. Chris Rose, Director, Amost Trust
  16. Christine Allen, CEO, CAFOD
  17. Clare Short, Former Secretary of State for International Development
  18. Daniel Lismore, Artist
  19. Dr Kate Ferguson, Co-Executive Director, Protection Approaches
  20. Dylan Mathews, Chief Executive, Peace Direct
  21. Enyseh Teimory, Head of Policy, United Nations Association - UK (UNA-UK)
  22. Eva Tabbasam, Director, Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS)
  23. Frances Guy, CEO, Scotland International Development Alliance
  24. Frankie Boyle, Comedian
  25. Gemma Sherrington, Interim CEO, Save the Children UK
  26. Hannah Bond, Co-CEO of ActionAid UK
  27. Helen Close, Research Associate, Omega Research Foundation
  28. Jill Kent, Chairperson, Justice and Peace Scotland
  29. Katie Fallon, Advocacy Manager, Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT)
  30. Khalid Abdalla, Actor
  31. Lorna Slater MSP, Scottish Green Party Co-Leader
  32. Lorraine Currie, CEO, SCIAF
  33. Marian Pallister, Chair, Pax Christi Scotland
  34. Melanie Ward, CEO, Medical Aid for Palestinians
  35. Mikaela Loach, Author & climate justice activist
  36. Mirza Waheed, Novelist
  37. Most Rev. William Nolan, Archbishop of Glasgow
  38. Nick Dearden, Director, Global Justice Now
  39. Nish Kumar, Comedian & Presenter
  40. Osai Ojigho, Director of Policy, Christian Aid
  41. Paloma Faith, Singer-songwriter
  42. Patrick Harvie MSP, Scottish Green Party Co-Leader
  43. Paul Murphy, Executive Director, Saferworld
  44. Rhun ap Iorwerth MS, Plaid Cymru Leader
  45. Rob Williams, CEO, War Child Alliance
  46. Robert Lindsay, Actor
  47. Rose Caldwell, CEO, Plan International UK
  48. Sacha Deshmukh, CEO, Amnesty International UK
  49. Sarel Madziya, Actor & Presenter
  50. Tareq Shrourou, Director, Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights
  51. Tim Livesey, Chief Executive, Embrace the Middle East
  52. Tufail Hussain, UK Director, Islamic Relief
  53. Wassim Khmaja, Deputy CEO, Action for Humanity
  54. Zack Polanski, Green Party of England and Wales Deputy Leader