guardian.co.uk, Thursday 15 January 2009 15.50 GMT
The Pentagon has suspended the delivery of a shipload of munitions to Israel after international concern that it could be used by Israeli forces in
Gaza. The German-owned cargo vessel, Wehr Elbe, under charter by the US Military Sealift Command, is currently in Greek waters with its transponder
tracking turned off to prevent its location being identified.
Amnesty International has written to the foreign secretary, David Miliband, asking him to make "urgent approaches to the US, German and Greek
governments to prevent this, or any pending or future shipments of weaponry until it can be verified that they will not be transferred to the Israeli
Defence Forces or other parties to the conflict in Gaza.
The truth is that Greece has refused to transit US munitions to Israel and no other port is willing to accommodate this shipment or to fuel the cargo
ship. Turkey, a Nato member, also refused to accept these weapons.
The decision was forced upon the US by her allies. Most likely their governments were advised by their legal advisers not to be complicit in the war
crimes being conducted by Israel. I surmise that there is also the moral factor in their decision.
You may recall the US stating two days ago that the munition shipment was planned months ago and has nothing to do with the Gaza assault.
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