Palestinians file complaint against Germany for arms sale to Israel

The complaint is directed against the economy ministry in Berlin, which now has two weeks to respond. (Photo/AA archive)

Five Palestinians living in Gaza have filed a legal complaint in Berlin against the German government over its delivery of weapons to Israel, an NGO representing them has said.

The complaint seeks to "revoke the export licences issued by the German government for arms deliveries to Israel", the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) said in a statement on Friday.

A spokeswoman for the administrative court in Berlin confirmed it received the complaint late Thursday. The five plaintiffs live in different parts of Gaza, including Rafah, the official added.

The Palestinians are "challenging the authorisation already granted for the delivery of anti-tank weapons" and seeking to stop deliveries that have not yet been authorised, the spokeswoman said.

The complaint is directed against the economy ministry, which now has two weeks to respond.

The five Palestinians have all had family members killed in Israeli missile attacks since Israel's war on Gaza set off the war, according to the ECCHR.

'Violation of International law'

The plaintiffs say Berlin is failing to fulfil its obligations under international law, including the 194 8 United Nations Genocide Convention.

"Germany cannot remain true to its values if it exports weapons to a war in which serious violations of international humanitarian law are evident," said Wolfgang Kaleck, general secretary of the ECCHR.

Germany is the second biggest arms exporter to Israel after the US, accounting for 30 percent of imports between 2019 and 2023, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Berlin is facing a case in the International Court of Justice in which Nicaragua says it is in breach of the UN Genocide Convention, set up after the Holocaust.

On Tuesday, Berlin's representatives insisted that Germany supplied arms only "on the basis of detailed scrutiny, that far exceeds the requirements of international law".


Source: TRT