Denmark suspends Saudi weapons sales

This 6 April 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Inks Arms Deal with Saudis as Humanitarian Crisis Rages in Yemen & Saudi Prince Tours U.S.

On Thursday, the Trump administration told Congress it has approved a $1.3 billion artillery sale to Saudi Arabia. This is the second weapons deal between the U.S. and Riyadh in as many months and has sparked concern from human rights groups, who warn the deals may make the United States complicit in war crimes committed in the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen.

Lawmakers have 30 days to act before the sale is final.

The announcement comes as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wraps up his whirlwind tour of the United States. One topic that has received relatively little media attention during his trip is his role in escalating Saudi Arabia’s military involvement in Yemen.

Last month marked three years since the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition began its military offensive in Yemen, leading to one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led airstrikes and naval blockade have destroyed Yemen’s health, water and sanitation systems, sparking a massive cholera outbreak and pushing millions of Yemenis to the brink of starvation.

More than 15,000 people have died since the Saudi invasion in 2015. We speak with Iona Craig, a journalist who was based in Sana’a between 2010 and 2015 as the Yemen correspondent for The Times of London.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Denmark suspends arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Denmark suspends the export of arms and military equipment to Saudi Arabia. The reason is the violent death of the journalist and critic of the Saudi regime Jamal Khashoggi, who died in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul at the beginning of October. …

For the time being, Denmark also suspends the export of so-called dual-use technology, products that can be used for both civil and military purposes. It concerns future export licenses; existing licenses will not be revoked. Last year, the Danes, in their own words, issued ten such permits. …

In October, Germany suspended its arms supplies to Riyadh. …

The European Parliament also insists on a moratorium on arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia, which is involved in the bloody war in Yemen.

Norway has suspended its export of defense technology this month. That country is not a member of the European Union, but it is of NATO. The Norwegians already had a ban on the export of arms and ammunition to Saudi Arabia. …

The [Saudi] coalition has repeatedly been accused of willfully attacking civilian targets, such as hospitals. …

Saudi Arabia spends the most money on its armed forces after the US, Russia and China. It bought an estimated € 11.6 billion worth of weapons between 2014 and 2017. Britain sold Saudi Arabia for 2.3 billion euros in arms and equipment during that period and is by far the largest European arms supplier to the Saudis. France follows, with more than 416 million euros. …

They are comparatively small amounts compared to the US, whose arms exports to Saudi Arabia amounted to almost 7.4 billion euros during those years. Riyadh is the largest buyer of US arms. President Trump after a trip to Saudi Arabia, his first visit to another country as president, claimed that he had signed for nearly 100 billion dollars in new arms deals.

Teaching Hate and Violence. Problematic Passages from Saudi State Textbooks for the 2018–19 School Year: here.

ADL Analysis Finds Saudi School Textbooks Still Teach Anti-Semitic Incitement and Hatred. Despite government claims, books continue to teach hatred against Jews, Christians, women, homosexual men: here.

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