UK refuses to confirm use of Cyprus base in sending US arms to Israel

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 7 December 2023 The British government is refusing to answer questions in parliament about the US military’s use of RAF Akrotiri, the UK’s vast air base on Cyprus, which is reportedly being used to deliver arms to Israel. The UK government is refusing to provide MPs with information about US […]

Why does the UK give Israel unqualified backing?

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 21 November 2023 The two key reasons are the need for Whitehall to demonstrate British subservience and usefulness to the US, and the power of the Israel lobby, argues Declassified’s editor. Rishi Sunak’s government has shown extraordinary levels of backing for Israeli military operations in Gaza over the past six […]

US military is secretly supplying weapons to Israel using UK base on Cyprus

by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 17 November 2023 The US is moving arms to Israel from around Europe using Britain’s vast air base on Cyprus, but the Ministry of Defence refuses to tell Declassified what American aircraft are flying or what weapons are on board. Respected Israeli newspaper Haaretz has reported that over 40 US transport […]

RAF admits to making 17 military flights to Israel since Gaza bombing began

by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 10 November 2023 But Declassified discovers 33 UK military transport flights to Tel Aviv in the last month, including every day for two weeks after the Gaza bombing began. Flight logs tracking aircraft from RAF Akrotiri, the UK’s vast air base in Cyprus, show the RAF flew […]

When Britain aided Israel’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Palestine

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 7 November 2023 The UK’s responsibility for helping to resolve the current war in Gaza stems partly from its imperial past – when in 1948 it contributed to Israeli forces’ takeover of most of Palestine. After the second world war British planners were confronted by the outbreak of a Jewish […]

The ICC must investigate British ministers for Gaza war crimes. Here’s how.

by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 3 November 2023 The UK military and intelligence services may be aiding Israel’s attack on Gaza in at least seven ways. It is vital the International Criminal Court question Rishi Sunak, James Cleverly and Grant Shapps about this support. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is the only […]

James Cleverly: The UK’s dictatorships man

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 16 May 2023 The foreign secretary claims his role is ‘defending democracy and freedom’ around the world. In fact, he’s Whitehall’s point man for backing several of the world’s most repressive regimes, as his own tweets show. When James Cleverly was reappointed foreign secretary last October, he tweeted he was “honoured” to […]

Britain’s covert war in Yemen

Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 5 October 2022 The UK’s current war in Yemen is not the first time Britain has contributed to devastating the country. Sixty years ago, a coup in North Yemen prompted UK officials to begin a secret war that also led to tens of thousands of deaths – and, as now, no […]

Foreign minister James Cleverly accused of breaking ministerial code over arms to Israel

By Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 30 June 2021 Britain’s Middle East minister James Cleverly is regularly refusing to provide answers to written questions posed to him by members of parliament, especially on UK arms exports to Israel, contravening House of Commons rules. James Cleverly has been accused of breaking the UK’s Ministerial Code and of […]

UK military deepens ties with regime accused of funding terror groups

By Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 23 June 2021 Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) is about to establish a second fighter squadron with Qatar, an authoritarian Gulf state accused of supporting extremist groups across the Middle East which the UK itself opposes and says promote terrorism. UK/Qatar squadron will be established in September in Yorkshire, northern […]