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 […]

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 […]

UK spends millions training security forces to control Palestinians in West Bank and Lebanon

By Matt Kennard, Mark Curtis and Phil Miller, Declassified UK, 20 May 2021 British aid projects supporting Palestinian security forces appear to be as much about helping to stop threats to Israel, the occupying power, as they are about enhancing Palestinian state-building. Declassified reveals the UK has seven army and air force personnel in the West […]

Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt: On the Middle East, it makes no difference

by Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 25 June 2019 The contest to become the leader of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, and the country’s next prime minister, has failed so far to involve media scrutiny of the candidates’ views on British foreign policy. With the focus on Brexit and media attention on the personal life of Boris […]

Why the West’s World War One carve-up is still unfinished business

by Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 17 November 2018 One hundred years ago this month, the guns of the European powers may well have fallen silent after four years of war. But in the Middle East, many of those same powers were creating the conditions for a century of further conflict. Decisions taken […]