Since the start of Israel's genocidal war on Gaza, the UK has dramatically increased its military and intelligence support to the Zionist regime.

It has done so either by recruiting spies in the occupied Palestinian territories, hiring private military companies, deploying surveillance planes and ships,


or conducting spy missions over Gaza.

Notable components of the British deployment include Royal Air Force P-8 maritime patrol aircraft, unspecified surveillance assets, two


Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ships, three Merlin helicopters and a contingent of Royal Marines, which were intended to assist in Israeli aggression against the Palestinians.

According to the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CCCA), a civil society organization based in the United Kingdom, the United Kingdom and Germany are


among the largest arms suppliers to Tel Aviv.

The CCCA report said British companies supplied approximately 15 percent of the components used in the F-35s used in the Israeli bombing of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Some companies, such as Elbit, the Israeli regime's international military contractor, have licenses to trade military equipment in Britain, according to the report.

MI5 (Security Service) recruits spies in Gaza

Beyond military assistance,

the United Kingdom has consistently sought to provide intelligence support to the Israeli regime by utilizing

existing intelligence agents and recruiting new agents within the occupied territories.

In a recently revealed case, the British spy agency MI5 attempted to recruit a British man in Gaza by offering to help his family


escape the city, which is currently under heavy bombardment by the Israeli regime.

The man, who reportedly rejected the offer, revealed that his family had registered with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office


(MAEMN) for evacuation but experienced lengthy delays and endured dire conditions in a tent along with other displaced people in Gaza.

“I've been waiting for over two months for them to get me and my family out of this crazy, dangerous war,” he said, expressing frustration.

MI5's contact with the man in Gaza indicated that the agency's ability to facilitate the family's evacuation through the MAEMN was dependent on


the man agreeing to work for the intelligence agency.

Despite the urgency of his situation, the man said he did not agree to this condition.

MI5, the contact said, had influence over the MAEMN, but only if it could demonstrate that “there is a willingness on their part to work together.”

“After receiving their offer, I said to myself: the UK is a country of institutions and laws, and they will not obstruct the evacuation of me and my family because I did not respond to MI5's proposal.

But, unfortunately, I was wrong,” the unidentified man stated.

Moazzam Begg, senior director of the advocacy organization Cage International, and a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who is helping the family, said the


recruitment methods used by MI5 appear consistent with the agency's tactics to exploit people. who are facing desperate circumstances.

Begg emphasized the coercive nature of such recruitment, sharing his own experience.

“I know from personal experience of MI5 officers telling me directly that the only way to get out of a place where you are being tortured, abused or detained without trial is to cooperate.”

UK spy mission on Gaza

British intelligence support for the Israeli regime and its espionage missions in the occupied territories is not limited to the recruitment of potential spies.

A recent investigation revealed that the British military carried out approximately 50 spy missions over the Gaza Strip for the Israeli regime since December.

In its latest report, Declassified UK, a news website focused on British foreign policy, said flights have taken off from the UK's Acrotiri air base on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

The flights from the controversial air base used Shadow R1 surveillance aircraft to gather intelligence.

The UK Ministry of Defense initially claimed that these flights were aimed at gathering information on British captives held by the HAMAS resistance movement, but the frequency and timing raised suspicions of broader intelligence gathering.

“The extraordinary number of flights, and the fact that they began almost two months after the hostages were taken, raises suspicions that the UK is not collecting intelligence solely for this purpose,” Declassified UK said.

The head of the Cyprus Peace Council, Charis Pashias, said last week that locals have seen a “daily” increase in the number of flights from


Akrotiri since Israel launched its bombardment of Gaza on October 7, 2023.

He said people have also “become aware of the illegal presence of thousands of American soldiers now stationed in Akrotiri.”

Shadow R1 (British Air Force)

UK plan for surveillance flights

In another notable development, the UK government openly announced its plan for surveillance flights over Israel and Gaza, citing it as part of hostage rescue efforts.

HAMAS condemned this decision, labeling it military participation in the “genocidal” war in Gaza.

The group urged the UK to reconsider, citing historical grievances such as the 1917 Balfour Declaration, describing it as “the sin of the century” and condemning the UK for perpetuating a


shameful colonial past.

The "intention of the United Kingdom to carry out intelligence flights over the Gaza Strip makes it complicit with the Zionist occupation in its crimes, and responsible for the massacres to which our Palestinian people are subjected," the resistance group emphasized. Palestinian in a statement.

The UK should have “corrected its historical position which was offensive to the Palestinian people” and “atoned” for the 1917 Balfour Declaration, a letter from then British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Lionel Walter Rothschild, a leading figure in the community. British Jew, pledging support for “a national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine.

British Cyprus Intelligence Base

The UK's recent increase in surveillance activities is closely linked to its significant presence in the eastern Mediterranean, specifically in the British Sovereign Base Areas (ABSB) in Cyprus.

These bases, which make up 3 percent of the island's land mass, are home to the largest Royal Air Force base outside the United Kingdom and


contain significant signals and intelligence collection assets.

The majority of the UK's surveillance flights are launched from these bases, strategically located just 200 miles from Gaza.

Although officially unrecognized, leaked top-secret documents from the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ


), the UK's largest spy agency, confirm that Cyprus “hosts a wide range of intelligence from the


United Kingdom and the United States.

The main US spy agency, the National Security Agency (NSA), operates in particular on British territory,


maintaining a “long-range technical and analytical relationship” with the Israeli National SIGINT Unit (UNIS), sharing information about access, interception, targeting, language, analysis and reporting, according to Declassified.

A top-secret GCHQ document adds that “Cyprus collection facilities are recognized by the NSA as “significant” assets.

These revelations, leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, gained importance in light of US-UK activities in Cyprus, suggesting that intelligence obtained from Gaza by US spy agencies operating in British Cyprus could be shared with the Israeli regime.

The US and British militaries are key partners of Israel and have supported its bombing of Gaza.

The documents show that intelligence gathered about Cyprus is likely to be part of this support.

The leaked GCHQ document acknowledges that intelligence collected from Cyprus is integrated “with military planning and operations”, emphasizing the close interaction between GCHQ and the Ministry of Defense (MOD) in Cyprus.

Additionally, RAF Troodos, a British “held site” near the northern border of Cyprus, operates as a listening post for the US, providing


unique access to hotspots in West Asia.

Intelligence collected from Troodos supports technical analysts in both the US and UK and is used for weapons-related collection, according to a GCHQ document.

The Troodos site, GCHQ noted, “has long been considered a 'crown jewel' by the NSA, offering unique access to the Levant,


North Africa and Turkey.”

In addition, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is believed to be operating from Britain's bases in Cyprus.

A leaked US cable,


reported by Declassified, mentioned a UK official claiming that US planes flying from RAF Akrotiri are operated by the State Department and the US military, with the “possibility of other agencies.” , presumably the CIA, conducting operations from the base.

What can be expected if using the word “genocide” to describe the situation in Gaza, under Israeli attack, can have serious consequences in the political sphere in the United Kingdom.

British soldiers take part in the Israeli war

In a recent revelation, the death of Nathanel Young, a 20-year-old British man serving as a corporal in the Israeli Occupation Forces (FOI),


shed light on the fact that hundreds of Britons are serving in the FOI, which is illegally occupying Palestinian land and has killed thousands of children in


Gaza.

In an interview with the Times, Sam Sank, a British paratrooper in the Israeli army, who has been participating in the Israeli war against the Palestinians since early October, revealed that hundreds of fellow Britons are currently serving in the Israel Defense Forces. (IDF)".

Former Interior Secretary Suella Braverman, whose husband has lived in the Israeli-occupied territories, previously told the Jewish Chronicle that they have


"close relatives who serve in the IDF."

It is unclear whether those relatives are British citizens.

This prompted the International Palestinian Justice Center to seek urgent clarification from the UK Foreign Office on the


legality of British citizens enlisting in the Israeli army.

They made the request "In light of the catastrophic situation currently developing in Gaza, with clear evidence that war crimes and crimes against humanity may have already been committed in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and the real risk that more mass atrocity crimes may be imminent.

People who fight for a foreign army are often seen as mercenaries and would meet the dictionary definition.

However, the United Kingdom


lacks effective anti-mercenary laws and tends to prosecute foreign fighters on an ad hoc basis, depending on the geopolitical interests being pursued by the government of the time.

The United Kingdom even tried to thwart the United Nations' attempts to ban mercenaries.

The only international law relating to mercenaries that Britain has signed is Article 47 of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Convention.

It was adopted in 1977 when "countries attempted to create a fine distinction between those classified as mercenaries and other actors, essentially to


preserve the right to recruit, train, finance and use mercenaries with impunity," according to a report presented last month to the Assembly. General of the United Nations for his task force on mercenaries.

Britons who join the IDF can only meet certain aspects of the Geneva Convention's mercenary criteria, especially with regard


to higher material compensation than their Israeli counterparts.

The country's historical resistance to international efforts to ban mercenaries complicates the legal landscape around this issue.

UK arms exports to Israel.

According to research by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CCCA), the UK has authorized approximately £472 million


in arms exports to Israel since 2015. These exports include various components, equipment and technology for fighter jets and drones. .

It is worth noting that, as James Butler observes, "the headline figure is taken from the value of standard licences, but the UK also operates a system of open licenses allowing transfers of unlimited, unspecified quantities of particular military goods."

Scrutiny of the Israeli regime's genocide in Gaza has increased in the UK due to concerns that weapons supplied by the UK


could be used in breach of International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

Despite these concerns and calls from human rights activists to suspend arms sales to Israel, the UK government


has shown no intention to stop such exports.

The UK government's rhetorical emphasis on compliance with IHL contrasts with its uninterrupted supply of weapons to the apartheid regime.

In the first weeks of the war, an Open Democracy report said: The UK Government has no plans to suspend arms sales to Israel, despite human rights campaigners warning that its exports have been used to kill. to civilians.

In late November, when pressed in the House of Commons, the incumbent Defense Secretary, Grant Shapps, rejected the idea of ​​the UK suspending its arms sales to the Tel Aviv regime.

This stance persisted even after the regime's attacks on October 7, with London and other Western nations expressing “unequivocal support” for Israel, making them directly complicit.

(Taken from Lahaine.org)