Stop Arming Israel Week of Action 1st – 7th July 2017

Arms companies around the world are profiting from Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine. Along with the banks that invest in them, these companies are on our doorsteps. We can take action to stop them; join us for a week of action from 1st to 7th July 2017, on the third anniversary of Israel’s 2014 attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian civil society has called for a comprehensive military embargo on Israel. Now is the time to heed the call for effective solidarity.

The UK and Israel have a close and profitable military relationship. The UK provides Israel with military and political support to continue with its repression of Palestinians and acts as a green light to further war crimes.

The UK is home to a number of arms factories which export weapons to Israel including 4 Elbit Systems factories: UAV systems in Shenstone; Instro Precison in Broadstairs, Ferranti in Oldham and Elite KL in Tamworth. Elbit Systems, one of Israel’s largest military companies, which markets its weapons as ‘field-tested’ on Palestinian bodies and land.

UK based banks, like HSBC, hold shares and provide loans to military and technology companies that sell weapons and equipment to Israel. HSBC’s complicity in Israel’s militarised oppression includes Elbit shares worth £3.64m.

This years marks 100 years of British complicity in the oppression of Palestinians and 50 years since the military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

In 2014 hundreds of thousands took to the streets and occupied Elbit factories in solidarity with the Palestinian people, raising the call to end UK-Israel arms trade. Since then the campaign for military embargo on Israel has continued to gain support.

Join us in intensifying our campaign to Stop Arming Israel, inspired by Palestinian resistance to oppression and struggle for justice.

  1. Take part in actions organised at Elbit factories around the UK.
  2. Demand that HSBC stops financing Israel’s militarised repression.
  3. Hold public meetings highlighting UK-Israel military complicity.

Theresa May is showing contempt for Palestinian rights as she rolls out the red carpet for Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu

Rather than deepening the UK’s relationship with Israel’s human rights abusing government, it’s time Theresa May reminded herself of the UK’s obligations under international law, which if enforced, would block her Government from approving arms exports and other trade that lends material support to Israeli violations.

This article was first carried by The Independent 6 February 2017.

“Theresa May welcomes Benjamin Netanyahu to Downing Street today, just days after the Israeli Prime Minister announced plans for thousands of new illegal settlement units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The UK Government’s contempt for the rights of Palestinians is clear.

The meeting raises serious questions about the UK Government’s commitment to its obligations under international law, and its willingness to promote and enforce even its own policies regarding Israel and the Palestinians. If May followed the rules of her own government, she would slap an arms embargo on Israel, not roll out the red carpet for its leader.”

See full article on The Independent.

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Stop Arming Israel events December 2016: Oldham, Shenstone and Crawley

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Protesters in front of a factory hold up a banner saying "UK: Stop Arming Israel"

Campaigners calling for a two-way arms embargo on Israel will hold coordinated events at sites in the UK connected to Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest arms company:

Stop Arming Israel campaigners give Elbit a run for its money

“Battle-proven…in over 40,000 successful combat missions.” This boast appears in a promotional video for the Hermes 900 series drones. It’s a frequently repeated phrase used by the Israeli weapons company Elbit Systems to market its military products. Elbit Systems, one of Israel’s largest arms companies, showed this video at the Farnborough International arms fair in the midst of Israel’s bombing of the Gaza Strip in 2014.

Protesters linking arms and holding a placard saying "UK stop arming Israel"
Photo credit: War on Want/Rich Wiles 2015

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Arrest arms dealers, not peace campaigners

by Vyara Gylsen

A policeman drags a woman away from a military truck with graffiti on it
The author was arrested outside DSEI arms fair in September 2015 for writing with an erasable marker on a military vehicle’s window.

I was arrested in September 2015 for criminal damage to a military vehicle by writing on it “arms tested on children” with washable ink. It happened during demonstrations against the DSEI expo, one of the world’s largest arms fairs. I must have really hurt the tank’s feelings judging from the way the police rugby tackled me. It is as though I would damage it beyond repair and make it inactive in battle using my dry-wipe marker.

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Case against anti-drone protestors collapses

Case droppedAll charges against 19 anti-drone protesters have been dropped, after the Crown Prosecution Service admitted there was no realistic prospect of conviction.

The 19 were arrested for protesting at UAV Engines Ltd, in Shenstone, Staffordshire, on 6 July 2015, one year after Israel’s attacks on Gaza in 2014.

UAV Engines Ltd is wholly owned by Elbit Systems, an Israeli company manufacturing military drones used to attack Gaza.

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