Stop Arming Israel: ‘Block the factory’ protest

3 July 2015 - 12:30pm
Press release

War on Want will join a coalition of groups and campaigners from across the UK on Monday 6 July to demand that the UK stop arming Israel.

The ‘Block the Factory’ all day action will take place in Shenstone, Staffordshire, outside the arms factory UAV Engines Ltd. The factory is a subsidiary of Elbit Systems, one of Israel's largest arms companies and a producer of drones and other military technology used in Israeli military assaults on Gaza.

Ryvka Barnard, Global Justice Campaigner at War on Want, said:

“War on Want has called for a two-way arms embargo against Israel for many years. This action is part of continued efforts to intensify pressure for an immediate suspension of the arms trade between the UK and Israel. It has the full support of War on Want.

“We have previously documented the use of Elbit’s drones in Gaza and their terrifying effects, especially on children. Appallingly, Elbit promotes its products as ‘field tested’ on Palestinians.

“By continuing to license arms exports to and imports from Israel, the British government is giving material support to Israel’s aggression against the Palestinian people.”

The protest follows the launch of Arming Apartheid, a new report produced by War on Want, Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) and Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), exposing the UK government’s complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people.

Ryvka concluded,

“In 2014 alone, the UK government licensed over £11.6 million worth of military equipment and arms components for export to Israel, with full knowledge of what those arms are used for.

“Last summer our streets swelled with opposition to the brutal attacks on Gaza but it was business as usual when it came to the UK and Israel trading weapons. In the four months following the attacks, the UK licensed a further £4 million of arms exports.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

For further information or interviews, contact Ross Hemingway on +44 7983 550728. rhemingway@waronwant.org and @WaronWantMedia

Venue: UAV Engines Ltd, Lynn Lane, Shenstone, Lichfield, WS14 0DT

Last year activists occupied the roof of Elbit’s factory in Shenstone successfully shutting down its operations.  

July 2015 marks one year since the brutal Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and is the 10th anniversary of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.

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