Block the Factory: Stop Arming Israel

7 July 2015 - 5:15pm
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On 6 July 2015, for the one year anniversary of Israel’s massacre in Gaza last year, War on Want took part in a mobilisation shutting down three UK factories making weapons components shipped to Israel. All three factories are owned by Israel’s largest weapons company, Elbit Systems. We were there to send a message to the company and to the UK government that we will not sit by while the UK-Israel arms trade continues.

credit Rich Wiles

photo credit Rich Wiles

 

Despite the rainy conditions, over 100 people showed up to make their voices heard outside the gates of Elbit’s Shenstone factory.

credit Rich Wiles

photo credit Rich Wiles

 

Some people had arrived ahead of time to blockade the street outside the factory with their bodies, several of whom were arrested.

credit Rich Wiles

photo credit Rich Wiles

 

Village residents had all received letters from the organisers ahead of time, explaining why we oppose the Elbit factory’s operations (and several residents have already been involved in vigils outside of the factory for years). 

Everyone was a bit shaken by the hugely disproportionate numbers of police on site. Even the press was surprised by the force used to crack down a protest against weapons of war.

credit Rich Wiles

photo credit Rich Wiles

 

Despite this, we left with renewed energy for our Stop Arming Israel campaign, confident that we have the support and the political will to make this a sustainable and powerful campaign!

photo credit Rich Wiles

 

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