War on Want backs protest to halt Israel arms trade

6 August 2014 - 2:57pm
Press release

Pressure further isolates Cameron over weapons exports

David Cameron faces new pressure to stop weapons deals with Israel, as a charity supports activists who have shut down for a second day a UK factory exporting military drone engines to Israel

War on Want executive director John Hilary said: “We fully support the Birmingham demonstrators who are taking this important action to highlight UK complicity in the war against the Palestinian people.

Protesters call for an arms embargo and for the UK to stop arming Israel

“War on Want has called for a two-way arms embargo against Israel for many years and the current atrocities in Gaza underline just how vital this is.

“We have documented the use of Elbit drones in Gaza and their terrifying effects, especially on children.

“David Cameron is increasingly isolated in his backing for Israel.

“Now is the time to intensify pressure for an immediate suspension of the arms trade between the UK and Israel.”

The charity's backing comes as protesters continue to occupy the roof of the UAV factory in Birmingham, which is wholly owned by Israeli arms company Elbit Systems.

Elbit is Israel's biggest arms developer and promotes its products as field tested on Palestinians.

Israel tops the list of the largest export markets for the British arms industry, with the UK government at present reviewing licences for Israeli deals worth £8 billion.

The Spanish government has provisionally suspended arms sales to Israel.



Elbit's US-traded shares rose 6.1 per cent in less than three weeks after Israel stepped up its attacks on Gaza.

CONTACT: War on Want media officer Paul Collins (+44) (0)20 7324 5054 or (+44) (0)7983 550728


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