Campaigners from the London Palestine Action group yesterday occupied the central London offices of Airbus to protest its links with Israeli arms company Israeli Aerospace Industries and the Israeli military.
Staff were unable to arrive for work and senior executives agreed to meet the campaigners in a bid to end the occupation of the second floor office on the Strand in central London. The occupation lasted more than an hour.
Campaigners are unhappy about Airbus' close ties with Israeli Aerospace Industries, an Israeli state owned company that is a key supplier of drones to the Israeli military. The companies reecently announced their latest joint venture that will see them supplying the German military with drones until 2020.
Drones were widely used in attacks on civilians during the recent Israeli attack on Gaza in which more than 2,100 Palestinians were killed.
The two companies have worked together on other military and commercial ventures, including the development of an “early warning system” for warplanes, and a “semi-robotic pilot controlled vehicle” called Taxibot. Their collaboration also extends to several EU-funded scientific research projects.
Sophie, a member of London Palestine Action, today said:
“By working with Israeli Aerospace Industries to develop a drone that has been used to deliberately attack Palestinian civilians, Airbus is profiting from Israel’s war crimes. Companies such as Airbus must stop contributing to the destruction of the Palestinian people. Drones are “field tested” on the Palestinian population before they are marketed to the rest of world.”
Last week Palestinian students called a boycott of Barclays bank over its investments in drone manufacturing company Elbit.
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