UK arms factory occupied
On Tuesday 17th February, pro-Palestine activists occupied the Instro Precision Ltd arms factory in Kent, southeast England.
The action was carried out by London Palestine Action, a UK campaign group.
The protesters claim the company is complicit in “Gaza’s misery,” where 2,137 Palestinians were killed last summer during 'Operation Protective Edge'.
Instro Precision Ltd, a subsidiary of the Israeli arms company Elbit Systems, is reported to manufacture high-tech camera systems used in drones that have been deployed in Israel and Afghanistan.
According to an Indymedia report '85% of the drones used by the Israeli military are supplied by Elbit. Elbit’s share price rose in July off the back of the extensive use of its technology during Israel’s offensive, and the company recently reported a backlog in orders worth $6.2 billion'.
Tom Anderson, one of the occupiers and a researcher from the UK research group Corporate Watch said: “We are here because we want to stop Elbit from supplying weapons which are used to massacre people in Gaza and Afghanistan. In 2013 I visited Gaza and spoke to the survivors of Israeli drone strikes. They told me that they wanted people to take action to prevent the companies that manufactured the drones that killed their loved ones from making equipment that will cause others to suffer the way they have.”
Palestinians have called for a military embargo on Israel and for a boycott of Israeli companies like Elbit, in attempt to stop the ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people.
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