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A Perspective on Israel's Arms Trade

During her time working as an intern at War Resisters' International, Taya Govreen-Segal, a consceintious objector, delivered a talk to the “Britain and Palestine: Past History and Future Role” conference, held at Sarum College, Salisbury, UK, on 13th February. Below is a transcript, providing detailed analysis of the role of the arms trade in the ongoing occupation of Palestine.

I am going to assume that you already know about the violation of human rights in the West Bank and Gaza, that you've heard about the occupation, the military rule and siedge, and focus on one of the forces profiting from this situation and maintaining it: the arms trade.

Gaza, summer 2014, source: activestills.orgGaza, summer 2014, source: activestills.org

Block the Factory

Ben Whitaker

On July 6 the sun rose to the news that three arms factories had been occupied, and a fourth blockaded. All four factories are wholly owned subsidiaries of Israel’s largest arms company, Elbit Systems.

Antimilitarist Resistance Against a Swiss Parliament Out of Control

Swiss activists have been protesting against the purchase of war drones from the Israeli company Elbit Systems. On 25th May, activists blocked the entrance to one of Switzerland's biggest military bases, where members of the Swiss parliament planned to watch a demonstration of the Hermes 900 drone. This was just one of several actions Group for a Switzerland Without an Army (GSoA) took during the last session of the Swiss parliament.

Europäische antimilitarische Aktionen

Im Mai und Juni haben Mitglieder der WRI in ganz Europa Aktionen gegen Kriegsprofiteure und das Militär durchgeführt. Am 26. Mai blockierte die „Gruppe für eine Schweiz ohne Armee“ - GSOA – den Eingang zu einer Waffenfabrik, um einen Deal der Drohnenfirma Elbit Systems zu stören. Am gleichen tag besetzte die Belgier Mitgliedsorganisation Vredesaktie und Agir Pour La Paix die Büros von vier Regierungsparteien in Protest gegen den Plan,neue F-35 Kampfjets zu kaufen. Am 8. Mai protestierten zehn AktivistInnen in der Türkei gegen die IDEF 2015 Rüstungsmesse in Istanbul, trotz schwerem Widerstands von Seiten der Polizei. (Hier gibt es ein Video ihres Statements in Türkisch.) Ein paar Tage später wurden Waffenhändler, die an der IDET Rüstungsmesse in Brno, Tschechien, teilnahmen, von einem Heer grimmiger Sensenmänner und -frauen und einem Banner „Der Tod geht um in Brno“ begrüßt.

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Switzerland: Activists block entrance of military base to protest drones deal

Source: http://www.gsoa.ch/medien/02327/war-drones-activists-block-entrance-military-base-/

Swiss activists blockade entrance to military baseSwiss activists blockade entrance to military baseThun, Switzerland – Since 9:30am on Tuesday 25th May, activists have been protesting against the purchase of war drones from the Israeli company Elbit Systems. The activists have blocked the entrance to one of Switzerland's biggest military bases, where members of the Swiss parliament planned to watch the Hermes 900 drone.

Since 9:30 AM, activists from different organisations - Gruppe für eine Schweiz ohne Armee (GSoA), Boycott, Divest and Sanctions against Israel (BDS), Collective Urgence Palestine (CUP) and independent activists - have blocked the entrance to the planned presentation of the Hermes 900 drones, that Switzerland is planning to purchase. No vehicles can go through the main door of the military compound in Thun, which the members of the security committees of both chambers have been invited to.

War Profiteer of the Month: Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems is one of the world's largest defence electronics manufacturers and integrators. Established in 1967, and based in Haifa, Israel, Elbit employs 11,000 people worldwide. It supplies the military, navy and air force in the occupation of Palestine, and has profited greatly from Israel's numerous attacks and assaults on the Palestinian and Lebanese people.

Hört auf, mehr zu kriegen durch Krieg!

In den letzten 14 Tagen hat es wachsende Proteste gegen die Unternehmen gegeben, die das israelische Militär bewaffnen, besonders die Firma Elbit Systems. „Das ist Teil der wachsenden Kampagne direkter Aktion gegen Firmen, die ihre Profite aus der Herstellung von Maschinen des Todes machen“, sagte die Melbourner Palästina-Aktionsgruppe, die ihre Fabrik in Melbourne besetzte. In England hat die Londoner Palästina-Aktionsgruppe Elbits Fabrik in Birmingham besetzt. Die WRI hat das Statement des European Network Against Arms Trade unterzeichnet, in dem die EU aufgerufen wird, ihre militärische Unterstützung für Israel zu beenden. Schaut Euch Sahar Vardis Aritkel über Widerstand gegen Militarismus in Israel hier an und lest WRIs Statement zum Angriff auf Gaza.

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2011: Keep Space for Peace Week Protests Drones & Missile Offense Systems

Each fall the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space organizes a week of local actions called Keep Space for Peace Week. This year events were held from October 1-8 and the theme chosen by our leadership was the expanding use of drones in U.S. wars in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.

Protest actions took place throughout the U.S. and in six other nations at major space weapons installations and factories like Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and General Dynamics.

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