In Solidarity

photo essay by Darren Ell on Palestine solidarity rally at Occupy Montreal/Occupons Montréal denouncing Israeli military raid on Freedom Waves flotilla to Gaza.

From the European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine:

73 members of the European Parliament issued a letter to European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini and Jan Robert Smits – Director-General of DG Research and Innovation concerning EU support to Israeli military companies trough Horizon2020.

In an open letter to the Guardian leading intellectuals and artists have called for an arms embargo on Israel: "We call upon the UK government to stop arming Israel and extend all our support to the protesters who are using their voices and efforts towards ending the arms trade. All charges against the 19 people arrested should be dropped as the real crime is producing and exporting deadly weapons that destroy the livelihoods of an entire nation. We collectively demand an immediate arms embargo on Israel. We demand the right to allow the Palestinian populace to live."

Today, July 6, activists in the UK shut down three of four Elbit-owned factories, including a drone engines plant.
 
Four different factories owned by Elbit Systems were shut down by protesters on the one year anniversary of last summer's Israeli attack on Gaza.
 

London Palestine Action, a Palestinian solidarity network based in London that thrives on creative action against Israeli apartheid, particularly through the usage of BDS campaigns, has organized a peaceful protest to be held on the 6th of July, 2015 at the Elbit factory in Shenstone near Birmingham.

 

Saturday 20 June 2015, thirty activists of the BDS French campaign (Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions) activists carried out a non-violent protest today at the Paris Air Show,  surrounding the stand of the Israeli company Elbit.  This company is the principal supplier of killer drones to the Israeli army, which used these weapons during the massacres in the Gaza Strip in 2014.

BDS Switzerland condemns the Swiss approval to the purchase of Israeli drones amidst significant opposition inside and outside parliament.

 

Narendra Modi is all set to be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel.

This is what this “first” really means: closer military and trade ties with Israel.

Closer military ties with Israel make India complicit in Israel’s war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. The Israeli military industry, the largest industry in the country and perhaps the main prop of the national economy, is fully a part of the Israeli war machine that occupies Palestinian lands, makes Gaza an open air prison, and imposes apartheid policies on Palestinians.

Thun, 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.

Report Elbit Systems Denmark – May 24, 2015

From Boykot Israel Denmark

 

(Note: This report is primarily based on info-mails from Christian Juhl, MP for the Red Green Alliance in the Danish Parliament).

The Danish Ministry of Defense had planned to buy Israeli high tech weapon systems at an amount of half a billion Danish Kroner (about 85 million US dollars).

UK high street bank Barclays is no longer listed as a shareholder in Elbit Systems, the major Israeli military company that manufactures drones used in Israel’s attacks on Palestinians and helps Israel build its illegal Apartheid wall.

For Resistance, Dignity, and a Better Life

Trade Unions are an important part of the civil resistance against the Israeli occupation of Palestine and international solidarity is a crucial part of it. 

Israeli control

Palestine suffers from Israeli restrictions on production, transport, and export and unemployment is a major problem.

 

Israeli arms company and UK government “running scared” from accusation of war crimes by rooftop protestors

 

In this uncommon book by Emma Williams, Jean Stein and Ibrahim Quraishi, a donkey tries to cheer Gaza’s traumatized children—by becoming a zebra.

 

The City of Terrassa, a city of more than 215,000 inhabitants in the province of Barcelona, has agreed to join the BDS Movement approving an initiative of Initiative for Catalonia Greens - Unite

With this statement the organizations Paz con Dignidad and Biladi wish to show our deepest and most heartfelt solidarity with our colleague Jamal Jumá, coordinator of Stop the Wall, in the light of the events occurred on 11th October when the Jordanian authorities on the border with the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) denied him permission to enter the Kingdom of Jordan, to take part in a political tour that he was going to hold in The Basque Country from the 13th to 17th October, whilst in possession of a Schengen visa that authorised him to travel to Europe for a yea

Akbayan (Ctitizens' Action Party) today protests an arms deal between the Philippine government Israeli military company Elbit Systems. In particular, on June 22, 2014, the government signed a US$20M deal with the Israeli military company Elbit Systems for 28 Israeli upgraded armored personnel carriers (APCs) that will be delivered in 2015.

  In Brazil the 15th of May - ‘Nakba Day’, that commemorates the expulsion of over 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and lands between 1947 to 1949 to make space for the founding of the State of Israel - was a day of active solidarity with Palestine and against Elbit Systems. Elbit is the Israeli military company that produces, among others, the Israeli drones used to kill and terrorize Palestinians in Gaza and the surveillance technology for the Apartheid Wall. 

In January, the Brazilian cities of Porto Alegre and Canoas received the Thematic Social Forum whose theme chosen was “Capitalist Crisis, Democracy, Social and Environmental Justice". The event, an icon of the altermundism and of the anti-neoliberal, anti-colonialist and anti - imperialist struggle, is a space for global civil society to organize itself and to debate the global social-political agenda.

Last Thursday, the 30th of January, the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) announced its reconsideration over the previous decision made in August 2013, which rescinded the 2010 ban over two Israeli companies, Africa Israel Investments and its construction subsidiary, Danya Cebus.

Since 2010, The Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (InCACBI) stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for their right to live in dignity and exercise its sovereignty over their homeland. Now, the group calls for the divulgation of “From India to Palestine”, a compilation of fourteen essays on solidarity made by Indian authors that aims to re-exam the Indian position towards the Palestinians.

With the passing away of Nelson Mandela, South Africa has lost a truly inspirational leader of their struggle against apartheid. The world has lost a symbol of the human quest for justice and equality. Palestine has lost a comrade in the struggle that never forgot the natural bond between two people fighting apartheid.

 

South African Officials Must Reject Israeli Blood Diamonds and Secure Jobs in Diamond Beneficiation

 

 South African civil society and organised labour call on South African officials to show leadership by demanding change to the shamefully discredited “Kimberley Process Certification Scheme” which facilitates trade in diamonds that fund gross human rights violations by rogue regimes, and by securing decent jobs for South Africans in diamond beneficiation.

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