Following our last petition, the EU ended its contract with Israel’s killer drones provided by Elbit Systems. As the EU’s Maritime Safety Agency wants to lease new drones: Let’s tell the European agencies that we won’t be fooled! No military ties with Israel. No drones for EU border control.

The use of Israeli military drones to enforce Europe’s deadly anti-immigration policies is unacceptable.

Therefore I demand:

EMSA to exclude Israeli arms producers from tendering for these contract.

EMSA to only use drones for civil purposes and to not make them available to Frontex or others for border security flights. 

Frontex to end its drone surveillance contracts with Airbus, IAI and Elbit.

Regards,

The Undersigned


To: EU Commissioner Adina Valean, EU Commissioner Virginijus SinkeviciusEU Commissioner Yiva Johansson

Dear Sir/Madam,

Recently the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) released two contract notices for drone surveillance services. The drones will be used for several purposes. This includes sharing them with EU border guard agency Frontex to fly border surveillance missions to intercept refugees. Recently, Frontex has been under much criticism because of its involvement in illegal pushbacks of refugees to Turkey and its cooperation with the Libyan Coast Guard to pull back boats with refugees to Libya, where exploitation and torture in the notorious detention centers awaits them. Since 2014 over 21,000 migrants have died while trying to cross the Mediterranean.

EMSA foresees to spend €70 million on these contracts. It can be expected that the two large Israeli arms companies Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will be amongst the tenderers for these new contracts. These companies develop their drones in close cooperation with the Israeli military and promote them as ‘field tested’: armed ‘killer’ drones from both companies have extensively been used to kill and oppress Palestinians.

Previously, through Portuguese company CeiiA, EMSA leased two Hermes 900 drones manufactured by Israel’s largest military company Elbit Systems. They were also deployed for several objectives, including flying border surveillance missions for Frontex. The contract was not renewed after over 10,000 people objected to the use of Israeli military drones for EU’s anti-immigration policies. Last autumn Frontex itself awarded €50 million in contracts to arms companies Airbus, IAI and Elbit to provide drone surveillance flights for border security in the Mediterranean. 

The use of Israeli military drones to enforce Europe’s deadly anti-immigration policies is unacceptable.

Therefore I demand:

EMSA to exclude Israeli arms producers from tendering for these contract.

EMSA to only use drones for civil purposes and to not make them available to Frontex or others for border security flights. 

Frontex to end its drone surveillance contracts with Airbus, IAI and Elbit.

Regards,

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Watch the webinar organised by world without Walls Europe, November 10 2020

New report on crimes against humanity in the Aegean:

http://legalcentrelesvos.org/2021/02/01/crimesagainstumanityintheaegean/

Press Release, Nov 9 2020 – Faced with public pressure, the EU reshapes use of Israeli military drones in the Mediterranean:

http://www.eccpalestine.org/faced-with-public-pressure-the-eu-reshapes-use-of-israeli-military-drones-in-the-mediterranean/

ECCP/STW briefing on the killer drones:

https://www.stopthewall.org/sites/default/files/StopIsraeliKillerDrones_0.pdf or http://www.eccpalestine.org/stop-israeli-killer-drones-from-intensifying-the-eus-border-militarisation/

On EU militarization of borders: “Expanding the fortress – The policies, the profiteers and the people shaped by EU’s border externalisation programme”:

• EN: https://www.tni.org/en/publication/expanding-the-fortress
• ES: https://www.tni.org/en/publication/expanding-the-fortress?content_language=es
• FR: https://www.tni.org/en/publication/expanding-the-fortress?content_language=fr
• DE: https://www.tni.org/en/publication/expanding-the-fortress?content_language=de
• NL: https://www.tni.org/en/publication/expanding-the-fortress?content_language=nl
• IT: https://www.tni.org/en/publication/expanding-the-fortress?content_language=it
• GR: https://www.tni.org/en/publication/expanding-the-fortress?content_language=el

Joint Statement For A World Without Walls From European Palestine Solidarity And Migrants Rights Groups And Networks:

• EN: https://book.stopthewall.org/joint-statement-for-a-world-without-walls-from-european-palestine-solidarity-and-
migrants-rights-groups-and-networks/

• ES: https://antologia.stopthewall.org/declaracion-conjunta-eu-mundosinmuros/

Manifesto on Migration:

• EN: https://www.stopcorporateimpunity.org/open-the-borders-stop-the-war-on-migrant-and-refugee-peoples/
• ES: https://www.stopcorporateimpunity.org/abran-las-fronteras-detengan-la-guerra-contra-las-personas-
inmigrantes-y-refugiadas/?lang=es

• FR: https://www.stopcorporateimpunity.org/ouvrez-les-frontieres-arretez-la-guerre-contre-les-peuples-migrants-et-
refugies/?lang=fr

We are organizations that have come together in a joint space of action for a World without Walls and for freedom, justice and equality of all.

We believe in the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and the return to their homes. We demand an end to Israeli occupation and its version of a ‘21st century apartheid’. We further demand that all those responsible for its implementation and those aiding, abetting and profiting from it are held accountable.

We believe in the right of people to migrate and in the obligation of states to ensure protection, entry and respect for human rights for all people on the move. The war against migration results not only in grave violations of human rights but serves as a smokescreen for the systemic crime that the EU’s anti-migration policies constitute.

We believe that the militarization of our societies, our borders and the Mediterranean to uphold the EU’s policies that reinforce inequalities and exclusion have to stop. More than ever, we need healthcare not warfare and policies that redistribute resources to the people, not to the arms and surveillance industry.

Our struggles are interconnected: European anti-migration policies, that in many cases resemble Israeli paradigms and are often implemented with Israeli technology, are targeting migrants, finance Israeli apartheid and military occupation against Palestinians and militarize European societies.

We therefore commit to work together in the intersection of these anti-racist, anti-colonial social justice struggles to build campaigns that challenge EU-Israel ties that harm Palestinian rights, migrant rights or are deepening militarization policies.

Contact us for more and how to join us:

    You can find here a video, memes and sample tweets to share together with the petition:

    Watch and share the video with the calls from Ayah from the Gaza Strip and Amal from Lesvos

    Sample tweets

    JOIN ME – SIGN/SHARE NOW: https://petition.stopthewall.org European agencies @Frontex and @EMSA_LISBON are using Israel’s killer drones developed during the massacres in Gaza for its anti-immigration policy. We can stop it now! #worldwithoutwalls #nodrones #HealthcareNotWarfare

    SHARE/SIGN NOW: For its anti-migration policy, the EU uses Israeli killer drones tested on Palestinians in #Gaza. #SpreadSolidarity with Palestinians and immigrants by signing the petition calling on the EU to stop using #IsraeliKillerDrones: https://petition.stopthewall.org

    Sign/share the petition calling on the EU to stop using Israeli killer drones against migrants to live in a #WorldWithoutWalls https://petition.stopthewall.org